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How to watch Call of Duty League Launch Weekend

Published: 19/Jan/2020 17:50 Updated: 25/Jan/2020 14:07

by Andy Williams

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Activision’s inaugural Call of Duty League launch weekend kicks off in Minnesota on January 24. Here’s everything we know about how and where to watch the new COD League.

The highly anticipated COD League’s first season starts on January 24. Hosted by the Minnesota RØKKR, the opening weekend will feature all 12 franchise teams from the league.

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Activision’s CDL is three tiers of pro, amateur and fan competition. There will be a total of 12 pro matches broadcast throughout the course of the launch weekend, alongside a plethora of Call of Duty Challengers games happening live at the event. 

All 12 Call of Duty League teams.
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All 12 CDL teams will battle it out in Minnesota on January 24-26.

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On January 24, it was announced that YouTube Gaming had obtained the exclusive streaming rights for all Call of Duty League matches and events. We have included the stream below:

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For all of our on-site coverage and interviews, as well as results and more, check out our CDL Launch Weekend event hub.

Not going to be around for the action? The League is expected to post VODs online, so be sure to catch-up on everything through the Call of Duty League’s official YouTube channel

CDL Launch Weekend Schedule

The first matchup of the 2020 CDL is a clash of the titans, as the two pillars of the Call of Duty esports scene lock horns once again. 

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Both Hector ‘Hecz’ Rodriguez and Mike ‘Hastr0’ Rufail will be watching with a keen eye, as the Chicago Huntsmen and Dallas Empire get the season underway on January 24 at 14:30 (PST) / 17:30 (EST) / 22:30 (GMT). 

Then, two more matches will take place on January 24. Seattle Surge will take on Florida Mutineers, while the Los Angeles Guerrillas will attempt to cause a home series upset versus Minnesota RØKKR.

Each match is scheduled to last approximately one hour 15 minutes, but the length of each series will vary depending on the match outcome. A full breakdown of the weekend’s action, with corresponding dates and times can be found below.

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Full match schedule for the Call of Duty League Launch Weekend
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Full match schedule for the Call of Duty League Launch Weekend.

What’s the format for the CDL launch weekend?

Matches will be played as a best-of-five series, with each team fielding five players. Each series will be comprised of multiple game modes, including: Hardpoint, Search & Destroy and Domination. 

For the first time in Call of Duty esports history, players will be able to use mid-series substitutions, which will provide a fresh dynamic for players and spectators alike. 

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The opening weekend will adhere to a regular head-to-head format, where teams will accrue points. Week 2 will revert back to a more traditional tournament-based bracket, providing an opportunity for host teams to be crowned victors for their respective event.

Players will be playing on Competitive Settings Version 1.6 for the event. For full details of the game rules, maps and modes, check out our comprehensive breakdown here.

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Black Ops Cold War adds anti-reverse boost feature to protect SBMM

Published: 8/Oct/2020 22:46

by Tanner Pierce

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The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Beta is finally live on PlayStation 4 for those who pre-ordered digitally, and some people have been noticing that Treyarch sneakily implemented a feature meant to counter reverse boosting that wasn’t in the Alpha.

According to Twitter user and CoD insider @_TomHenderson_ and verified by Dexerto, Treyarch has made players invulnerable to all damage for a few seconds when they spawn in. While the feature has yet to be given an official explanation, or even acknowledged by the devs, this was almost certainly done to combat reverse-boosting.

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For those that don’t know, Call of Duty games have skill-based matchmaking, which means that players of similar skill-levels are matched together in order to make a more balanced game. Unfortunately, many don’t like this option because it can make the game a bit tedious and annoying.

Because of this, players “reverse boost”, which basically means they’ll “kill themselves” intentionally immediately when they spawn so that they can trick the game into thinking they are lower-skilled, which then puts them in a lower-skilled lobbies.

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Now, fans will have to wait a few seconds in order to “kill themselves” after they respawn. While this won’t completely fix reverse boosting, it will make a bit more annoying for those who do it.

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Players who immediately try and kill themselves when they spawn will find that they won’t be able to.

If they are only carrying one piece of lethal equipment and they immediately attempt to kill themselves, they will have wasted it and will have to go into battle without one until they die and respawn.

Simply waiting a few seconds will, of course, allow you to continue to reverse boost to your heart’s content. That being said, if Treyarch sees that reverse boosting is still rampant by the time the full game comes out, it wouldn’t be surprising if they end up implementing even more counter-measures in order to stop those players.

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