The Call of Duty World League Global Pro League Stage One Playoffs began today, as eight teams compete for the biggest share of the $500,000 prize pool. Our first match of the day saw the lone European team in the field vs. one of the most well known organizations in "Call of Duty" esports history.

Match results

Splyce put together a very impressive performance in the first match of the day, as they defeated Evil Geniuses 3-0 in the best-of-five series.

The European powerhouse gave the North American squad no hope of pulling off a victory.

Scorch Hardpoint was the first map of the series and was the closest score of any of the three maps that were played, as Splyce defeated Evil Geniuses 250-227. Both teams were neck and neck until the last Hardpoint where Splyce was able to hold off the final push by Evil Geniuses with a clutch two piece from Splyce's flex player, Jordan "Jurd" Crowley.

Crusher Search and Destroy was the second map and saw Evil Geniuses put together a very lackluster effort, as they fell 1-6 to Splyce.

Not one of Evil Geniuses' players were able to post a positive kill to death ratio, especially Colt "Havok" McLendon, who would end the map with zero kills and seven deaths. This loss pushed Evil Geniuses into a corner, as they needed a win on the next map to avoid being swept and eliminated.

Frost Uplink was the third map, and it showcased another masterful performance from Splyce, as they would dominate Evil Geniuses in a 14-0 win.

Splyce was able to control the drone the entire map and did not let Evil Geniuses have the slightest chance of scoring a single point. Dylan "MadCat" Daly lead the way for his team's victory with 34 kills and only 22 deaths. Trei "Zer0" Morris and Ben "Bance" Bance both scored 5 points to tie for the lead on Splyce.

Match consequences

With the 3-0 series win, Splyce advances to the next round of the Global Pro League Stage One Playoffs where they will face the winner of the eUnited and Enigma6 match and will continue to have a chance to fight for first place in the winner's bracket. They will need to continue the dominant performances that they showed all of us today if they want to defeat either eUnited or Enigma6, as both of these teams have shown that they are forces to be reckoned with this year.

Evil Geniuses are now the first team to be sent to the loser's bracket and will have a bad taste in their mouths for a while, as they were not able to put up much of a fight against Splyce. They still have a chance to make a run through the loser's brackets and reach the grand final, so all is not lost for the North American squad.