OpTic Gaming, one of the premier names in the competitive world of Call of Duty, has often fallen short in the past to secure the annual championship crown. However, it could not be denied the fulfilment of a long-awaited dream this year.
The 2017 Call of Duty World League Championship began for OpTic Gaming much like any other it has experienced over the years. The roster of Seth “Scump” Abner, Matthew “FormaL” Piper, Damon “Karma” Barlow, and Ian “Crimsix” Porter started strongly to reach the winners bracket finals over the weekend. Unfortunately, it was sent away by Team EnVyUs in a rather confident manner.
OpTic Gaming then had to claw its way back from the losers bracket to face Team EnVyUs in the grand finals. Emotions were running high and fans for both teams were glued to their seats.
OpTic Gaming commenced with the final series with a strong win on Retaliation Hardpoint, but Team EnVyUs answered back with a thrashing on Throwback Search and Destroy. Securing the third Throwback Uplink map reset the brackets for OpTic Gaming and the squad rode the momentum through the best-of-five series in pure domination. It won three maps back to back and swept the series to take home the 2017 Call of Duty World League Championship for the first time.
OpTic Gaming went home with the first-place prize of $600,000, while Team EnVyUs earned $200,000 for coming at second-place. With the victory, Karma is now a three-time world champion in Call of Duty while Crimsix has secured two.
Last week, Team Elevate was forced to concede its run when it faced controller issues against Mindfreak Black. The team was one of the favorites to win this year.
The 2017 Call of Duty World Championship was the last major event that features Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Sledgehammer Games is on track to release the new Call of Duty: WWII in November. We will have to wait and see what esports plans the new installment has in store for the community.