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Dallas Empire win CDL Los Angeles: highlights, final placements, results

Published: 9/Mar/2020 2:20 Updated: 9/Mar/2020 14:27

by Albert Petrosyan

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The Dallas Empire are champions of CDL Los Angeles, taking down Minnesota ROKKR 3-2 in the Grand Final to claim their first Home Series victory of the 2020 Call of Duty League season.

It seems like all of the negative talk surrounding Dallas Empire’s slow start to the season is all very much in the rear-view mirror, as they’ve now proven that they’re a bonafide top team with a Home Series championship under their belt.

The victory earned them the maximum 50 CDL points, which propels them to the top half of the standings. Coming in second were the ROKKR, who earned 30 points, and the top-four was rounded off by Atlanta FaZe and OpTic Gaming LA, both earning 20 points.

CDL Los Angeles final placements

Position Team CDL Points Roster
1 Dallas Empire 50 Clayster, Crimsix, Huke, Shotzzy, iLLeY
2 Minnesota ROKKR 30 Asim, SiLLY, Assault, GoDRX, Alexx
3/4 Atlanta FaZe 20 Simp, aBeZy, Priestahh, Cellium, MajorManiak
3/4 OpTic Gaming LA 20 Kuavo, JKap, TJHaLy, Dashy, SlasheR
5/6  Seattle Surge 10 Octane, Karma, Apathy, Slacked, Pandur
5/6 Florida Mutineers 10 Maux, Havok, Frosty, Skyz, Fero
7/8 New York Subliners 0 Attach, ZooMaa, Temp, Accuracy, Happy
7/8 Los Angeles Guerrillas 0 AquA, Vivid, Spart, Blazt, Decemate

CDL Los Angeles Group A recap

Group A, the lesser of the two pools in terms of how successful the teams have been so far this season, was actually a pretty entertaining affair.

Things started off with the Minnesota ROKKR taking down the struggling Seattle Surge 3-1, followed by OpTic Gaming winning their first-ever meeting with crosstown rivals LA Guerrillas 3-2.

The Guerrillas’ new-look roster showed some spark and promise, taking a 2-0 lead in the series, but OG’s experience and talent proved to be too much in the reverse sweep.

The Green Wall, fresh off its first win of the season, continued their newfound momentum with a 3-0 demolishing of the ROKKR in the next round, sealing a trip to the playoff bracket.

In the lower bracket, Seattle finally found some form, demolishing Guerrillas 3-0, with Octane playing a huge role in that.

His 43-16 performance in the Hardpoint was monstrous, topped off by one of the plays of the tournament.

However, the Surge got a taste of their own medicine in the following match, falling 3-0 to the Minnesota ROKKR, who secured the fourth and final spot in the playoff portion of the event.

CDL Los Angeles Group B recap

Coming into the tournament, Group B was easily the most-stacked half of the bracket, considering that three of the teams – Atlanta, Dallas, and Florida – all had made it to the grand final of at least one prior event.

Unsurprisingly, FaZe came out guns a blazing, dominating Mutineers 3-0 for the second match in a row (they also beat them 3-0 in the CDL Atlanta finals). The Empire also put on a strong showing, taking down the lowly New York Subliners 3-1, who were also featuring a new lineup after Zer0 had been benched.

Atlanta continued their dominant ways with a 3-0 win over Dallas in the next round, their second sweep of the Empire out of two meetings this season. The series featured a couple of top plays from superstars Simp and Priestahh, and another from the Empire’s Huke, who put on his own show during the first map.

In the lower bracket, Florida sent New York home with a 3-1 win, which means that the Subliners will be tied for last in the league with only 10 points out of their first seven matches.

The final match of Group A saw the Empire stamp their ticket to the playoff stage with a 3-0 demolishing of Mutineers, who failed to get out of the group stage after making it all the way to the grand final of the previous event.

CDL Los Angeles semifinals recap

OPTIC GAMING VS DALLAS EMPIRE

The first semifinal of CDL Los Angeles saw hosts OpTic Gaming take on Dallas Empire. The series started with a convincing win from the Green Wall, taking the Gun Runner Hardpoint 250-172.

In response, Dallas clutched up on Gun Runner SnD, winning the map 6-2 to tie up the series. That clutch, however, paled in comparison to the ending of the Domination on Hackney Yard, which saw the Empire pull out a miraculous victory in the final moments.

With momentum fully on their side, the boys in gold and black sealed the deal on Rammaza Hardpoint, which they won 250-204 to clinch a spot in the Grand Final.

ATLANTA FAZE VS MINNESOTA ROKKR

The second semifinal featured Atlanta FaZe taking on Minnesota ROKKR, a rematch of their highly entertaining meeting at CDL Atlanta, which was also in the semis. Just as with that previous match, ROKKR won the first Hardpoint 250-221 to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

However, FaZe clutched up on Gun Runner SnD 6-4 to tie up the series at 1-1, unlike their first matchup, which saw Minnesota take a 2-0 lead before getting reverse swept.

The third map, Domination on Hackney Yard, ended up being a one-way affair in favor of ATL, who won 180-130. But it was the following Hardpoint on Rammaza that ended up being an instant classic, as ROKKR came up huge in the final seconds to steal the game 250-247.

With everything on the line in the do-or-die game five SnD on Picadilly, the boys from up north did what they couldn’t do at the last event – they sealed things with a 6-2 win and handed FaZe their first loss of the entire season.

CDL Los Angeles Grand Final recap

The entire weekend led up to one final battle between Dallas Empire and Minnesota ROKKR, neither of whom had won an event coming in, although the Empire did make it to the Grand Finals of CDL London.

They used that experience to take the first map, Hardpoint on Rammaza, 250-181, followed by a difficult 6-4 victory on St. Petrograd SnD. All signs pointed to a sweep, but ROKKR shut that down with a nice comeback on Gun Runner Domination, taking the map 158-149.

The match of the series was the game four Hardpoint on Hackney Yard, which Empire looked like they were going to win but an improbable and borderline impossible play proved to be the ultimate clutch for the ROKKR.

For the first time this season, a Home Series Grand Final went to a game five, which was on Gun Runner for this event. Knowing that they were on the brink of being reverse swept, the Empire didn’t let things get too close, winning the map 6-2 and clinching the championship.

Top plays from CDL Los Angeles

Here are some highlight reels of the top plays and best moments of the CDL Los Angeles weekend.

Day 1 (March 7)

Day 2 (March 8)

CDL Los Angeles results

Day 1 (March 7)

Round Match
Group B R1 Atlanta FaZe 3-0 Florida Mutineers
Group A R1 Minnesota RØKKR 3-1 Seattle Surge
Group B R1 Dallas Empire 3-1 New York Subliners
Group A R1 Los Angeles Guerrillas 2-3 OpTic Gaming Los Angeles
Group B WR2 Atlanta Faze 3-0 Dallas Empire
Group B LR1 Florida Mutineers 3-1 New York Subliners
Group A WR2 Minnesota RØKKR vs 0-3 OpTic Gaming Los Angeles
Group A LR1 Los Angeles Guerrillas vs 0-3 Seattle Surge

Day 2 (March 8)

Round Match
Group B LR2 Dallas Empire 3-0 Florida Mutineers
Group A LR2 Minnesota RØKKR 3-0 Seattle Surge
Semifinal 1 OpTic Gaming Los Angeles 1-3 Dallas Empire
Semifinal 2 Atlanta Faze 2-3 Minnesota RØKKR
Grand Final Dallas Empire 3-2 Minnesota RØKKR

Catch up with all of the action via our CDL Los Angeles hub, which includes the VODs for both days’ streams, player interviews, and more.

For more information about the current season, including the full event schedule and current overall standings, make sure to check out our CDL Call of Duty League 2020 season hub.

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Renegades announce new CoD roster ahead of second Challengers season

Published: 31/Oct/2020 14:17 Updated: 31/Oct/2020 14:20

by Joe Craven

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Esports organisation Renegades have revealed their Call of Duty roster for the second season of the CDL’s Challengers Series, including players from last year’s Paris Legion roster. 

The switch from the Call of Duty World League to the Call of Duty League represents the greatest shake-up competitive CoD has ever seen. While latter tournaments in the CWL involved an amateur tournament running parallel to the main one, the introduction of Challengers’ Series gives a greater formalisation to competition below the best of the best.

With franchised spots in the CDL costing millions, it’s no surprise that some big name esports organisations have found themselves competing in the Challengers Series. One of these orgs is Renegades, the Detroit-based esports team that has come in and out of competitive CoD in recent years.

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Renegades
Renegades have come and gone from the Call of Duty pro scene in the past.

On October 31, they announced their CoD roster for the upcoming Black Ops Cold War season, which will be the second season of the CDL and its accompanying Challenger Series.

Perhaps the biggest name in the new roster is Luke ‘Louqa’ Rigas, who represented Paris Legion in the CDL last year. It was an up-and-down year for the Paris Legion, who managed a second place finish at the online CDL Week 12 London event.

He is also joined by ex-Paris teammate Conrad ‘Shockz’ Rymarek, who is best known for his five years with Australian organisation Mindfreak from 2014 to 2019.

Rounding off the roster are Lincoln ‘Fighta’ Ferguson and Amer ‘Pred’ Zulbeari, making a fully Australian roster. The nationalities of all players means they will likely compete in the APAC region of the Challengers Series.

While Shockz and Louqa come off the back of mixed fortunes in the CDL, Fighta and Pred both joined Renegades in January of 2020. In the somewhat weaker field of APAC competition, their Renegades roster dominated the region’s Challenger tournaments during the Modern Warfare season.

Replacing half the team with CDL standard pros means it’s likely we’ll see similar domination this year, barring any shock performances from the other APAC teams.