Last night marked the end of the 2018 season of the Call of Duty World League with the Championship Grand Finals in Columbus, Ohio. After some fierce competition and surprising upsets, the grand finals went to a second best of five match between Team Kaliber and Evil Geniuses, despite EG having the Winner Bracket advantage. TK walked away with the win on the first round of best of five by winning three matches to EG's two victories — however, because TK came into the grand finals from the lower bracket, the competition went into a second set, which was a complete shutout.
So after an incredibly tense day, Evil Geniuses were crowned the 2018 CWL Champs. The winning team comprised of Adam "Assault" Garcia, Patrick "Aches" Price, Bryan "Apathy" Zhelyazkov, and Justin "Silly" Fargo-Palmer. For those keeping track, this is the second time Aches and Apathy have earned themselves Call of Duty Champion rings. Surprisingly, Assault has never won an event prior to this year's CWL Championship, which is a bit of a surprise considering he also walked away with the MVP trophy this weekend.
The boys took to twitter after the competition to express their joy at nabbing the win, alongside some heartfelt thanks to fans, and even a bit of retrospective amazement. We can't say we blame them, honestly.
LETS FUCKING GOOOOO!!!! MY FIRST CHIP IS AT COD CHAMPS! WORDS DON'T EVEN EXPLAIN THIS FEELING!!!!!
— Røkkr Adam (@Assault) August 20, 2018
— LA – PATTYP (@ACHES) August 19, 2018
Thanks for all the support guys, being an underdog really gave me the fire to play my best individually. Glad to win the big one 🤘🏻 1.5 million dollar COD CHAMPS WORLD CHAMPIONS YERRR
— RØKKR Justin Fargo-P (@silly702) August 20, 2018
Super proud of the team, we all played amazing & it showed. Words can't describe how happy I am right now, nobody thought we could do it but we did. The hard work & countless hours that were put after we didn't qualify for playoffs was insane but it was all worth it. Ty you all<3
— Surge Apathy (@Apathy_BZ) August 20, 2018
The current EG team for COD: WWII hasn't been in play long, as they've really only had this roster since April's mid-season changes when EUnited and EchoFox dropped Silly and Assault respectively. Which just makes the win all the more surprising.
The final rankings for the 2018 Championship tournament are as follows:
- 1st – Evil Geniuses
- 2nd – Team Kaliber
- 3rd – FaZe Clan
- 4th – eUnited
- 5th/6th – Team Envy / Luminosity
- 7th/8th – Elevate / Red Reserve