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Crimsix explains the Modern Warfare meta for professional teams

Published: 1/Feb/2020 10:30

by Andy Williams

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Dallas Empire pro, Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter, has shed light on the current competitive meta in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

Being the winningest professional Call of Duty player in history, Crimsix has a solid knowledge base which fans can tap into.

Despite not getting off to the hottest of starts during the Call of Duty League Launch Weekend, the 33-time major champion has given fans an insight into pro team’s meta — and surprise, surprise… the MP5 reigns supreme.

Crimsix in Dallas Empire gear.
Dallas Empire
Crimsix is joined by fellow veteran James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks under the Dallas Empire banner.

It’s no secret that there are two weapons that lead the pack in terms of being the most well-rounded within their respective category. For those unaware, the MP5 and M4A1 have largely gone unmatched during the first three months of Modern Warfare. 

However, unless you paid particularly close attention to CDL matches, how pro teams utilize these to suit the needs of the game mode and map is less clear.

The Dallas Empire AR has revealed exactly how team roles match-up against one another in Modern Warfare, with SMGs taking up a considerable slice of the meta-pie. 

“This is a four [SMG], one AR game.” Porter explained. “Each team has two main subs, two flex’s but mainly subs (only because of Azhir Cave), and one main AR.”

Player roles vary on a game-to-game basis, with weapon choices, game modes, and map layout being the largest factors in determining roles. 

Crim later addressed that fantasy leagues and statistics for players should be relative to their role by stating: “Statistics/graphics/fantasy leagues should reflect role & specialist being used.”

Of course, a player whose responsibility it is to manipulate spawns in Hardpoint (usually the main AR) and rotate to the next Hardpoint early, will be less likely to have hill time but will be required to win game-changing one-on-one duels.

Perhaps the reason for such an SMG-heavy meta is due to the fast-paced nature of Modern Warfare’s maps, alongside the sheer volume of close-quarters engagements that players will constantly find themselves in. 

While Crimsix’s meta will likely run true to respawn game modes, players frequently change their rig on a round-by-round basis when playing Search & Destroy — with Sniper Rifles often being used to cut-off long-range lines of sight.

Nonetheless, taking into account player roles when displaying statistics (specifically in fantasy leagues) would provide a more relative means of expressing a player’s role on a team.

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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

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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

Match PST EST GMT (UK) AEDT (AUS)
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

Match PST EST GMT (UK) AEDT (AUS)
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