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Best grand finals in Call of Duty esports history

Call of Duty esports is a never-ending vacuum of incredible plays, exciting moments and intense matches. As potentially the most personality-driven esport in the world, fans are sucked in to the moments that they will remember forever, watching their favourite players do the unthinkable and achieving feats seemingly from another realm.

Of course, winning championships is the greatest thing a Call of Duty player could do in their career. But which grand finals were the best? Let’s take a look.

X Games 2014 – Team Kaliber vs. OpTic Gaming

Starting with a match that has gone down in Call of Duty history, as two of the most popular teams at the time, Team Kaliber and OpTic Gaming, went head-to-head.

The match went to a game 5 and one of the most famous Search and Destroy maps CoD fans have seen.

CWL Atlanta 2017 – OpTic Gaming vs. eUnited

At the start of the Infinite Warfare season, the eUnited quartet of Justin “Silly” Fargo-Palmer, Peirce “Gunless” Hillman, Alec “Arcitys” Sanderson and Preston “Prestinni” Sanderson found themselves thrown into the limelight, a position none of them were familiar with.

However, they took the pressure of the main stage and the GreenWall stood against them and overcame the greatest team in Call of Duty history, each of them getting their first ever championship win in the process.

Call of Duty World Championship 2013 – Envy vs. Fariko

The first ever Call of Duty World Championship was a fantastic one, on arguably the greatest Call of Duty title to date. Black Ops 2 was the first game to see a lot of competitive support from developers, and this $1m tournament was the icing on the cake, for both fans and players.

The match was an 11-map extravaganza, with Fariko finally getting the 6-5 win against Envy having lost 3-2 to them in Winner’s Bracket final. The series cemented a legacy, and got Damon “Karma” Barlow well on his way to being one of the greatest CoD players of all time.

CWL Season 1 Playoffs – FaZe Clan vs. OpTic Gaming

This VOD shows the second series in the grand final of FaZe Clan’s last event win. It also marks the catalyst of one of the biggest downfalls in Call of Duty esports history.

The OpTic Gaming dynasty, of Seth “Scump” Abner, Ian “Crimsix” Porter, Damon “Karma” Barlow and Matthew “Formal” Piper, had seen all manners of success together in their three year teaming together, but during the World War II season the cracks began to show, and this series was truly the beginning of the end.

It was really everything you could want in a grand final matchup.

NA CWL Season 1 Playoffs – OpTic Gaming vs. Rise Nation

It’s not often we get a grand final that isn’t a best of 5, and there’s always something exciting about it being more. This best of 7 went all the way to the final map, between the two undisputed best teams in the game at the time.

A game 7, round 11 is the perfect way to end a tournament and every map of this series delivered.

CWL Birmingham – Splyce vs. Luminosity Gaming

Perhaps one of the best crowds CoD esports has seen, CWL Birmingham saw the best players in the world come to the UK for the first time in over two years.

The crowd, so often behind OpTic Gaming, came together to push UK team Splyce into the grand final, where they nearly managed to win the whole thing against all odds. In many ways the atmosphere is what made this event and grand final so special.

Call of Duty World Championship 2017 – OpTic Gaming vs. Envy

In the second best-of-5 in this grand final, the OpTic Gaming roster cemented their reputation as a dynasty and the best team to ever grace the game, beating Envy in back-to-back best-of-5s, at back-to-back events. It’s something we may not see in CoD again, but was a fantastic feat for the esport’s favourite team.

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