CWL Anaheim Open will be starting on June 16th, but all the spots in the tournament have not been filled yet. There are four spots still up for grabs. The day prior to the commencement of Anaheim Open, CWL Relegation Tournament will take place. In this tournament, four teams that finish in the last four places in the CWL Global Pro League will battle out against four challenger teams from different parts of the world.
Four teams that finish in the top four positions in the Relegation Tournament will secure their spots at the CWL Anaheim Open. Besides that, the winner will also secure their place in the next season of CWL Global Pro League. They will also get their spot at the 2017 Call of Duty World Championship that will be held later this year.
According to the organizers, the format of the competition will feature double-elimination bracket. Teams will be playing in best-of-five series. Securing a spot for some Call of Duty competition has almost never been as easy as at the Relegation Tournament. It seems that all that a team needs to do to secure their place in the pool play of Anaheim Open and CWL GPL season two is to win in two matches before they lost the following two.
CWL Relegation Tournament Participants
For many Call of Duty eSports competition fans, the list of teams that finished in the bottom four positions in the League is very surprising. That list features Cloud9, Fnatic, Millenium, and Red Reserve. These teams will have to defend their position in the CWL Global Pro league because the challengers, Supreme Team, eRa Eternity, Supremacy, and Tainted Minds will go all in at this competition.
Cloud9 had a very bad season, but they managed to bring in some new players in the team that made a huge change, and now they seem to be the strongest that they ever been. Anaheim could potentially be the first big CoD tournament for this Cloud9 line up whose leader is currently ACHES whose experience has become an important factor in this team.
On the other hand, Fnatic did not make any changes in the team even though they finished in the last place in their group at the CWL Global Pro League which might backfire if they fail to secure their place at the CWL Anaheim Open. Just like Fnatic, Millenium also did not make any changes in the team after their fourth place finish in CWL GPL. They hope that they will have at least better tournament than their last one where they went 0-6.
Just like Cloud9, Red Reserve made some roster changes after their fourth place finish in CWL GPL with Rated signing with the team, and this change resulted in them winning the latest European 2k tournament.
CWL Relegation Tournament Challengers
Out of all four challengers in the Relegation Tournament, it seems that eRa Eternity with FA5TBALLA, ProFeeZy, Mosh, and Glory might have the biggest chances of upsetting some of the favorites because they have been improving significantly in the last couple of months.
Besides them, other teams as well have enough experience to put on a great show where they might upset some of the favorites, but teams such as Tainted Minds or Supremacy are just lacking the experience of competing in the North American region which might be a big problem for them.
All in all, this could be one of the toughest Relegation Tournaments recently as no team has been especially good when it comes to their results. Because of that, many expect a lot of upsets in this tournament which means that we might be seeing some new faces at the CWL Anaheim Open and 2017 Call of Duty World Championship.