Activision have released the full home-and-away schedule for the upcoming 2020 season of the brand new Call of Duty League.
Call of Duty esports is transitioning to a franchise-based model starting with the 2020 season, which will be the first campaign of the newly formed CDL.
The league will feature a home-and-away format right away, meaning that all 12 participating teams will host two separate weekends of matches throughout the season.
During the end of each week, teams will travel to the host franchise's city and they will all play each other across several days. The actual list of teams that make the trip varies based on the week and location.
On November 7, Activision released the schedule for when each organization's two host weeks will take place, starting with the the Launch Weekend on January 24-16, hosted by the Minnesota RØKKR.
The Call of Duty Launch Weekend will take place at The Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota from January 24-26. All 12 teams will be present, including the hosts Minnesota RØKKR, and they will all compete across the first three days of the regular season.
Also, the season's first Call of Duty Challengers open tournament will also take place during the weekend, as amateur teams from around the world will gather to compete in an open bracket competition.
Select CDL teams will fly overseas for the first international games of the season February 8-9, hosted by London's own Royal Ravens franchise.
In total, there will be eight teams participating this weekend - the hosts and seven visitors, including powerhouse sides like the Huntsmen, Empire, and Surge.
This weekend will actually mark the home opener of both Los Angeles franchises, OpTic Gaming and Guerrillas, but most of the attention will undoubtedly be on the Green Wall's side of things.
The team will likely hear a lot of boos over the first four weeks on the road, but it will be very interesting to see what kind of reception they get from their home fans, especially with how so many people are keen on rooting against OpTic after former CEO Hector 'H3CZ' Rodriguez and many other longtime members recently left.
Their matchup against Huntsmen will be one that every fan marks down in their calendar, and with Atlanta FaZe also coming into town, we could see the start of the next chapter of the storied OpTic-FaZe rivalry.
This will also be the first time that the two LA franchises play against each other in the City of Angels, and there's no doubt that they will consider each other rivals even before they set foot in the arena.
All eyes will be on Chicago from April 4-5 as some of the league's best teams will get together at the home of the Huntsmen for a weekend full of star-studded competitive action.
Of the six participating teams, four will feature players that played for OpTic Gaming at some point during the past few seasons, including Huntsmen's Scump and FormaL, Empire's Crimsix, Surge's Karma and Octane, and, of course, the OpTic players themselves Dashy and TJHaLy.
With so much of the former Green Wall now embedded within the DNA of Huntsmen, we could see the loudest home crowd up to that point in the season.
Aside from the 22 weeks of regular season action, the 2020 CDL campaign will also feature two additional events - the Midseason Weekend that will take place between weeks 11 and 12, and the Championship Weekend set to be played following week 22.
Not much information has been announced about these two events, but they will likely feature all 12 teams competing against each other in a neutral venue, as well as a Challenger open bracket tournaments for amateur teams.
While the dates on the official schedule say "to be announced," they were actually accidentally revealed by OpTic's official Twitter page, as they tweeted out the dates for both events before quickly taking the post down.
For full details about the full 2020 CDL schedule, including which teams will be playing on each weekend, check out official schedule on the CDL website.
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