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CDL 2021 season: Live standings, event schedule, season format, teams & rosters

Published: 15/Aug/2021 18:41 Updated: 15/Aug/2021 22:18

by Albert Petrosyan

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This is the main central hub for the Call of Duty League’s second season; whether it’s the most recent standings you’re looking for or the full schedule of upcoming events, make sure to check back here for everything CDL 2021.

The Call of Duty League is back with a bang in 2021 and there’s lots of competitive CoD action to look forward to in what should be an intense and exciting season.

Defending champions Dallas Empire look to go back-to-back, but they’ll have to fend off some stacked rivals in Atlanta FaZe, Toronto Ultra, and OpTic Chicago, all of whom look to complete the ultimate mission they fell short of last season.

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With a whole new season format, lots of familiar faces in new threads, and two massive organizational rebrands, here’s everything you need to know about this CDL season.


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CDL Overall Standings

The CDL 2021 regular season is over and that means rankings are set for Champs. Here are the 2021 overall standings, showing which eight teams made the postseason cut and which four fell short.

2021 Overall Standings

CDL season overall standings after stage 5 major WITH COLORED TABS

CDL 2021 season event schedule

There are a total of 21 events in the 2021 season calendar: 15 in-Stage Home Series events, 4 end-of-Stage Majors, and the Playoffs. (Please note that this schedule can change anytime at the discretion of the CDL)

Stage 1: February 11 – March 7

Event Dates Location Prize Pool
Week 1: Opening Weekend Feb 11-14 Online (hosted by FaZe) N/A
Super Week (Weeks 2+3) Feb 22-28 (due to Week 2 postponement) Online N/A
Stage 1 Major (Won by FaZe) Mar 3-7 Online $500,000

Stage 2: March 18 – April 11

Event Dates Location Prize Pool
Week 1: Toronto Home Series Mar 18-21 Online (hosted by Ultra) N/A
Week 2 Mar 25-28 Online N/A
Week 3: LAG Home Series Apr 1-4 Online (hosted by Guerrillas) N/A
Stage 2 Major (Won by Ultra) Apr 7-11 Online $500,000

Stage 3: April 25 – May 16

Event Dates Location Prize Pool
Week 1: London Home Series Apr 22-25 Online (hosted by Royal Ravens) N/A
Week 2: Paris Home Series Apr 29 – May 2 Online (hosted by Legion) N/A
Week 3: Dallas Home Series May 6-9 Online (hosted by Empire) N/A
Stage 3 Major (Won by FaZe) May 13-16 Online $500,000

CDL All-Star Weekend

  • Dates: May 22-23
  • Location: Online
  • Format: Voted in CDL pros play a 1v1 Gunfight tournament

Stage 4: May 27 – June 20

Event Dates Location Prize Pool
Week 1: OpTic Home Series May 27-30 Online (hosted by OpTic) N/A
Week 2: Florida Home Series Jun 3-6 Online (hosted by Mutineers) N/A
Week 3: Thieves Home Series Jun 10-13 Online (hosted by Thieves) N/A
Stage 4 Major (Won by FaZe Jun 17-20 Esports Stadium Arlington $500,000

Stage 5: July 8 – Aug 1

Event Dates Location Prize Pool
Week 1: NY Home Series Jul 8-11 Online (hosted by NY) N/A
Week 2: Minnesota Home Series Jul 15-18 Online (hosted by ROKKR) N/A
Week 3: Seattle Home Series Jul 22-25 Online (hosted by Surge) N/A
Stage 5 Major (Won by ROKKR) July 29 – August 1 Esports Stadium Arlington, Texas $500,000

Playoffs/Champs: August 19-22

  • Date: August 19-22
  • Location: Galen Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Prize pool: $2.5 million
CDL 2020 Champs ring.
CDL
Who will be crowned CDL champions in 2021?

CDL 2021 season format: Stages, Majors, Playoffs

There are some major differences between the CDL’s format in 2021 vs last season, so make sure to catch up on all the new information about how it all works.

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Stages

  • 2021 season is divided into 5 Stages
  • Each Stage is composed of three Home Series-style events and one Major
  • At the start of each Stage, the 12 teams are drawn into two Groups
    • Teams play 5 matches within their group during each Stage
    • Each Group win earns 10 CDL Points towards standings
  • Standings in each Group determine seeding for Major
  • Groups for the next Stage are redrawn after each Major ends

Majors

  • One Major at the end of each Stage (5 total)
  • Double-elimination bracket – played online
  • Seeding for Major is determined by Group standings during the Stage
    • 1st place teams start in Winners Round 2
    • 2nd & 3rd place teams start in Winners Round 1
    • 4th place teams start in Losers R2
    • 5th & 6th place teams start in Losers R1
  • $500,000 prize pool at each Major:
    • 1st: $200,000
    • 2nd: $120,000
    • 3rd: $80,000
    • 4th: $40,000
    • 5th-6th: $20,000
    • 7th-8th: $10,000
  • CDL Points earned at each Major:
    • 1st: 75
    • 2nd: 60
    • 3rd: 50
    • 4th: 40
    • 5th-6th: 30
    • 7th-8th: 20
    • 9th-10th: 10
    • 11th-12th: 0
CDL 2021 Major format.
CDL
Seeding for the CDL 2021 Majors will be determined by that Stage’s group standings.

Playoffs/Champs

  • Top-8 teams in overall CDL Points qualify for postseason play
  • $2.5 million prize pool:
    • 1st: $1,200,000
    • 2nd: $650,000
    • 3rd: $300,000
    • 4th: $150,000
    • 5th-6th: $75,000
    • 7th-8th: $25,000

CDL 2021 teams & rosters

Here are the full rosters for all 12 teams competing in the CDL in 2021, including the coaching staff. Keep track of all roster changes and player signings with our Call of Duty League Rostermania hub.

Team Starters
Substitute(s) Coach(es)
Dallas Empire Shotzzy iLLeY Crimsix Vivid FeLo Rambo
Atlanta FaZe Simp aBeZy Cellium Arcitys Sibilants Crowder, RJ, Easy Mac
OpTic Chicago Scump FormaL Envoy Dashy General Sender
Florida Mutineers Skyz Neptune Owakening Havok Slacked Atura
New York Subliners Mack Clayster Asim HyDra Decemate, Diamondcon Revan
London Royal Ravens Seany Afro Alexx PaulEhx Zed, Dylan ShAnE
Toronto Ultra Bance Insight Cammy CleanX Methodz MarkyB
Minnesota RØKKR Priestahh Attach MajorManiak Standy Accuracy Saintt
Los Angeles Thieves Drazah Kenny SlasheR John Huke, Venom, TJHaLy JKap
Paris Legion Skrapz Zaptius Aqua Temp Fire Theory
Seattle Surge Octane Gunless Classic Prestinni Loony Nubzy
Los Angeles Guerrillas MentaL Assault SiLLY Apathy Cheen Bevils, Ricky, Doug Liebe

CDL 2021 competitive ruleset

All CDL matches are played according to the league’s official competitive ruleset, which determines the map-mode combinations, as well as which weapons, attachments, perks, and items that are restricted from use.

These settings gets adjusted on a regular basis by the league, so for the latest and most up-to-date version, make sure to check the Call of Duty League ruleset page here.

CDL 2021 maps & modes

  • Hardpoint: Apocalypse, Checkmate, Garrison, Moscow, Raid
  • Search & Destroy: Standoff, Express, Miami, Moscow, Raid
  • Control: Checkmate, Garrison, Raid

That’s everything you need to know about the 2021 CDL season. For all CoD League news, updates, and event coverage, make sure to follow us on Twitter, @DexertoIntel.

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