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CDL London Challengers final placements: FaZe Academy wins fifth event

Published: 20/Jul/2020 5:11

by Brad Norton

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The penultimate Call of Duty League Challengers event has wrapped up as winners of the London Open have now been crowned. Here’s how the action went down across Europe, North America, and the Oceanic region.

Modern Warfare’s time in the competitive Call of Duty spotlight has almost come to an end. With just one Open event left, amateur players are closing in on the Challengers Finals starting August 15. Before we get there, however, plenty of money is still up for grabs.

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Dozens of teams from three major regions battled it out this past weekend in the CDC London Open 2. $7,500 was on the line for North America, $6,000 for Europe, and $1,500 for APAC.

While some teams remained dominant from previous weeks, others were able to cause upsets throughout the online brackets. Here’s how everything played out in the latest Challengers Open.

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CDC London Open NA placements

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Challengers events have pivoted online for the remainder of the year due to the ongoing global crisis.

Many familiar faces lined up for the competition this time around, as teams are all looking to peak in time for the biggest Challengers event of the year. Unfortunately for some, such as the UYU squad, championship-caliber form was not quite on display as they dropped out of the loser’s bracket early on.

Throughout the North American side of the competition, it was the Atlanta FaZe Academy team that stood tall. The formidable roster pushed through the Winner’s side of the bracket all the way through until the Grand Finals.

It was here that they met former champions in Triumph Gaming. Though defeat wasn’t in the cards as they ended a Winner’s bracket curse and managed to close out the overall event win, taking home the lions share of the NA prize pool for their fifth Open win of the year.

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Place Prize Money Team
 1 $ 4,500 AF Academy
 2 $ 2,000 Triumph
 3 $ 1,000 Kentucky Bijuu Bash Bros
 4 Five Star
5-6 Carnage Gaming
Escaping Reality
7-8 Pryde
UYU

CDC London Open EU placements

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Over 100 teams competed throughout the European leg of the tournament.

Results on the European end were a bit spicier than usual as the expected favorites fell down a peg. Team WaR has been on a tear throughout the Modern Warfare cycle, ever since a third-place finish at the Minnesota Launch Weekend Open.

They’ve won all but four Open events over the past six months but their latest hot streak has now come to an end. After five event wins in a row, Team WaR was knocked down to second place in the London Open. ‘Connect 5izzle’ beat them in both the Winner’s Finals and the Grand Finals. 

Place Prize Money Team
 1 $ 3,500 Connect 5izzle
 2 $ 1,500 Team WaR
 3 $ 1,000 Team Kettles
 4 TrainHard Esport
5-6 Team Singularity
Team BDS
7-8 We Move
Doug Censor Martin v7

Renegades continued their reign over the APAC region this past weekend. Now sitting on a thirteen event win-streak, the team has remained unchallenged in the region throughout the entire Modern Warfare cycle.

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Competition proved to be extremely close across NA and EU, this time. In just a few short weeks, teams will be battling for more again. A collective $500,000 will be up for grabs as the Challengers Finals kick off on August 15.

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Censor says Black Ops Cold War is the best CoD ever – again

Published: 18/Oct/2020 11:04

by Joe Craven

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Ex-Call of Duty pro player Doug ‘Censor’ Martin has stated that Black Ops Cold War is the “best CoD” he has played – although some have pointed out he has said similar things in the past. 

The Black Ops Cold War Beta is into its final weekend, but Treyarch have already confirmed it will be extended by 24 hours, meaning it will now conclude on Tuesday, October 20.

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Feedback has – as you would expect with a Beta – been largely mixed, with players highlighting skill-based matchmaking as a particular issue. Maps, footstep audio and weapon balance though, has been generally praised.

While some big figures in the CoD community, namely Swagg and NICKMERCS, have been critical of the Beta, others, like Censor, have been overwhelmingly positive.

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The Beta will now finish on October 20, after being extended by one day.

In an October 17 tweet, the ex-New York Subliners substitute said: “Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War is the BEST COD I have ever played. [I] literally never get bored of this game.”

However, many followers of the pro, as well as Reddit users, were quick to point out that he has made similar comments about past CoD games. Some of the CoD games in question, like Call of Duty: WWII, have gone on to be widely criticized, particularly by the competitive community.

One Redditor, u/SSMKh, shared an image of similar tweets made for each of the last four CoD games, from WWII through to this year’s Black Ops Cold War. While not all of his tweets refer to the games as the best of all time, they are all overwhelmingly complimentary.

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The Redditor even said: “I’m really not sure if he even takes himself seriously, he has to be trolling, right? There’s no way someone can be stupid enough to fall for the same thing 4 years in a row.”

Ah shit here we go again from r/blackopscoldwar

In Censor’s defense, there is every chance Black Ops Cold War will go on to be the best CoD of all time. However, many see his tendency to be very positive early on as disingenuous and naive. Only time will tell how Black Ops Cold War is remembered in the CoD community.