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CDL Champs 2020 dates accidentally revealed during New York broadcast

Published: 13/Jul/2020 2:22

by Brad Norton


The final event of the Modern Warfare cycle appears to be set in stone, as dates for the Call of Duty League Championship event were accidentally revealed early during the CDL New York Home Series broadcast.

Champs has always marked the end of a title in the competitive Call of Duty cycle. It’s the most prestigious event of any given year and more is at stake in 2020 than ever before. Teams will be competing for their share of $4.2 million with the overall winning claiming $2 million for themselves.

Activision recently confirmed the CDL playoffs, including Champs, will be held online this year. A cosmetic bundle was also made available in Modern Warfare to promote the event. Despite this, exact dates were still not made available.

When is CDL Champs 2020?

With only three regular-season Home Series events remaining, time was running out. However, during the CDL New York broadcast on July 12, it looks like the official event dates were accidentally revealed early on-stream.

During the closing moments of the New York event, a lower third briefly flashed on screen to reveal the Champs dates. If this information holds true, CDL Champs 2020 will take place from Saturday, August 29 to Sunday, August 30.

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Champs dates appeared during the CDL New York Home Series broadcast.

This would leave just two days for the biggest tournament of the year. Less time than regular season Home Series events.

Activision has not yet confirmed these dates since the slip-up, however. There’s a good chance that things change as the final two regular-season events take place throughout July. While the exact week may still be up for debate, the month of August appears to be final.

Dylan Henderson of the London Royal Ravens also let slip the final day of Modern Warfare competition in a since-deleted tweet. “38 more days we keep fighting brothers,” he said on July 11. This timing would position Champs a week ahead of the dates that appeared during the New York broadcast.

Call of Duty League Championship format
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More is at stake at this Championship event than ever before.

Confirmed CDL Champs 2020 format

Champs 2020 will include all 12 teams in a double-elimination bracket. Higher ranked teams will automatically advance through the bracket as lower-ranked teams earlier rounds of competition.

The top two teams will instantly move through to the winner’s semi-final. Conversely, the bottom four teams will start with just one ‘life’ on the lower side of the bracket.

August has been the month highlighted by the League for Champs in 2020. It’s likely that these dates hold true considering where they were revealed, but nothing is official as of writing, however, so do take this information with a grain of salt.

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Sources: 100 Thieves acquire OpTic’s CDL spot, represented as LA Thieves

Published: 26/Oct/2020 17:23 Updated: 26/Oct/2020 18:45

by Albert Petrosyan


Sources have told Dexerto that 100 Thieves are entering the Call of Duty League by purchasing the spot previously held by OpTic Gaming Los Angeles.

After initially declining to invest in a slot for the Call of Duty League’s inaugural 2020 season, 100 Thieves are re-entering CoD esports after all for the 2021 campaign and beyond.

The spot that had been OpTic Gaming Los Angeles’ has now transferred ownership to the prominent esports organization, and sources have reported that 100T will rebrand the team to LA Thieves.

Immortals Gaming Club, which had purchased OpTic Gaming and one of two Los Angeles CDL franchise spots, recently sold the Green Wall back to Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez, who will remain in control of the brand.

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The OpTic Gaming Los Angeles franchise will end after just one season of competing in the CDL.

At this time, it’s not yet clear whether the league will allow H3CZ to rebrand his Chicago Huntsmen franchise to OpTic. Since he’s already the CEO of Huntsmen, his reacquisition of the OpTic brand meant that control of one of the two teams would eventually have to change hands once again.

According to recent reports from Esports Talk, the CDL was taking the stance that franchises should remain tied to the cities they were initially founded in. Thus, if H3CZ and NRG wanted their team to take on the OpTic Gaming insignia, they would have to sell the Huntsmen spot and move their Call of Duty operations to Los Angeles.

However, in those same reports, it was indicated that despite their initial unwillingness to enter the CDL, 100 Thieves and CEO Matt ‘Nadeshot’ Haag acquiring a spot was not totally out of the question, and now it’s come to fruition.

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While brief, 100 Thieves’ first stint in competitive Call of Duty was a highly successful one.

While brief, 100 Thieves’ first stint in Call of Duty esports was a very successful one; the team captured two major trophies in the then-called CoD World League and finished second in the CWL World Championship.

100T’s team became a fan-favorite, and when Nadeshot announced that they’d be leaving the esport due to the transition to franchising, many were left disappointed, especially considering Haag’s extensive CoD background.

The only question that remains now is concerning their roster – whether or not Nadeshot or his org will want to make any personnel changes remains to be seen, but if not, many will still expect the team to be a contender, considering that three of the four players are top-tier with championship experience.


  • Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat
  • Kenny ‘Kuavo’ Williams
  • Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly
  • Zack ‘Drazah’ Jordan
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CoD stars SlasheR and Kenny are returning to 100 Thieves as members of LA Thieves.

For SlasheR and Kenny, this will be their second stint with 100T after previously featuring for the org in its lone season of competition. Similarly, General Manager Eric ‘Muddawg’ Sanders is also returning to the red and black after leaving them for OpTic when the org parted ways from CoD esports.

As always, we will continue to update this story and bring you the latest as more information becomes available.