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Call of Duty League explain how 15 tournament format will work for 2020

by Albert Petrosyan
Activision Blizzard / MLG

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Activision have announced a new point-based system for the 2020 Call of Duty League season, as well as a revamped schedule for all 15 tournaments that will be played during the regular season.

With just a few weeks left to go until the inaugural campaign of the newly-formed CDL kicks off, Activision are still implementing whole-scale changes to the league format and schedule.

Instead of having 22 individual home series in which a handful of teams would play a maximum 1-2 matches, the new format is instead tournament-based, featuring 15 tournaments in total – 13 regular-season events, the All-Star Weekend, and Championship Weekend.

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The regular-season tournaments will each be hosted by one of the 12 participating franchises, with the other two – the All-Star Weekend and Championship Weekend – at neutral venues.

Each of the 13 regular-season events will see eight teams compete, with the only exception being the Launch Weekend in Minnesota, which will feature all 12 teams.

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The 12 CDL franchises will compete in 13 tournaments throughout the regular-season.

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Call of Duty League 2020 schedule

Here is the full schedule for the inaugural 2020 season of the CDL, including all of the teams that will be competing at each of the 13 regular-season tournaments.

LAUNCH WEEKEND - MINNESOTA RØKKR

Dates: January 24-26

Teams: 

  • Atlanta FaZe
  • Chicago Huntsmen
  • Dallas Empire
  • Florida Mutineers
  • London Royal Ravens
  • Los Angeles Guerrillas
  • Minnesota RØKKR
  • New York Subliners
  • OpTic Gaming Los Angeles
  • Paris Legion
  • Seattle Surge
  • Toronto ULTRA

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LONDON ROYAL RAVENS HOME SERIES

Dates: February 8-9

Teams: 

  • Chicago Huntsmen
  • Dallas Empire
  • London Royal Ravens
  • Los Angeles Guerrillas
  • New York Subliners
  • Paris Legion
  • Seattle Surge
  • Toronto ULTRA

ATLANTA FAZE HOME SERIES

Dates: February 22-23

Teams: 

  • Atlanta FaZe
  • Chicago Huntsmen
  • Florida Mutineers
  • London Royal Ravens
  • Minnesota RØKKR
  • OpTic Gaming Los Angeles
  • Paris Legion
  • Toronto ULTRA

LOS ANGELES GUERRILLAS & OPTIC GAMING LA HOME SERIES

Dates: March 7-8

Teams: 

  • Atlanta FaZe
  • Dallas Empire
  • Florida Mutineers
  • Los Angeles Guerrillas
  • Minnesota RØKKR
  • New York Subliners
  • OpTic Gaming Los Angeles
  • Seattle Surge

OpTic Gaming
OpTic Gaming
OpTic Gaming LA will show off their new-look roster in front of their Los Angeles fans on March 7.

DALLAS EMPIRE HOME SERIES

Dates: March 28-29

Teams: 

  • Chicago Huntsmen
  • Dallas Empire
  • Florida Mutineers
  • Los Angeles Guerrillas
  • Minnesota RØKKR
  • Paris Legion
  • Seattle Surge
  • Toronto ULTRA

CHICAGO HUNSTMEN HOME SERIES

Dates: April 4-5

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: April 11-12

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: April 18-19

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: May 9-10

Teams: 

  • Atlanta FaZe
  • Chicago Huntsmen
  • Dallas Empire
  • Florida Mutineers
  • Los Angeles Guerrillas
  • Minnesota RØKKR
  • Seattle Surge
  • Toronto ULTRA

PARIS LEGION HOME SERIES

Dates: May 16-17

Teams: 

  • Atlanta FaZe
  • Dallas Empire
  • Florida Mutineers
  • London Royal Ravens
  • New York Subliners
  • OpTic Gaming Los Angeles
  • Paris Legion
  • Toronto ULTRA

Pixabay
Pixabay
8 CDL teams will travel to Paris, France May 16-17 to play in the Paris Legion's home series weekend.

NEW YORK SUBLINES HOME SERIES

Dates: June 6-7

Teams: 

  • Atlanta FaZe
  • Chicago Huntsmen
  • London Royal Ravens
  • Los Angeles Guerrillas
  • Minnesota RØKKR
  • New York Subliners
  • Paris Legion
  • Toronto ULTRA

CALL OF DUTY LEAGUE ALL-STAR WEEKEND

Dates: TBA

Details coming soon

LONDON ROYAL RAVENS HOME SERIES

Dates: June 20-21

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: June 27-28

Teams: 

  • Atlanta FaZe
  • Chicago Huntsmen
  • Dallas Empire
  • Florida Mutineers
  • Los Angeles Guerrillas
  • Minnesota RØKKR
  • Seattle Surge
  • Toronto ULTRA

CALL OF DUTY LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND

Dates: TBA

Details coming soon

MLG
MLG
Will the CDL Championship Weekend live up to the hype of CWL Champs from previous years?

New points-based CDL format explained

Starting from the London Royal Ravens home series in week two of the regular season, the eight teams that compete each week will be split into two groups of four, with the matchups decided by the league office.

The teams in each group will play each other and the ones that win two matches will advance to a single-elimination bracket to determine the home series' winner.

Each victory that a team gets throughout the regular season will be worth 10 points, with home series weekend event winners getting an additional 10 points, which means a team can earn up to 50 points in a single weekend by winning the tournament.

  • 1st Place – 50 CDL Points
  • 2nd Place – 30 CDL Points
  • 3rd/4th Place – 20 CDL Points
  • 5th/6th Place – 10 CDL Points
  • 7th/8th Place – 0 CDL Points

Activision
Activision
Eight of the 12 teams will make the playoffs in the inaugural 2020 season of the CDL.

The only home series not to follow this format will be the Launch Weekend since all 12 teams will be participating. For that event, each team will play two matches over the course of the three days, with all victories being worth 10 points.

At the end of the regular season, the eight teams with the highest points total will earn a spot in the playoffs - the top four advancing directly and the next four getting in as wild cards.

The four wild card teams will play a single-elimination bracket with the two winning teams advancing to play the third and fourth place teams from the top-four in the first round of the double-elimination phase. The top two overall seeds will get a bye through the first round of this stage.

The team that comes out of the Winners Bracket will then face the Losers Bracket winner in the CDL Championship grand final, with the Losers Bracket team needing to win two straight matches to claim the title.