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Call of Duty League Playoffs & Championship Weekend dates announced

Published: 14/Jul/2020 19:00 Updated: 14/Jul/2020 20:24

by Andy Williams

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As the first season of the Call of Duty League draws to a close, Activision have announced the dates for the CDL’s postseason Playoffs and Championship Weekend.

Typically, the affectionately named ‘Champs’ has marked the end of a jam-packed season filled with circuit tournaments and, while the traditional tournament format has remained, teams have been competing in a franchised league for the first time in Call of Duty history.

We’re at the business end of the Call of Duty League’s inaugural season, with just two Home Series events to go. And while teams are laser-focused on securing their league placements, fans are already looking ahead to the postseason.

Now, Activision have announced the dates for the highly anticipated curtain caller to the league’s season… Mere days after they were partly leaked during the CDL New York livestream.

Players on stage during CDL Launch Weekend.
Activision
Twelve teams will be battling it out to be crowned the first ever Call of Duty League champions.

CDL Playoffs & Championship Weekend dates

To decide the top dogs of Call of Duty’s first franchised season, teams will first battle it out from August 19-23 in the CDL’s Playoffs — seeds for which will be determined by the team’s final placement in the CDL standings.

The final four teams to make it through the Playoff’s double-elimination bracket will progress to the first-ever CDL Championship on August 29-30.

A record $4.6 million prize pool is up for grabs, with the winning team taking home a whopping $1.5 million for their efforts.

eUnited lifting the CWL World Championships trophy.
MLG
There will be no stadium-filled Champs this year, as teams will be competing online.

CDL Playoffs & Championship Weekend format

As mentioned previously, seeds for the CDL’s Playoffs will be decided by how the teams stack-up after the league’s season concludes.

Both the 1st and 2nd place teams will receive a two-round bye, while the 3rd and 4th place teams will only receive a one-round bye. Teams finishing 5th-8th will begin their quest for glory in the first round of the Upper Bracket, whereas 9th-12th place teams will start with all odds stacked against them in the Lower Bracket.

The highest prize pool in the history of Call of Duty is up for grabs and will be decided by teams locking horns online, following the mid-season adjustment. Will a team make a historic run through the Lower Bracket? Or will the top-seeded teams take it all for themselves? One things for sure, the final weekend of August is set to be a heater!

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Clayster addresses “hate” over Black Ops Cold War’s Control mode

Published: 30/Nov/2020 3:18

by Brad Norton

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Black Ops Cold War’s Control game mode has come under fire lately but 2020 Call of Duty League champion James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks has explained why the “hate” is overblown.

Each and every year in competitive CoD there are three modes in rotation. Both Hardpoint and Search and Destroy are often staples with each annual release. However, the third mode is usually in rotation depending on what’s available. The 2019 season saw Domination make a return, for instance.

This time around, Control is that third key playlist. This means all pro competitions throughout the upcoming season will feature the mode across an assortment of maps. It’s just the second time in CoD history that Control has appeared after its introduction in 2018’s Black Ops 4.

While it was received well throughout its initial run, leading to some of the most exciting moments of the year, it’s relaunch in Cold War hasn’t been received quite as well. After a few days of backlash on social media, Clayster has explained why the “hate” isn’t justified.

Black Ops 4 gameplay
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Control first appeared in Black Ops 4, and now it’s back in Cold War.

Now that the community is settling into Treyarch’s new release, a proper meta has started to emerge. Assault Rifles outright dominate the game in its current form. As a result, Control can be challenging and players have been quick to voice their frustrations.

“If there is no way to fix how hard it is to win Offenses, why wouldn’t a game mode like demolition or CTF be a possibility for mode three?” Reddit user ‘jaydubb2’ questioned. With so many ARs set up on Defense, it can be extremely tough to break into capture points on Offense.

However, Clayster believes the “hate” for the mode is a bit too much. Rather than complaining, players should instead “figure out how to win Offense,” he stressed. “Not just say it’s chalked, Defense wins. There are methods.”

If these issues are patched over time, with spawns being dialed in and the capture time adjusted, Control could be back to the explosive mode it was in Black Ops 4. “Control I feel like is a competitive game-mode from the core up,” Clayster added.

The mode isn’t perfect in its current state, but with a few simple tweaks, it could be better than ever, according to the three-time world champion. “Honestly, there’s a couple Narnia spawns that will be (hopefully) cleaned up and with 45s capture time, offense becomes much easier.” 

Early impressions have clearly been negative towards the mode. However, there’s still plenty of time for things to change ahead of the CDL 2021 season.