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

Published: 6/Apr/2020 19:05 Updated: 6/Apr/2020 19:46

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 LeagueThe CDL announced on March 12 that all events for the 2020 season would be played online.

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 LeagueThe official restructured Home Series schedule for the CDL’s 2020 season, which will all take place online.

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

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 - GfinityThe CDL’s 2020 regular season will wrap up with the Toronto Ultra Home Series.

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.

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2021 CDL Challengers info announced: Scouting & Elite Series

Published: 30/Oct/2020 17:42 Updated: 30/Oct/2020 18:35

by Bill Cooney

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The Call of Duty League has announced all-new details for upcoming 2021 Challengers events, and there will be even more ways for up and coming players to show their stuff.

Call of Duty Challengers is the official “path to pro” circuit for amateur CoD esports players around the world, and there are two brand new events being added to the circuit in 2021 – the Scouting Series and Challengers Elite.

The 2019 season wrapped up in August with the $500k finals crowning the top teams in North America, Europe and Asia. Once again, players looking for their big break are eagerly awaiting the next opportunity.

They won’t have to be patient for very long either, with the first new Challengers event kicking off just a couple of weeks at the time of writing, in early December with the Scouting Series.

This Series will bring together CDL coaches to draft their own squads from one big pool of all the players that secure an invite. These teams will be split up into EU and NA competitions and will play against teams from their region over the course of the four-day tournament.

Elite is the second new event, and will put the top amateur teams from Challengers into an exclusive bracket to battle it out, sometime “over the course of the 2021 Season.”

Challengers Cups were first introduced in 2019 and will be returning in 2021 as well. These will be standalone tournaments  players across North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region. Through the Cups and the competitive Ladder, players can earn Challengers points which are used to qualify and seed teams for various events throughout the season.

Call of Duty Challengers players at LAN event
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Challengers brings together the best amateur CoD players from around the world to compete.

Specific dates for the upcoming 2021 season events are still unknown, but we’ll keep you posted on them as information becomes available.

If you’re interested in seeing if you and your team have what it takes, you can get more information on how to sign up and get going right here. There’s no guarantee you’ll be the next player on the Dallas Empire or anything like that, but if you’re confident in your ability to frag out, it can’t hurt to give it a shot.