Written By: Steve Vegvari
The WorldGaming Call of Duty Canadian Championship Finals were held over March 3rd and 4th. The final tournament brought eight teams from across North America to the Scotiabank Theatre in downtown Toronto.
Presented by PlayStation Canada and Juice Battery, the Championship Finals were split into two seperate days. The first would consist of quarter-final double elimination matches held on the main stage. Day two would be made up of the semi-finals and concluding in the grand finals match. The winning team would walk away with $25’000, while the remaining seven teams would take home their share from a $35’000 prize pool.
The event brought industry renown Call of Duty casters; MerK, Momo, CouRage, and Maven to inject their professional analyst insight and banter during each game. This being CouRage’s last outing as a caster, audience and fellow casting support was at an all time high. David Throop was host and MC during the tournament, conducting player interviews and giveaways through the event. Fans at the event were able to line up for an autograph session from FaZe Clan and Luminosity as well as witness a showmatch between the two teams on Sunday.
The Championship Finals began with the Group A bracket. Each match would alternate between Search and Destroy, Capture The Flag and Hardpoint in a best of five series.
Starting the first day off we had eUnited and Mock-It Esports. Right off the bat, eUnited applied a ton of pressure and dominated in the first Hardpoint match. Mock-It regrouped for an aggressive comeback Game 2, but eUnited would not let up. That narrative continued to the Capture the Flag game back on Ardennes Forest. eUnited simply kicked the door down with a 3-0.
GGEA Orange and TopProspectClan stepped up to the stage next. 2017 Call of Duty Canadian Champion; Beehzy stepped in for TopProspect. Orange quickly took control of the match with a 250-159 finisher. On London Docks, things were a lot closer, but TopProspect took the game. Capture The Flag ended in OT, in which Orange was able to rally and take the game to Game 4 on Gibraltar. Even though TopProspect held their own, it just wasn’t enough. Orange would go on to face eUnited later that day.
Lightning Pandas and Team Mercy lead the first match in Group B. Lightning Panas took Game 1 with effortless aggression. Royalty and Proto were a pair to watch as they both went on to slay with impressive K/Ds. Another Canadian Champion Champion, Xotic showed impressive prowess during the second game. Even though Mercy began to bounce back and gain momentum, Pandas just kept their feet planted. CTF on London Docks turned into the closest game thus far. Each team showed aggressive, but Pandas played a close 4-3 game and gave the audience another clean 3-0 match.
CompLexity Gaming took the first game over Gone Gaming. With a 100s lead in Hardpoint, Gone Gaming just could not match compLexity’s pressure. The team came back and even though they were evenly matched, Gone Gaming’s rotations lined up perfectly. Gone Gaming came back with a vengeance, taking the match to Game 4’s Hardpoint on Sainte Marie Du Monte. In a really close and tightly played game, compLexity held out. This endurance meant we saw the tournament’s first match go into Game 5. It was clear both teams were pushing yet, compLexity applied an unmatched offense, and took the win with a 6-1 lead.
Mock-It and TopProspects returned to the stage. During the first map, Mock-It was down by a considerable amount. Capitalizing on their streaks, they were able to make a comeback and take the win. Mock-It’s TTinyy dominated behind the sniper during Game 2. This movement of dominance continued into CTF on Flak Tower. After the halftime switch, Prospect began to turn things around, closing the gap by landing three flag captures and tying things up. In the last seconds of the game, TTinyy clutched the return and took Mock-It into Sunday.
eUnited and GGEA Orange were up next and did eUnited ever come out strong. Immediately pushing a gap of over 100s in Hardpoint. Orange took some opportunities to close, but eUnited did not sweat a drop, taking Game 1. Orange picked up some steam during Game 2’s S&D. An impressive showcase of positioning and streaks tied up the match. Game 3 went into over double OT on Ardennes Forest. Both teams playing their defence wisely. With some luck and a clutch, eUnited took the lead on the board. eUnited ultimately took the win. Both teams moved on to Day Two’s matches, but eUnited secured their spot in the semi-finals.
Team Mercy crossed paths with Gone Gaming. With a hairline victory, Gone Gaming manages to take the advantage in Game 1’s Harpoint game with only a nine second lead. Going into Game 2 it was clear how close these two teams were performing. Mercy brought it back in S&D, tying it up 1-1 going into CTF on Flak Tower. At which Gone Gaming managed to snag the game and bring the match into Game 4’s Hardpoint on London Docks. Gone Gaming took a lead advantage and from there did not give an inch. They secured their advancement, while Team Mercy played their last match of the series.
Lightning Pandas versus compLexity closed out the first day of eliminations. Many were calling this the hottest matchup of the first day. Both these teams had potential to reach for the pro-league and to have them go head to head was very exciting. Pandas started with a falter as compLexity came out swinging during Hardpoint on London Docks. Even with their scrappy progression and audience cheers behind them, Pandas just could not bridge the gap.
Moving to Saint Marie Du Mont’s S&D, each round was evenly matched. Pandas had an advantage, however compLexity had their momentum and took the win in round 11. Pressure was all on Pandas’ shoulders moving into the CTF game on Ardennes Forest. Pandas were unable to ground themselves and ultimately had to fight for safety in the Losers Bracket during Day Two.
The second day of the finals began with the losers elimination bracket matches. Mock-It and GGOrange went into Game 3. Mock-It, while having a strong showing could not get a offensive hold. The same could almost be said about Lightning Pandas. Although able to get a one point advantage on Gone Gaming in the losers bracket, Gone Gaming had that extra push in Game 4’s Hardpoint. Sadly, Canada’s only finalist team went home as Gone Gaming pursued the championship.
GGEA Orange quickly returned to the stage to face compLexity. There was a bit of an upset during Game 1. Players like FeLonY and dashy were underperforming, while Nova on Orange was running progressive plays throughout. Once compLexity gained their footing, it took until Game 4 for Orange to comeback. Once they did, they came back hard. GG Orange took compLexity into Game 5. However GGEA fought hard enough to land themselves in the finals.
Gone Gaming faced eUnited. Initially playing Hardpoint on Ardennes Forest. eUnited took Game 1, but Gone Gaming held their own. In USS Texas’ S&D, Gone Gaming’s Havok keeping the team going strong with a healthy K/D and took the game. In CTF, Gone Gaming took off with a bang and snagged three flags in the first minute and a half. eUnited managed to tie things up and brought it back with a minute to spare. They applied a ton of pressure in Game 4 and did not give Gone Gaming an opening, which won them the match.
Luminosity and FaZe Clan Showgame
Before the finals were underway, the anticipated show match between FaZe Clan go up against Luminosity. FaZe’s Attach was having a run of three-piece kills to bring the team back and not only close the gap, but clutch the game. In S&D, FaZe Clan picked up 3 games in a row, but not without some satisfying kills from Octane behind his sniper. The auditorium exploded as replay landed a game winning 360 shotgun kill on Octane. As the games continued to Flak Tower, Octane aka “The Shoveler” was out in full force. Game 3 went into OT but it wasn’t until long before FaZe finished up with a neat 3-0.
eUnited and GGEA Orange were brought back to the stage together. Both teams were confident in their execution. You had eUnited, a pro-level Call of Duty team who had previously beat Orange the day prior. On the other side, Orange had a lot to prove. The aspiring team wanted to show what they were made of in the final series.
The match began with Hardpoint on London Docks. Both teams were able to plug the gap and contest each sector. This lead to a slow point progression. Believe and Nova showed impressive skills, gaining their streaks quickly. Their execution made it possible for Orange to comeback and create a 49s gap and win Game 1.
Nova shining bright during Game 2. Together with his team, Orange put their mark on the rest of the game. With quick and snappy rounds, they would not let up on their opponents. Over on eUnited, the frustration was building up. As Orange ran 5-0 rounds, it left eUnited flustered going into Game 3.
As we made our way into CTF on Flak Tower began, it was clear eUnited were hungry. Arcitys was playing hard and SiLLYY grabbing the first flag. Pushed into a corner, Orange had no option other than watch eUnited pull another flag. While Believe was able to make a play for one capture, eUnited got on the board with a point.
eUnited was now reinvigorated. Players like Clayster and Arcitys applying a ton of pressure and blocked Orange from even getting triple digits in Game 4’s Hardpoint. This comeback brought the Canadian Championship Finals to Game 5. Things ramped up quickly during the final S&D match of the series. Team Captain of Orange, OVOMayhem was not pulling any punches. By the end of round 9, Mayhem had an strong 12-5 K/D and was leading his team towards victory. As one by one eUnited began getting picked off. As Believe took down Arcitys, it set Mayhem up to take down the last eUnited team member standing. Mere seconds later, SiLLYY was shot down by Mayhem ending Game 5.
GGEA Orange was crowned the 2018 WorldGaming Call of Duty WWII Champions. Team members Believe, OVOMayhem, Spoof and Nova took a stand and received their grand prize of $25’000. It is a testament to the skillset Orange possesses; to be the underdog in a lot of way compared to eUnited who have been competing in pro-level circuits. GG EA Orange went from a rising up and coming team to showing they are not a force to be reckoned with.
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