Week 1 of Stage 2 of the NA Call of Duty World League was an exiting one. It all began on the night before matches began when Nadeshot announced that he had purchased newly qualifying team ‘King Papey’ for his own organization ‘Hundred Thieves’. Another big transfer became official just minutes before the Luminosity vs Faze match. TeePee and Study joined from Envyus and Team Liquid to join Replays and Saints.
I’m a bit short on time this week so this will be a lightning style. Also, the first week or two will have some big changes week to week as teams shuffle into positions.
1(+1) Rise Nation – Classic, Loony, Octane, Slacked
Rise Nation defeated Optic Gaming 3-1. What else do I need to say.Now that Rise has slain the dragon that is Optic, they are looking like the best team in the world. They also beat TSM 3-0.
2(-1) Optic Gaming – Crimsix, Formal, Karma, Scump
After a tough loss to Rise Nation and beating Envyus 3-2, Optic drops to number two. Don’t expect another loss for a while because all it takes is one for their grind to intensify – their first scrim was less than fifteen minutes after the Rise match.
3(+1) Faze Clan – Attach, Clayster, Enable, Zooma
Faze beat Luminosity and Complexity without dropping a map. They look to be back in early-mid Stage 1 form. Things don’t get tough until week three when they play Rise and Envyus.
4 (+1) Team Envyus – Apathy, John, Jkap, Slasher
They’re really tied with Faze for 3rd. Envyus pushed Optic to game 5 but couldn’t get the W. 3-0 vs Elevate and just like Faze, look like Envyus from early Stage 1.
5(+1) Complexity – Goonjar, Mirx, Nameless, Ricky
Complexity gains a spot because of Elevate’s weak start. They aren’t looking particularly special. A real middle of the pack team.
6(-3) Team Elevate – Aqua, Faccento, Nagafen, Remy
Somebody has to lose each week. Elevate happens to be that team this week. This team of friends has some of the best chemistry and tactics but is inconsistent in slaying in respawns. They lost both SnDs which was their strongest mode last Stage and what carried them to wins.
7(+4) Cloud 9 – Happy, Havok, LlamaGod, Mochila
I really liked how C9 played this week. They took out a hot 100T and Dream Team. Although they were weak opponents, C9 showed they can hang with pro teams.
8(+1) Dream Team – Diabolic, Chino, Killa, Sender
1-1 weeks for Dream Team are a good thing. If they don’t want to go to relegation again, they can’t afford too many 0-2 performances.
9 (+1)H2K – Fears, Lacefield, Legal, Phizzurp
3-1 win vs Elevate is a great result. They lost to Complexity and also seem to have some internal issues with Phizzurp wanting to grind the game. Time will tell if they can make it to playoffs this Stage.
10(+2) Hundred Thieves – Examples, Johnny, Nelson, Royalty
Everyone knows this team is not good at CTF or Uplink. If one of these modes can be ironed out, 100T could make top 6. They play Faze next week and this game could be huge for confidence going into the rest of the Stage.
11(-4) Team SoloMid – ColeChan, Ivy, Pacman, Whea7s
A 0-3 to Rise is expected but none of the games were even close. They lost Hundred Thieves in game five which forces me to put TSM beneath them. Envyus and H2K are next so an 0-4 start could happen.
12(-4) Luminosity – Replays, Saints, Study, TeePee
To be frank, Luminosity was very disappointing this week. They were swept by Faze and blew a 2-0 lead vs a weak Dream Team side. If this team is to get better, they will need to find a way to slay because that seems to be their biggest issue.
Team of the Week – Attach, Havok, John, Octane
Play of the Week – Loony’s Quick Ace(game 2 vs TSM)(https://youtu.be/eaPZAvrogq0?t=7h3m46s)