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Mindfreak Call of Duty star Louqa joins CWL Pro League roster as substitute

Published: 1/Feb/2019 9:17 Updated: 1/Feb/2019 9:26

by Ross Deason

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Australian Call of Duty star and Mindfreak player Luke ‘Louqa’ Rigas will get the opportunity to show what he’s capable of in the 2019 CWL Pro League for Black Ops 4 on PlayStation 4 after joining Gen.G as a substitute.

The 18-year-old is widely regarded as one of the hottest prospects in the CoD scene, in the APAC region and beyond, but he was denied the chance of proving his worth when Mindfreak’s CWL Pro League hopes ended in heartbreak at the play-in qualifier event in January.

However, there is a chance that he could still see some action during the season after being picked up as the sixth man for Michael ‘SpaceLy’ Schmale’s Gen.G roster.

Gen.GGen.G officially entered the CoD esports scene on January 31 by signing Team Space.

The news was initially shared by Michael ‘MajorManiak’ Szymaniak, who stated: “For those still wondering, our sub going into the Pro League is MF Louqa. The best 6th man in the league.”

Louqa followed up with a Twitter post of his own shortly after, saying: “I’ll be the sixth man for Gen.G for the COD World League season.”

Formerly competing under the Str8 Rippin and Team Space banner, SpaceLy’s squad was signed by the Gen.G organization – formerly known as KSV Esports – after qualifying for the CWL Pro League.

Louqa was snapped up by Mindfreak heading into the Black Ops 4 season after turning 18 and becoming eligible to play at CWL events. He impressed on an individual level despite the team’s disappointing results at CWL Las Vegas and the Pro League Qualifier.

Gen.G has been drawn in Division A for the the CWL Pro League against some of CoD’s biggest hitters like OpTic Gaming, Luminosity and Red Reserve.

Division A matches for the CWL begin on Tuesday, February 5, with Gen.G’s first match being against Red Reserve. As Louqa is currently the team’s substitute, it is unlikely that he will be in action.

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2021 CDL Challengers info announced: Scouting & Elite Series

Published: 30/Oct/2020 17:42 Updated: 30/Oct/2020 18:35

by Bill Cooney

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The Call of Duty League has announced all-new details for upcoming 2021 Challengers events, and there will be even more ways for up and coming players to show their stuff.

Call of Duty Challengers is the official “path to pro” circuit for amateur CoD esports players around the world, and there are two brand new events being added to the circuit in 2021 – the Scouting Series and Challengers Elite.

The 2019 season wrapped up in August with the $500k finals crowning the top teams in North America, Europe and Asia. Once again, players looking for their big break are eagerly awaiting the next opportunity.

They won’t have to be patient for very long either, with the first new Challengers event kicking off just a couple of weeks at the time of writing, in early December with the Scouting Series.

This Series will bring together CDL coaches to draft their own squads from one big pool of all the players that secure an invite. These teams will be split up into EU and NA competitions and will play against teams from their region over the course of the four-day tournament.

Elite is the second new event, and will put the top amateur teams from Challengers into an exclusive bracket to battle it out, sometime “over the course of the 2021 Season.”

Challengers Cups were first introduced in 2019 and will be returning in 2021 as well. These will be standalone tournaments  players across North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region. Through the Cups and the competitive Ladder, players can earn Challengers points which are used to qualify and seed teams for various events throughout the season.

Call of Duty Challengers players at LAN event
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Challengers brings together the best amateur CoD players from around the world to compete.

Specific dates for the upcoming 2021 season events are still unknown, but we’ll keep you posted on them as information becomes available.

If you’re interested in seeing if you and your team have what it takes, you can get more information on how to sign up and get going right here. There’s no guarantee you’ll be the next player on the Dallas Empire or anything like that, but if you’re confident in your ability to frag out, it can’t hurt to give it a shot.