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CDL Champs winners will receive a full-size throne that looks insane

Published: 27/Aug/2020 21:01 Updated: 27/Aug/2020 21:07

by Albert Petrosyan


The Call of Duty League has announced that the winners of the CDL Championship Weekend will not only receive a lion’s share of the $4.6 million prize pool, but also a full-sized throne that, frankly, looks a bit over the top.

Eternal glory and large amounts of cash await the last team left standing from the Call of Duty League’s first-ever postseason, the final portion of which is set to take place August 29-30.

$1.5 million, a massive trophy, and an elegant-looking ring will be on the line when the final two teams meet in the best-of-nine Championship Grand Final on Sunday, but that’s not all the winners will get.

In addition to all those other prizes, the champions will also be awarded with a full-size throne. Yes, a throne – a giant chair that’s big enough for players to sit in, although maybe a bit too ridiculous-looking for anyone to actually do that.

CDLThe official 2020 CDL Championship trophy.

This championship throne resembles the type of chair that an exaggerated supervillain might use while trying to carry out his evil plans.

It’s got a tall back that reaches considerably higher than the occupant’s head and features a dark color scheme with two giant CDL logos on the sides. On the front side of its back, there’s the large CDL Championship Weekend 2020 logo embossed in gold.

CDLThe Call of Duty League will award this throne to the CDL Championship Weekend champions.
CDLThe CDL Champs throne features a very tall back.
CDLThe CDL Championship Weekend 2020 logo is embossed in gold on the champions’ throne.

That’s not all; Activision have also added a virtual viewer experience in one of the bunkers on the Verdansk map of Warzone battle royale.

The Championship Weekend matches will be broadcast live in this bunker, which is also where the winning team will host their virtual trophy celebration since the CDL postseason’s online format won’t allow for a real-life presentation.

Here’s a look at the current version of this setting in Warzone, although Activision have said that they might implement more changes to it before the final product makes its appearance over the weekend.

CDLA virtual screening room in Warzone will be where the CDL champions celebrate their trophy presentation.

The CDL Championship Weekend takes place August 29-30 and will be the culmination of the Call of Duty League’s inaugural 2020 season. Only four teams from the field of 12 remain: Atlanta FaZe, Dallas Empire, Chicago Huntsmen, and London Royal Ravens.

FaZe and Empire will be facing off in the Winners Bracket final, with the victor advancing to the best-of-nine Grand Final. The loser will get another chance in the Losers Bracket final, where they’ll play the winner of the match between Huntsmen and Royal Ravens.

For more information about this tournament, including streams, a full schedule, bracket, and final placements so far, make sure to visit out CDL Championship Weekend hub.

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Black Ops Cold War already set new Call of Duty player record in the Beta

Published: 23/Oct/2020 6:20

by Brad Norton


The Call of Duty franchise is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon as Treyarch’s recent Black Ops Cold War Beta went above expectations and shattered records.

Ever since the release of the first CoD title in 2003, the franchise has only continued to grow. Year after year more players hop on board to see what the latest title has in store. Whether fans gravitate towards single-player campaigns, cooperative experiences, or classic multiplayer competition, there’s something for everyone.

2020 is shaping up to be no different as Treyarch is firing on all cylinders for the Black Ops Cold War release. Everything from Zombies to Warzone will be on offer and it’s already clear that the community is hungry for it all.

After an impressive Alpha test on the PlayStation 4 that became the biggest in franchise history, that record has once again been broken. This time, by the Black Ops Cold War Beta that followed just weeks later.

Having kicked off exclusively for PS4 users on October 8 before jumping to all platforms on October 15, the Black Ops Cold War Beta was played by a staggering number of people. In fact, it was “the most downloaded [Beta] in Call of Duty history,” the developers revealed on October 23.

No exact figures were revealed for the history Beta. Though it being publicly available across Xbox One, PS4, and PC over the final days was sure to have helped boost the figures.

Not only is this a hugely positive sign before the launch of Black Ops Cold War, but it continues a trend from previous iterations. 2019’s Modern Warfare also broke records with its early access Beta period. 

Last year’s records also didn’t come with any specific numbers, though Activision assured the Modern Warfare Beta attracted more players than ever before.

Also of note, those players logged more hours played than any Beta in franchise history. It’s now clear that Black Ops Cold War has been yet another step up in terms of early engagement.

Black Ops Cold War gameplay
The Black Ops Cold War Beta was live across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

It’s obviously too early to tell just how this might indicate sales for the release come November 13. However, to get into the Beta early, a majority of players needed to preorder on their platform of choice. So that’s certainly a good sign just weeks out from launch.

2019’s Modern Warfare topped over $600 million in sales across its first three days on the market. That instantly made it the highest-selling CoD of the generation. Though Black Ops Cold War could be on track to go even further this year.