2017 was a year of ups and downs for Red Reserve as we became an esports team for the first time, we entered the european Call of Duty scene with high hopes for a team stacked in talent. Joee, Urban, Rated and Zero started the year representing us but as always in the Call of Duty scene changes happened from game to game and the team adapted very well to the early new game stages.
2017 started in Paris for the CWL Paris Open played on Infinite Warfare where some of the best teams in the world gathered to battle it out, drawn into a very tough group alongside OpTic Gaming, Epsilon eSports and Qwiker’s orgless Team 3G. Wins against Epsilon and 3G and a defeat to eventual winners OpTic saw us advance into bracket play where we eventually suffered defeat to FaZe Clan and Epsilon to come away with a T12 finish.
A month break from LAN play followed and changes to the team came, Rated and Zero moved on and Niall and Seany joined Joee and Urban. The team started very strong making the finals of both EU 2K’s winning one of them as they prepared for the CWL Dallas Open LAN.
Another tough group awaited us in Dallas, again being drawn against tournament winners OpTic Gaming as well as GosuCrew, EnVyUs and Tainted Minds. Victory against Tainted Minds was the only highlight of a group play that saw us go 1-3 and enter the loser’s bracket in round 2, however the team showed great determination as they secured victories against Supremacy, Fnatic, E6 and Evil Geniuses to leave us with a T6 matchup against Splyce that we would eventually lose 3-1 to leave Dallas with a T6 placing.
More 2k’s followed that saw us go no further than the semi finals before a disappointing stop at the EU only CWL Birmingham that saw us once again placing T6 ahead of the first stage of the CWL Pro League. Arriving in Columbus we were once again drawn against OpTic Gaming with E6 and Elevate completing the group. The group stages did not go our way as we ended with a 1-6 record meaning we would have to fight in the Relegation event to stay in the Pro League.
After a disappointing stage one Rated returned to the team in place of Niall and results where instant, we took home our second 2k of the year before qualifying for stage 2 of the Pro League after not dropping a map at relegation. With our place in the next stage of the Pro League secured attention turned to CWL Anaheim, a 3rd place finish in groups with a 2-2 record meant that we had to make another loser’s bracket run and quick 3-1 victories over Fnatic and bitterSweet showed hope however a defeat to Cloud9 saw us come away from the event with a T8 placing.
A stop in Europe followed for the last EU only event of the year where we took home our highest LAN finish of the season placing second after losing the final to Epsilon eSports. Next up was stage 2 of the Pro League, the final event before the Infinite Warfare World League Championships. Sadly we just missed out on playoffs on map count, however we did secure our place at COD Champs in Orlando but sadly our run came to an early end with a group stage exit that gave us a T24 finish.
A new game meant a new roster and after releasing Urban and Seany we brought back Zero and signed Joshh heading into the WW2 season. Results came early online with a second place finish in the first 2k followed by our 3rd 2k victory of the year had the team in high spirits for the season ahead. The first LAN stop of the year was Dallas and we suffered some terrible luck throughout before exiting the event with a T12 placing, another 2k followed that we thought we had won however due to a ruling that forced us to replay one round we ended up with another second place finish.
Our Call of Duty Manager had this to say on 2017:
“2017 started great and fizzled quickly as events went on – ending abruptly in disappointment and not the placements the team deserved or certainly were capable of, with a lot of ‘what if?’ and unfulfilled potential.
With a few roster changes and a new season, the team have been grinding hard towards the end of the year and are looking better than ever.
I am quietly confident that next year will be a huge year for RED and call of duty in general. Don’t sleep on us, 2018 is the year for us to prove ourselves.”
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Article written by Tyler Lench