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CDL 2021 Stage 1 groups announced

Published: 25/Jan/2021 0:19 Updated: 25/Jan/2021 0:31

by Jacob Hale


The 2021 season of the Call of Duty League is about to kick-off and teams have just been locked into their groups following the Stage 1 group draw during the CDL Kickoff Classic on January 24.

The CDL Kickoff Classic marked the first time fans could see their favorite teams in action this year, with every franchise playing one match against fan-voted opponents between January 23-24.

Perhaps the most important part of the weekend was the CDL Stage 1 group draw, which saw teams pick out who they want their opponents to face throughout Stage 1 of the season.

Each stage consists of three Home Series tournaments as well as a Major, all of which feeds into the World Championship tournament at the end of the season — so how these groups play out could have huge implications on the rest of the year. Here’s how the group draw played out and how the unique drafting system all worked.

CDL 2021 Stage 1 groups

Group A Group B
Dallas Empire Atlanta FaZe
LA Thieves OpTic Chicago
Minnesota ROKKR Florida Mutineers
London Royal Ravens Toronto Ultra
New York Subliners LA Guerrillas
Seattle Surge Paris Legion

CDL 2021 Stage 1 group draw process

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The 2021 season brings about a number of changes to the CDL.

The group draw selection took place on Sunday, January 24, in a format that left some fans a little confused.

The draw was described as a reverse-snake-draft format, with teams picking who wound up in the opposing group, starting with the top two seeds of the 2020 season, Dallas Empire and Atlanta FaZe.

Here’s how it worked:

  • Dallas picked the first team to be in Atlanta FaZe’s Stage 1 group — let’s call them Team 1.
  • Atlanta then picked a team to be in Dallas’ group — let’s call them Team 2.
  • Team 1 then picked another team to be in Dallas’ group.
  • Team 2 then picked a team to be in Atlanta’s group, and so on.

When was the group draw?

As mentioned, the group draw took place on Sunday, January 24. As revealed by the CDL, it was featured prior to the OpTic Chicago vs Los Angeles Thieves Kickoff match, which took place at 3pm PST (6pm EST/11pm GMT).

This has now set the stage for the first few events of the season, with the groups being shaken up for Stage 2. After the first Major, teams will go through the same process to decide Stage 2 groups, and for each Stage after that until Champs rolls around.

Be sure to keep up with all of the action on Dexerto, and follow us over on @DexertoIntel for on-the-pulse updates!

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New Warzone map reportedly coming in April following leaked Verdansk nuke event

Published: 26/Feb/2021 1:07

by Brad Norton


Warzone could be moving away from Verdansk rather soon as a new report suggests a major update is set for April, bringing with it a Black Ops Cold War overhaul along with an entirely new map.

Since the release of Warzone on March 10, 2020, players have grown accustomed to there being just one map. While Rebirth Island was introduced in December, Verdansk has served as the only map for regular-sized competition since launch.

After months of teasers throughout Warzone’s ongoing narrative, it appears we’re finally set to break new ground. An in-game nuke event will allegedly be the catalyst for one of the biggest updates yet.

At the end of Season 2, nukes around Verdansk will finally be set in motion and serve as the transition to a new 1980’s themed map, according to a report from VideoGamesChronicle.

While the brand new Season has only just begun, at its climax, Verdansk appears to be in store for total destruction. We’ve known for quite some time that a major nuclear event has been building under the surface.

Now, VGC states that this event is coming sooner than later with the end of Season 2 kicking off a major revamp. With the new Battle Pass now available, we know that April 22 is the targeted date for Season 3.

This is reportedly when the new map will come into focus. Nuclear silos now open across Verdansk could be advancing through launch stages as the current season progresses. Once it all kicks off, Verdansk will reportedly be no more.

Players will allegedly be sent to a 1980’s themed battleground, with familiar Black Ops locations scattered throughout. While a number of key areas were featured throughout the earlier Blackout mode in Black Ops 4, this could pave the way for yet another nostalgia hit.

Warzone gameplay
Silos across Verdansk appear to be opening for a nuclear event to round out Season 2.

Zombies have just arrived in Verdansk thanks to the new Ship POI. A leading theory suggests that a zombie outbreak could leave no choice but to nuke the area.

As Season 2 unfolds, perhaps it’s only a matter of time until more locations are overrun by the undead. Be on the lookout for any subtle changes across Verdansk as we enter what could be our final weeks on the map.