After eight weeks of insane competition in Call of Duty: WWII, FaZe Clan has earned the title of CWL Pro League Stage 1 Champions after the tense competition this weekend at the MLG Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The CWL Pro League Stage 1 Playoffs concluded with OpTic Gaming, Luminosity Gaming, and Team Kaliber rounding out the top four spots over the weekend.
For their win, FaZe Clan earn the majority stake of the event's $500,000 prize pool and become the early season favorite in the Call of Duty World League season which comes with $4.2 million in total prizing. The team will also have their names hoisted on a banner at a future event in the G FUEL Hall of Champions, alongside other championship teams from CWL history.
Tommy "ZooMaa" Paparratto of FaZe Clan was recognized as the ASTRO Gaming CWL MVP thanks to his incredible performance over all eight weeks of the Stage 1 Pro League tourney. "It feels incredible to win. It's been three years since FaZe won a championship and we knew we were good enough to do it. I want to cry right now, I'm so happy. I love my team," Paparratto commented after FaZe Clan's championship victory. Lets hope they can keep that momentum going through the next phase of the League.
The final placements for the CWL Pro League Stage 1 Playoffs are as follows:
- 1st – FaZe Clan
- 2nd – OpTic Gaming
- 3rd – Luminosity Gaming
- 4th – Team Kaliber
- 5th/6th – Red Reserve / eUnited
- 7th/8th – Rise Nation / Team EnVyUs
The next event in the Call of Duty World League schedule is the CWL Seattle Open, taking place April 20 – 22. On Thursday, April 19, the CWL will hold a relegation tournament to determine the final four teams to join the top-6 teams from Stage 1 of the CWL Pro League Stage 1 in Stage 2 competition beginning in May. Stage 1 teams Evil Geniuses from the United States, UK's Epsilon Esports, Australia's Mindfreak, and France's Team Vitality will compete against top, qualified online teams for Stage 2 placement. Earning a CWL Pro League Stage 2 pool placement also guarantees a chance to compete at the 2018 CWL Championship later this summer.
CWL Seattle Open tickets are available now in multiple varieties, to pick up some tickets, visit MLG.com/CWLSeattle.
"The Call of Duty World League is fortunate to have partners that share our dedication to bringing Call of Duty fans the best-in-class, competitive experience of the CWL. Thank you to our partners at PlayStation, SCUF Gaming, G FUEL, and Astro Gaming for their continued support throughout this record-setting season," said Call of Duty Esports Director, Kevin Flynn.