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Dallas Empire win CDL Champs: final placements, highlights, results, MVP

Published: 30/Aug/2020 23:05 Updated: 2/Sep/2020 9:28

by Albert Petrosyan

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The Call of Duty League’s 4.6 million Playoffs and Championship Weekend have now wrapped up, and Dallas Empire have been named the first-ever CDL World Champions!

In a dominant, one-sided series that will be remembered for the rest of CoD esports history, Dallas Empire took down Atlanta FaZe 5-1 in the Grand Final to become champions of the CDL’s inaugural 2020 season.

Some began doubting the Empire after their season began with adversity and poor performances, but they steadily improved throughout the campaign and were one of only two teams (Florida Mutineers) to win three Home Series tournaments.

They become so good that many considered them the favorites to win Champs, despite being the second seed behind FaZe, and now this result casts aside all doubts and discussions about who the best team is in the CDL.

You can find a full recap and highlights of the Grand Final below, as well as the final placements for this postseason tournament and each team’s share of the $4.6 million prize pool.

CDL Playoffs & Champs final placements

Place Team Winnings Regular-season record Roster
1 Dallas Empire $1,500,000 23-12 (2nd) Crimsix, Clayster, Huke, Shotzzy, iLLeY
2 Atlanta FaZe $900,000 26-7 (1st) Simp, aBeZy, Cellium, Priestahh, Majormaniak
3 Chicago Huntsmen $600,000 21-9 (4th) Scump, FormaL, Envoy, Arcitys, Prestinni
4 London Royal Ravens $450,000 12-14 (6th) Skrapz, wuskin, Seany, Dylan, Zer0
5/6  OpTic Gaming LA $300,000 10-17 (9th) SlasheR, TJHaLy, Kuavo, Drazah, Hollow
5/6 Toronto Ultra $300,000 11-13 (7th) Methodz, Classic, Bance, Cammy, CleanX
7/8 Florida Mutineers $175,000 20-12 (3rd) Skyz, Havok, Frosty, Fero, Owakening
7/8 New York Subliners $175,000 13-17 (5th) ZooMaa, Attach, Accuracy, Temp, Mack
9/10 Minnesota ROKKR $100,000 12-16 (8th) SiLLY, Assault, Alexx, Asim, Exceed
9/10 Paris Legion $100,000 10-16 (10th) KiSMET, Zed, Denz, Shockz, Louqa
11/12 Los Angeles Guerrillas $0 5-18 (12th) Blazt, Aqua, Decemate, Saints, Vivid
11/12 Seattle Surge $0 5-18 (11th) Octane, Slacked, Apathy, Pandur, Proto

Grand Final recap & highlights

The grand final for this Call of Duty Championship was a bit different than in previous years. Instead of the team from the Losers Bracket being required to win two series, the league decided to make the final match best-of-nine, with a maximum of eight maps, and have the Winners Bracket team start 1-0.

This means that Dallas Empire had to win just four games while Atlanta FaZe needed to win five.

The series started on Azhir Cave, and just like in the Winners Bracket final, Empire looked a step or two ahead of FaZe almost the entire way as they took the map with a relatively comfortable scoreline of 250-173.

Two players really stood out for Dallas: Huke, who dropped a lobby-leading 37 kills, and Clayster, for putting in a whopping two minutes and 46 seconds of hill-time when no one on either team even had a minute.

Things did not get any easier for Atlanta as the match shifted to Gun Runner Search & Destroy. Despite being winless against FaZe in this map-mode combination during the regular season, Dallas put in another masterclass postseason display, with this ridiculous bomb spot from iLLeY being one of several instances.

Empire ended up winning the map 6-3 to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the series and just two more victories away from the ultimate goal.

Perhaps the biggest turning point of this Grand Final came in the St. Petrograd Domination, a mode which, like the previous ones, Atlanta had dominated in their previous matchups against Dallas, going 7-1 overall.

They were all set to add another win to that statistic, leading by double digits almost the entire way through before Empire swooped in with a last-second comeback to steal the map and take a seemingly unsurmountable 4-0 lead.

With their backs fully against the wall, FaZe finally got on the board with a 250-211 on Gun Runner Hardpoint. It was their turn to flip the script; they came in as underdogs on this map-mode pairing after Empire had beaten them four out of five times in their previous meetings.

aBeZy came up huge for Atlanta, as he’s done many times during the season, dropping 40 kills to ensure that his team would not be swept in the first-ever CDL Championship match.

Unfortunately for Atlanta, any dreams of pulling off the ultimate reverse-sweep comeback ended there, as the following S&D on Rammaza, once again, ended up going the way of Dallas.

It was a tight affair, one that saw the two teams trade blow for blow in the first few rounds before Empire pulled away to clinch the match victory and win the Call of Duty League World Championship.

Championship Grand Final MVP

Just as his teammate, Shotzzy, won the CoD League’s regular-season MVP award, Empire’s Crimsix was named the Most Valuable Player of the Championship Grand Final.

Here are some of what he accomplished during the final series:

  • 1.02 overall K/D (92-90)
  • 1.50 S&D K/D (21-14) – best in Grand Final
  • 1.65 Domination K/D (23-14) – best in Grand Final

CDL Playoffs & Championship Weekend brackets & scores

Here are the brackets for both the Playoffs and Championship Bracket portions of the postseason tournament, including the results of all matches from the two weekends.

Winners Bracket

Losers Bracket

Championship Weekend Bracket

CDL Playoffs & Championship Weekend coverage

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That wraps up the 2020 Call of Duty League season, so what’s next? There will be a period of Rostermania as teams make roster changes, and there could also be new franchises announced if the league plans on expanding from its original 12-team setup.

As for the next campaign, no dates and details have been announced, so make sure to follow us on Twitter @DexertoINTEL for all the latest CDL news, player signings, updates, and more.

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Black Ops Cold War preorder guide: Editions, bonuses, cross-gen, more

Published: 27/Oct/2020 5:49 Updated: 27/Oct/2020 6:11

by Brad Norton

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Black Ops Cold War is almost upon us and if you’re struggling to keep on top of the many different versions, early in-game bonuses, and even cross-gen features, we’ve got you covered.

Treyarch’s next mainline entry in the Call of Duty series is fast approaching. After a record-shattering Alpha, followed by an equally impressive Beta, it’s clear that we’re in store for one of the biggest releases in franchise history.

More players are eager to drop into the action than ever before, but preordering can be a bit confusing. There are multiple unique versions of the game that span across five platforms. For veterans and newcomers alike, it can be easy to lose track of what’s included with each edition.

If you’re wondering which to preorder, we’ve got you covered. Below is a complete rundown of every version of Black Ops Cold War.

When does Black Ops Cold War release?

Treyarch’s next big release is launching on Friday, November 13, 2020. Black Ops Cold War will be available across more platforms than many previous releases. Current-gen players can hop in on day one across the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Meanwhile, those with next-gen consoles from day one can access the game on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X + S. Of course, PC gamers will also be getting in on the fun as well.

Regardless of where you’re playing or where your friends are playing, everyone can still team up. Treyarch has confirmed that Black Ops Cold War will feature cross-platform and cross-generation play for all multiplayer modes as well as Zombies.

Digital Black Ops Cold War editions

It can be easy to lose track of what content and which features are included with the many different versions of Black Ops Cold War. Some come with weapon Blueprints while others come with the ability to play across multiple platforms.

To keep things simple, it’s worth bearing in mind that there are three main versions of the game. If you’re playing on PC, it couldn’t be simpler. Though if you’re a console gamer, things get a bit muddled due to the new generation of hardware.

Below is a full table of what you need to know. From preorder bonuses to the exact features and content provided with each version, use this as a guide before putting your money down.

PlayStation Digital Preorders

Standard Edition Cross-Gen Bundle Ultimate Edition
PS4 version of the game Included Included Included
PS5 version of the game PS4 version playable through backwards compatibility Included Included
Woods Operator Pack (available now in Warzone and Modern Warfare) Included Included Included
Confrontation Weapons Pack Included Included Included
Land, Sea, and Air Pack Included
Battle Pass Bundle (1 Season Battle Pass + 20 Tier Skips) Included

Xbox Digital Preorders

Standard Edition Cross-Gen Bundle Ultimate Edition
Xbox One version of the game Included Included Included
Xbox Series X + S versions of the game Xbox One version playable through backwards compatibility Included Included
Woods Operator Pack (available now in Warzone and Modern Warfare) Included Included Included
Confrontation Weapons Pack Included Included Included
Land, Sea, and Air Pack Included
Battle Pass Bundle (1 Season Battle Pass + 20 Tier Skips) Included

PC Digital Preorders

Standard Edition Ultimate Edition
PC version of the game Included Included
Woods Operator Pack (available now in Warzone and Modern Warfare) Included Included
Confrontation Weapons Pack Included Included
Land, Sea, and Air Pack Included
Battle Pass Bundle (1 Season Battle Pass + 20 Tier Skips) Included

Physical Black Ops Cold War editions

If you prefer to snag a physical copy of Black Ops Cold War, there are some unique details to keep in mind. With many digital versions of the game, cross-platform functionality is built-in. If you opt for a disc, however, an extra cost is associated with unlocking this cross-gen feature.

For example, if you buy a physical copy for the PS4 but want to play on PS5 in 2021, you’ll have to pay $10. It gets even more complicated if you purchase a physical copy for next-gen and want to revert back for whatever reason.

Below is a complete list of details to be wary of before buying a physical copy of Black Ops Cold War.

  • PS4 Standard Physical edition can upgrade to PS5 for $10.
  • PS5 Standard Physical edition only comes with the PS5 version. 
  • Xbox One Physical Standard edition cannot upgrade to Xbox Series X
  • Xbox Series X Standard Physical edition includes Xbox One copy
Black Ops Cold War gameplay
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Black Ops Cold War has three unique versions across five different platforms.

So there you have it, everything there is to know about the various editions of Black Ops Cold War. Options are almost always a good thing and there’s plenty to choose from to fit your ideal CoD experience.