Call of Duty World Championship 2015: Event Preview
Location and Lodging
Similar to last year’s Call of Duty World Championship, the venue will be hosted at the Event Deck - LA LIVE at 800 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA.
The event is a restricted venue, allowing only qualified teams and spectators 18+ years of age to attend and receive a ticket. If you haven’t booked already, seven hotels were provided and recommended by Major League Gaming.
This will be the first Call of Duty World Championship to offer spectating to the public. In the past, only invited guests were allowed at the events. Unfortunately, tickets on MLG’s website are completely sold out. There may possibly be a limited amount of tickets available at the venue itself, but a number hasn’t been announced. Age restrictions for this event will apply, and a form of valid photo identification will be required at the venue’s opening.
The Call of Duty World Championship is a qualified team-only tournament, allowing the top teams from each respected region. There will be a total of 32 teams competing at the event, starting off in Pool Play groups. The top two teams from each pool will advance respectively to the Double Elimination Playoff Upper and Lower Brackets.
In March 2014, Activision and MLG hosted last year’s Call of Duty World Championship® presented by Xbox at the same location. The former team known as compLexity Gaming, which consisted of: Patrick “ACHES” Price (now on FaZe Red), Ian “Crimsix” Porter (OpTic Gaming), Tyler “TeePee” Polchow (OpTic Nation), and Damon “Karma” Barlow (OpTic Nation) ended up being crowned world champions.
Pool Play Groups and Bracket Information
Seeding for the groups was determined by the Regional Final placements. For those who are unfamiliar with Pool Play, there will be eight groups of four teams competing. The top two teams from each pool will have a guaranteed spot into a 16 team Double Elimination Playoff bracket, while the bottom two teams are eliminated from the rest of the tournament. A loss in the Lower Bracket, will result in elimination from the tournament as well. All matches will be in a best-of-five series.
Pool Play Group and Bracket Information directly provided by Activision:
The top two teams from each group will advance to the bracket phase of the tournament and have an opportunity to claim their share of the $1 million dollar prize pool. Best of luck to all 32 competing teams!
Interested in seeing the 2015 Call of Duty World Championship® Pool Play Groups? Check out our Call of Duty World Championship: Groups Announced article, for all the teams and their consisting rosters within each pool.
The Prize Pool consisting of a total of $1,000,000 will be distributed between the top eight teams. Don’t forget the ultimate prize here, the World Championship title.
- 1st Place: $400,000
Schedule information provided by MLG. Times provided are in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). All times are subject to change based on the length of the matches.
*North American Timezones: MDT 1+, CDT 2+, EDT 3+ hours.
- 9:15 AM - Station A Group A - OpTic Gaming vs. Vitality X
- 10:15 AM - Station A Group C - FaZe Red vs. fabE.Germany
- 11:15 AM - Station A Group F - Team Revenge vs. Aware Gaming
- 12:15 PM - Station A Group G - FaZe Black vs. TCM Gaming
- 1:15 PM - Station A Group B - Denial eSports vs. Prophecy
- 2:15 PM - Station A Group A - OpTic Gaming vs. Team Orbit
- 3:15 PM - Station A Group E - Team EnVy vs. PLT.Mindfreak
- 4:15 PM - Station A Group H - Team Kaliber vs. Epsilon eSports
- 5:15 PM - Station A Group D - OpTic Nation vs. Exile5.T1
- 6:15 PM - Station A Group H - Team Kaliber vs. Strictly Business
- 9:15 AM - Playoff Bracket Round 1 (4 Matches)
- 11:00 AM - Upper Bracket Final
Matches will be broadcasted live on MLG’s streaming platform. There will be a total of seven streams, five being in English - Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, and Echo, one being in Italian, and one being in Spanish on MLG.tv.
This concludes our Call of Duty World Championship® 2015 Preview. Be on the lookout for our ESN prediction article coming out on Wednesday, prior to the event. Let us know your thoughts on our event preview in the comments below, or at our Twitter - @eSportsNation.