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Florida Mutineers win CDL Dallas: final placements, highlights, recap

Published: 13/Apr/2020 1:59 Updated: 13/Apr/2020 2:25

by Albert Petrosyan

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Florida Mutineers claimed victory at the Dallas Empire Home Series on April 12, taking down Minnesota ROKKR 3-1 in the Grand Final to win their first-ever Call of Duty League event.

After making it to the Grand Final and losing at the CDL Atlanta event in February, Mutineers got a chance at redemption in Dallas and fully seized the opportunity.

Their road to victory wasn’t easy by any means; a day one loss to Toronto Ultra meant they had to win four elimination matches in a row, which they did, including an impressive 3-1 upset over Chicago Huntsmen in the semifinals.

Jordan Reed - EsportsNationFlorida Mutineers are the fourth team to win a CDL event his year, joining Huntsmen, FaZe, and Empire.

Florida will feel as though this victory dispels any doubts about their in-season decision to bring in F3rocitys in place of Prestinni, who has stepped away from competing for the time being.

The championship effort earned them a massive 50 CDL points, keeping them in the top-five in the 2020 standings.

ROKKR, who have now lost back-to-back Grand Final appearances, gained 30 points, and the top-four was rounded off by Empire and Huntsmen, who earned 20 points apiece.

CDL Dallas Empire Home Series final placements

Placement Team CDL Points Roster
1 Florida Mutineers 50 Maux, Havok, Skyz, F3ro, Frosty
2 Minnesota ROKKR 30 SiLLY, GodRx, Asim, Alexx, Assault
3/4 Dallas Empire 20 Crimsix, Clayster, Huke, Shotzzy, iLLeY
3/4 Chicago Huntsmen 20 Scump, FormaL, Arcitys, Envoy, Gunless
5/6 Paris Legion 10 Louqa, Shockz, Denz, KiSMET, Zed
5/6 Toronto Ultra 10 MeTTalZ, Methodz, Bance, Classic, Cammy
7/8 Seattle Surge 0 Karma, Octane, Apathy, Pandur, Slacked
7/8 Los Angeles Guerrillas 0 Blazt, AquA, Decemate, Spart, Vivid

CDL Dallas Grand Final recap & highlights

Both coming off upset victories in the semifinal round, ROKKR and Mutineers began their Grand Final battle on Azhir Cave Hardpoint, which Minnesota took 250-241 thanks a late comeback and a nice triple-kill from SiLLY.

Not wanting to let the series get out of hand early, Mutineers came out hot in the Search & Destroy on Picadilly, winning 6-2 to tie up the match at one map apiece.

Florida’s offensive muscle really dictated this SnD, as shown in this relentless push that wiped out ROKKR’s defensive hold in round seven.

Using their newfound momentum, Florida continued their recent streak of strong Domination performances with a 194-117 dismantling on St. Petrograd, which came on the back of their equally one-sided effort on the same mode against Huntsmen the round before.

Whatever they’ve been doing in Dom has been working to perfection, and the map victory put them up 2-1 with a chance to close things out on Gun Runner Hardpoint.

At this point, Mutineers were looking like the better side in this series, and with a chance to win it all in map four, they were never going to let Minnesota force a winner-take-all game five.

Right from the first sequence, Florida looked flawless in their execution, and by the time the Hardpoint had reached its halfway point, their victory was a foregone conclusion. The finally tally read 250-115, a fitting end to what ended up being a pretty one-sided Grand Final.

CDL Dallas scores and brackets

Group A

Group B

Playoffs

Friday, April 10

Round Match
Group B R1 Seattle Surge 2-3 Paris Legion
Group A R1 Florida Mutineers 2-3 Toronto Ultra
Group B R1 Chicago Huntsmen 3-0 Minnesota RØKKR
Group A R1 Dallas Empire 3-1 Los Angeles Guerrillas

Saturday, April 11

Round Match
Group B WR2 Paris Legion 1-3 Chicago Huntsmen
Group A WR2 Toronto Ultra 2-3 Dallas Empire
Group B LR1 Seattle Surge 2-3 Minnesota RØKKR
Group A LR1 Florida Mutineers 3-2 Los Angeles Guerrillas
Group B LR2 Paris Legion 1-3 Minnesota ROKKR
Group A LR2 Toronto Ultra 1-3 Florida Mutineers

Sunday, April 12

Round Match
Semifinal 1 Chicago Huntsmen 1-3 Florida Mutineers
Semifinal 2 Dallas Empire 1-3 Minnesota ROKKR
Grand Final Florida Mutineers 3-1 Minnesota ROKKR

Event coverage & recaps

With the Dallas Empire Home Series now wrapped up, the attention flips to Chicago Huntsmen’s own event, which will be taking place April 24-26, again using the new online format.

The teams that will be participating are: Huntsmen, FaZe, Empire, Royal Ravens, Guerrillas, Sublines, OpTic Gaming, and Surge. As always, we will bring you full coverage of the tournament, so make sure to follow us on Twitter @DexertoINTEL for the latest updates.

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Warzone boosts Activision microtransactions to over $1 billion in 3 months

Published: 30/Oct/2020 0:54

by Isaac McIntyre

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Activision Blizzard has confirmed Warzone is indeed the mammoth money-maker everyone was always expecting it to be; the ever-growing Modern Warfare battle royale boosted the Call of Duty publisher’s total Q3 2020 earnings to $1.77 billion, including $1.2 billion in microtransactions.

Activision Blizzard, the overseers in charge of Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch, shattered expectations when they unveiled their Q3 2020 earnings on Oct. 29. The publisher made $1.77 billion over the past three months.

Much of that, Dexerto can confirm the publishers revealed in an investors call on Thursday, was due to the popularity of Warzone. The new Modern Warfare battle royale has gone from strength to strength since its mega-sized release on March 10 earlier this year.

According to Activision in the call, Warzone alone was responsible for bringing in a $773m slice of the total $1.7b sum. Modern Warfare sales also added to the haul.

Activision’s Blizzard arm also raked in a hefty chunk of the Q3 profits. Hearthstone and World of Warcraft ⁠— which is just four weeks from its next expansion ⁠— made $411m. Finally, King’s mobile juggernaut ‘Candy Crush’ dominated with $536m.

Warzone’s dominance in the past eight months comes as no surprise. Recently, the Call of Duty battle royale overtook genre leader Fortnite as the most popular free-to-play title on the market for teen gamers, according to Yahoo Finance.

This has translated directly into Activision’s financial success. 

The publishers reported close to two-thirds of Warzone players either owned the full Modern Warfare title, or purchased the 2019 game’s multiplayer and campaign after playing.

“What we’ve seen with Call of Duty is an amazing transformation,” Bobby Kotick, chief executive officer of Activision Blizzard, said. “The phenomenon we had with Warzone is so many people are buying the premium Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.”

Call of Duty microtransactions were also four times higher thanks to Warzone.

Warzone fired Activision's Q3 2020 earnings to nearly $2 billion.
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Warzone fired Activision’s huge Q3 2020 earnings to nearly $2 billion.

In raw numbers, this has led to a huge 38% increase in revenue year on year, or a $490 million spike between Q3 2019 and the new Q3 2020 earnings.

“Warzone has really become an incredible addition to the franchise. It’s a central place where we can connect the entire Call of Duty community,” Kotick continued.

“I think maintaining that tight connection to the game is really important, especially for players who want to check out everything Call of Duty has to offer. You saw that with Modern Warfare. We plan to continue that into the future.”

Activision is banking on Warzone's momentum continuing into Black Ops Cold War.
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Activision is banking on Warzone’s momentum continuing into Black Ops Cold War.

Call of Duty has always been a juggernaut seller in the gaming community. It is now expected to continue its momentum into Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War early next month.

Black Ops Cold War will launch on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC on Nov. 13 with all three connected via crossplay. World of Warcraft’s next expansion, Shadowlands, is also finally set to drop soon after, on Monday, Nov. 23.