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When is CDL Chicago? Schedule, teams, more

Published: 14/Apr/2020 18:05

by Andy Williams


Chicago Huntsmen’s first Call of Duty League Home Series is next on the CDL calendar, and with plenty to play for, we’ll see the cream of the crop go head-to-head for top honors. 

Florida Mutineers made history by becoming the first team in the Call of Duty League’s history to win an online event, as they defeated Minnesota RØKKR in convincing fashion which propelled them just 10 points shy of the top.

The reigning champs will have to sit out of the next event, however, as Atlanta FaZe, New York Subliners and OpTic Gaming LA are all welcomed back into the fold. With a new team destined to take home all the spoils, here’s everything you need to know ahead of CDL Chicago.

Post CDL Dallas standings.
Will Huntsmen defend their home series event, or wil FaZe claw their way back to the top of the standings?

When is CDL Chicago?

CDL Chicago will take place between April 24-26, where the Huntsmen will host their first ever Call of Duty League event. With the league moving to online tournaments for the foreseeable future, the schedule is extended to pan across three days.

Utilizing the same format as previous offline events, the first team from each group to secure two wins will book their place in the semifinals on April 26. Both semi-finalists will be shortly followed by teams who managed to scrape through their group with two wins and one loss — something which Mutineers proved to count for nothing after their initial Group Stage loss to Toronto Ultra at CDL Dallas.

Who is playing in CDL Chicago?

CDL Chicago participating teams.
How will ATL, LRR, NYS and OGLA fare in their first online event?

All eight teams have been split into two groups. Two from each group will make it to the single-elimination bracket, while two will suffer an early exit on Saturday. Here’s how both groups weigh up.

Group A

  • London Royal Ravens
  • Atlanta FaZe
  • Chicago Huntsmen
  • New York Subliners

Group B

  • Seattle Surge
  • Los Angeles Guerrillas
  • Dallas Empire
  • OpTic Gaming Los Angeles

In Group A, the Royal Ravens have a tall order as they will face-off against Atlanta FaZe in their opening match — can they redeem themselves from their 3-1 loss at CDL Atlanta? Meanwhile, Huntsmen will go toe-to-toe with the Subliners for the first time during this inaugural season to kickstart their home series campaign.

On the other side of the fence in Group B, Surge will be looking to repeat their 3-0 bombardment of the Guerrillas at CDL Los Angeles in their opening match, and end their three match loss streak, while Empire will most definitely be looking to strike back against OGLA after falling short in their home series event.

Here are the CDL points that are up for grabs at CDL Chicago. With both Mutineers and RØKKR out of the equation, can FaZe, Huntsmen and Empire set themselves apart from the rest of the pack?

  • 1st Place – 50 CDL Points
  • 2nd Place – 30 CDL Points
  • 3rd/4th Place – 20 CDL Points
  • 5th/6th Place – 10 CDL Points
  • 7th/8th Place – 0 CDL Points
Chicago Huntsmen's FormaL at CDL London.
Will FormaL and co. bounce back from their semifinal exit in CDL Dallas and defend their home series event?

CDL Chicago schedule

Three days of jam-packed Call of Duty action are locked in, where thirteen matches will determine the CDL Chicago champions and could potentially see the Huntsmen pull further from the field at the top of the standings.

Friday, April 24

Round Match PST EST GMT (April 24/25) AEDT (April 25)
Group A R1 London Royal Ravens vs Atlanta FaZe 1:00 PM 4:00 PM 9:00 PM 7:00 AM
Group B R1 Seattle Surge vs Los Angeles Guerrillas 2:30 PM 5:30 PM 10:30 PM 8:30 AM
Group B R1 Dallas Empire vs OpTic Gaming Los Angeles 4:00 PM 7:00 PM 12:00 AM 10:00 AM
Group A R1 Chicago Huntsmen vs New York Subliners 5:30 PM 8:30 PM 1:30 AM 11:30 AM

Saturday, April 25

Round Match PST EST GMT (April 25/26) AEDT (April 26)
Group B WR2 TBD vs TBD 10:00 AM 1:00 PM 6:00 PM 4:00 AM
Group A LR1 TBD vs TBD 11:30 AM 2:30 PM 7:30 PM 5:30 AM
Group B WR2 TBD vs TBD 1:00 PM 4:00 PM 9:00 PM 7:00 AM
Group A LR1 TBD vs TBD 2:30 PM 5:30 PM 10:30 PM 8:30 AM
Group B LR2 TBD vs TBD 4:00 PM 7:00 PM 12:00 AM 10:00 AM
Group A LR2 TBD vs TBD 5:30 PM 8:30 PM 1:30 AM 11:30 AM

Sunday, April 26

Round Match PST EST GMT (April 26/27) AEDT (April 27)
Semifinal 1 TBD vs TBD 1:00 PM 4:00 PM 9:00 PM 7:00 AM
Semifinal 2 TBD vs TBD 2:30 PM 5:30 PM 10:30 PM 8:30 AM
Grand Final TBD vs TBD 4:00 PM 7:00 PM 12:00 AM 10:00 AM

For more information about the 2020 CDL season, visit our Call of Duty League 2020 hub, which includes the latest standings, full season schedule, official format, ruleset and more.

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Renegades announce new CoD roster ahead of second Challengers season

Published: 31/Oct/2020 14:17 Updated: 31/Oct/2020 14:20

by Joe Craven


Esports organisation Renegades have revealed their Call of Duty roster for the second season of the CDL’s Challengers Series, including players from last year’s Paris Legion roster. 

The switch from the Call of Duty World League to the Call of Duty League represents the greatest shake-up competitive CoD has ever seen. While latter tournaments in the CWL involved an amateur tournament running parallel to the main one, the introduction of Challengers’ Series gives a greater formalisation to competition below the best of the best.

With franchised spots in the CDL costing millions, it’s no surprise that some big name esports organisations have found themselves competing in the Challengers Series. One of these orgs is Renegades, the Detroit-based esports team that has come in and out of competitive CoD in recent years.

Renegades logo against black backrgound
Renegades have come and gone from the Call of Duty pro scene in the past.

On October 31, they announced their CoD roster for the upcoming Black Ops Cold War season, which will be the second season of the CDL and its accompanying Challenger Series.

Perhaps the biggest name in the new roster is Luke ‘Louqa’ Rigas, who represented Paris Legion in the CDL last year. It was an up-and-down year for the Paris Legion, who managed a second place finish at the online CDL Week 12 London event.

He is also joined by ex-Paris teammate Conrad ‘Shockz’ Rymarek, who is best known for his five years with Australian organisation Mindfreak from 2014 to 2019.

Rounding off the roster are Lincoln ‘Fighta’ Ferguson and Amer ‘Pred’ Zulbeari, making a fully Australian roster. The nationalities of all players means they will likely compete in the APAC region of the Challengers Series.

While Shockz and Louqa come off the back of mixed fortunes in the CDL, Fighta and Pred both joined Renegades in January of 2020. In the somewhat weaker field of APAC competition, their Renegades roster dominated the region’s Challenger tournaments during the Modern Warfare season.

Replacing half the team with CDL standard pros means it’s likely we’ll see similar domination this year, barring any shock performances from the other APAC teams.