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Call of Duty League start date and venue announced for opening weekend

Published: 29/Oct/2019 16:21 Updated: 29/Oct/2019 17:34

by Andy Williams

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The first franchised season for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is set to officially launch on January 24-26, in the Minneapolis Armory, Minnesota. 

The latest iteration of the Call of Duty series has brought a plethora of updates, none more so than the changes coming to their esports division. 

Activision Blizzard’s new city-based league (formally known as the Call of Duty League) will see 12 teams from across the world battle it out for top honours — for the first time in the first-person shooter’s history.

Photographer: Tyler Allix/The Armory (Facebook)The first event of the inaugural CDL season will take place in the iconic Minneapolis Armory.

To kick-off the flagship season, Activision have announced that the season opener will take place in the iconic Minneapolis Armory (former home of the Minneapolis Lakers) and will be hosted by the Minnesota Røkkr. 

During the launch weekend, the Call of Duty Challengers Open will also begin, which will see amateur players from around the world compete in an open bracket tournament to showcase their talent with the intention of propelling themselves into the professional league. 

Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, announced their excitement heading into the forthcoming CDL season: “We are thrilled with the continued growth of the Call of Duty esports footprint as an international, city-based league with 12 teams in 4 countries, all of which deliver epically entertaining competition to millions of fans around the world.”

Kotick continued to shed light on the vision behind the new league: “Building on our city-based model’s success in esports first established by the Overwatch League, we are excited to unite the historic passion for the Call of Duty franchise with city-based fandom, to create a league to rival the very best leagues in traditional sports in recognizing, celebrating and rewarding our players.”

Although full details of the league’s structure are yet to be released, fans can now look forward to seeing the action get underway in Minnesota on January 24.

Given that the season opener will get under way in the new year, teams will begin to announce their finalized rosters and team branding as we draw closer to January 24. Keep up-to-date with all the roster moves ahead of the CDL season with our dedicated roster hub.

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CDL Champs Dallas Empire sign FeLo as substitute

Published: 19/Jan/2021 22:46 Updated: 19/Jan/2021 23:55

by Alan Bernal

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The reigning Call of Duty League Champions, Dallas Empire have signed 23-year-old veteran Tyler ‘FeLo’ Johnson as their first substitute for the upcoming 2021 campaign.

FeLo is set to join the Empire as a substitute player after playing for Triumph. A specialist in Search & Destroy, he’s expected to bolster the team’s prowess in the stringent game type now that the league is moving to a 4v4 format.

“Bringing FeLo to the team was a natural move for us as we prepare to repeat our championship run from the League’s first season,” Empire’s Head Coach Ray ‘Rambo’ Lussier said. “He’s a world-class Search & Destroy player and helped us prepare for the Grand Finals last year, so we’re expecting great things from him.”

Years ago, FeLo made a name for himself online as one of the best S&D players, and the Team Envy-owned org is relying on him to bring a new type of heat to Dallas’ heavy-hitting squad.

“Blessed to be a part of such a great organization, going to help the boys in any way I can this year,” FeLo said of the announcement. “Thank you guys for all the love.”

During the 2020 North American Challengers Final, Triumph managed to claim the top prize of $50,000 while only dropping one map of S&D during their playoff run to first place.

While the Empire had one of the strongest overall offenses in the CDL last year, their Search & Destroy was a glaring point in their game that would look shaky against the best in the league.

By signing FeLo, Empire gives themselves some flexibility to switch out Cuyler ‘Huke’ Garland or Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter for someone that has a wealth of experience navigating S&D.

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Dallas Empire
The CDL 2020 champs just got stronger by adding S&D specialist FeLo.

Even after departing with James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks due to the new Black Ops Cold War format, the Empire’s starting roster has to be considered among the strongest in the league.

Now Rambo will have to find the best ways to maneuver his five-man squad when going up against tough competitors like Atlanta FaZe, OpTic Chicago, and more.

FeLo has signed with Dallas Empire, but the move is pending league approval.

Dallas Empire’s 2021 CDL Roster:

  • Anthony ‘Shotzzy’ Cuevas-Castro
  • Cuyler ‘Huke’ Garland
  • Indervir ‘iLLeY’ Dhaliwal
  • Ian ‘C6’ Porter
  • Tyler ‘FeLo’ Johnson (Substitute)