The stage is set and players are ready to compete in the CWL Pro League! OpTic Gaming, eUnited, Splyce and Luminosity Gaming, were already awarded spots for their top 4 performance at CWL Vegas. The 28 teams that placed 5th through 32nd at CWL Vegas faced off in Columbus, Ohio on Jan. 16 to 20 for the 12 available spots in the Pro League.
The event opened with a Pool Play format with seven teams in each pool. The top two teams of each pool qualified for the Pro League, while the rest play in a double-elimination style bracket. Enigma6, Team Reciprocity, Team Envy, Team Heretics, Midnight Esports, 100 Thieves, Evil Geniuses and UYU all qualified through pool play. Team Space, ExcelerateGG, Red Reserve and Overtime eSports took their second chance and qualified in bracket play.
The 16 teams will face off in the CWL Pro League when it begins Feb. 4 to July 5 with a $710,000 prize pool. The eight team, two division system allows teams to face off against each other in their respected division twice and play one series against a team in the opposite bracket in a best of five series. Teams are awarded 1,000 pro points and $2,500 for each win, but lose 500 points for each loss.
Teams such as FaZe Clan that failed to qualify in the CWL Pro League will still be able to compete in open events throughout the year. The next one is set in Fort Worth, Texas and amateur teams will play against each other for a dedicated prize pool of $75,000. The Pro League teams will also be taking part in the Fort Worth Cup and a chance at $325,000.