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eUnited GM calls out Activision for ‘unfair’ CoD player signing window

Published: 9/Sep/2019 23:10 Updated: 10/Sep/2019 1:00

by Isaac McIntyre


Call of Duty franchised league.

Nine teams have been revealed to be part of Activision’s upcoming Call of Duty League, and player discussions have already started behind the scenes ever since the signing period opened on Tuesday, September 3.

eUnited’s GM, whose roster recently claimed the title of the last-ever World League Championship winners, believes the signing window should have been held back, at least until all the franchise teams were confirmed by league organizers.

“I don’t know how free agency windows open for a franchise league before all the franchises are even decided? This has happened in multiple games now LOL,” Clerkie said on Twitter. “The playing field is slanted like crazy.”

The main issue eUnited’s backroom is facing is that the confirmed teams already have so much of an advantage over the other teams still patiently waiting to find out if they have been accepted into the new-look competition.

“Hey, you six teams are good to go. You can sign whoever you want,” he continued. “Hey, you four teams who we are still reviewing, if those six teams want your players you’re gonna have to make some hard decisions. LOL.

“If you’re a good owner, you’d obviously let your players go instead of holding them for an unknown reality. But at the same time, the deck is absolutely stacked against the final teams that get in. Competitive integrity is literally out the window.”

Clerkie went on to admit he knew franchising would be about more than just winning championship rings, but still expressed his annoyance at the staggered nature of team acceptances. If the first teams sign all the good players, it will leave an unlevel playing field.

“I get the league is under the pressure of teams that are in wanting to get started, and franchising is more than just winning and the games, but wow it’s unbelievable to me that it is considered a fair ecosystem at all,” he said.

MLGeUnited were a powerhouse in the CoD ahead of franchising.

As things stand, eUnited have shown no indications that they will be participating in the new CDL, although rumors have it that they could be purchased by Lee Zieben, the new owner of the Houston Outlaws Overwatch League team.

According to the rumors, Zieben may bring in eUnited with the purpose of purchasing a spot in the CDL, which means that the defending CWL World Champions would indeed be competing in the franchised league. 

So far, nine locations/franchises have been confirmed for the Call of Duty franchised league: Atlanta, Dallas, Florida, Minnesota, New York, Paris, Toronto, and two Los Angeles teams. Currently, no rosters for the franchise league have been confirmed.

You can stay up to date with all roster news and changes via our Rostermania hub.

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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