One of the most prominent Call of Duty competitions, the game’s international offline event has finally kicked off on the 7th of December. This is one of those major esports gaming events attracting a massive fan and player base. After several weeks of amazing hype as well as tremendous numbers of sales behind Black Ops 4, two hundred and seventy-two teams from all over the globe are finally converging for their shot at an amazing $250,000 prize pool. The competition takes place at the Hard Rock Hotel situated in Las Vegas.
As we are used to seeing, the biggest sponsors of the competition are ASUS and Scuf Gaming while the organizers as every year are Major League Gaming, Treyarch and Activision. When it comes to the format of the competition, it features open bracket matches with the seeding based on Call of Duty Pro Points teams gathered during the WWII season.
The format of the Competition
During those group stage matches, best of three and best of five teams advance further in the competition while those top four bracket teams qualify for the competition’s pool play. On the other hand, those top four loser’s bracket teams advance to the competition’s loser’s round of its championship bracket.
When it comes to the competition’s pool play, it brings together twenty teams with twelve teams coming from Call of Duty Pro League stage two, four teams from Play-in, four teams from winner’s bracket. The competition features four pools consisting of five teams and those top two teams from each pool advance to the competition’s winner’s round one.
The third-placed team advance to loser’s round three, the fourth-placed team advance to loser’s round two, and the fifth-placed team advance to loser’s round one. The competitions championship bracket features double elimination matches. Those top four teams instantly quality for Call of Duty Pro League 2019 while top thirty-two teams qualify for Call of Duty Pro League Play-In 2019.
The Very First Competitive LAN Tournament for CoD: Black Ops 4
The competition is, in fact, the very first international LAN tournament for Call of Duty Black Ops 4 and there are some changes introduced when it comes to its rules. One of those changes is a transition to an interesting five-on-five gaming format. While online types of tournaments have shown amazing competitive plays, this is the very first time fans will see some serious strategies coming into play within this offline tournament.
As previously mentioned, there will be twenty teams participating in the competition’s poll play fighting for their spot in the best championship bracket. Those first twelve spots depend on the teams’ placement from Call of Duty Pro League Stage 2 that includes some of the best-performing teams such as Luminosity Gaming, eUnited, 100 Thieves and OpTic Gaming.
Four other teams qualify via an interesting relegation gaming format which includes eight teams that have accumulated the most Pro Points during the previous season. There are also four final teams that qualify through the competition’s open bracket gaming style. The ultimate action started on 7th of December and it is definitely clear that the first competition’s pool is the most challenging due to matches between powerhouses including 100 Thieves, eUnited, and Team Reciprocity.