Call of Duty: ESWC Already Sees Upsets in Paris

by Steven Cropley

The ESWC Paris event started just a few hours ago and has already seen a pair of upsets, one in pool play and one in the open bracket.

Cloud9 was dealt a loss at the hands of fnatic. Cloud9 were grand finalists back at MLG Vegas and even after the teams rough go in Atlanta, it was still favored in this matchup. fnatic is not a team to overlook, however, as the team has managed some decent results recently. Finishing in the top 16 at MLG Atlanta just last weekend after a 5-6th place finish at CWL London. fnatic is a team to keep an eye on as a potential dark horse to make a deep run. Cloud9 continues its downfall with this opening round loss but can the team who was a contender just weeks ago bounce back?

Cloud9 COD
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In the open bracket, the squad recently signed by esports organization G2 finds itself 0-1 after meeting the Spanish squad by the name of Giants. Although it may not be as big of an upset as Giants is the top team in its region and G2 did not do much to impress during its bracket play in Atlanta. G2 is not done, however, the team will get a shot at redemption but its back is against the wall as it is one in the hole in a double elimination bracket. It will be a long event for the newly signed squad of Michael "SpaceLy" Schmale and friends in Paris.

The $100,000 open Call of Duty tournament is taking place from February 17 to 19 and features up to 76 teams competing. Open bracket play consists of best-of-three matches while teams competing in the pool play will battle in best-of-five games. The top four teams from the open bracket will move into pool play, filling in the one spot vacant in each of the four groups. The top two teams from the pool will move to the championship bracket while the bottom two battle through the lower.