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OpTic Gaming and Conquest Esports Play Insane CTF Match at CWL Anaheim

Published: 16/Jun/2018 22:56 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:05

by Calum Patterson


One of the best matches of Capture The Flag in the CoD: WWII season went down at CWL Anaheim, as OpTic Gaming were put to the test by a surprisingly good Conquest roster.

Conquest were an unknown entity to many fans at Anaheim, but after an impressive open brakcet run that saw them earn a spot in pool play, they showed exactly how they did it.

Up on mainstage for likely the first time in their careers, the roster of KiSMET, GRVTY, Phantomz and Tisch were not fazed by their opponents OpTic Gaming, coming out firing.

They were outclassed in the map one hardpoint, as OpTic perhaps got into their comfort zone and predicted a quick 3-0 series win to warm up for the winners bracket later on.

But KiSMET and co had other plans, known for their SnD prowess, the team put OpTic down on the second map, London Docks search and destroy, and looked composed going into map three.

And they’re composure with the pressure on shone through, as they battled evenly with OpTic on Flak Tower CTF, before pulling off an insane clutch to force overtime in the final seconds.

The important gunfights under pressure are what usually separates the pros from the amateurs, but Conquest came out on top to clutch up.

OpTic captured first in overtime, but still Conquest would not go down without a fight. Phantomz continued to light up the kill feed, and they quickly found themselves in OpTic’s base wiping their opponents.

However, OpTic’s Anthony “Methodz” Zinni pulled a somewhat fortunate spawn, right where the Conquest players would not have been expecting him, and saved the game for OG.

Another close map four hardpoint was finally edged out by OpTic, leaving Conquest suffering a 3-1 defeat, one that will be painful when they see the spawn Methodz was blessed with on map three.

But they should certainly take a lot of confidence and momentum from this match into their remaining games at Anaheim, and could well surprise with a very solid placing if they keep this level of performance up.

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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


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.