Call of Duty Season Recap
Coming into the Call of Duty: WWII season, excitement was high for the series’ return to its boots on the ground roots. Echo Fox joined the competitive Call of Duty scene halfway through the Black Ops III season, making this the first boots on the ground edition of the game the organization has competed in.
Echo Fox’s roster of Saints, Gunless, Faccento, and Assault brought together veteran knowledge and world-class slaying power with the aim of making Echo Fox a force to be reckoned with in Call of Duty.
Multiple online placing events, offering 2,000 Pro Points to each player on the winning team, took place leading up to the first major LAN event of the year - CWL Dallas. Unfortunately, Echo Fox’s new team was unable to find a placing higher than top 16 in the first four 2K’s of the year.
Such placements forced Echo Fox into the precarious position of going into CWL Dallas’s open bracket. In order to make it into pool play, Echo Fox had to compete with the other 160 open bracket teams.
Though the team had enough points to earn a first-round bye, a bomb threat at the CWL Dallas site forced an evacuation on Friday. Forcing Echo Fox to play through the whole open bracket on Saturday in order to make pool play.
The Foxes made quick work of their first two series, going 2-0 in each to make it to Round 4 of the open bracket. Here they would go up against Tainted Minds and drop their first map of the tournament. They quickly regrouped and won the series 2-1 moving on to the next round.
Playing Beyond Reality in the 5th round, Echo Fox once again showed its prowess on respawn game modes, winning the series 2-1. After hours of Call of Duty over the course of the day, Echo Fox faced one last match on the path to making pools. Millennium was the only team left in its way.
Echo Fox went into the series with the utmost determination and made quick work of Millennium, sweeping the series. After thirteen games in one day, Echo Fox had qualified for pool play at CWL Dallas, but the journey was just beginning.
Once the rest of the open bracket qualifiers were completed, Echo Fox was placed into Pool A with OpTic Gaming, Enigma6, UNILAD Esports, and Team EnVyUs. Because pool play games had to be finished before championship Sunday, the teams invited to Group A had already completed their matches against each other. Meaning Echo Fox faced another four consecutive matches that would determine its seeding for Sunday.
The team’s first series was against UNILAD and for the first time, exhaustion set in. Echo Fox dropped the series 0-3 but had little time to rest before for the next game against EnVy.
With EnVy and OpTic being favorites in the group, Echo Fox had to bring its A game. The Foxes showed up huge in Hardpoint maps specifically and won the series 3-1. Having the head to head tiebreaker over EnVy meant Echo Fox only needed one more series win to secure a spot in the Championship Winner’s Bracket.
Next on the docket for Echo Fox was 2017 world champions OpTic Gaming. OpTic took the series 0-3.
With only one series left against Enigma6, Echo Fox needed a win to advance to the Winner’s Bracket. Even after hours and hours of play during the day, Echo Fox pushed past the exhaustion and found the win they needed. After defeating Enigma6 in a clean 3-0 sweep, Echo Fox secured 2nd place in Pool A, arguably the strongest group in Dallas, and a spot in the Winner’s Bracket for Sunday.
Echo Fox’s first match on Sunday was against powerhouse Team Kaliber in the Winner’s Quarterfinals. Every single map of the series came down to the wire but in the end, Team Kaliber picked up the 3-1 series win to move on. The loss sent Echo Fox down to Round 4 of the Loser’s Bracket where every game would be an elimination match.
The next opponent for Echo Fox to slay was Australia’s best team, Mindfreak. Mindfreak proved to be a strong opponent and they took a quick lead in the series, 1-2. Echo Fox won the second Hardpoint map to tie the series at 2-2, but right as the map ended, another threat forced an evacuation of the arena.
After another multi-hour break and the safety of players and fans was ensured, the venue reopened. Games quickly resumed but Echo Fox found itself on the brink of elimination, down three rounds to five during game 5 Search and Destroy. The Foxes refused to go down and found three more round wins to win the map and series.
The team’s next challenger, Luminosity, was sent to the Loser’s Bracket to play Echo Fox for a spot in the top six. Luminosity was favored by many people to win the entire tournament, but Echo Fox surprised fans and analysts by putting on a clinic and routing Luminosity for a 3-0 victory.
The final team Echo Fox faced was European champions Splyce as the team vied for a spot in the top four. Unfortunately, after countless hours of games and effort, Echo Fox lost the series 1-3 and was eliminated from CWL Dallas.
The top-six finish marked the organization’s best ever finish at a CWL event. The team claimed $8,000 in prize money but more importantly earned 8,000 Pro Points for each player. The Pro Points were enough to push Echo Fox into the top ten in North America.
Additionally, the showing earned Echo Fox an invite to the 2018 Northern Arena Showdown. The eight-team event was held in Montreal, Canada a week after CWL Dallas. Unfortunately, due to travel issues, Saints was unable to make the event. Goonjar subbed into his spot on the team.
In their first series in Montreal, Echo Fox played Team EnVyUs. The rematch of Pool A in Dallas did not disappoint. Echo Fox made a huge sixty-point comeback in the first Hardpoint map to go up 1-0. EnVy found two wins in Search and Destroy and Capture the Flag before Echo Fox won another Hardpoint, forcing a deciding game 5. Unable to find their footing in the final Search and Destroy map, Echo Fox lost the series 2-3 falling to the Loser’s Bracket.
Playing against Next Threat, Echo Fox once again fought through a tough five game series but lost in the final map. While their run in Montreal was short, Echo Fox proved its competitiveness once again. Each player was awarded 800 Pro Points for playing in the event.
Going into the new year, Echo Fox has shown that it is now a force to be reckoned with in Call of Duty. After the strongest placing from any Call of Duty team the organization has fielded, Echo Fox will only look to improve its standing.
This all has been accomplished by a strong team with players who can excel at different parts of the game. From Assault being one of the best AR Slayers in the game to Faccento’s strong in game leadership, this team is set up for success in the upcoming Call of Duty World League. Currently, Echo Fox is sitting at 7th in the Pro Points standings with 44,905 points. Echo Fox will be able to avoid the largest ever open bracket at CWL New Orleans and will be invited directly into pool play. A strong placing in New Orleans will help Echo Fox qualify for Stage 1 of the CWL Pro League and a chance at the $700,000 prize pool.