The fourth running of Checkmate Gaming’s $2,500 ProDown Black Ops 4 tournament wrapped up on January 7 with eUnited being crowned champions for the first time.
eUnited defeated G2 Esports 4-2 and 4-0 in the Grand Final to become the first team other than OpTic Gaming to win a ProDown tournament, as OpTic had won the previous three.
Having been relegated to the Loser’s Bracket in the very first round, eU had to win six straight series just to make it to the Grand Final. Even then, they were faced with having to win both series in the Grand Final, while G2 would only need to win one because they had won the Winner’s Bracket.
eUnited would start off very hot in the first series, winning the Gridlock Hardpoint 250-99 and the Hacienda Search and Destroy 6-2. However, G2 would win two of the next three maps, 3-2 on Gridlock Control and 6-4 on Arsenal S&D, sandwiched around eU’s 250-169 Hardpoint victory on Hacienda.
Leading the series 3-2 going into the game six Control on Arsenal, eUnited knew they had a chance to end the first series there and force a bracket reset, but it didn’t seem likely after G2 took a quick 2-0 lead. However, resilient as ever, eU regained and fought back to win the game 3-2 and take the series 4-2.
With the bracket now reset, everything would rest on the second best-of-seven series. Just as with the first series, eU would blast out of the gates and take a quick 2-0 lead, winning the Hacienda Hardpoint 250-203 and Payload SnD 6-2.
The lead would balloon to 3-0 after eU dominated the game three Control on Frequency 3-0, and they would also go on to win the game four Hardpoint on Seaside 250-136 to complete the dominant sweep and claim the ProDown championship.
The CMG ProDown is a double-elimination tournament series that features some of the most prominent pro teams in Call of Duty esports.
16 teams participated in this week’s competition, which was split over two days. The bulk of the matches were played on January 6 and the latter rounds, including the Winner’s Bracket Final, Loser’s Bracket Semis and Final, and the Grand Final, were all played on January 7.
Here are the scorelines for all of the day two matches.
- Winner’s Final: G2 Esports 4 – 3 SZN (iLLeY, Simp, Shotzy, Onyx, Paulehx)
- Loser’s Semis – eUnited 3 – 0 Red Reserve
- Loser’s Final – eUnited 3 – 1 SZN
- Grand Final –
- Game 1: G2 Esports 2 – 4 eUnited
- Game 2: eUnited 4 – 0 G2 Esports
A full recap of all of the day one action, including the stunning elimination of OpTic Gaming, can be found HERE.
The overall final placements can be seen in the table below, along with the Winner’s and Loser’s Brackets.
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Winner’s Bracket (From Quarters)
Loser’s Bracket (From Round 3)
For more information about the CMG ProDown, including team rosters and full brackets from this latest tournament, visit the tournament web-page on the CMG website HERE.