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Call of Duty League Launch Weekend: Stream, results, VODs, interviews

Published: 26/Jan/2020 23:55 Updated: 27/Jan/2020 16:51

by Joe O'Brien


The Modern Warfare season officially kicks off on January 24 with the Call of Duty League Launch Weekend.

Competitive Call of Duty is entering a new era, with the premier competition no longer being an open circuit of events, but instead a franchised league.

The first stage of the CDL will be a launch event on January 24-26, taking place in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  All twelve teams will compete, meaning fans will be treated to the debut of every new roster.

Here’s everything you need to know about the CDL Launch Weekend.

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On January 24, it was announced that YouTube Gaming had obtained the exclusive streaming rights for all Call of Duty League matches and events. We have included the videos-on-demand for all three days of action at the Launch Weekend.

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Schedule & Results

Call of Duty LeagueThe official schedule for all three days of matches at the CDL Launch Weekend.

Friday, January 24

Chicago Huntsmen 3-1 Dallas Empire 2:30 PM 5:30 PM 10:30 PM 9:30 AM
Seattle Surge 2-3 Florida Mutineers 3:45 PM 6:45 PM 11:45 PM 10:45 AM
LA Guerrillas 1-3 Minnesota ROKKR 5 PM 8 PM 1 AM 12 PM

Day one recap:

  • The highly-anticipated matchup between Huntsmen and Empire turned out to be a rather one-sided affair, as Chicago took care of business on all three respawn games and won with a convincing 3-1 scoreline.
  • Surge came in as heavy favorites against Mutineers but their Search & Destroy struggles really showed, which meant that Florida had to take just one respawn map to clinch the series victory.
  • Controversy struck the Guerrillas – ROKKR match after Los Angeles were forced to forfeit the second map after one of their players apparently used a restricted perk. Instead of falling behind 0-2, Minnesota instead tied the series and went on to not lose another map.


Saturday, January 25

New York Subliners 0-3 London Royal Ravens 11:30 AM 2:30 PM 7:30 PM 6:30 AM
Toronto Ultra 3-2 Seattle Surge 12:45 PM 3:45 PM 8:45 PM 7:45 AM
LA Guerrillas 3-2 Florida Mutineers 2 PM 5 PM 10 PM 9 AM
OpTic Gaming LA 2-3 Paris Legion 3:45 PM 6:45 PM 11:45 PM 10:45 AM
Atlanta FaZe 3-0 Dallas Empire 4:30 PM 7:30 PM 12:30 AM 11:30 AM

Day two recap:

  • Day two started off with a dominant showing from the London Royal Ravens as they destroyed New York Subliners 3-0 in the CDL debut match for both teams.
  • Making their league debut, Ultra took the Surge to a game five, round 11, which ultimately went the way of Toronto. Seattle dropped to 0-2 with the loss after they had gotten 2-1 leads in both of their matches.
  • Coming off of their controversial first match in day one, LA Guerrillas got their first win of the season in a 3-2 thriller over Florida Mutineers. Both teams finished CDL Launch Weekend 1-1.
  • OpTic Gaming LA and Paris Legion both made their CDL debut in day two but their match turned out to be the biggest upset of the weekend. The Legion came ranked lowest in the preseason rankings and were heavy underdogs against OpTic, but managed to pull off a stunning 3-2 victory for their first win.
  • One of the highly-anticipated matchups of the weekend saw the top-ranked Atlanta FaZe make their debut against Dallas Empire, the team right under them in the power rankings. The match ended up extremely one-sided, as Atlanta came out guns blazing and demolished Dallas in 3-0 fashion, dropping them to 0-2 to start the season.


Sunday, January 26

Paris Legion 3-0 London Royal Ravens 11:30 AM 2:30 PM 7:30 PM 6:30 AM
Chicago Huntsmen 3-0 OpTic Gaming LA 1 PM 4 PM 9 PM 8 AM
New York Subliners 1-3 Atlanta FaZe 3 PM 6 PM 11 PM 10 AM
Toronto Ultra 1-3 Minesota ROKKR 4:15 PM 7:15 PM 12:15 AM 11:15 AM

Day three recap:

  • The first-ever meeting between Legion and Royal Ravens marked the birth of what will likely become an intense European rivalry. However, the match turned out to be anything but intense, as Paris dominated London 3-0, including winning six straight rounds in the S&D after going down 0-4. The Legion became the first team to improve to 2-0 in the CDL following their day-two upset of OpTic Gaming.
  • It’s no secret that Huntsmen features three of the biggest names in OpTic Gaming history – Scump, FormaL, and H3CZ – so their first-ever matchup was a highly-anticipated affair. Just as the first match of the day, however, this one proved to be very one-sided, as Chicago executed their gameplan perfectly to dominate OGLA 3-0. Huntsmen joined Paris Legion as the second CDL team to start 2-0.
  • Fresh off of their dominance of the Empire, Atlanta FaZe took care of business against Subliners 3-1 to improve to 2-0 on the young season. New York will be looking for answers after looking overwhelmed in both of their losses.
  • The final match of the weekend saw the first chapter of the ‘Battle of the North’ rivalry between ROKKR and Ultra. Minnesota looked the more convincing side as they took home the 3-1 victory to join Legion, Huntsmen, and FaZe in the 2-0 column.

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CDL Launch Weekend Content and Highlights

Day three content & highlights


Day two content & highlights


Day one content & highlights


Pre-event content

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CDL Format & Rules

The first weekend of the CDL will see all twelve teams competing in predetermined match-ups, with each team playing two series.

After the original plans for a league-based format received criticism from Call of Duty fans and players, the CDL has moved to a structure in which each weekend of competition will consist of a tournament featuring eight of the league’s teams. This change will only come into effect from the second weekend onwards, however.

While the Launch Weekend doesn’t follow the same format as subsequent weekends, however, it will still count towards the overall standings, with teams earning 10 CDL Points for each win.

For the first time, teams will also be able to make substitutions mid-series, a system that Overwatch League fans will be familiar with. With this never before having been a possibility in Call of Duty, it will be interesting to see which squads, if any, make use of the new rules.

The launch weekend will be played on Competitive Settings Version 1.5, and a full breakdown of the game rules, maps, and modes can be found in our comprehensive guide.

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All 12 Call of Duty League teams.
All 12 CDL teams will battle it out in Minnesota on January 24-26.

CDL Team Rosters

Atlanta FaZe

  • Tyler ‘aBeZy‘ Pharris
  • Chris ‘Simp‘ Lehr
  • McArthur ‘Cellium‘ Jovel
  • Michael ‘MajorManiak‘ Syzzmaniak
  • Preston ‘Priestahh‘ Greiner
  • Juan ‘JurNii‘ Antonio González (Sub)
  • Thomas ‘GRVTY‘ Malin (Sub)


Chicago Huntsmen

  • Seth ‘Scump‘ Abner
  • Matthew ‘FormaL‘ Piper
  • Alec ‘Arcitys‘ Sanderson
  • Dylan ‘Envoy‘ Hannon
  • Peirce ‘Gunless‘ Hillman
  • Jordon ‘General‘ General (Sub)
  • Marcus ‘MBoZe‘ Blanks (Sub)


Dallas Empire

  • James ‘Clayster‘ Eubanks
  • Ian ‘Crimsix‘ Porter
  • Anthony ‘Shotzzy‘ Cuevas-Castro
  • Cuyler ‘Huke‘ Garland
  • Indervir ‘iLLeY‘ Dhaliwal
  • Thomas ‘Tommey‘ Trewen (Sub)
  • Paul ‘Tisch‘ Tischler (Sub)


Florida Mutineers

  • Preston ‘Prestinni‘ Sanderson
  • Colt ‘Havok‘ McLendon
  • Chance ‘Maux‘ Moncivaez
  • Cesar ‘Skyz‘ Bueno
  • Bradley ‘Frosty‘ Bergstrom
  • Nick ‘MaNiaC‘ Kershner (Sub)


London Royal Ravens

  • Bradley ‘wuskin‘ Marshall
  • Matthew ‘Skrapz‘ Marshall
  • Jordan ‘Jurd‘ Crowley
  • Rhys ‘Rated‘ Price
  • Sean ‘Seany‘ O’Connor (Sub)
  • Dylan ‘MadCat‘ Daly (Sub)


LA Guerrillas

  • Patrick ‘ACHES‘ Price
  • Ulysses ‘AquA‘ Silva
  • Jacob ‘Decemate‘ Cato
  • Renato ‘Saints‘ Forz
  • Andres ‘Lacefield‘ Lacefield
  • Rasim ‘Blazt‘ Ogresevic (Sub)


Minnesota ROKKR

  • Justin ‘SiLLY‘ Fargo-Palmer
  • Adam ‘Assault‘ Garcia
  • Adam ‘GodRx‘ Brown
  • Alex ‘Alexx‘ Carpenter
  • Obaid ‘Asim‘ Asim
  • Kaden ‘Exceed‘ Stockdale (Sub)
  • Devin ‘TTinyy‘ Robinson (Sub)


New York Subliners

  • Thomas ‘ZooMaa‘ Paparatto
  • Donovan ‘Temp‘ Laroda
  • Lamar ‘Accuracy‘ Abedi
  • Trei ‘Zer0‘ Morris
  • Dillon ‘Attach‘ Prive
  • Doug ‘Censor‘ Martin (Sub)
  • Nick ‘Happy‘ Suda (Sub)


OpTic Gaming LA

  • Thomas ‘TJHaly‘ Haly
  • Brandon ‘Dashy‘ Otell
  • Kenny ‘Kenny‘ Williams
  • Austin ‘SlasheR‘ Liddicoat
  • Jordan ‘JKap‘ Kaplan
  • Martin ‘Chino‘ Chino (Sub)
  • Jevon ‘Goonjar‘ Gooljar-lim (Sub)


Paris Legion

  • Luke ‘Louqa‘ Rigas
  • Conrad ‘Shockz‘ Rymarek
  • Denholm ‘Denz‘ Taylor
  • Matthew ‘KISMET‘ Tinsley
  • Timothy ‘Phantomz‘ Landis
  • Zach ‘Zed‘ Denyer
  • Paul ‘Breszy‘ Breszynski


Seattle Surge

  • Damon ‘Karma‘ Barlow
  • Ian ‘Enable‘ Wyatt
  • Sam ‘Octane‘ Larew
  • Josiah ‘Slacked‘ Berry
  • Bryan ‘Apathy‘ Zhelyazkov
  • Casey ‘Pandur‘ Romano (Sub)
  • Nicholas ‘Proto‘ Maldonado (Sub)


Toronto Ultra

  • Daniel ‘Loony‘ Loza
  • Anthony ‘Methodz‘ Zinni
  • Carson ‘Brack‘ Newberry
  • Alejandro ‘Lucky‘ López
  • Adrian ‘MeTTalZ‘ Serrano
  • Tobias ‘CleanZ‘ Juul Jønsson (Sub)
  • Nicholas ‘Classic‘ DiCostanzo (Sub)
  • Cameron ‘Cammy‘ McKilligan (Sub)
  • Ben ‘Bance‘ Bance (Sub)
  • Mehran ‘Mayhem‘ Anjomshoa (Sub)

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5 best AK-74u loadouts in Black Ops Cold War for all play-styles

Published: 25/Nov/2020 6:06

by Brad Norton


Whether you prefer to frag while running and gunning, or simply want to rack up time in the objective, we’ve got you covered with the best AK-74u loadouts for every playstyle in Black Ops Cold War.

SMGs can dominate the battlefield in Black Ops Cold War. Regardless of which mode you’re playing, or which map you’re on, there’s a perfect loadout for every situation. To get the most out of the AK-74u, however,  you’ll want to build a class around your playstyle.

If you’re a slayer just looking for high-kill games or you prefer to sit back and focus on the win, there’s a way to customize every element of your loadout to match your preferences. From perks to attachments and everything in between, the choice is all yours.

We’ve got you covered with optimal setups for five key playstyles in Black Ops Cold War. Take your pick from the most powerful AK-74u loadouts below.

Fastest AK-74u loadout for running and gunning

Black Ops Cold War Ak-74u
The fastest set of attachments in Black Ops Cold War.


  • Optic: Microflex LED
  • Muzzle: Spetsnaz Compensator
  • Barrel: 10.3 Task Force
  • Body: Steady Aim Laser
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Speedgrip
  • Magazine: GRU Mag Clamp
  • Handle: Speed Tape
  • Stock: KGB Skeletal Stock

Secondary – Combat Knife


  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket
  • Perk 2: Scavenger
  • Perk 3: Gung-Ho


  • Lethal: Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Stimshot
  • Field Upgrade: Trophy System

Wildcard – Gunfighter

Up first is perhaps the most common playstyle for the typical SMG player. While Assault Rifles are used from longer ranges to hold down certain angles, SMGs are often the right tool for flankers and aggressive players always on the move. As a result, you want the best attachments and perks to get the most out of your speed.

The KGB Skeletal Stock is arguably the most important here as Sprint to Fire Time is vital. The faster you can pull your weapon out from a full sprint, the faster you’ll be able to fire and take down nearby enemies. This is ideal for running and gunning.

In terms of perks, the first two slots won’t really impact your speed all that much. However, equipping Gung-Ho in the third slot is crucial. Being able to fire while sprinting is a neat bonus, but reloading while fleeing a fight is the biggest factor here.

Last but not least, Stimshot is a must in the Tactical slot. Since you’re always moving, you never want to wait around for manual health-regen.

Best all-rounder AK-74u loadout

Black Ops Cold War Ak-74u
Every attachment you’ll need for a balanced SMG.


  • Optic:
  • Muzzle: Spetsnaz Compensator
  • Barrel: 9.3 VDV Reinforced
  • Body: Steady Aim Laser
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
  • Magazine: 40 RND Drum
  • Handle:
  • Stock:

Secondary – 1911


  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket +Tactical Mask
  • Perk 2: Scavenger + Tracker
  • Perk 3: Gung-Ho + Ghost


  • Lethal: Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Stun Grenade
  • Field Upgrade: Trophy System

Wildcard – Perk Greed

If you’re looking for the best balance, this is the ideal SMG setup for you. From close range gunfights to crucial mid-range kills, you’ll be able to do it all with this loadout. The goal here is to tick as many boxes without limiting yourself too much. Almost every positive comes with a downside, so this loadout looks to balance everything out evenly.

As a result, you don’t want to be picking attachments with major debuffs to the gun. A lot of the base unlocks will help provide smaller buffs without huge tradeoffs.

Selecting the Perk Greed Wildcard keeps your weapon in check with just five attachments but lets you buff your operator with six perks. This will keep you comfortable on the map no matter how things play out.

Need to hold down a hill in Hardpoint? You’ve got Flak Jacket, Tactical Mask, and a Trophy to help out. Need to go on a long flank to break a spawn trap in Domination? You’ve got Ghost and a mid-range weapon to clear out an enemy base. You can do it all with this particular setup.

Best OBJ-focused AK-74u loadout

Black Ops Cold War Ak-74u
The full setup for a pure OBJ class in Black Ops Cold War.


  • Optic:
  • Muzzle: Spetsnaz Compensator
  • Barrel: 9.3 VDV Reinforced
  • Body: Steady Aim Laser
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
  • Magazine: Spetsnaz 50 RND Drum
  • Handle:
  • Stock:

Secondary – Gallo SA12


  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket +Tactical Mask
  • Perk 2: Gearhead + Quartermaster
  • Perk 3: Ghost + Cold Blooded


  • Lethal: Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Smoke Grenade
  • Field Upgrade: Trophy System

Wildcard – Perk Greed

If your aim is to get wins at all costs, you’ll be best off with this OBJ-focused setup. Designed to keep you in the hotspots, hold down sites, and fend off waves of enemies, this is for players who prefer a more methodical approach to their game.

Of note, smoke is essential in the Tactical slot. Rather than stunning enemies or popping a flash, using the smoke grenade can cover a wide area on an objective. This will force enemies to run into you where they can then meet the power of your AK-74u.

In terms of perks, Gearhead and Quartermaster are the main buffs you’ll want for pure OBJ play. You’re not focused on rushing through the map here. These perks will help you keep a site well and truly locked down.

While you’ll have more ammo in a clip than usual, holding down objectives can get dicey for long periods of time. As a last resort, this loadout gives you a beefy secondary in the Gallo SA12 shotgun.

Most accurate AK-74u loadout

Black Ops Cold War Ak-74u
Your AK-74u can be a real laser from afar with this setup.


  • Optic: Kobra Red Dot
  • Muzzle: KGB Eliminator
  • Barrel: 9.3 VDV Reinforced
  • Body: GRU 5MW Laser Sight
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
  • Magazine: GRU Mag Clamp
  • Handle: GRU Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: Tactical Stock

Secondary – 1911


  • Perk 1: Forward Intel
  • Perk 2: Scavenger
  • Perk 3: Ghost


  • Lethal: Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Stimshot
  • Field Upgrade: Proximity Mine

Wildcard – Gunfight

While SMGs aren’t often thought of for their accuracy, there’s no reason you can’t create a ridiculous laser with your AK-74u. The Gunsmith gives you such a huge amount of freedom to limit recoil, and that’s exactly what this loadout is designed for.

All of the attachments are in place to minimize recoil of every kind. Both vertical and horizontal recoil can’t get any better than with this loadout. As a result, you’ll be a bit slower than most standard SMG classes. Though you’ll be able to gun down enemies from much further than usual.

The Forward Intel perk is crucial in the first slot here. It’s a bit of a niche pick, but if your goal is to stand your ground and accurately beam from across the map, this perk will only help in that role. It reveals more of the map than usual so you can see enemy players from afar.

Last but not least, chucking on a Proximity Mine can always come in handy. No one likes a camper, but if you’re setting up in a particular location and want some added peace of mind, placing a Mine behind you can keep you safe.

Best Law Breaker AK-74u loadout

Black Ops Cold War Ak-74u
SMGs and Snipers together will make you a one-man army on the map.

Attachments – Primary

  • Optic:
  • Muzzle: Spetsnaz Compensator
  • Barrel: 9.3 VDV Reinforced
  • Body: Steady Aim Laser
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
  • Magazine: 40 RND Drum
  • Handle:
  • Stock: 

Attachments – Secondary: Pelington 703

  • Optic:
  • Muzzle: Infantry Stabilizer
  • Barrel: 26.5 Tiger Team
  • Body:
  • Underbarrel: Bipod
  • Magazine: 7 RND
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Stock:


  • Perk 1: Flack Jacket
  • Perk 2: Tracker
  • Perk 3: Ghost


  • Lethal: Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Stimshot
  • Field Upgrade: Field Mic

Wildcard – Law Breaker

Last but not least, if you’re looking for the best of both worlds in Black Ops Cold War, this is the ideal loadout for you. If you want the speed and style of SMGs with the precision and patience of a sniper, you can’t do better.

Using the Law Breaker wildcard gives you access to both the AK-74u and the Pelington 703 in the one class. This means you can be fast and tactical all at once. Adapting your playstyle to the situation at hand.

Other than the weapons, the only major difference here is to run with a Field Mic over any other Field Upgrade. You’re likely going to post up in a hotspot, so no reason not to reveal enemies in the area while you whip out the sniper.