On Gfinity’s third go around, they are pulling out all of the stops for GIII. The Gfinity organization has done wonders for the European Call of Duty scene. They host their own GFinity 2k Series’ which are modeled after the North American version of the same online tournament. They have also hosted two successful GFinity events for the past two years. GIII is shaping up to be the biggest European gaming event of the year, and is looking to be on the same level as some of the marquee North American events. For one, it will be hosted at the Copperbox Arena in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. The venue is suited to fit a maximum capacity of 7,000 people. Additionally, GIII will include more eSports titles than just Call of Duty: Ghosts. Gfinity is yet another indication of the rise of competitive gaming and eSports.
The latest news out of Gfinity is that TCM Gaming and Team EnVyUs have been invited to attend GIII. TCM Gaming is known as one of the strongest European teams for Call of Duty. MarkyB and company had a sub-par showing at the Call of Duty Championship placing just outside of the top eight. After parting ways with MadCat and the departure of Flux, TCM has added Peatie as their indefinite fourth. Expect this new European roster to put forth a strong effort to overshadow their underwhelming performance at the Call of Duty Championship.
An overwhelming amount of roster changes went down in the past twenty-four hours in the competitive Call of Duty scene. I’m going to be doing a more in-depth look at the new rosters and all of the happenings, but for now I will provide the roster changes and such with a small recap of how each roster change took place. These roster changes have a lot to do with the upcoming MLG Call of Duty: Ghosts Pro League Season Two roster rules. These roster changes are now updated to accommodate for the roster lock.
Team EnVyUs – Merk, Parasite, Studyy, and Nameless
- Rambo was moved over to a coaching role against his best wishes. He had been posting via Twitter his excitement for his future as a player with Team EnVyUs, but was pressured into the coaching position. Parasite then left FaZe Black after just a few hours and capitalized on an opportunity to play alongside the EnVyUs team.
Curse #1 – Tipsy, Enable, Burnsoff, and Mochila
- Parasite announced earlier today that he was released from the Curse organization. This resulted in Burnsoff being transferred over from what was previously known as the Curse Fire team. As of right now this is the only Curse team involved in Season Two of the Pro League.
Curse #2 – Muddawg, Miyagi, Crowster, and Attach
- Curse was really backed up against a wall after the release of Parasite. They had to converge the Curse Fire and Curse Youth rosters into one. This resulted in the release of Sin, Realize, and Diabolic. As of right now the second Curse team DOES NOT have a spot in Season Two of the Pro League.
OpTic Gaming – Nadeshot, Scump, Clayster, and Proofy
- An announcement was made earlier via Twitter that MBoZe will be replaced by Proofy coming from the FaZe Black team. OpTic H3CZ also announced that MBoZe would remain under the OpTic banner and will be leading the newly reformed OpTic Nation team.
OpTic Nation – MBoZe, Ricky, MirX, Killa
- Without a roster lock until 5 PM Eastern today, there’s no telling what scrambling will happen with another OpTic team lurking. As of right now the OpTic Nation team will not have a place in Season Two of the Pro League. This would mean MBoZe would have to lead his team through the open bracket at MLG Anaheim.
- As of 2:30 PM Eastern; Killa, Ricky, MirX, and MBoZe are now a part of OpTic Nation. Killa and MirX came over from JustUs, and Ricky came over from Strictly Business.
After a long day of professional Call of Duty gameplay we had finally arrived at losers semi-finals. Curse Las Vegas had run the gauntlet after losing their first match on day 1. Their match to make top three would not be an easy one as they would play Team EnVyUs, who placed second at the Call of Duty Championship just two weeks ago. Once again Curse LV were the underdogs going into the final match of the day and they needed their strongest effort to advance passed Team EnVyUs. Game one was Domination on Strikezone, which was ultimately won by The Boys in Blue. EnVyUs took the 1-0 lead and went into the second map, which was Search and Destroy on Freight. This match unfortunately experienced technical difficulties and a map restart was enforced. Nevertheless, Curse LV made some excellent plays in the second map and were able to take their first win in the series to tie it at 1-1. Game three would be Blitz on Freight, which LV was able to win and gain the 2-1 lead over EnVyUs in the series. The final map would be Domination on Strikezone. Curse LV completed their upset over Team EnVyUs with a win in game 4 and effectively eliminated the COD Championship runner-ups from the Season One Playoffs.
Tomorrow’s action will include Complexity going up against Strictly Business in winners finals of the Season One Pro League Playoffs. The loser of that match will play against Curse LV in losers finals. Then grand finals will be contested and winner will be decided tomorrow at PAX East in Boston.
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As day two wound down we would see Curse Las Vegas play two consecutive matches to end the day. Accompanied by Muddawg, the LV team went up against Team Kaliber in the losers bracket. The odds were in favor of Team Kaliber considering how well they had done throughout the weekend with the exception of the Complexity match. Game one of the series was Domination on Freight which Curse LV won to gain the 1-0 series lead. The two teams went into Search and Destroy on Warhawk where trash talk was beginning to make an appearance. Curse LV took a dominant 6-1 victory over Team Kaliber in the Search and Destroy game to increase their series lead to 2-0. Team Kaliber would show a sign of life in map three which was Blitz on Freight. They were able to win the Blitz map by a large margin and force a game four against Curse LV. Game four was Domination on Strikezone, which was an unbelievably close match. Team Kaliber was able to hold out in game four and won the map by a minuscule margin. The series at that point was tied at 2-2 heading into the final map which was Search and Destroy on Octane. Team Kaliber was unable to build off of their comeback in the series and Curse LV took the final map 6-2 and eliminated Team Kaliber from the competition.
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