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FormaL explains why “new CDL meta” will benefit Huntsmen

Published: 11/Jul/2020 1:30 Updated: 11/Jul/2020 1:31

by Albert Petrosyan


There’s been a major shift in the Call of Duty League meta for the New York Home Series and beyond, but Chicago Huntsmen veteran Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper believes it could end up helping their squad, particularly teammate Alec ‘Arcitys’ Sanderson.

For the longest time, the M4A1 and MP5 have dominated the competitive CoD meta, with most CDL teams opting to have one player use the assault rifle and the other four run the powerful SMG.

The recent nerfs to the MP5 have dawned a new strategy, as squads are now opting to have two or as many as three players use the M4, which has overtaken its submachine counterpart as the more dominant weapon.

While some have expressed displeasure at this change, for Huntsmen, it might end up being a good thing. Chicago’s star man FormaL was asked about it, and he’s already seeing improvements as a result of the transition.

“The past week that we scrimmed it showed every day,” he said. “Alec was running an MP5 for the whole year; I know he wasn’t really too comfortable with it, he was just using it because he’s better with it than I was. Now that we’re both on ARs, the whole pacing of the map feels better, everything feels more fluid, he’s just a powerhouse with an AR.”

In the previous meta, Chicago’s lone AR slayer was FormaL, since he’s arguably the greatest to play that role in CoD esports history. However, Arcitys has proven to also be very strong in that position, but as Piper mentioned, was forced out of his comfort zone due to the need to have four SMG players surrounding the main assault rifle player.

Now, the two can are using the M4 simultaneously and will probably do so through to the end of the season, which gives the team a lot more balance and doesn’t push anyone to have to play a role they’re not totally comfortable with.

Katy Eyre (ESPAT Media)FormaL had some high praise for his Huntsmen teammate and now AR-partner Arcitys.

In their first match of CDL New York, Chicago took down London Royal Ravens 3-1, including three map wins in a row, and both fans and analysts alike were able to recognize how much more fluid the team looked.

“He’s a blessing, for real,” FormaL said of Arcitys. “He’s pretty much everything you could ask for in a teammate – he’s always composed, always going off. He’s always there to say “breathe” mid-game when we’re getting hectic. He’s disgusting, I love him.”

That’s high praise from one World Champion to another, and it’s easy to see why the Huntsmen might be excited to get both superstars on the same assault rifle role.

You can follow all of this weekend’s Call of Duty League action via our CDL New York Home Series hub, which includes streams, scores, brackets, schedule, and more.

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Twitch Rivals $250K Warzone event: Schedule, how to compete, more

Published: 1/Dec/2020 7:04

by Brad Norton


The next major Warzone event is right around the corner as the Twitch Rivals Doritos Bowl tournament has been unveiled. From how you can enter, to when it all gets going, we’ve got everything you need to know.

Warzone competitions have been extremely popular on Twitch since the latest Call of Duty battle royale jumped into the spotlight. Kill-races have your favorite streamers and veteran pro players competing in a new and exciting way.

While odd events are always popping up, some tournaments have come with enormous prize pools. The next landmark Warzone comp falls into that category with a whopping $250,000 up for grabs.

It’s an open style event, meaning a ton of players can get involved and earn some cash. Here’s everything there is to know before the Twitch Rivals Doritos Bowl event kicks off.

Twitch Rivals Warzone schedule

Instead of just a single day of action, this event will be running through a few unique dates in December. For starters, Open Qualifiers take place on December 3, starting at 2PM PT | 5PM ET.

Once all teams are locked in from here, there are two days left to determine the very best players. Across both December 8 and December 16, ‘Show Days’ will drop all remaining teams into competition from 2PM PT | 5 PM ET onwards.

Twitch Rivals Warzone format

Unique to this event, Twitch Rivals will be adopting a hybrid structure. While a majority of Warzone tournaments stick with the standard kill-races, things are being mixed up here. For the open qualifiers, it’ll be business as usual. Trios will drop into public lobbies and search for as many kills as possible.

From this point on, however, things change quite drastically. On the first Show Day, 49 Trios will play in five private lobbies. Points are accumulated for kills as usual, though placement will be more important than ever for racking up the big points. 

Only the top 24 teams at the end of the day will advance through to the second round. During the second Show Day, another five lobbies will be getting underway as teams look to jump up the standings and secure their share of $250,000.

A full breakdown of the point structure and the prizing can be found below.


1st 25
2nd 20
3rd 15
4th 10
5th – 7th 7
8th – 10th 4
11th – 15th 2
16th – 20th 1
Per Elimination +1

Prizing (Day 1):

1st – 24th Advance to Day 2
25th – 20th $900
31st – 40th $750
41st – 50th $600

Prizing (Day 2):

1st $45,000
2nd $30,000
3rd $21,000
4th $15,000
5th $12,000
6th $9,000
7th $7,500
8th $6,000
9th $4,500
10th – 12th $3,300
13th – 15th $3,000
16th – 20th $2,700
21st – 25th $2,400
26th – 30th $2,100
31st – 40th $1,500
41st – 49th $1,200

How to play in the Twitch Rivals Warzone event

Twitch Rivals sign up
Any Affiliated or Partnered Twitch streamer can register for this $250K Warzone event.

While the event is advertised with open qualifiers, this isn’t entirely true. Qualifiers are open, however, only Twitch Partners and Twitch Affiliates can join the open event. In short, if you’re not an established or budding streamer on the platform, you unfortunately can’t join this competition.

If you do fall under either of those categories though, signing up is simple. Follow this Twitch Rivals link to register your interest. Do keep in mind that not every single Partner and Affiliate that registers, is actually guaranteed entry. Get in early and keep your fingers crossed to lock in a spot in one of the biggest Warzone events to date.

Check back over the coming weeks as we keep you updated on results.