[CoD] Crown Invitational 2016

Crown Invitational 2016 - Main Stage

Crown Invitational 2016 - Main Stage

Directly following the CWL Stage 1 Finals Plantronics Tainted Minds competed in the $70,000 Invitational hosted at Crown Resorts in Melbourne and broadcast on Fox Sports.

For the first time ever international teams travelled to Australia to compete in a tournament in our region. The Aussies were able to finally test themselves against the champions of CWL Stage 1 from both North America and Europe.

Crown Invitational - Quarter Final #2 - Tainted Minds vs ChiefsESC

Crown Invitational - Quarter Final #2 - Tainted Minds vs ChiefsESC

In our first match we went up against ChiefsESC on the side station. In a nail biter series that came down to the last map, last round, 1v1 situation - Plantronics Tainted Minds were able to defeat the hard hitting Chiefs to win 4 - 3.

Crown Invitational - Semi Final #1 - Optic Gaming vs Tainted Minds

Crown Invitational - Semi Final #1 - Optic Gaming vs Tainted Minds

This was the match we had been waiting for. The boys went up against the Champions from North America who are widely considered the best team to ever play Call of Duty. This was our chance to see where we stood in the global pecking order.

After a very strong first map performance, Optic proved why they are the best in the world turning the game around and taking out the series 4 - 0. Despite the score line we were able to show the world that we could be competitive against international teams. This was supported by the 55,000+ live viewers watching the series at home, which was the largest viewership of the entire event. 

Having been eliminated by Optic Gaming we finished in 3rd/4th place along with Mindfreak who were defeated by the European champions - Millennium.

Optic Gaming went on to win the event after taking down Millenium 4 - 1.