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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


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.
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.
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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Another Warzone streamer shows hacks live on Twitch stream

Published: 24/Oct/2020 22:27

by Theo Salaun


Like clockwork, another Call of Duty: Warzone streamer has exposed their in-game cheats while playing live on Twitch. And this time, the cheater did not take kindly to chat quickly trashing him.

Hackers have been the biggest issue in Warzone; with cross-play enabled between PC and console players for the first time, the CoD fanbase has been exposed to even greater levels of cheating than ever before.

Going by ‘festation’ on Twitch, yet another streamer has outed themselves as a cheater on the platform by displaying their hacks while broadcasting live. In this case, they were quickly called out on Twitter and in the chat, leading to deleted clips and a switch to Black Ops 4 gameplay.

With Twitch chat flaming him for being bad at Modern Warfare and Warzone even with hacks activated, festation proceeded to let them know that he is elite on Black Ops 4 and challenged them to 1v1 matches. He then switched over to the earlier CoD title, but not before his hacks were clipped and shipped across the internet.

As shown in the clip, downloaded before its inevitable deletion on Twitch, festation is rolling around Verdansk while knowing precisely where every single opponent is on the map. He can see players, color-coded based on their health, with a structural indication of their character model’s movement through walls.

Similarly, he also has indicators for guns, cash, and armor found throughout the map. Unfortunately for him, that sort of unfair game awareness doesn’t equate to the IQ that matters, as he is easily blown up by a Cluster Strike at one point.

This is likely why Twitch chat laid into him even more, as fans typically shame hackers for remaining inferior at the game even when gaining an unfair advantage. 

Part of the reason why he gained a decent amount of viewers on Twitch was likely because of getting exposed on Twitter. Concerned fans of the battle royale went so far as to reply to a random TimTheTatMan tweet to try and bring attention to the blatant hacking.

In response, new viewers could enjoy seeing the cheater switch over to BO4 and continue to struggle while throwing out challenges to his detractors in chat: “Get on Black Ops 4, watch me smack any of you on Hardpoint.”

This is far from the first time a streamer has been exposed for cheating. In the past, one accidentally displayed his hacks while another purposefully tried to show his off. As of yet, neither Infinity Ward nor Twitch appear to have banned festation, but repercussions seem likely following this exposure.