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Celtic Football Club announce roster for CWL Champs 2019

Published: 12/Aug/2019 10:40 Updated: 12/Aug/2019 10:59

by Joe Craven


‘The Bhoys’ – the name given to a number of European CoD players as they searched for an organization – have officially been picked up by historic Scottish football club Celtic FC ahead of Call of Duty’s most prestigious tournament. 

The Call of Duty World League Championships 2019 take place from August 14-18 in Los Angeles. The 5 day tournament will see the best CoD players in the world descend on LA, for their share of the $2 million prize pool. 

The Bhoys were on their way to Los Angeles regardless, following their first place finish at the CWL Amateur Finals back in July. The team finally has a home though, with Celtic FC announcing they’ve picked them up for the tournament. 

Celtic FCThe players all wore Celtic home shirts for the announcement.

The roster, consisting of Sean ‘Seany’ O’Connor, Shea ‘QwiKeR’ Sweeney, Ben ‘Bance’ Bance, Byron ‘Nastie’ Plumridge and Sam ‘Chain’ Dineley, was operating under the name ‘The Bhoys’ as they searched for a roster. 

‘The Bhoys’ is also the name given to fans of Celtic FC. This was chosen by Glasgow-born Seany and QwiKeR, who have been lifelong Celtic fans.

“After a successful performance and just missing out on the eFootball.Pro’s inaugural championship title against AS Monaco Esports,” the announcement said. “Celtic FC Esports are currently evaluating the possibility of expanding into other esports competitions.”

“Call of Duty is a hugely popular gaming title around the world,” it continues. “The World League Championship is a world-class esports event that has attracted millions of online and offline viewers in recent years. The 2018 edition alone had over seven million views on Twitch and over five million hours watched online.”

The announcement also states that the support given by Celtic will provide the roster “worldwide exposure”, ahead of the transition into the franchised CoD league next year. 

DexertoBance placed second at Black Ops III’s CoD Champs.

As the announcement states, it is not the first time football clubs have tried to expand into esports. 

Many Premier League sides already have teams competing in FIFA, and the backing from Celtic reiterates the growth of esports, as well as the desire of clubs to expand further into the world of competitive video games.

Celtic FC are fresh off a 7-0 victory over St Johnstone; a game QwiKeR was in attendance at. The British roster’s focus will now switch entirely to Call of Duty, as they fly to California to secure the best possible finish. 

While some of the team are fairly new to CoD esports, Bance featured in the 2016 tournament’s Grand Final, finishing second with Splyce. He will be hoping to go one better this week. 

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CDL Kickoff Classic 2021 – Mutineers make surprise comeback against FaZe

Published: 24/Jan/2021 0:30 Updated: 24/Jan/2021 2:10

by Albert Petrosyan


The Call of Duty League’s 2021 campaign is just around the corner, but before the Black Ops Cold War professional season starts, the preseason has kicked off with the Kickoff Classic – where fans finally get to see the league’s best compete.

  • Skyz and Mutineers come back from 2-1 to beat FaZe 3-2
  • Guerrillas outlast Surge in year’s first Map 5
  • iLLeY’s clutch plays ruin Clayster’s grudge match in 3-0 win vs. Subliners

CDL Kickoff Classic: Stream

CDL Kickoff Classic: Schedule & scores

Sunday, January 24

London Royal Ravens vs Paris Legion 12:00 PM 3:00 PM 8:00 PM 7:00 AM (Jan 25)
Toronto Ultra vs Minnesota ROKKR 1:30 PM 4:30 PM 9:30 PM 8:30 AM (Jan 25)
OpTic Chicago vs LA Thieves 3:00 PM 6:00 PM 11:00 PM 10:00 AM (Jan 25)

Saturday, January 23

Dallas Empire 3-0 New York Subliners 12:00 PM 3:00 PM 8:00 PM 7:00 AM (Jan 24)
LA Guerrillas 3-2 Seattle Surge 1:30 PM 4:30 PM 9:30 PM 8:30 AM (Jan 24)
Atlanta FaZe 2-3 Florida Mutineers 3:00 PM 6:00 PM 11:00 PM 10:00 AM (Jan 24)

Empire continue championship form, FaZe (and Surge) falter

The Dallas Empire were the best Call of Duty team in 2020 and that form has lasted into 2021. The day started with 2020 MVP Anthony ‘Shotzzy’ Cuevas-Castro racking up 35 kills and just 17 deaths with almost two minutes of hill time on Map 1, but then it became the Indervir ‘iLLeY’ Dhaliwal show as the upsurging player hit star form with some huge clutches.

With Empire cleaning up their former teammate James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks’ New York Subliners, the day moved on with two tight Map 5’s. First, Bryan ‘Apathy’ Zhelyazkov and the Los Angeles Guerrillas outdueled a revamped Seattle Surge 3-2 and then, in a twist few saw coming, the Florida Mutineers came back against the Atlanta FaZe.

As Cesar ‘Skyz’ Bueno returned to the form that earned him MVP candidacy in 2020, the Mutineers flew back from a 2-1 deficit and eventually clinched the 3-2 victory against a FaZe team who stood near the top of most standings for this season.

Sunday, January 24

CDL Kickoff Classic: Teams & players

With this being the first official CDL matches in Black Ops Cold War, a lot of eyes are watching how the new rosters perform. All 12 teams had to make at least one change due to the switch to a 4v4 format, with some opting to completely revamp their squads.

Former Huntsman, Arcitys, will make his debut for Atlanta FaZe against the new-look Florida Mutineers, one of the top teams from the 2020 season, while Toronto Ultra and Minnesota ROKKR will add another installment to their “Battle of the North” rivalry.

Team Players
Atlanta FaZe Simp, aBeZy, Cellium, Arcitys
Dallas Empire Crimsix, Shotzzy, Huke, iLLeY
Florida Mutineers Skyz, Havok, Owakening, Slacked
London Royal Ravens Seany, Alexx, Dylan, Zer0
Los Angeles Guerrillas SiLLY, Assault, Vivid, Apathy
Los Angeles Thieves SlasheR, Kenny, TJHaLy, Temp
Minnesota ROKKR Attach, Accuracy, Priestahh, MajorManiak
New York Subliners ZooMaa, Clayster, Mack, HyDra
OpTic Chicago Scump, FormaL, Envoy, Dashy
Paris Legion Skrapz, Classic, AquA, Fire
Seattle Surge Octane, Gunless, Prestinni, Loony
Toronto Ultra Methodz, Bance, CleanX, Cammy