By Alco

Just four teams remain in the Call of Duty: Black Ops $25,000 Tournament presented by PlayStation, and in just a few short days, a champion will be crowned. The Playoff Bracket thus far has proven to be much more exciting than anyone could have expected, and since the very early rounds, we have seen either utter domination by familiar faces or the narrow defeat of top teams by ambitious up-and-comers.

Top-ranked squads like (1) vVv Motivation and (2) EnvyUs Blue have met an early demise, and the teams pulling off these upsets have proven that their victories were hardly flukes. Take (43) iNF Obey, a team that suffered an early loss in the Winners Bracket, but en route to a berth in the Losers Bracket Semifinal decisively took down the 29th, 5th, and 2nd seeds.

While it's exciting to witness fresh talent emerging, longstanding veterans Optic Gaming and Leverage appear to be the favorites to take the title. The two teams, manned largely by top Call of Duty 4 and Modern Warfare 2 players, are set to face off in the Winners Bracket Final later tonight, and both squads have yet to drop a single game in the Playoff Bracket.

Here's a recap of the tournament's latest results, as well as the schedule for the tournament's final matches:

Winners Bracket Semifinals

(8) Optic Gaming <3-0> (12) Fierce

(19) Leverage <3-0> (71) Next Threat

Losers Bracket Round 10

(43) iNF Obey <3-2> (71) Next Threat

(48) Team IGC Pro <3-0> (12) Fierce

Winners Bracket Final – Feb. 16, 9:00 PM EST

(8) Optic Gaming vs. (19) Leverage

Losers Bracket Semifinal – Feb. 16, 9:00 PM EST

(43) iNF Obey vs. (48) Team IGC Pro

Losers Bracket Final – Feb. 17, 9:00 PM EST


Championship Match – Feb. 21, 9:00 PM EST


Be sure to keep an eye on the homepage in the coming hours and days for results, recaps, interviews, and more from the Call of Duty: Black Ops Online Tournament presented by PlayStation!


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