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Crimsix calls out Toronto Ultra for treatment of substitute players

Published: 25/Sep/2020 4:46 Updated: 25/Sep/2020 9:58

by Brad Norton

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Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter has put Call of Duty League organization Toronto Ultra on blast for “anti-player” behavior as staff allegedly threatened to withhold payments during the inaugural season.

With the very first CDL season now in the rearview mirror, all 12 organizations have been shaken up in a big way. With the transition back to a 4v4 format, every team has been forced into making drastic roster shuffles. On the back of a top-six finish during the 2020 playoffs, Toronto Ultra was quick to make its moves.

The Canadian organization allowed six players to become free agents on Sep. 4, while a few key members were kept on for the 2021 season. Ben ‘Bance’ Bance, Cameron ‘Cammy’ McKilligan, Tobias ‘CleanX’ Jonsson, and Anthony ‘Methodz’ Zinni will all be sticking together moving forward.

However, allegations the organization may be trying to “underpay” their players have come to light, according to veteran player Crimsix.

“Pissed off” on September 24, Crim unloaded on the CDL org on Twitter. The CDL champion exposed ‘threats’ made to the original lineup, along with accusations of extreme prize pool splits for those remaining.

The 2020 world champion first took issue with a clip from the ‘Canadian Esports Podcast’ that looked to discredit Daniel ‘Loony’ Loza.” However, the thread quickly expanded and took aim at the Toronto CDL organization as a whole. “Ultra forced their full roster of 10 to stay in Toronto in the middle of a pandemic,” he said. “Threatening to not pay non-starters if they went home.”

Substitutes weren’t allowed to head back home if they wanted pay that was promised in their contracts. Moreover, Carson ‘Brack’ Newberry “had to fight” for permission to “return home for his grandpa’s open-heart surgery. Having not played a single map for the organization all year, “there was absolutely no chance he would’ve been subbed in,” Crimsix confirmed. “A full months worth of salary they aren’t paying me [because] I was with my grandpa during a high-risk open-heart surgery,” Brack soon followed up.

Twitter thread
Twitter: BrackCN
Brack’s response to the drama surrounding Toronto Ultra.

With teams down-scaling for the coming Black Ops Cold War season, it appears as though Ultra is looking to make more money than ever from its player contracts. There are rumors floating behind the scenes that “these clowns are wanting a 50/50 prize split” from the new roster. All while “underpaying” those that sign, according to Crimsix.

“If the prize split goes up, so must the salary. This is the exact opposite of what they’re doing. One of the most anti-player organizations I’ve seen.”

Crimsix Twitter thread
Twitter: Crimsix
The full Twitter thread from Crimsix.

While the CoD community came out in full force to support Loony – as was the original focus of the thread – few others spoke up on the broader situation at Ultra after Crimsix.

We’ll be sure to keep you posted if anyone from the organization issues a comment in response to the accusations.

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2021 CDL Challengers info announced: Scouting & Elite Series

Published: 30/Oct/2020 17:42 Updated: 30/Oct/2020 18:35

by Bill Cooney

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The Call of Duty League has announced all-new details for upcoming 2021 Challengers events, and there will be even more ways for up and coming players to show their stuff.

Call of Duty Challengers is the official “path to pro” circuit for amateur CoD esports players around the world, and there are two brand new events being added to the circuit in 2021 – the Scouting Series and Challengers Elite.

The 2019 season wrapped up in August with the $500k finals crowning the top teams in North America, Europe and Asia. Once again, players looking for their big break are eagerly awaiting the next opportunity.

They won’t have to be patient for very long either, with the first new Challengers event kicking off just a couple of weeks at the time of writing, in early December with the Scouting Series.

This Series will bring together CDL coaches to draft their own squads from one big pool of all the players that secure an invite. These teams will be split up into EU and NA competitions and will play against teams from their region over the course of the four-day tournament.

Elite is the second new event, and will put the top amateur teams from Challengers into an exclusive bracket to battle it out, sometime “over the course of the 2021 Season.”

Challengers Cups were first introduced in 2019 and will be returning in 2021 as well. These will be standalone tournaments  players across North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region. Through the Cups and the competitive Ladder, players can earn Challengers points which are used to qualify and seed teams for various events throughout the season.

Call of Duty Challengers players at LAN event
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Challengers brings together the best amateur CoD players from around the world to compete.

Specific dates for the upcoming 2021 season events are still unknown, but we’ll keep you posted on them as information becomes available.

If you’re interested in seeing if you and your team have what it takes, you can get more information on how to sign up and get going right here. There’s no guarantee you’ll be the next player on the Dallas Empire or anything like that, but if you’re confident in your ability to frag out, it can’t hurt to give it a shot.