E-Sports Report: Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare 4v4 Tournament At Kamimodo

By: Mandy J Watson
Posted: 23 January 2015
Category: Features
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In early January Cape Town's competitive Call Of Duty console teams faced each other for the first time this year at a Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare tournament organised by Zombiegamer.

E-Sports Report: Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare 4v4 Tournament At Kamimodo

Zombiegamer's e-sports events in Cape Town kicked off earlier this month with a Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare double-elimination tournament at Kamimodo eSports Cafe in Observatory. The tournament comprised a 4v4 team event on the Xbox One that was limited to 12 preregistered teams and featured multiple games per round in different modes, such as Hard Point, Capture The Flag, and Search And Destroy. Another highlight of the day was an exhibition match between two teams that first met in July 2012 playing a Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 match on the PlayStation 3 at a 2upGamers event in Cape Town.

Since the Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare tournament was an all day event that was scheduled to start at 09:00, although it started late due to some logistical problems (one team was AWOL and other teams didn't bring Xbox One consoles, as was requested) and ran until around 21:00, I jumped in about halfway through to watch some of the matches, as well as the exhibition match.

E-Sports Report: Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare 4v4 Tournament At Kamimodo
Above: Three of the four original members of F34R versus all four original members of Hi5 competed in an exhibition match.

E-Sports Report: Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare 4v4 Tournament At Kamimodo
Above: The exhibition match started with a Search And Destroy game on the Detroit map.

The 2012 match was between the original members of F34R and Hi5 and, impressively, seven of the eight original players were in attendance at Kamimodo, with F34R's Frost filling in for J4S3. Zombiegamer's Zombie Dredd (Clint O'Shea), in announcing the match, acknowledged that the fun faceoff was to be in recognition of where the gaming community has come from in the last two and a half years, although I will jump in here and say that a lot of that has to do with Dredd's (and his helper team's) continued efforts in organising events and tournaments in Cape Town, which has helped to keep e-sports alive and thriving in the city and brought more recognition of gaming to a wider audience via the more casual T-Fest events at Trenchtown.

E-Sports Report: Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare 4v4 Tournament At Kamimodo


E-Sports Report: Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare 4v4 Tournament At Kamimodo
Above: Hi5 in the foreground.

E-Sports Report: Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare 4v4 Tournament At Kamimodo


E-Sports Report: Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare 4v4 Tournament At Kamimodo
Above: F34R in the foreground.

The exhibition match kicked off with Search And Destroy on the Detroit map and was characterised by pretty even play by both teams, with each team only taking a brief lead before the other team matched and bettered the score. Eventually, though, Hi5 came out on top with a score of 6-4. Next was Uplink on Bio Lab, where a similar scenario played out - the teams were generally dead even, right until the end, when it literally came down to the last few seconds in what was a nail-biting finish that saw Hi5, again, take the game 7-6. With that, the team's match win was secured, repeating the success from 2012.

E-Sports Report: Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare 4v4 Tournament At Kamimodo
Above: Three original members of F34R, with Frost (foreground, far right) standing in for J4S3.

E-Sports Report: Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare 4v4 Tournament At Kamimodo
Above: The original members of Hi5.

E-Sports Report: Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare 4v4 Tournament At Kamimodo
Above: Uplink on Bio Lab.

Meanwhile, the 12 teams in the main competition had slugged it out through the first couple of rounds, in a best-of-three format, before taking a breather during the exhibition match. Four teams received byes in the first round and met the winners of the first round in the second round, while the losers spent most of the day fighting it out in the losers' pool to try to get a spot in the losers' semifinal, a win in which would secure a place in the final against the winners of the winners' pool.

E-Sports Report: Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare 4v4 Tournament At Kamimodo
Above: L3gion Gaming.

Before the exhibition match I caught the tail end of the round three matches, which were increased to a best-of-five format: F34R versus Team Tsunami (F34R won comfortably with a score of 3-0) and Xero Fracture versus Vinco (which Xero Fracture also won comfortably with a score of 3-0). After the exhibition match the tournament moved into round four of the winners' pool and continued with round one of the losers' pool.

E-Sports Report: Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare 4v4 Tournament At Kamimodo
Above: Xero Fracture getting ready for its round four match against F34R. The start was delayed due to an audio-feedback problem that required a bit of hunting to track down and cable jiggling and button pressing to fix.

E-Sports Report: Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare 4v4 Tournament At Kamimodo
Above: The current incarnation of F34R competing against Xero Fracture during the fourth round of the winners' pool.

I watched part of the round four (winners' semifinals) match between F34R and Xero Fracture, which turned out to be a prophetic event. F34R lost 1-3 and was bumped into the losers' semifinals (the last loser's pool match), where the team met Vinco, which had fought its way into the losers' semifinals after landing in round three of the losers' pool being defeated by Xero Fracture in round three of the winners' pool. F34R fought hard to win the match 3-0 in what were very close games, thereby becoming the victor of the losers' pool, which got the team bumped back into the winners' pool and into the final, where Xero Fracture was waiting for it once again.


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The final was a best-of-11 continuation of the two teams' previous encounter so Xero Fracture had the upper hand at 3-1 as the match began and the pressure was on F34R to stay in the match. It seemed as though the team was going to do it, too, as it had a very strong start that secured the first three maps, giving it the lead at 4-3 as the match went into the eighth game but then Xero Fracture secured a win and, once again showing its stamina and perseverance, then started to pull away, eventually securing the victory at 6-4 and bringing the first Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare tournament of the year to a close, though there will be more to follow in the months ahead.

Read Zombiegamer's roundup of the Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare tournament here, which includes a breakdown of all the maps and matches played, and view the photo album from the day on Facebook here.


Tags: #cape_town, #games, #saesports





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