CoD: Gfinity Masters
Last weekend saw the second major Call of Duty tournament in as many weekends coming to Gfinity’s Fulham based arena. The Gfinity Spring Masters I was the second major CoD tournament in the arena, and with ESWC the weekend before being widely praised the tournament had a lot to live up to.
For the event Gfinity chose to fly 16 of the best teams from around the world, as well as inviting the regular UK talent to make the event as competitive as possible. Whilst we unfortunately missed out on an invite this time round, our members attended in full force and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
exceL eSports Ltd Managing Director, Joel Holmes-Darby, and Director of Operations, Kieran Holmes-Darby, posing for a picture with OpTic Gaming's Seth 'Scumper' Abner.
In addition to a talented team line-up, Gfinity also ensured their production was nothing short of excellent, flying over top US Presenter Chris Puckett and inviting many other of the world's best commentators and analysts.
MLG's Chris Puckett alongside YouTube star Ali-A and professional player Callum 'Swanny' Swan in the Gfinity Analysts' room.
This led to possibly one of the most stacked tournaments in modern Call of Duty history, with giants from America, Europe and Australia going head to head in a battle of Call of Duty titans.
The group stage did not disappoint with exciting games a plenty, in the end most of the expected teams managed to make it through to the knockout rounds. The Australians representing Plantronic's Mindfreak, Team Kaliber and the newly formed Vitality.Storm line up being the major casualities, but most of the big name squads made it out unscathed.
The quarter finals saw both OpTic Gaming and TCM take clean 3-0 victories against Aware, and Envyus respectively, as well as the hybrid EU/NA team of Epsilon lose to the American Prophecy team in a battle of the ex-Total Revenge players. Possibly the most surprising result was the previously struggling OpTic Nation team, who only narrowly made it out of the group stages with a 6-5 last map victory over Vitality.Storm, taking down Call of Duty World Champions Denial in a 5 game thriller.
These quarter final results lead to the semi-final matchups of Prophecy vs OpTic Nation, and OpTic Gaming vs TCM. Both matches were relatively comfortable with 3-1 victories for both Prophecy and OpTic Gaming. This meant the tournament would be decided between ESWC Champions OpTic (playing with Enable in place of Karma), and newly formed Prophecy with 19x champion Aches and two of the 2nd place Total Revenge players from the Call of Duty World Championships. The series was one of the most exciting of the weekend, with OG taking a 2-0 lead only for Prophecy to make a comeback and force Map 5.
Gfinity Call of Duty Spring Masters I Champions, OpTic Gaming's Ian 'Crimsix' Porter and Seth 'Scumper' Abner.
Overall it was yet another great event by Gfinity, and it will be interesting to see if OpTic can continue their domination in future events and if Denial can bounce back from a disappointing performance. We would like to thank Gfinity again for such a fantastic event and we look forward to our next trip to the Gfinity Arena!