OpTic Gaming get dominated in their first match of CWL Pro League without Dashy - Dexerto
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OpTic Gaming get dominated in their first match of CWL Pro League without Dashy

Published: 5/Feb/2019 1:38 Updated: 5/Feb/2019 2:32

by Albert Petrosyan

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In what ended up being a stunning upset of epic proportions, OpTic Gaming’s Call of Duty team got dominated to start off the CoD World League’s Pro League. 

The reigning CWL Vegas champions suffered a quick 3-0 sweep at the hands of their fellow Division A team Midnight Esports in what was the first match of the Pro League for both teams. 

The match started off with a 250-215 victory for Midnight on Hacienda Hardpoint, followed by an easy 6-2 win in Search and Destroy, also on Hacienda.

Not wanting to let OpTic get any kind of momentum to fuel a potential comeback, Midnight handled the game three Control on Arsenal 3-0 to wrap up the series. 

The play of the match came during that game three Control, which saw the Midnight players run through the middle of the map and wipe out the entire OpTic squad, forcing them all to spawn out and away from the action. 

While, on paper, the result does seem like a massive upset, competitive CoD fans who have been following Midnight Esports will know very well what that group of players is capable of.

After all, this was that same team that shocked the scene by going 6-0 in Pool C of the CWL Pro League Qualifiers, and now they’ve won their seventh straight competitive match in a row. 

Midnight Esports were one of two teams to go 6-0 in the CWL Pro League Qualifiers, which helped them win Pool C and directly qualify.

On the flip-side, despite this sort of defeat, there is not much to worry about if you’re an OpTic fan. It’s important to remember that the team was playing with substitute ZooMaa filling in for their star player Dashy, who had trouble making it to Columbus due to travel issues.

OpTic will undoubtedly learn from their mistakes and bounce back from this, especially once they’re at full strength. After all, they are the favorites to win the whole thing for a reason. 


For everything you need to know to keep up with all of the competition, including streams, standings, schedules, scores, and more, visit our dedicated CWL Pro League hub

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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.