Call Of Duty World League (CWL) Unveils 2018 Season, $4.2 Million Total Prize Pool And New CWL National Circuit

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Today, the Call of Duty® World League revealed plans for its biggest season yet beginning with the CWL Dallas Global Open on December 8. The new season featuring Call of Duty: WWII will offer six LAN Global Open events, a new CWL National Circuit, the CWL Pro League at the MLG Arena, the return of the Call of Duty World League Championship and the largest total prize pool in Call of Duty Esports history, $4.2 million USD .

The CWL Pro League competition, a multi-stage LAN series in which CWL Pro Points determine placement and tournament seeding, kicks-off on January 23, 2018. The Pro league will feature two divisions of eight teams competing at the MLG Arena in Columbus, Ohio, presenting fans with more matches and action per stage.

This season will introduce the CWL National Circuit, composed of eight online leagues in Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, UK and US.

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Mindfreak Wins Call Of Duty World League Sydney Open II

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The road to the Call of Duty World League Championship 2017 Presented by PlayStation®4 (CWL) has taken another big step with MINDFREAK winning the CWL Sydney Open II. The three-day tournament hosted at the ESL Studios in Sydney saw some of the most intense competition yet as more than 30 teams competed. While Team MINDFREAK took home top honours, teams ORACLE and RAGE rounded out the top three placements.

“We came into the Sydney Open 2 competition with the intention of reinforcing our status as the top team in APAC, so we’re very pleased with the result. We are training hard and always striving to improve, so we’re excited for the rest of the season.” - Mitchell “Buzzo” Mader, captain of Mindfreak.

Here are the final rankings for the CWL Sydney Open II:

· 1st - MINDFREAK
· 2nd - ORACLE
· 3rd - RAGE

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For teams in APAC there are still two chances to make the CWL Championship. First is the relegation qualifier on June 3, where an APAC team could secure their spot in Stage 2 of the CWL Global Pro League. All teams must register by June 1 to be considered and can sign up here. The second and final opportunity is the Last Chance Qualifier in Melbourne on July 8 - 9. Here teams can attempt to secure one of two final spots for APAC at the CWL Championship in August.

Call of Duty World League Presented by PlayStation®4 is proud to partner with Major League Gaming Corp. (MLG) as North American tournament operator and broadcast partner for the season. Through MLG’s proven live streaming capabilities and technology, MLG.tv will help to deliver the CWL events across a number of platforms including in-game via Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, on the PlayStation®4 console through the in-game video player and mlg.tv/callofduty.

For the latest intel on the Call of Duty World League Presented by PlayStation®4 and for live broadcasts check out: http://www.callofduty.com/cwl 

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Team Kaliber Crowned Champions Of The CWL New Orleans Open

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The CWL New Orleans Open, presented by PlayStation®4, concluded with Team Kaliber claiming top prize after a fiercely competitive tournament in Call of Duty®: WWII. Teams Luminosity Gaming, Rise Nation and Red Reserve rounded out the top four spots at the end of the three-day competition taking place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Centre in New Orleans.

CWL New Orleans Open Champions Team Kaliber claimed the largest piece of the event’s $200,000 USD prize pool, as part of the new season’s $4.2 million USD prize pool, the largest in Call of Duty esports history. This was Team Kaliber’s second CWL Global Open championship of the season, previously winning the CWL Dallas Open in December 2017.

“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 Open 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.”

Teams from North America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region competed in the enormous open bracket during the event for a chance at being crowned champion on Sunday. Fans watched the event over the weekend in front of live fans, online at MLG.com/CallofDuty and via the in-game Call of Duty®: WWII Headquarters Theater.

Here are the final rankings for the CWL New Orleans Open:

1st - Team Kaliber
2nd – Luminosity Gaming
3rd – Rise Nation
4th – Red Reserve
5th/6th – Echo Fox / eUnited
7th/8th – Evil Geniuses / FaZe Clan

Based on CWL Pro Points accrued throughout the season and ending with the CWL New Orleans Open, the top 16 teams to enter Stage 1 of the CWL Pro League – a multi-stage tournament series featuring teams from No­rth America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region – will begin competing at the MLG Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on January 23.

The season continues with the next open event of the season, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta on March 9 – 11, 2018.

CWL Atlanta Open tickets are available now in multiple varieties. General admission passes for the event are available for $59.99 USD (plus applicable fees and taxes). A Premium Pass for the event is also available for $89.99 USD (plus applicable fees and taxes) and includes an event t-shirt and one month of MLG GameBattles Premium. A $299.99 USD (plus applicable fees and taxes) VIP ticket is also available and includes an event t-shirt, event jacket, one-hour early entrance to the venue, access to the VIP Lounge and more. For tickets, visit www.MLG.com/CWLAtlanta 

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