Anaheim is widely regarded as one of the best tournaments in the Call of Duty calendar and the 2016 edition lived up to expectations. Today we’re going to take a look at the headlines from last weekend’s competition.
OpTic Grabs Consecutive Anaheim Titles
Anaheim has been a happy hunting ground for Crimsix (then again where hasn’t?), having won three back-to-back MLG titles in California. This weekend he set out to make it four in four as he aims to live up to a promise to prove that OpTic Gaming is the best Call of Duty team ever.
All four players are playing some of their best CoD of the season, hitting a peak in time for the Call of Duty Championship – one of the few titles to have so far eluded the Green Wall. Barely breaking a sweat in Pool Play or the Winner Bracket, OpTic booked another appearance in a Grand Final, dropping only two maps en route, as well as sweeping rivals Rise and eLevate.
eLevate posed more of a threat in the Grand Final and had it not been for stand out performances by Karma and tournament MVP, Formal, OpTic may have stumbled to a runner up finish. In typical OpTic Gaming fashion, though, the crowd favorites managed to complete a reverse sweep of eLevate, winning the final 3-2 in dramatic fashion to secure title number 27 for Crimsix.
OpTic Gaming remains the team to beat.
Despite a difficult start, FaZe still managed to pull itself from the Loser’s Bracket and into an ultimate fourth place finish.
Their sudden turn of fortunes included back-to-back reverse sweeps of European opponents, first eliminating Splyce and later defeating Infused. It took real mettle and an incredible moment of individual play by Clayster to finally fight back against Infused. Ultimately, FaZe should be proud of their ability to play as Comeback Kings.
A Long Road Home For Europe
It was a mixed weekend for the traveling European contingent who will have hoped to get more out of their trip to Anaheim. All three made short work of the Open Bracket, with Infused and Splyce subsequently meeting after finishing 1nd and 2rd in their respective groups.
Infused came out on top in the only all-European fixture of the weekend, though both they and Splyce ultimately met their fates at the hands of FaZe.