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Aydan and MuteX win latest Warzone Wednesday – Week 9 placements, recap

Published: 11/Jun/2020 4:05 Updated: 11/Jun/2020 4:09

by Brad Norton

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After a two-week absence, YouTuber Daniel ‘KEEMSTAR’ Keem brought back his fan-favorite Warzone Wednesday tournament series, and we’ve got everything you need to catch up on all of the action.

There had been a void in the Call of Duty community with the absence of Warzone Wednesday, but now the popular competition has returned for its ninth week of action.

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As always, it featured some of the biggest names in online gaming, and there was some extra attention being paid to this latest running since it was the last one before the highly-anticipated Modern Warfare Season 4 update launches later on June 10.

$20K Warzone Wednesdays Week 9 recap

Week 9 of KEEMSTAR’s Warzone competition opened with a bang. Three-time event champions Vikkstar and ItzWarsz found themselves up against Symfuhny and HusKerrs in the very first round. After many complaints of griefing, Vikkstar’s team controversially moved on to the second match in the upper bracket. They were quickly knocked down by MuteX and Aydan, then struggled to find their footing against KingRichard and Jukeyz. Before they knew it, their run in Week 9 was over.

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MuteX and Aydan continued their run through the upper bracket all the way through. Even taking out the likes of TeePee and DougisRaw. Ultimately, it came down to a final battle against KingRichard and Jukeyz.

Jukeyz dropped a staggering 21 eliminations in the first game to secure his team an initial victory. The rest of the series was a back and forth slog that came down to the wire in the final map. MuteX and Aydan went down early, opening the door for a potential upset. KingRichard and Jukeyz needed just a handful of kills to win the event but they fell just short in the final moments. Ultimately, MuteX and Aydan came away victorious.

Warzone Wednesdays Week 9 Placements 

Place Team Prize Money
1st MuteX & Aydan $20,000
2nd KingRichard & Jukeyz
3rd TeePee &DougisRaw
4th IceManIsaac & wuskin
Top 6 Vikkstar & ItzWarsz
Top 6 Symfuhny & HusKerrs
Top 8 FaZe Testyment & Avxry
Top 8 Speros & Dwarf_Mamba

When was Warzone Wednesday Week 9?

The tournament took place on Wednesday, June 10, having kicked off at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET. The tournament ran for just over five hours.

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It was livestreamed on KEEMSTAR’s own Twitch channel, which we’ve included below. Additionally, most of the players streamed their own POVs on their channels, some of which we’ve also added down below.

Warzone Wednesday Week 9 bracket

Here is the finalized bracket for today’s event. You can check the official Warzone Wednesday website throughout each week of competition as results are updated live.

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Players and teams

Warzone Wednesday is usually full of big names, and week nine is no exception. Competing were a mix of top-tier streamers, Call of Duty pros, battle royale stars, and other popular figures in gaming.

Star YouTuber Vikkstar and his partner ItzWarsZ were back to try and defend their crown, having won a whopping three events in a row. Meanwhile, former winners Bobbypoff and Tommey were out for vengeance as well.

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  • Vikkstar & ItzWarsZ
  • Speros & Dwarf_Mamba
  • Bobbypoff & Tommey
  • Symfuhny & HusKerrs
  • DougisRaw & TeePee
  • Tourva & Censor
  • Trainwreck & FeLo
  • NICKMERCS & Swagg
  • Mutex & Aydan
  • Testyment & Avxry
  • Calfreezy & Zerker
  • KingRichard & Jukeyz
VikkstarVikkstar and ItzWarsZ were going for the unprecedented four-peat in Warzone Wednesday week nine.

Format & rules

Warzone Wednesday is a duos competition that employs a 2v2 “kill race” format. Teams matched up against each other must queue into a Quads lobby together and try to get more eliminations than the other – so while they’re technically teammates in-game, they are opponents for the purposes of the tournament.

Each match consists of two Warzone games, and the duo with the more combined eliminations advances to the next round once those games are played.

There are two phases in this tournament – a group stage and final stage. In the group stage, the 12 teams face each other in a do-or-die match that sees the winners advance to the next phase while the losers get immediately eliminated.

The final stage is double-elimination, so teams can afford to take a loss and still continue on. However, in the Grand Final, the team that makes it out of the Winners Bracket has a distinct advantage over the duo from the Losers Bracket, as the former needs to win only one match to be crowned champions while the latter needs to win two.

As for the prize pool, the entirety of the $20,000 went to the winning duo.

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LIVE: Call of Duty League off-season rostermania hub: all roster changes

Published: 14/Oct/2020 22:35 Updated: 14/Oct/2020 22:50

by Jacob Hale

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With the inaugural season of the Call of Duty League out of the way, and some major changes coming for the league’s second season in 2021, we take a look at all the roster moves that are occurring across the league.

It’s no secret that there was a pretty big disparity between the best and worst teams in the CDL’s opening season. Teams like Dallas Empire and Atlanta FaZe were constantly seeing success, while others, such as Seattle Surge and Los Angeles Guerrillas, will need to make big changes going forward.

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Significantly, CDL is moving back to the 4v4 format, guaranteeing at least one change from each team at a minimum. This means a huge roster shuffle involving every team is inbound. Here’s everything you need to know about the CDL 2020 offseason and free agency window, as well as every major team change that occurs during Rostermania.

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Confirmed roster changes

Dallas Empire Clayster and Illey
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Rostermania claimed it’s first major victim after Clayster left the Dallas Empire squad — mere days after their world championship win.

Barely 48 hours after the conclusion of the CDL 2020 season, players started sharing their new status as free agents. Here’s everything that’s been officially announced so far.

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F/A = Free Agent. F/A (r) = Restricted Free Agent

October 13

October 9

  • Hydra: F/A → New York Subliners

October 2

September 23

September 18

September 15

September 14

September 9

  • Frosty: Florida Mutineers → F/A
  • Maux: Florida Mutineers → F/A

September 8

  • Accuracy: New York Subliners → F/A
  • Censor: New York Subliners → F/A
  • Happy: New York Subliners → F/A
  • Tommey Dallas Empire → F/A
  • Dashy: LA OpTic → F/A
  • Goonjar: LA OpTic → F/A
  • Chino: LA OpTic → F/A
  • Hollow: LA OpTic → F/A
  • Arcitys: Chicago Huntsmen → F/A
  • Prestinni: Chicago Huntsmen → F/A
  • Skrapz: London Royal Ravens → F/A
  • Zer0: London Royal Ravens → F/A
  • Dylan: London Royal Ravens → F/A
  • Rated: London Royal Ravens → F/A
  • wuskin: London Royal Ravens → F/A
  • Nastie: London Royal Ravens → F/A
  • MadCat: London Royal Ravens → F/A
  • Denz: Paris Legion → F/A
  • Louqa: Paris Legion → F/A
  • Shockz: Paris Legion → F/A
  • Zed: Paris Legion → F/A
  • Breszy: Paris Legion → F/A
  • Phantoms: Paris Legion → F/A
  • 2Pac_ThuGLorD: Chicago Huntsmen (Analyst) → F/A

September 7

  • Alexx: Minnesota ROKKR → F/A
  • Asim: Minnesota ROKKR → F/A
  • Exceed: Minnesota ROKKR → F/A
  • Assault: Minnesota ROKKR → F/A
  • SiLLY: Minnesota ROKKR → F/A
  • GodRx: Minnesota ROKKR → F/A
  • TTinyy: Minnesota ROKKR → F/A
  • KiSMET: Paris Legion → F/A

September 6

  • Blazt: Los Angeles Guerrillas → F/A
  • Decemate: Los Angeles Guerrillas → F/A
  • Spart: Los Angeles Guerrillas → F/A
  • Aqua: Los Angeles Guerrillas → F/A
  • Saints: Los Angeles Guerrillas → F/A
  • Gunless: Chicago Huntsmen → F/A

September 4

  • Brack: Toronto Ultra → F/A
  • Classic: Toronto Ultra → F/A
  • Loony: Toronto Ultra → F/A (r)
  • Lucky: Toronto Ultra → F/A (r)
  • Mayhem: Toronto Ultra → F/A (r)
  • MettalZ: Toronto Ultra → F/A
  • Wuskin: London Royal Ravens → F/A (r)
  • Temp: New York Subliners → F/A (r)
  • Apathy: Seattle Surge → F/A
  • Pandur: Seattle Surge → F/A (r)
  • Proto: Seattle Surge → F/A (r)
  • Enable: Seattle Surge → F/A
  • Slacked: Seattle Surge → F/A
  • TeddyRecKs: Seattle Surge → F/A (r)
  • Joshh (coach): Paris Legion → F/A

September 2

September 1

  • Clayster: Dallas Empire → F/A (r)
  • Jurd: London Royal Ravens → F/A

CDL 2021 team rosters

Going into the CDL 2021 season, this is how each team’s starting roster currently looks. It’s worth noting that some teams still have five players on their starting roster, but these numbers will reduce with the change to 4v4.

Players in bold are confirmed to be part of that team’s 2021 roster

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Team Starters
Substitute(s) Coach(es)
Dallas Empire Crimsix Shotzzy Huke iLLeY Rambo
Atlanta FaZe Simp aBeZy Cellium Arcitys Crowder, RJ, Easy Mac
Chicago Huntsmen Scump FormaL Envoy Dashy General Sender
Florida Mutineers Skyz Fero Havok Owakening
New York Subliners ZooMaa Mack Clayster Hydra Revan
London Royal Ravens Seany
Toronto Ultra Bance Methodz Cammy CleanX MarkyB
Minnesota RØKKR Priestahh Attach Accuracy MajorManiak Saintt
OpTic Gaming Los Angeles Slasher Kenny Drazah TJHaly
Paris Legion
Seattle Surge Octane Gunless Loony Prestinni Nubzy
Los Angeles Guerrillas Vivid Assault SiLLY Apathy MentaL, Chino Bevils, Ricky, Doug Liebe

Changes by team

Here are all the CDL changes so far, broken down by each team’s offseason transactions:

Atlanta FaZe

  • Arrived: Arcitys
  • Departed: Priestahh, MajorManiak

Chicago Huntsmen

  • Arrived: Dashy
  • Departed: Arcitys, Prestinni, Gunless

Dallas Empire

  • Arrived: N/A
  • Departed: Clayster, Tommey

Florida Mutineers

  • Arrived: N/A
  • Departed: Maux, Frosty

London Royal Ravens

  • Arrived: N/A
  • Departed: Skrapz, Wuskin, Dylan, Zer0, Rated, Nastiee, MadCat

Los Angeles Guerrillas

  • Arrived: Apathy, SiLLY, Assault, MentaL, Chino
  • Departed: ACHES, Saints, Lacefield, Blazt, Decemate, Spart, AquA

Minnesota ROKKR

  • Arrived: Attach, MajorManiak, Accuracy, Priestahh
  • Departed: Asim, Exceed, TTinyy, Alexx, Assault, GodRx, SiLLY

New York Subliners

  • Arrived: Clayster, HyDra
  • Departed: Attach, Accuracy

OpTic Gaming Los Angeles

  • Arrived: N/A
  • Departed: Dashy, Hollow, Chino, Goonjar, JKap

Paris Legion

  • Arrived: N/A
  • Departed: Breszy, Denz, Louqa, Phantomz, Shockz, Zed, KiSMET

Seattle Surge

  • Arrived: Gunless, Prestinni, Loony
  • Departed: Apathy, Enable, Slacked, Proto, Pandur, Karma

Toronto Ultra

  • Arrived: N/A
  • Departed: Brack, Classic, Loony, Lucky, Mayhem, MettalZ

New 4v4 format

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The last time Call of Duty was played 4v4 was during the 2018 season, prior to franchising.

For the first time in two years, Call of Duty esports will be returning to a 4v4 format, essentially meaning that one player from each team has already been or will be dropped.

This could mean a major shake-up of some of our favorite rosters, with underperforming players having to start shopping around for options to stay in the Call of Duty League.

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While many fans and players have preferred 4v4 in the past, the loss of roster spots has made some players start to worry about their own prospects going forward, and this does mean we’re guaranteed to see some big names swapping jerseys by the time the Black Ops Cold War season kicks off.

Free Agency and transfer window

Priestahh Atlanta FaZe
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Every player in the CDL will be looking to re-negotiate their contract with their current team, or move on elsewhere.

The CDL’s free agency window officially opened on September 13, which is when teams began to signing players to new contracts and even make announcements on who they’re acquiring for the forthcoming season.

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According to the CDL’s official roster construction rules, at 11.59 PM PT on September 13, any player whose contract hasn’t been extended with their current team officially becomes a free agent, but teams can officially file for contract extensions by September 6 at 11.59 PM PT.

As the rules state, no agreement can be made between a player and a team they did not represent in CDL 2020 prior to 12:00 AM PT on September 14, though discussions may obviously take place in the lead-up to that date.

Be sure to check back on this page throughout the off-season to keep up to date with every roster change that occurs ahead of the 2021 CDL season.