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Call of Duty League announces online format & schedule for 2020 season

by Albert Petrosyan

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Following the postponement of the Call of Duty League in March, Activision have revealed how they're restructuring things for the rest of the 2020 season.

There had been a lot of uncertainty surrounding the Call of Duty League following their March 12 announcement that all events were to be cancelled due to the ongoing global health crisis.

Finally, on April 6, the CDL unveiled their restructured 2020 campaign, featuring a new schedule and online format for both the professional circuit and the amateur Challengers division.

Call of Duty League
Call of Duty League
The CDL announced on March 12 that all events for the 2020 season would be played online.

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Despite everything being moved online, they're sticking with 'Home Series' as the official name of weekly events. Furthermore, the tournaments will proceed in the order with which they were originally planned, starting off with the Dallas Empire Home Series on April 10.

The format will largely remain the same as well, with eight pre-determined teams competing at each tournament, which allows the CDL to stick to their original plan for the regular season and playoffs.

The one major difference, aside from the new dates, of course, is that the Home Series will be extended an extra day and are to be played Friday-Sunday rather than having all the matches compacted into two days.

CDL 2020 season new schedule

Call of Duty League
Call of Duty League
The official restructured Home Series schedule for the CDL's 2020 season, which will all take place online.

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DALLAS EMPIRE HOME SERIES

Dates: April 10-12

Teams: 

  • Chicago Huntsmen
  • Dallas Empire
  • Florida Mutineers
  • Los Angeles Guerrillas
  • Minnesota RØKKR
  • Paris Legion
  • Seattle Surge
  • Toronto ULTRA

CHICAGO HUNTSMEN HOME SERIES

Dates: April 24-26

Teams: 

  • Atlanta FaZe
  • Chicago Huntsmen
  • Dallas Empire
  • London Royal Ravens
  • Los Angeles Guerrillas
  • New York Subliners
  • OpTic Gaming Los Angeles
  • Seattle Surge

FLORIDA MUTINEERS HOME SERIES

Dates: May 8-10

Teams: 

  • Atlanta FaZe
  • Florida Mutineers
  • London Royal Ravens
  • Minnesota RØKKR
  • New York Subliners
  • OpTic Gaming Los Angeles
  • Paris Legion
  • Toronto ULTRA

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SEATTLE SURGE HOME SERIES

Dates: May 22-24

Teams: 

  • Chicago Huntsmen
  • London Royal Ravens
  • Los Angeles Guerrillas
  • Minnesota RØKKR
  • New York Subliners
  • OpTic Gaming Los Angeles
  • Paris Legion
  • Seattle Surge

MINNESOTA RØKKR HOME SERIES

Dates: June 5-7

Teams: 

  • Atlanta FaZe
  • Chicago Huntsmen
  • Dallas Empire
  • Florida Mutineers
  • Los Angeles Guerrillas
  • Minnesota RØKKR
  • Seattle Surge
  • Toronto ULTRA

PARIS LEGION HOME SERIES

Dates: June 19-21

Teams: 

  • Atlanta FaZe
  • Dallas Empire
  • Florida Mutineers
  • London Royal Ravens
  • New York Subliners
  • OpTic Gaming Los Angeles
  • Paris Legion
  • Toronto ULTRA

NEW YORK SUBLINERS HOME SERIES

Dates: July 10-12

Teams: 

  • Atlanta FaZe
  • Chicago Huntsmen
  • London Royal Ravens
  • Los Angeles Guerrillas
  • Minnesota RØKKR
  • New York Subliners
  • Paris Legion
  • Toronto ULTRA

LONDON ROYAL RAVENS HOME SERIES

Dates: July 17-19

Teams: 

  • Dallas Empire
  • Florida Mutineers
  • London Royal Ravens
  • Los Angeles Guerrillas
  • New York Subliners
  • OpTic Gaming Los Angeles
  • Paris Legion
  • Seattle Surge

TORONTO ULTRA HOME SERIES

Dates: July 24-26

Teams: 

  • Atlanta FaZe
  • Chicago Huntsmen
  • Dallas Empire
  • Florida Mutineers
  • Los Angeles Guerrillas
  • Minnesota RØKKR
  • Seattle Surge
  • Toronto ULTRA

Toronto Ultra - Gfinity
Toronto Ultra - Gfinity
The CDL's 2020 regular season will wrap up with the Toronto Ultra Home Series.

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Challengers

The plan for the Challengers division hasn't changed much either; the CDL is still intent on holding a $15,000 tournament for the amateur circuit at each Home Series, kicking off with the Dallas Empire event.

In addition, they've split up the League Weekend events into five $50,000 dedicated tournaments called Challengers Cups that will happen outside of the regular schedule, each with a dedicated broadcast on Sundays.

Online play

Needless to say, playing Call of Duty online vs on LAN is a huge difference, especially since the players' locations could play a role in how good their internet connection is.

However, over the past few weeks, the CDL has done a lot of testing in preparation for this transition, and they're confident that everything is in place to make the competition as balanced and stable as possible, considering the circumstances.

The CDL said in their post about online play that they've worked with Infinity Ward to establish "new dedicated servers around the country that will allow us to create the fairest environment possible for matches."

Officiating will work the same as it did for offline events, and most broadcast tools and personnel will be available, including casters, player cams, and more.


For more information, including the current standings, tournament formats, and more, make sure to visit our 2020 CDL season hub.