It was anything but an easy first-place finish for Team Kaliber. They faced Luminosity Gaming in the grand finals, a team that pushed them to the brink of defeat. Luminosity reached the grand finals from the losers bracket while Team Kaliber was undefeated on the weekend. This meant that Luminosity would have to defeat the defending champions in two best-of-five series. They won the first series to reset the bracket, while the second series went to a final game five scenario. In the end, Team Kaliber was able to defend their territory and hoist the trophy for the second straight month.
“Winning back-to-back events means the world to us. A lot of people doubted us, even after our Championship win at CWL Dallas, and I’m glad we could prove them all wrong,” said CWL New Orleans MVP, Martin “Chino” Chino. “I’m really proud of us but being as good as we are I feel like we can keep improving. We want to stay at the top and the next challenge is the CWL Pro League and then CWL Atlanta in March.”
(Team Kaliber raise their First Place trophy for the second straight month)
Based on teams’ performances throughout the season, the top 16 teams enter Stage One of the CWL Pro League. Stage One begins on January 23 and will be held at the MLG Arena in Columbus, Ohio. After Stage One, teams then look to the next open event of the season: CWL Atlanta on March 9-11.
In New Orleans, nearly 200 “Call of Duty” teams competed for a piece of the weekend’s $200,000 prize pool. Hopeful teams from North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific went head-to-head in the weekend’s open bracket hoping to perform well enough to make it to the main stage on Championship Sunday. The convention center hall was packed with competitors hoping to prove their skills and fans who came to cheer on their favorite pros.
This has been the largest season yet for the Call of Duty World League. The season spans the year with multiple events across the U.S. and features the largest prize pool ever of $4.2 million. That prize pool brings more competition.
Team Kaliber, which is made up of Dylan “Theory” McGee, Lamar “Accuracy” Abedi, Martin “Chino” Chino and Kenny “Kenny” Kuavo, made it known that they are the new team to beat this season. After the foursome took home their first CWL win in Dallas last month, the back-to-back win speaks volumes of their expertise in “Call of Duty: WW2.” They’ll look to defend their title yet again later this month at Stage One of the Pro League in Columbus, Ohio.