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Call of Duty League announce $500,000 Challengers postseason

Published: 28/Jun/2020 21:51 Updated: 28/Jun/2020 22:21

by Theo Salaun

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The CDL has delighted NA, EU, and APAC players by announcing a $500,000 Challengers open sign-up qualifiers and finals that will be held entirely online. 

Aspiring professional Call of Duty players who couldn’t crack a CDL roster have been able to participate in Challengers events all year, but now the league has announced a light, on top of a fat prize pool, at the end of the tunnel with the Last Chance Qualifiers and subsequent Finals.

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The CDL announced its Challengers postseason format on Twitter.

While some Challengers players, like the Florida Mutineers’ Maurice “Fero” Henriquez and Joseph “Owakening,” have already used performances to move up and snag league salaries—this postseason should provide others with a chance to bolster their reputation while potentially earning some ducats.

As the CDL announced officially on Twitter, the postseason will be played out online in three of the game’s most popular regions: North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. Although this leaves out a highly active South American region, it should, at the very least, bode well for amateur players who have hoped for better support in the scene’s lower tier.

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The CDL’s Last Chance Qualifiers explained with date, sign-up information, and Finals placements.

The Last Chance Qualifier is fittingly named and presents an opportunity for players who haven’t been on top of the standings all year to get into the finals. It will feature open sign-ups and be played out online on August 1 and 2. 

While three-quarters of the top teams, based on year long accrued Challengers Points, will be eligible for the Finals in each region—one quarter will qualify directly through the Last Chance Qualifiers. That means eight teams will make it in via these qualifiers in NA and EU, while four will in APAC.

And that’s where the money is. In the Finals, teams will compete in double-elimination brackets within each region for a cut of the prize pool. 

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The CDL’s Challengers Finals with prize-pool breakdown.

In North America, 32 teams will compete for $250,000. In Europe, 32 will compete for $200,000. And in Asia-Pacific, where the competition is restricted to just 16 teams, players will be competing for $50,000.

While it may be disappointing that active regions like South America will not be represented in these playoffs, this lends aforementioned credence to Activision’s support for their path-to-pro system. Teams like the Mutineers have already benefited from investing in Challengers talent, so a high-stakes opportunity like this should only continue bolstering Call of Duty’s amateur player pool.

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NICKMERCS rates the best Warzone players from to Scump to HusKerrs

Published: 24/Oct/2020 1:06

by Theo Salaun

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Tasked with drafting a team for a Call of Duty: Warzone tournament, NICKMERCS went through some of the game’s biggest names, ranking them while determining who he would most want to duo with.

To start Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards’ $10,000 “Cracked Creators” Warzone tournament, 16 creators were tasked with drafting their duo from 16 “cracked” streamers.

As one of the creators allowed to select their tandem, NICKMERCS sifted through 16 of the game’s best to determine who he would prefer to play with.

Ultimately, the FaZe streamer ended up putting his decision to a poll among his fans. But, before doing so, he originally went through all 16 and gave thoughts on how each of them ranks. And the options were varied, but all shared one thing in common: talent.

With professional Call of Duty League players like Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper and Seth ‘Scump’ Abner available, as well as Warzone streamers like Aydan and HusKerrs, the candidates were excellent. Still, NICKMERCS sifted through and broke down who he truly believes ranks as the battle royale’s best.

Segment begins at 00:20:45.

NICKMERCS starts by going through the list and just expressing what an absolute struggle it will be to pick from such a talented crop of peers: “Oh, it’s going to be so hard to pick man … No matter what, everybody that I would pick from is cracked.” But, after going through and complimenting practically everybody, he starts the process of elimination.

Since Nick chooses second after DrDisrespect, he immediately eliminates Zlaner as Doc’s likely first pick. Then, he eliminates JoeWo with two simple reasons: “I’ve never played with him and every time I play against him, I beat that little ass.”

Then, BobbyPoff is gone: “BobbyPoff, I love the guy, but take him off the list.” And the “Scarf Lord” is followed quickly by the Chicago Huntsmen’s FormaL and Scump: “Love ‘em, love ‘em. But I feel like there’s better BR players.” After that, things start getting complicated.

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The list of “cracked” players in Hitch’s Cracked Creators Warzone tournament.

Similar to Zlaner, Nick decides to sacrifice Merk so that he can play with his longtime duo, Maven. Then, recognizing that all of these remaining players are absolute menaces on Verdansk, he goes with two simple metrics to determine his personal preference. He immediately prioritizes controller players and the highest earners in Warzone tournaments.

That eliminates stars like HusKerrs and Symfuhny for their mouse and keyboard usage, while also eliminating Crowder and DougIsRaw for their low earnings. Finally, he eliminates Jukeyz because of his struggles understanding the UK maestro’s accent and decides to put the decision to a poll.

 

Ultimately, it’s between Aydan and Tommey, with Cloakzy popping on to let NICKMERCS know that Aydan’s been playing some Fortnite recently. That leaves the FaZe star choosing Tommey, noting that “he’s got great communication, phenomenal player, guaranteed to get some chopper kills off rip.”

Despite going through full rankings for his options and landing upon an excellent duo, the decision-making process proved to be futile. NICKMERCS and Tommey could only end in the Top 12 for the tournament, while the easily dismissed BobbyPoff actually came in first place.