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The 6 Best CoD Players Without a World Championship

Published: 20/Apr/2020 12:58 Updated: 1/May/2020 12:57

by Joe Craven

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Following the conclusion of Black Ops 4’s World Championships, 22 players have now earned themselves one of CoD’s prestigious ‘rings’. However, which of the world’s best players are yet to win one? 

With this year’s inaugural CDL campaign moving entirely online, it remains up in the air whether there will be a 2020 CoD World Championship. A number of CoD pros are arguing that online wins do not count for nearly as much as a LAN event. Hence, it looks like these six CoD stars might have to wait until 2021 for their next chance to earn a World Championship ring.

Top of the list is probably Sam ‘Octane’ Larew. Having broken out back in 2015’s Advanced Warfare, the AR starlet made a case for the world’s best player back in Infinite Warfare, matched only by FormaL in terms of NV4 capability. He has been a handful for opponents in every CoD since, and was named our best Black Ops 4 pro player at the end of last season (while the fans’ vote went to Dashy).

Seattle Surge's Octane.
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Octane has carried his talents into Modern Warfare, despite his Seattle side struggling thus far.

Another big name on our list is Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag. A Call of Duty player who has since transcended Activision’s FPS, he was part of a stellar OpTic Gaming roster that went into Advanced Warfare as favorites to win a world title. The team crashed out early though, forcing Nadeshot to step away from professional CoD. He’s not been back since. However, he is still heavily involved in esports as the founder of 100 Thieves.

Our list is rounded off with Gunless, Enable, BigTymeR and RamboRay. Who do you think is the biggest name to miss out on a CoD World Championship?

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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.