Call of Duty

Aydan and Atlanta FaZe win $100k Warzone Twitch Rivals – final placements

Published: 27/Mar/2020 11:18 Updated: 27/Mar/2020 11:24

by Joe Craven

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Aydan, Priestahh and Abezy won Twitch Rivals first venture into Call of Duty: Warzone on March 26, with a host of the world’s biggest streamers clashing in CoD’s sophomore battle royale effort. 

The March 25/26 Twitch Rivals Warzone tournament is the latest competitive venture into Call of Duty’s Warzone, the acclaimed battle royale that released on March 10.

While not initially designed for competitive play, it is no surprise that the world’s biggest content creators have descended on the title in the same way Fortnite and Apex Legends were following their releases.

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Warzone has proven to be popular with CoD and battle royale fans since it’s March 10 release.

The tournament was split into two sections, with the solos tournament running on March 25, before the trios competition took place on March 26.

It also boasted a total $100,000 prize pool, with $39,000/day in Public Matchmaking and $11,000/day in Bonuses. First place on either day claimed $6,000, second place $4,200 and third place took home $3,600.

Twitch Rivals Warzone Solos Tournament Final Placings

Day one (March 25) saw Team DrDisrespect take the cake, with an impressive 211 points from his five games. Team ImMarksman also finished on 211 total points, but achieved a lower ‘Best Game’ points tally (46 compared to the Doc’s 48), and so had to settle for second on Day One of the Twitch Rivals tournament.

You can see the full standings for the March 25 Solos Tournament below.

Place Team Points
1st Team Dr Disrespect 211
2nd Team IMMarksman 211
3rd Team TeePee 193
4th Team Crimsix 184
5th Team 72hrs 183
6th Team JakeNBakeLIVE 174
7th Team ProblemWright 173
8th Team Aydan 167
9th Team chocoTaco 166
10th Team greekgodx 165
11th Team AnneMunition 161
12th Team NickEh30 159
13th Team HCJustin 157
14th Team TSM_Viss 157
15th Team pokelawls 154
16th Team Mendokusaii 150
17th Team Bnans 148
18th Team fedmyster2 145
19th Team Lirik 140
20th Team NICKMERCS 131
21st Team Ashek 130
22nd Team Swiftor 128
23rd Team MeyersLeonard 121
24th Team Trick2g 119
25th Team DrLupo 118
26th Team hasanABI 117
27th Team Payne 108
28th Team KingGeorge 85
29th Team Swagg 25
30th Team xQcOW 0

Twitch Rivals Warzone Trios Tournament Final Placings

Day two saw Team Aydan – led by Ghost Gaming Fortnite professional Aydan Conrad – run out winners, with a whopping 407 points from their five games. His teammates, Preston ‘Priestahh’ Greiner and Tyler ‘aBeZy’ Pharris, are both professional Modern Warfare players for Atlanta FaZe. This saw them finish comfortably in first place, 40 points ahead of second-placed Team TeePee.

Teep, who placed a respectable third in the Solos tournament, led his team to second in the trios portion of the tournament, meaning they finished second overall, joint with Team Aydan for total prize money won. Team Aydan took first place overall though, thanks to their higher points tally.

Third place in the trios tournament was taken by Team Mendokusaii, who amassed a very impressive 337 points from five games.

You can see the full standings for the March 26 Trios Tournament below.

Place Team Points
1st Team Aydan 407
2nd Team TeePee 367
3rd Team Mendokusaii 337
4th Team Crimsix 319
5th Team fedmyster2 313
6th Team ImMarksman 311
7th Team Payne 299
8th Team 72hrs 296
9th Team JakenbakeLIVE 295
10th Team greekgodx 289
11th Team NickEh30 285
12th Team NICKMERCS 278
13th Team TSM_Viss 271
14th Team DrDisrespect 265
15th Team AnneMunition 264
16th Team Ashek 247
17th Team emongg 246
18th Team chocoTaco 238
19th Team ProblemWright 213
20th Team Trick2g 193
21st Team DrLupo 192
22nd Team xQcOW 164
23rd Team Lirik 161
24th Team Bnans 160
25th Team Swiftor 158
26th Team pokelawls 149
27th Team HCJustin 143
28th Team hasanABI 128
29th Team MeyersLeonard 115
30th Team KingGeorge 89

Twitch Rivals Warzone Tournament Final Prize Pool Breakdown

Thanks to an eight place finish in the Solos tournament, and a first place in the Trios, Team Aydan finished first overall, with a total of $7,800 winnings.

Second place went to Team TeePee, as the ex-CoD World Champion achieved a third-place finish in the Solos, and then a second-placed finish in the Trios. Third place in the prize pool breakdown went to Team DrDisrespect, as a result of a disappointing 14th place finish in the tournament’s Trios section.

You can see the full Prize Pool breakdown for the Twitch Rivals Warzone Tournament below. Note that this does not include the bonus prize money given out over the two days of the competition.

Place Team Total Prize Money ($)
1st Team Aydan 7800
2nd Team TeePee 7800
3rd Team DrDisrespect 6750
4th Team ImMarksman 6600
5th Team Crimsix 6000
6th Team 72hrs 4500
7th Team Mendokusaii 4200
8th Team JakenbakeLIVE 3900
9th Team fedmyster2 3300
10th Team ProblemWright 2700
11th Team Payne 2550
12th Team greekgodx 2400
13th Team chocoTaco 2100
14th Team AnneMunition 1500
15th Team NickEh30 1500
16th Team TSM_Viss 1500
17th Team NICKMERS 1350
18th Team Ashek 1050
19th Team Trick2g 1050
20th Team Bnans 1050
21st Team Lirik 1050
22nd Team HCJustin 1050
23rd Team pokelawls 1050
24th Team emongg 900
25th Team Swiftor 900
26th Team DrLupo 750
27th Team xQcOW 750
28th Team MeyersLeonard 750
29th Team hasanABI 600
30th Team KingGeorge 600

There you have it, Team Aydan’s resurgence in the Trios competition saw them come out on top of the overall prize pool breakdown.

The Twitch Rivals tournament was immensely popular among viewers, amassing hundreds of thousands of viewers across all participants’ channels.

Given how well it went down, we can expect to see multiple other tournaments scheduled in the near future.

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How Paris Legion missed CDL’s golden opportunity

Published: 20/Jan/2021 17:03

by Jacob Hale

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Paris Legion were the last team to announce their Call of Duty League roster and, while coach Dylan ‘Theory’ McGee tells us he’s confident in his squad, it’s hard to believe they made the most of their opportunity.

Don’t get me wrong: the players they’ve pulled together have all shown their ability throughout the course of their careers. These are players that have won championships in the past and competed at the top, as well as a young gun who, right now, is an unknown entity… But has looked more than capable of holding his own in the amateur ranks.

Paris Legion’s 2021 CDL roster

  • Ulysses ‘AquA’ Silva— AR
  • Nicholas ‘Classic’ DiCostanzo — SMG
  • Luis ‘Fire’ Rivera — Flex
  • Matthew ‘Skrapz’ Marshall — SMG
  • Dylan ‘Theory’ McGee — Coach

So Classic, Skrapz, AquA, and Fire will be donning the Paris colors heading into the 2021 CDL season — and this is definitely a roster worth talking about.


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Paris Legion: Too little, too late?

Paris’ slow decision-making was a huge talking point for both Call of Duty fans and players without a team. This begs the question: did the Legion miss a golden opportunity when constructing their roster?

Notably — and not unmissed by literally everybody involved with the CDL — Paris were the very last team to announce their roster. For a long time, it was unclear how long we would have to wait, with other teams already fully announced and scrimming to learn the game inside out.

While some were annoyed about the speed at which Paris were making their decisions, many of us saw it as the team taking a big opportunity to see which players were the best, waiting it out to find the form players and take advantage.

Lo and behold, that wasn’t quite what happened. With Challengers teams and individual players shining in Black Ops Cold War, the Paris roster seems to pale in comparison.

Coach Theory on forming Paris Legion

The reaction to Paris’ team was as expected. It looks very much like a group of misfits lumped together and told to make it work. While other CDL teams are formed with a mixture of cohesion and raw talent in mind, with partnerships that have been proven to work, this is one that has boggled the minds of fans.

Speaking exclusively with Dexerto, Paris coach Dylan ‘Theory’ McGee explained how he put together the team. “To me, I started with the best player available in my opinion which was Skrapz,” he said of the Brit. “From there, I wanted an AR who has competed with the best in Championship situations and Aqua fit that perfectly. He might be overlooked by the casuals, but his talent is unreal and I hope it gets displayed the way I think it will throughout the season.”

Explaining the acquisition of Fire, Theory had similarly high praise. “Everyone has taken notice of the swing in young potential the last few years, so we took a chance on the young gun Fire. His coachability and potential while only competing for six months was extremely impressive.”

Finally, Theory says that “nobody brings more to a team than Classic,” calling him a “proven winner on multiple titles and the ultimate role player and teammate.”

While McGee speaks so highly of his team, and it’s hard not to buy into his enthusiasm, there’s no denying that this is a mix of players nobody could have seen coming, and one that expectations aren’t set particularly high.

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Theory (far left) knows what it takes to win championships, and hopes this Paris side can do so too.

Call of Duty League’s crushing pressure

Plenty of rumors have spread regarding Paris’ decision-making. In particular, the suggestion that they were simply looking to spend as little money as possible.

These four players are already on the back foot. While fans waited with bated breath before the Paris Legion announcement, they immediately wrote off this side once it came out — and the pressure was instantly on these players to prove their legion of doubters wrong.

They’re joining a franchise with a terrible record in its first season, and are already being looked at by many as bottom-of-the-pack fodder before the season is even underway.

In Activision’s Call of Duty League, we’ve seen how one bad season can impact a player’s career. Huge names such as Jordan ‘JKap’ Kaplan and Ian ‘Enable’ Wyatt retired after Modern Warfare, despite being top players previously.

And my fear is that one poor season with Paris Legion could be the icing on the cake for some of these players. So it’s important that this band of CDL castaways hit the ground running, to ease the pressure as much as possible.

Paris Legion CDL 2020
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The 2020 Paris Legion team had an extremely disappointing season, going months on end without a win.

What about the alternatives?

Perhaps the biggest cause for concern is that there were so many good, viable options in the run-up to Paris’ roster finalization. With all the time they had, so many of us expected them to simply scout out the cream of the crop that remained.

If you look at the Challengers Cups, WestR have won every North America tournament so far. Proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that they’re ready to rub shoulders with the biggest names in the Call of Duty League.

Similarly, there are a number of top pros sitting out that have arguably been more impactful than some of the Legion members of late. Skrapz’s brother Bradley ‘Wuskin’ Marshall had a solid Modern Warfare season — undeniably better than that of fellow main AR, AquA, who struggled to get much going with LA Guerrillas.

Zack ‘Drazah’ Jordan played for OGLA in the latter months of the 2020 season and helped turn that team’s fortunes around. He’s currently occupying the bench for LA Thieves, but surely he’s the exact type of up-and-coming star that could slot into a team such as Paris?

And if Paris were looking for viable slaying competitors from Challengers, Fire is a genuine talent and will have a great career ahead of him, but it’s unclear why he would be first choice. The WaR team of 2020 proved themselves as the best Challengers team in Europe. Surely the likes of David ‘Dqvee’ Davies and Marcus ‘Afro’ Reid would have been worth a call, if not that WestR side?

Atlanta FaZe academy squad CDL 2020
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The former Atlanta FaZe Academy side, currently dominating Challengers as WestR, could definitely go toe-to-toe with CDL’s finest.

Paris Legion… The underwhelming underdogs?

This isn’t all to say that the Paris team will be bad. For all we know, they could turn out to be a sleeper team that storms the league. I for one quietly expect them to perform much better than the last Paris Legion iteration and turn a few heads in the process. Theory is similarly confident, hopeful we can “get back to LAN events where we can see players in their true form.”

That said, the amalgamation of talent on this lineup simply seems random with no clear identity to it. While Paris Legion could have brought in the best Challengers team on offer, they opted for a group that can’t provide much positive fanfare and set low expectations for the coming season’s performances.

Paris had the opportunity to make a nuclear signing and become the underdogs that Call of Duty fans love to cling on to. But instead, they picked up a roster that is similarly as uninspiring as the brand itself.