Lightning Pandas will replace Epsilon in pool play at the 2018 CWL Atlanta Open

This talented North American lineup will join Pool A this weekend.

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A new team has earned a spot in pool play for the next major Call of Duty World League LAN event.

Lightning Pandas will be replacing Epsilon in pool play for this weekend’s CWL Atlanta Open, Eric “Muddawg” Sanders revealed in his official Reddit post earlier today.

“With Epsilon being unable to attend CWL Atlanta, Lightning Pandas will replace them as the fourth team in Pool A due to Lighting Pandas having the most CWL Pro Points in the Open Bracket,” Muddawg said. “An updated stream schedule will be released soon to reflect this change.”

No reason was provided as to why Epsilon can’t attend this weekend’s $200,000 tournament—and it remains to be seen if the European squad will travel to the U.S. when the CWL Pro League resumes next week.

Lightning Pandas replacing Epsilon will arguably make Pool A a much tougher group. Pool A will now consist of Rise Nation, Splyce, Echo Fox, Lightning Pandas, and an undetermined open bracket team.

Jevon “Goonjar” Gooljar-Lim, Matthew “Royalty” Faithfull, Nicholas “Proto” Maldonado, and John “Xotic” Bruno have seen recent success, as Lightning Pandas won Stage One of the Canadian CWL National Circuit.

Lightning Pandas are likely thrilled to be joining pool play because now they won’t have to battle through the grueling open bracket when CWL Atlanta kicks off on Friday, March 9.