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Parasite announces stacked Challengers roster for Call of Duty League

Published: 20/Nov/2019 1:05 Updated: 20/Nov/2019 2:39

by Albert Petrosyan


Longtime Call of Duty pro player Christopher ‘Parasite’ Duarte has revealed the four other players he will be teaming with for the Challengers portion of the 2020 Call of Duty League season.

The 2020 Call of Duty competitive season will be the esport’s first since transitioning to franchise-based model, and it will be split into two distinct areas – the 12 participating organizations that will compete in the professional World Tour, and the Challengers division, made up of amateur players and teams competing online and at open events.

Following the flurry of roster moves and player signings of this offseason’s RosterMania, Parasite and several other veteran pro players were not picked up by any of the pro teams, meaning that they will have to play in the Challengers circuit if they want to compete in CoD esports this season.

Thus, the 2013 World Champion has decided to band together with several of those big names and form a Challengers team, the roster of which was officially revealed on November 19.


  • Christopher ‘Parasite’ Duarte
  • Michael ‘SpaceLy’ Schmale
  • Maurice ‘Fero’ Henriquez
  • Christopher ‘ProFeeZy’ Astudillo
  • Kristoff ‘Spart’ [last name unknown]

Right away, this will be considered as one of the stronger teams heading into the 2020 Challengers season, and not just on paper. They’ve already proved that they mean business, having won the previous 2000 Series Tournament while only dropping two maps the entire way.

Prior to that, they placed fourth in the first 2000 Series event, and that was before they had picked up ProFeeZy, so there’s definitely a lot of promise in this squad.

A squad with lots of experience

As for the players themselves, four of them have experience playing in the pro ranks of Call of Duty esports. Parasite, of course, comes in as the most experienced of the lot, having won the 2013 World Championship as part of his nine major tournament victories.

However, he’s bounced around quite a lot since leaving that Impact team in 2013, playing for well over a dozen different teams and never sticking around for longer than a year.

MLGThe peak of Parasite’s prime came during the 2013 Call of Duty Championship, which he won as a member of Fariko Impact.

Much like Parasite, SpaceLy has also done a lot of moving around over the past few years. His Black Ops 4 season was full of ups and downs, as he started off with Gen.G but was dropped when they picked up Envoy midseason.

He eventually found himself back on the team for a brief spell during June before he was demoted again, and had to play CWL Champs with Mazer Gaming.

While not yet a veteran himself, Fero has featured for some big-name teams throughout his two-year career, playing for the likes of Team Kaliber, 100 Thieves, and Team Envy. However, he did not find much success with either of the latter two, but he will have a chance to prove his worth as a Challengers player in 2020.

As for ProFeeZy, he finally reached the pro ranks in the Black Ops 4 season, featuring first for Excelerate Gaming then moving to Elevate to round off the season. Prior to that, however, he also did his rounds in the amateur level, competing for over a dozen teams.

MLGFero started the Black Ops 4 season with 100 Thieves, but was dropped ahead of the CWL Pro League.

Rounding off the roster is Spart, easily the most unknown player in this squad. Having just turned 18 this year, his experience competing is limited to mostly just Black Ops 4.

However, he has teamed with some impressive names for several of those tournaments, including Fero, Dallas Empire’s Shotzzy, Minnesota RØKKR sub TTinny, and the veteran Mochila.

Where does this team currently rank?

As of now, due to their top performances at the first two 2000 Series Tournaments of the season, the players hava a combined 15,130 Challengers Points, putting them high atop the North American list for non-pro teams.

If they continue playing at this level, especially at open bracket LAN events that will be hosted periodically throughout the season, it would not be a huge surprise for one or more of these players to be picked up by CDL teams looking for subs.

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How to watch Florida Mutineers $25k Black Ops Cold War kickoff tournament

Published: 18/Nov/2020 13:35 Updated: 18/Nov/2020 13:36

by Jacob Hale


To celebrate the release of Black Ops Cold War, the Call of Duty League and several of its franchises are hosting launch tournaments featuring big-name pro players and content creators, and we’ve got everything you need to watch & follow along live.

It’s a very important time for Call of Duty right now as everyone is buzzing about the launch of Black Ops Cold War, the series’ highly anticipated 2020 installment.

With competitive CoD more prominent now than it’s ever been, the CDL is getting involved first-hand with the game’s release, putting together seven high-profile tournaments – each hosted by a different franchise.

Not all of these competitions are identical; the formats and participants will vary from one to the other. All of the details about these competitions, including the full schedule and recaps of completed events, can be found below.

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The full schedule for the CDL’s Black Ops Cold War launch tournaments.

$25,000 Florida Mutineers Release the Kraken

Florida Mutineers are set to be the fifth Call of Duty League team to host a Black Ops Cold War kickoff tournament, following Dallas, OpTic, Minnesota and Atlanta.

This is the biggest of the kickoff tournaments yet, with a huge 32 teams fighting for the lion’s share of the prize pool.

How to watch Florida Mutineers’ Release the Kraken

Release the Kraken takes place on Wednesday, November 18, with the action kicking off at 12pm ET (9am PT / 5pm GMT). As with the previous kickoff tournaments, this should run through most of the day as the bracket plays out.

The event will be livestreamed across various channels, including the Call of Duty League Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded here for your convenience.

Release the Kraken players & teams

The Release the Kraken tournament sees 32 teams of 4 head to battle — the most we’ve seen in one of these kickoff tournaments so far — in a single elimination, best of 5 bracket.

With 32 teams taking part, it’s worth taking a look at the complete list of competitors, but we’ve compiled some of the main teams to look out for here:

  • Vetty plays: Studyy, Nameless, Clayster, Spacely
  • FaZe + OG: Arcitys, Simp, Scump, Dashy
  • Ultra Carry: Methodz, Cammy, TJHaly, Envoy
  • Haggu: Parasite, Lacefield, SiLLy, Vivid
  • Team Censor: Censor, Aches, Kenny, SlasheR
  • YURRR: Dylan, Bance, Seany, CleanX
  • Tommey’s Team: Tommey, iLLeY, Accuracy, Priestahh
  • Eat Big, Play Big: Huke, Decemate, Crimsix, Temp
  • Havok: Havok, Skyz, Owakening, Slacked

Florida Mutineers Release the Kraken format & prizing

As mentioned above, the Release the Kraken tournament is a 4v4 tournament featuring 32 teams of the top Call of Duty pros and personalities in a single elimination, best of 5, CDL rules bracket.

Unlike the previous three tournaments, the top three teams will be taking home money tonight, not just the top two. In the Release the Kraken tournament, first place takes $15,000, second place $5,000 and third place $2,500.

Completed tournaments & upcoming schedule

Atlanta FaZe – Cold War Clash, ft FaZe Clan (Nov 14)

Atlanta FaZe’s opening tournament was won by Simp’s team, taking their share of the $25,000. They beat out Vikkstar’s side in the Grand Finals. The final results are below:

Atlanta Cold War Clash
Atlanta FaZe
Team Tommey didn’t lose a single game all tournament.

OpTic Chicago Cold War Launch Event (Nov 15)

For the second day in a row, three-time Call of Duty world champion Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow took home the win, taking home the lion’s share of the prize alongside Hitch, Cellium, and Sender. They beat Envoy’s squad in the final for the biggest $20,000 prize.

Team Hitch Win Cold War Launch Event
OpTic Chicago
Team Hitch wins OpTic’s Cold War Launch Event

Minnesota ROKKR – ROKKR Arms Race (Nov 16)

Team Rallied took the win in a closely-contested final matchup against Team Saintt, with both teams making short work of their prior opponents. Team Crowder, on the other hand, were the only ones to bomb out without winning a single map.

ROKKR Arms Race event
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The final standings for the ROKKR Arms Race event.

Dallas Empire – Battle of the Throne (Nov 17)

Team iLLeY came out on top in Dallas Empire’s Battle of the Throne, with a nailbiting game 5 win over Team Shotzzy. Team Crimsix dropped out of the tournament without a single map win against either Shotzzy or Huke’s teams.

Battle of the Throne CoD event

Florida Mutineers – Release the Kraken: Cold War

  • Wednesday, November 18: 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM GMT

London Royal Ravens – Cold War Colosseum

  • Thursday, November 19: 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM GMT

Toronto Ultra – $25K Coldish War

  • Friday, November 20: 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET / 8 PM GMT

Make sure to check back here before and after every tournament to get the maximum coverage, including the players and format of each one as well as a recap and final placements once they’re completed.