From June to July, the Call of Duty League esports scene delivered tons of hype and clutch plays during the Major 4 Qualifiers and Tournament Weekend. Now we’re gearing up for the final competitive presentation of Call of Duty: Vanguard before Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II drops on October 28. From August 4 to August 7, Call of Duty diehards can get a huge dosage of esports action via the CDL Championship Weekend 2022 tournament as it emanates from the Galen Center in Los Angeles, CA. Now join us as we break down the tournament format for this esports gathering, the prize winnings, match schedule, and participating teams.
Fans will always be split when it comes to Call of Duty, but overall, the franchise isn’t in a bad place at all right now. Warzone continues to be very popular and fans are heavily anticipating its sequel, plus the release of Modern Warfare II in October. Perhaps you love Call of Duty and first-person shooters in general but want a break from Warzone and Vanguard. If so, there are a bunch of other great games that can scratch the same itch as COD does. We’ve made a list of them below. Here are the 32 best games like Call of Duty.
Back in the day, there was one World War II-themed first-person shooter that grabbed everyone’s attention. And that shooter was Electronic Arts’ Medal of Honor.
That franchise had a stronghold on the WWII FPS sub-genre for a good while…that is until Activision threw its own contender into the race. In 2003, development studio Infinity Ward released the very first entry in the legendary Call of Duty series. And the rest, as they say, is history. Years and years of countless sequels and spinoffs have built Call of Duty into a juggernaut franchise that has amassed millions (and possibly even billions!) of revenue on an annual basis. With so many series entries to speak off, we decided to take a look at all the mainline games and properly rank them according to their overall quality.
As we get closer and closer to the launch date for Call of Duty: Vanguard, we’re going to celebrate the series as a whole. So without further ado, let’s count down all the mainline series entries that you and your friends have probably played into the wee hours of the morning.
Stage 2, Week 2 of the Call of Duty League is here! With this being Week 2 of Stage 2 and a lot of recent roster changes this list is based on the most recent games of Major 1 and Week 1 of Stage 2. For some teams, there really wasn’t anything to put due to there being nothing too impacting or distinctive to say. We believe this year’s CDL season consists of a lot of “Wild Card” teams outside of the Top 3 (FaZe, Empire, and OpTic).
I think last week’s showing from the Ravens has them looking a lot better. I expect them to start performing at the level expected of them. So after their long road of loss matches, I think Stage 2 might see them reach Top 8 by the end of Stage 2.
I really wished they kept Methodz, honestly…
A team that I strongly believed to be underrated seems to be falling down the chain slightly with the recent roster change of benching MajorManak and bringing young gun Standy from Triumph.
This is definitely one of my favorite teams and them being in 8th hurts my feelings. However, I strongly believe they will pull through as they are definitely one of the dominant teams out of the 12.
This is a team that really doesn’t have any super-dominant players. However, there are still hopeful standouts in this roster.
The Thieves were looking super strong in Stage 1. However, coming into Stage 2, they’ve been just clutching. The new roster change with Venom replacing Temp will hopefully see them breakthrough like many are expecting.
Before the season started, I was saying all the teams that were not in the Top 3 are “Wild Cards.” However, since the beginning, the Subliners have made it known that they’re definitely bigger and better than a “Wild Card’” classified team with shake up they’ve been causing thus far.
OpTic is doing what they usually do. What’s crazy is that OpTic always has a weird low point Hopefully we see them stay Top 3 until the very end.
The reigning champs are definitely showing us why they won last year’s CDL. However, it will be interesting to see if they can keep this up. Especially when all other teams that I consider “Wild Cards” working hard to upend them (with the exception of FaZe & OpTic).
If you were to look up the term “God Squad” on Google, it would give you FaZe. Until someone comes up with an answer to their strong performance in Search & Destroy (11-1), Atlanta will remain undefeated. However, I strongly believe the teams that could beat FaZe are the Subliners or Mutineers.
It’s the last week of August so that means we are approaching the Call of Duty Championship weekend. This season has been a unique one considering that this year was the inaugural season of the Call of Duty League. The season began in January of 2020, and featured twelve different teams competing in their home cities to earn enough points for a playoff berth.
Despite the league being in the first season, things were running pretty smoothly until the Coronavirus Pandemic occurred at the beginning of March. On March 13th, The COD League announced the immediate transition to online competitions. Two months later, more changes were made allowing all twelve teams to compete for Championship Weekend. The Playoffs began on August 19th, and after a week of intense competition, we are down to the Final Four; The Chicago Huntsmen, The London Royal Ravens, The Atlanta Faze, and The Dallas Empire.
So what’s the Grand Prize for the winners? Well the prize for winning the championship features a whopping $1.5 million reward to the organization. The remaining teams/organizations will also fare pretty well with the runner up receiving $900,000 and third place receiving $600,000. The fourth place team will receive $450,000, while The Optic Gaming and Toronto Ultra (who came in fifth and sixth) will split the $300,000 reward. The seventh and eighth place Florida Mountaineers and New York Subliners will split $175,000 and the ninth and tenth place Minnesota ROKKR and Paris Legion will split $100,000. Unfortunately, the Los Angeles Guerillas and Seattle Surge won’t receive anything due to placing eleventh and twelfth respectively. In addition to the mula, the winning team gets a Black COD League ring, a championship trophy, some custom Jordan 6’s, as well as a Throne for each individual player.
Of course ONE37pm had to talk to Commissioner Johanna Faries about this season, in particular about the transition from LAN to online.
Johanna Faries: Despite all of the challenges we faced, it has been incredible to see the resolve and agility from the League, our teams, and partners in these unprecedented times. A ton of work and innovation went into ensuring that our players and personnel could compete and operate safely from remote locations. In a matter of weeks, we were able to shift to a new way of working that still delivered incredible competitive entertainment for fans all over the globe.
We also asked Johanna about the excitement for this upcoming championship, and also asked her about what we can expect from the Call of Duty League in the future in terms of competition, features, and even collaborations.
JF: The classic rivalries, incredible matches, and the range of veteran and new star talent across all teams. As new as CDL is, it also comes with tremendous legacy surrounding it. We are all so excited to see how it plays out between our final four teams this weekend. While we have announced a ton of great stuff these last few weeks, including a fashion collaboration with Billionaire Boys Club, our Sheron Barber-designed Championship throne, a new trophy, rings, and the distribution of 10,000 beta codes for Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War during Champs Sunday, we still have more to come. In many ways, CDL is only just getting started.
Now let’s take a closer look at the Final Four teams who have battled so hard to get to this very moment. Let’s start with the Dallas Empire Squad spearheaded by recently announced 19 year old MVP Cuevas-Castro (also known as Shotzzy). Dallas has the most experience out of all the teams, and players such as Crimsix and Clayster leading their squad as well. According to Head Coach Ray “Rambo” Lussier, Empire believes that the experience of their core roster will prove beneficial in those tense battle moments that are sure to be expected this weekend. They may be right as maturity can sometimes be a determining factor.
Now onto the Atlanta Faze, arguably the most dominant team in the series winning all eight of their home games. The Faze squad is led by two superstars Simp and Priestahh. However like another ATL team, (The Atlanta Hawks), they are also a very young team, and as we all know, youth can be a deciding factor in playoff and championship matchups.
Last but not least we have the London Royal Ravens, the underdog that nobody saw coming. Nobody expected this team to be in the top four, and the Ravens used that to their advantage to sneak up on opponents. To win the championship though, the Ravens would have to beat both Atlanta and Dallas after Chicago to win the championship.
Now we move onto the schedule. The Elimination Semi- Finals kickoff at 2:00pm EST/ 11:00am PT with The Chicago Huntsmen against the London Royal Ravens. The Atlanta Faze will then face the Dallas Empire in the Elimination Bracket at 3:30pm EST/ 12:30 PT. The winner of the London/Chicago matchup will then battle the loser of the Atlanta/Dallas matchup to see who will battle the Atlanta/Dallas winner in the Grand Finals. From there the Finals will take place at 4:00pm EST/1:00pm PT on Sunday August 30th.
One thing’s for sure, this weekend will be extremely competitive as that 1.5 million will be up for grabs with every single one of those teams having a legitimate shot at the championship. However there also will be a quick turnaround time for all the teams, as the new patch released Tuesday, includes a change to the MP5. It will definitely be interesting to see how it all shakes out. In the meantime to get you pumped here’s our predictions for the Finals. May the best man win.
Aaron (ONE37pm): “I predict that the Chicago Huntsmen will win it all. They’ve got a lot of talent, and have proven themselves to be successful, especially in clutch situations.”
Jael (ONE37pm): “I think Dallas wins it personally. They also have a lot of talent, but Shotzzy wants that ring (especially after being named MVP). MVP’s lead their teams to championships, and that’s exactly what I think he will do.”