As Stage Two comes to a close this weekend, we have written up a preview of all the teams from all three regions in the Call of Duty World League. The Stage Two playoffs will take place in Burbank, California from July 14-17.
The top eight teams from North America, top six from Europe and top four from Australia/New Zealand will compete within their respective region for the Stage Two crown and the biggest slice of a monetary prize.
There will be four matches a day, plus an All-Star match on July 16 featuring the top voted player from each EU and NA team in the playoffs (ANZ will not be featured so they are allowed adequate time to warm-up for their Grand Finals match).
With all the base information out there, here is your preview for the CWL Stage Two playoffs.
1st Seed: Team Orbit (12-2) – First round vs. Team Immunity
- Kainen “Swiftaz0r” Kini
- Giancarlo “Nimble” Vagnini
- Nathan “Bacabec” Munro-Ireland
- Rene “Zeuss” Corporal
The regular season champions only dropped two maps to the second and third seeded teams. The champs are tied for the second highest K/D ratio among the four teams representing ANZ at CWL Stage Two playoffs with a strong 1.06. The team placed top-four in the Stage One playoffs and is likely to place higher thanks to better performance throughout the season.
For Orbit, this event should be an easy win except potentially matching up against Mindfreak. Orbit has placed second at many events and placed top-six at the Crown Melbourne Invitational. However, given how Orbit’s recent success has been in the CWL, do not be surprised if they win it all.
2nd Seed: Mindfreak (11-3) – First round vs. Chiefs eSports Club
- Mitchell “BuZZO” Mader
- Conrad “Shockz” Rymarek
- Lincoln “Fighta” Ferguson
- Denholm “Denz” Taylor
3rd Seed: Chiefs eSports Club (11-3) – First round vs. Mindfreak
- Dean “Dean” Beldzinski
- Jake “Hopey” Hope
- Jack “Rival” Prendergast
- James “macka” McKenzie
For Chiefs, this event is an opportunity to make a statement. Chiefs have place top-six in every event they have attended. This could be their breakout event to solidify their status as a top team in ANZ.
4th Seed: Team Immunity (8-6) – First round vs. Team Orbit
- Ryan “Killerpie” Wallath
- Cody ”Excite” Rugolo
- Steven “Azzi” Azzi
- Guy “Guydra” Worthington
For Immunity, the expectations are top-four. However, it is very possible that they sneak past Orbit in the first round and move on to the finals.
1st Seed: HyperGames (15-3) – First round bye
- Brian “Braaain” Fairlamb
- Nick “Nolson” Nolson
- Shea “QwiKeR” Sweeney
- Zach “Zed” Denyer
For HG, this is about proving their prowess on LAN. Placing first in online play is important – the first seed earns them a bye into the second round – but LAN is where all the big money and glory is at.
2nd Seed: Team Infused (14-4) – First round bye
- Mark “MarkyB” Bryceland
- Adam “Peatie” Peate
- David “Urban” Marsh
- Trei “Zer0” Morris
For Infused, this is about a second chance to win it all. Last Stage’s playoffs saw Infused losing 3-4 to Splyce in the semifinals, bringing Infused to a top-four placement. Infused has played with a fire lately, and this is their chance to prove they are the best team in EU.
3rd Seed: Splyce (12-6) – First round vs. Supremacy
- Joshua-Lee “Joshh” Shephard
- Ben “Bance” Bance
- Rhys “Rated” Price
- Joseph “Joee” Pinnington
For Splyce, this is about solidifying their recent hot streak. Whether they are around to play with EU’s best for a long time or if they are just a flash of something great remains to be seen.
4th Seed: Epsilon eSports (10-8) – First round vs. Millenium
- Tom “Moose” Handley
- Jordan “Reedy” Reed
- Gurdip “SunnyB” Bains
- Matt “Skrapz” Marshall
For Epsilon, this is about gunning to bring back the lost fame. Even though this roster was not the team that Epsilon won with, the organization has a history of winning and it is imperative for the team that they bring back the consistent winning pattern.
5th Seed: Millenium (10-8) – First round vs. Epsilon eSports
- Jordan “Jurd” Crowley
- Dylan “MadCat” Daly
- Callum “Swanny” Swan
- Tom “Tommey” Trewen
For Millenium, this is all about playing to their potential. They have some of the best players EU has ever seen, but faltering throughout the regular season is not very hopeful if Millenium wants to continue their hold over EU.
6th Seed: Supremacy (10-8) – First round vs. Splyce
- Eddy “Malls” Maillard
- Brandon “Vortex” Gomes
- Maxime “mAxxie” Ebran
- Arthur “Zayrox” Chabas
For Supremacy, this is about trying to hang with the best of EU. Supremacy may not have a place with the top dogs, but that is okay. Making it to the playoffs is a big deal and Supremacy could potentially take a game or even a series win off of Splyce.
1st Seed: Team EnVyUs (16-6) – First round vs. H2K
- Jordan “JKap” Kaplan
- Austin “Slasher” Liddicoat
- Johnathon “John” Perez
- Bryan “Apathy” Zhelyazkov
For EnVyUs, this is about making the push to win an event. EnVyUs has not won an event since Advanced Warfare, and that was only one event won throughout the entire lifespan of the game. The team simply does not win events, but this is an opportunity to change that.
2nd Seed: OpTic Gaming (16-6) – First round vs. Luminosity Gaming
- Seth “Scump” Abner
- Ian “Crimsix” Porter
- Damon “Karma” Barlow
- Matthew “Formal” Piper
OpTic Gaming – love ‘em or hate ‘em, you cannot deny them as the best CoD team in the world currently, and maybe even better than the compLexity/Evil Geniuses era of CoD. Why are they not the first seed then? Well, they were forced the forfeit four of the six losses due to various reasons. To many fans and players, they are actually 20-2. But, repping a 1.06 K/D overall, the team does not necessarily outslay every team in every game; they outplay and outsmart every team in every game.
For OpTic, this is all about staying on the track of dominance. It is no fluke that teams either want to beat OpTic, to be the next OpTic. They are dominant and smart, and they win. This is about doing just that.
3rd Seed: FaZe Clan (13-9) – First round vs. Dream Team
- James “Clayster” Eubanks
- Dillon “Attach” Price
- Ian “Enable” Wyatt
- Thomas “ZooMaa” Paparatto
For FaZe, this is about continuing to be one of NA’s top teams, but also about trying to push into bringing back the talk of whether an event’s champion would be OpTic or FaZe, like it was a year ago.
4th Seed: Rise Nation (13-9) – First round vs. Cloud9
- Daniel “Loony” Loza
- Josiah “Slacked” Berry
- Nicholas “Classic” Di Costanzo
- Sam “Octane” Larew
For Rise, this is about not losing their streak of competition with OpTic. Rise has not looked very promising online since the beginning of Stage Two, but this is LAN, and frankly, Rise is a monster on LAN.
5th Seed: Cloud9 (13-9) – First round vs. Rise Nation
- Colt “Havok” McLendon
- Devin “LlamaGod” Tran
- Nick “Happy” Suda
- Adam “Assault” Garcia
For Cloud9, this about making a name for the team and organization in CoD. Each of these players have had rocky times in CoD, despite being strong individual players. They put together a nice run at MLG Anaheim, placing top-eight, but they could put something bigger together here.
6th Seed: Dream Team (11-11) – First round vs. FaZe Clan
- Martin “Chino” Chino
- Adam “KiLLa” Sloss
- Troy “Sender” Michaels
- Steven “Diabolic” Rivero
For Dream Team, this is about finding success as a team. Since qualifying for Stage Two, the team has looked a inconsistent, but they have shown a lot of potential to hang with the best NA. If they can show up here, they can easily make waves in the community.
7th Seed: Luminosity Gaming (11-11) – First round vs. OpTic Gaming
- Renato “Saints” Forza
- Jeremy “StuDyy” Astacio
- Michael “SpaceLy” Schmale
- Anthony “NAMELESS” Wheeler
For Luminosity, this is about trying to press into the top teams of NA. They are heralded as a mid-tier team, but they could change that name if they do well at playoffs.
8th Seed: H2k-Gaming (11-11) – First round vs. Team EnVyUs
- Damod “FEARS” Abney
- Tyree “LegaL” Glover
- Phillip “PHiZZURP” Klemenov
- Andrew “Lacefield” Lacefield
For H2K, this is about showing that they mean business. The chances of them winning playoffs and being crowned champions are minimal at best, but they can still make a name for themselves by upsetting EnVyUs or giving them a close series.
ANZ semifinal matches begin on July 15 at 3 p.m PDT (Orbit vs. Team Immunity). EU semifinal matches begin on July 14 at 10 a.m PDT (Splyce vs. Supremacy). NA semifinal matches begin on July 14 at 3 a.m PDT (Team EnVyUs vs. H2K).
What are your thoughts on the Stage Two Playoffs? What teams do you think will win it all? What upsets will happen? Let us know in the comments below or on our Twitter – @GAMURScom.