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Just after winning first place at 2019’s CWL London last month, 100 Thieves has done it again. The North American esports organization emerged victorious at 2019’s CWL Anaheim event. Kenny “Kenny” Williams, Sam “Octane” Larew, Austin “SlasheR” Liddicoat, Ian “Enable” Wyatt, and Preston “Priestahh” Greiner once again showed off their skills in another Call of Duty tournament.
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CWL Anaheim 2019
The 2019 CWL Anaheim tournament consisted of 4 pools of 4 teams each. They played each other in a Best of 5 Series containing three game types: “Control, Hardpoint, along with Search and Destroy”. Players competed on maps like Arsenal, Frequency, Gridlock, Hacienda, Seaside, and Payload, with a $325,000 USD total prize pool.
The top 2 teams in each pool were placed in a Championship Bracket Winner’s Round. Then the bottom 2 teams in each pool were placed in a Championship Bracket Loser’s Round. OpTic Gaming and Team Heretics topped Group A. Elevate Gaming and eUnited tied for first in Pool B. Enigma6 Group and FaZe Clan mirrored results in Pool C. Finally, 100 Thieves and Gen.G also did the same in Pool D.
In the Championship Bracket, 100 Thieves won games against Elevate, OpTic Gaming, and Gen.G. Gen.G was sent to the Loser’s Bracket where they won against OpTic Gaming. Finally, once again, 100 Thieves took down the Korean-based multi-gaming team owned by KSV.
100 Thieves winning
100 Thieves ended up winning against Gen.G in a 3-1 match. OpTic Gaming took 3rd, and FaZe Clan went home in 4th place. Enigma6 Group, eUnited, Team Heretics, and Splyce made up the last four teams. Flex player Austin “SlasheR” Liddicoat was named the ASTRO Gaming MVP after 100 Thieves won. The organization also won $125,000 of the total $325,000 USD prize pool.
With Call of Duty going into franchise mode next year, it seems 100 Thieves is still looking for investment to secure the Los Angeles spot. Another Los Angeles organization, FaZe Clan, didn’t agree with the price tag associated with a franchised spot. In comparison with another Esport title like Overwatch or League of Legends, do Call of Duty‘s viewership numbers truly match up?
Do you think the organization will continue their positive streak into the CoD Championships later this year? Keep up with all of the latest Call of Duty news and content here at Daily Esports.
Ethan Chen is a writer with over 3 years of experience covering esports, gaming, and business.