Boston Challengers Open: teams, bracket, stream, and prize pool
A total of 96 teams will compete for $75,000.
Call of Duty Challengers are back for the Boston Major 2 event. The Boston Open will feature 96 teams of amateur Call of Duty hopefuls.
These 96 teams will play for a prize pool of $75,000 in Boston. They will get the chance to show their worth to the competitive Call of Duty world.
Boston Challengers Open teams
As always, the teams in the Challengers pit will be varied from ones including former pros to players coming to their first LAN event.
Here are some of the teams to look out for at the event:
- ROKKR Academy (Fame, ReeaL, Pandur, GodRx)
- Elevate (Vortex, Denza, JurNii, Lucky)
- Aw0babobs (Abuzaah, Breszy, Lyynz, Cobra)
- Decimate (Ghosty, FeLo, Uli, 2ReaL)
- LAG Academy (Spart, Neptune, Diamondcon, Noysii)
- OMiT (Wardy, GRVTY, Hicksy, Capsidal)
- Boston Breach Academy (Censor, BEANS, Kremp, Seany)
- Iron Blood Gaming (Prestinni, Gunless, Pentagrxm, Bink)
- PRS Gaming (Sizkie, Lunarz, Gusify, ProMR)
- PRS Gaming EU (RenKoR, SupeR, Sukry, Yako)
- eFuse (Kels, Genesis, BBConor, Disarray)
This is not an exhaustive list of the top teams taking part in the Challengers Open, but it's a good baseline to follow. Most of these teams have a good chance of placing well at the event.
Hicksy's OMiT team will be in Boston with another new roster and they will be joined by NYSL sub WarDy (Image via Ant Stonelake)
ROKKR Academy and Elevate will come into the event on the back of wins in the Challengers Elite in North America (NA) and Europe (EU) respectively. Decimate won the latest Cup tournament in NA.
This Challengers Open event may one of the most unpredictable in recent memory, with lots of teams coming to Boston with the feeling like they're going to win.
The teams at the event will be seeded based on their pro points and play out a 96-team bracket. That means that the top 32 teams will get a bye in the first round of the upper bracket.
Maple has been at the top of Challengers competition in EU for most of his career (Image via Ant Stonelake)
Matches will be played as best-of-three games up until they reach the top 32 stage of the bracket. From that point onwards, there will be best-of-five matches. The Grand Finals of the event will be a best-of-seven series.
The bracket for the Challengers Open will be released on the morning of the event. It will be available on Feb. 3.
The $75,000 prize pool will be split among the best teams at the event. The winners will take the lion's share of that. Teams will also be awarded pro points based on their placements for future seeding.
Teams that finish below eighth place will also be awarded pro points for their efforts, but they will not be taking home any prize money.
As is standard for Challengers, there will be no stream of the action on Friday. Streams will start on Saturday, Feb. 4.
One match will be streamed at a time on the Call of Duty Bravo Twitch channel.
What to look for at the Boston Challengers Open
There are many different things that can be seen during the Boston Challengers Open. Alongside the usual content of players roaring at each other, there will be plenty of storylines to follow.
One of the running storylines in North America is the rise of Iron Blood Gaming's roster. They have been on a consistent rise since the Raleigh Open in December.
Prestinni is a world champion who is on the Iron Blood Gaming roster (Image via The Rotation)
"Going into this event, our ambition is to win everything," IBG analyst Aaron Sharp told Esports.gg. "Leading up to the event, we have made adjustments and changes to certain things that we thought we needed to improve on.
"That is showing in our recent performances. We're still not quite getting to the placements that we want and expect, it is clear that we are a much better team than we were four or five weeks ago."
It's also worth watching out for Felix "FDot" Mckee's team at this tournament. Somehow, he has ended up teaming with Josh "FDzE" Malone even after the two of them fell out over teaming at the event.
FDot is one of the brightest 18-year-old talents in Europe (Image via The Rotation)
FDot was initially supposed to play with the Spanish roster that was picked up by PRS Gaming, but with RenKoR paying for his entire team to come to Boston, he was left without a team.
Stay tuned to Esports.gg for updates on the Challengers Open and Major 2.
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Doubling as a football (soccer) journalist following EFL League Two club Tranmere Rovers, Ant has a long-standing passion for gaming. That, combined with the drive to create content in the esports space led to the creation of The Rotation, a Call of Duty news platform.