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CDL Championship Weekend 2022 Preview

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.

CDL Championship Weekend 2022
Call of Duty League

Tournament Format and Prize Winnings Breakdown

The CDL Championship Weekend tourney will feature eight teams that’ll take on each other in a double-elimination bracket. A Best of Five Series will be conducted during those matches, while a Best of Nine Series will be instituted for the Grand Finals portion of the tournament. The game types and maps that will fall under them are as follows:

  • Hardpoint: Berlin, Bocage, Gavutu, and Tuscan
  • Search & Destroy: Berlin, Bocage, Desert Siege, and Tuscan
  • Control: Berlin, Gavutu, and Tuscan

As for the total prize winnings, a $2.55 million prize pool lies at the heart of this competition. Below is a full breakdown of the payouts depending on a team’s final tournament placing:

  • 1st Place: $1,200,000
  • 2nd Place: $650,000
  • 3rd Place: $320,000
  • 4th Place: $160,000
  • 5th Place: $80,000
  • 6th Place: $80,000
  • 7th Place: $30,000
  • 8th Place: $30,000
Match Schedule and Participating Teams

You can check out the match schedule/times (in EST) and participating teams for each day below:

August 4 – Watch It Here!

3 pm: Seattle Surge vs. London Royal Ravens

4:30 pm: Boston Breach vs. Los Angeles Thieves

6 pm: Toronto Ultra vs. OpTic Texas

7:30 pm: New York Subliners vs. Atlanta FaZe

August 5 – Watch It Here!

3 pm: London Royal Ravens vs. New York Subliners

4:30 pm: Boston Breach vs. Toronto Ultra

6 pm: Seattle Surge vs. Atlanta FaZe

7:30 pm: Los Angeles Thieves vs. OpTic Texas

August 6 – Watch It Here!

1:30 pm: Toronto Ultra vs. Seattle Surge

3 pm: New York Subliners vs. OpTic Texas

4:30 pm: Los Angeles Thieves vs. Atlanta FaZe

6 pm: Seattle Surge vs. OpTic Texas

7:30 pm: Seattle Surge vs. Atlanta FaZe

August 7 – Watch It Here!

2:30 pm: Atlanta FaZe vs. Los Angeles Thieves

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Gaming

The 32 Best Games Like ‘Call of Duty’

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.

Games Like ‘Call of Duty’
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1. ‘Apex Legends’

If what you love the most about Call of Duty is its Warzone battle royale mode and all of the smaller modes within it, then Apex Legends is a must-try. It’s a battle royale hero shooter that’s been a favorite of fans and streamers for years now.

Free-to-Play
https://www.ea.com/en-gb/games/apex-legends/play-now-for-free
2. ‘ARMA’ (series)

ARMA, though lesser known than many games on this list and certainly the COD franchise, is a great series of games made by Czech developer Bohemia Interactive. It features large-scale, realistic shootouts that’ll give you nostalgia about the good old FPS days.

Buy Now, $7.49
https://store.steampowered.com/app/107410/Arma_3/
3. Battlefield (series)

Battlefield has been seen as a direct competitor to Call of Duty for years now, but once you get past the battle that fans have online, there are great things to take from both games. The most recent game in the series is last year’s Battlefield 2042.

Buy Now, $59.99
https://store.steampowered.com/agecheck/app/1517290/
4. ‘Black’

Developed by Criterion Games and published by EA, Black was released in 2006 for the PS2 and Xbox, although now it’s also available on the Xbox 360 Games Store. You play as Jack, a black ops agent who’s previously confronted a terrorist organization. This game, with its destructive environment and cinematic gameplay, was ahead of its time.

Buy Now. $9.99
https://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/store/black/BTCS0LP052HL
5. ‘Borderlands’ (series)

The similarities in Borderlands and Call of Duty lie mostly in the fact that first-person shooters, but there are elements of other genres like RPGs here too. While Call of Duty mostly remains serious (outside of some funky skins), Borderlands has a unique sense of humor and doesn’t take itself too seriously. If that sounds like something you’re into, give it a try.

Buy Now, $14.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/397540/Borderlands_3/
6. ‘Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’

This game, better known as CS:GO, was released 10 years ago but is still incredibly relevant in the multiplayer FPS genre. This is largely because of its developer Valve continuously bringing major updates to the game that its community appreciates. There are a variety of modes here, including bomb diffusion and battle royale.

Free-to-Play
https://store.steampowered.com/app/730/CounterStrike_Global_Offensive/
7. ‘Crysis Remastered Trilogy’

In the Crysis games, you play as a military soldier with a nanosuit that gives you a boost in every stat. The original trilogy games, which were released in 2007, 2011, and 2013 were recently remastered and put in a pack for old fans to gush over and new fans to experience for the first time.

Buy Now, $49.99
https://store.epicgames.com/en-US/bundles/crysis-remastered-trilogy
8. ‘Day of Infamy’

Day of Infamy, as its name would suggest, is set during the second World War, the European theatre to be exact. This game features elements that remind Call of Duty’s hardcore players of that mode, namely no HUD. There’s not even a crosshair. If you’ve played Insurgency, which appears later on this list, this game borrows from that a lot.

Buy Now, $14.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/447820/Day_of_Infamy/
9. ‘Destiny’ (series)

There are only two Destiny games, but in total, there have been a total of 10 expansions across both games, to keep them feeling fresh with players. It’s a shooter in a world inspired by mythic science fiction.

Free-to-Play
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1085660/Destiny_2/
10. ‘Dirty Bomb’

Formerly known as Extraction, Dirty Bomb is set in a world where in 2020, an atomic explosion happens, causing toxic gas to spread on the streets of London. In every game, you play as either the CDA or Jackal and try to defeat the enemy in either its Objective or Stopwatch game modes.

Free-to-Play
https://store.steampowered.com/app/333930/Dirty_Bomb/
11. ‘DOOM’ (series)

Growing up with the classic DOOM games has the same nostalgia with it that growing up with Modern Warfare and its sequel does for many. DOOM walked so COD could run but now the influence has come back around so that the scrapped DOOM 4 was inspired by COD.

Buy Now, $19.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/379720/DOOM/
12. ‘Escape From Tarkov’

Released a year ago, Escape From Tarkov is referred to by its developers as hardcore and realistic. There are consequences to getting raided like losing all your loot as you would in a survival game, but this is a first-person shooter through and through.

Buy Now, $44.99
https://www.escapefromtarkov.com/preorder-page
13. ‘Halo Infinite’

Released last year, Infinite was the first mainline entry in the Halo series since 2015. It gives the series a needed refresh and for many, cements the series as one of the greatest ever. The multiplayer portion of the game is completely free, so there’s no reason not to try it.

Free-to-Play
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1240440/Halo_Infinite/
14. ‘Halo: The Master Chief Collection’

If you like the sound of Infinite but want a better introduction to Halo before diving in with that, try out The Master Chief Collection. It includes the Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3 (and ODST), Reach, and Halo 4, with each game seeing an upgrade in graphics too.

Buy Now, $39.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/976730/Halo_The_Master_Chief_Collection/
15. ‘Hell Let Loose’

Hell Let Loose is a World War II shooter where matches are 50 vs. 50 across two different game modes. If what you like about Call of Duty games the most is communication with teammates to win a game, you’ll love this game. Voice channels can be unit-only or leadership plus proximity chat and text chat are options.

Buy Now, $15.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/686810/Hell_Let_Loose/
16. ‘Insurgency: Sandstorm’

Developed by New World Interactive, this is a sequel to the 2014 game Insurgency. It sees battles between Security and Insurgents, which are loosely based on groups like NATO forces and the Taliban, respectively. There are multiple game modes, many of which are co-op.

Buy Now, $29.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/581320/Insurgency_Sandstorm/
17. ‘Ironsight’

Advanced Warfare set fans down the middle, but if some of the more futuristic aspects of the game were your favorite, then you might like Ironsight. The gameplay looks like a mix between the older COD games and Halo.

Free-to-Play
https://store.steampowered.com/app/783770/Ironsight/
18. ‘Metro’ (series)

The Metro series, starting with 2033 in 2010 and most recently Exodus in 2019, is based on a set of novels of the same name. You don’t need to read them to appreciate the games at all, but if you end up liking the games, you will appreciate the extra content in the fictional world to consume.

Buy Now, $29.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/412020/Metro_Exodus/
19. ‘Overwatch’

Overwatch splits players into two teams of six and it’s a hero shooter, so you have to select your character from a large group of over 30, which all have various abilities that impact gameplay differently. The number of people that play this game has grown exponentially since its 2016 release.

Buy Now, $39.99
https://playoverwatch.com/en-gb/
20. ‘PAYDAY’ (series)

The PAYDAY series is seeing its trilogy get completed soon, but for now, the first two games feature a bunch of great content for Call of Duty fans to appreciate. While the gameplay can be like COD, PAYDAY is made up of heists, which is a unique thing that you might like.

Buy Now, $9.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/218620/PAYDAY_2/
21. ‘PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’

This was an early popular game in the battle royale surge that happened about five years ago now. PUBG is now a free-to-play game where you land, and grab guns and attachments for them with the aim of getting a chicken dinner. It’s a must-try for Warzone fans.

Free-to-Play
https://store.steampowered.com/app/578080/PUBG_BATTLEGROUNDS/
22. ‘Post Scriptum’

Often referred to as PS, this is another WWII shooter with multiple factions to be a part of. Historical accuracy and true immersion are themes that developer Persicope Games valued here and that really comes through in the gameplay.

Buy Now, $29.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/736220/Post_Scriptum/
23. ‘Resistance’ (series)

Resistance is a series of video games that are set in the 1950s, albeit an alternate version of them. An alien species has invaded earth, captured humans, and turned them into monsters fighting for them. You take the role of one of the last surviving humans, using both familiar and futuristic weapons to defeat the enemy.

Buy Now, $29.97
https://www.lukiegames.com/resistance-3-playstation-3-game
24. ‘Titanfall’ (series)

Titanfall sees players controlling heavy machinery in the form of Titans, taking them to battle against other Titans. You can of course shoot on your feet too, but this new aspect of the game might be enticing to COD players.

Buy Now, $29.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1237970/Titanfall_2/
25. ‘Sniper Elite’ (series)

You play as Karl Fairburne, a German-American OSS operative in the second World War. It’s a common setting for games, but not something Call of Duty fans should mind if done well. It goes without being said that if you like sniping in COD, this is a must-try series.

Buy Now, $49.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1029690/Sniper_Elite_5/
26. ‘Spec Ops: The Line’

The Line is the game that rebooted the Spec Ops series, ten years after its previous entry. Released in 2012, this game has both a campaign and online modes that are a lot of fun to play, including chaos and mutiny, which are free-for-all and team deathmatch, respectively.

Buy Now, $29.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/50300/Spec_Ops_The_Line/
27. ‘Splitgate’

Splitgate is unique because it involves you wormhole portals in your map that you can travel through, giving combat a unique edge. If you don’t mind waiting a few more months, PS5 and Xbox Series X versions of this game will be available too.

Free-to-Play
https://store.steampowered.com/app/677620/Splitgate/
28. ‘Squad’

Most of Squad takes place in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, inspired by real conflict there, but some of the game’s setting is fictional too. This game is an especially good pick for those that like tactical shooters as opposed to mindless shooting.

Buy Now, $49.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/393380/Squad/
29. ‘Team Fortress 2’

Released in 2007, the Team Fortress games are known to gamers today as being something that influenced Fortnite, especially with its art style. It’s still a great pick up though, with a very wide array of game modes.

Free-to-Play
https://store.steampowered.com/app/440/Team_Fortress_2/
30. ‘Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege’

Originally released in 2015, Rainbow Six Siege is a perfect game to play if what you like the most about Call of Duty are the tactical modes like Search and Destroy. You can run and gun here, but your teammates might hate you for it because strategy is the name of the game.

Buy Now, $19.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/359550/Tom_Clancys_Rainbow_Six_Siege/
31. ‘Valorant’

Valorant has a little more fun to offer than COD and doesn’t aim to be realistic, but it can be just as, if not more fun than playing Warzone or any of COD’s various multiplayer game modes. It’s a first-person hero shooter where tactics change from game to game and communication is imperative.

Free-to-Play
https://playvalorant.com/en-us/
32. ‘Wolfenstein’ (series)

Last but not least is yet another World War II shooter. The early games are based on Nazis who are trying to gain supernatural powers while the later games focus on an alternate history where the Axis powers (Germany, Italy, Japan) actually won the war.

Buy Now, $39.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/612880/Wolfenstein_II_The_New_Colossus/
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Consoles Gaming

The Best ‘Call of Duty’ Games, Ranked

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.

18. ‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’

Many point to Ghosts as the initial downfall of the franchise as a whole. And it’s easy to see why. While the campaign was solid enough, it didn’t really offer anything memorable besides a lovable dog that most fans took to from the very first trailer. And in the case of multiplayer, the game’s expanded maps and complex architecture took away a lot of the fun most fans associate with the series. Ghosts ultimately feels like an uninspired take on the franchise that diehard fans lament to this day.

17. ‘Call of Duty: Vanguard’

Call of Duty: Vanguard didn’t really innovate in any way, shape, or form. But it managed to provide two solid legacy features in the form of an explosive campaign and a decent multiplayer suite. “Champion Hill, ” which is an evolution of “Gunfight,” provided a fun iteration of Solos (1v1), Duos (2v2), and Trios (3v3). However, Vanguard’s Zombies mode felt like a huge step down in comparison to its previous incarnation. Vanguard is one of the least memorable games in the series, to be quite honest.

16. ‘Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’

If you take a look at the reveal trailer for this game, you’ll no doubt be shocked by the insane amount of dislikes it managed to accrue. A good majority of COD players were none too fond of the series foray into futuristic warfare among the stars. Even with the overwhelmingly negative response to Infinite Warfare, it’s still a halfway decent game thanks to a darker narrative tone, a more open-ended campaign, and one of the better installments of Zombies to date. The multiplayer took a bit of a hit though due to all the wall-running that made downing your foes a chore.

15. ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’

Black Ops Cold War’s Vietnam Era campaign is part of the reason why this series entry is well-liked by many. Its usage of real-life political figures, an engrossing storyline, and clever approach to solving key mysteries gave it a different feel that was much preferred by fans. However, Black Ops Cold War’s underwhelming maps and newer modes keep multiplayer from excelling at the usual high-level COD multiplayer rests. And as far as Zombies goes, it’s passable at best.

14. ‘Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’

Advanced Warfare was a crazy jump for the series from a thematic point of view – it embraced a new brand of warfare that looked like it could exist in the near future. For those that enjoyed Titanfall, this series entry came as close to that underrated FPS as possible. The explosive campaign, Exo Suit implementation, and Pick 13 system all did a great job of lifting Advanced Warfare among the franchise’s weaker entries. The game’s co-op Exo Survival Mode was a decent experiment, but it ultimately failed to be nothing more than an oddity.

13. ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops III’

Black Ops 3 didn’t really do anything remarkable to push the series forward in any meaningful way. But it still managed to be a satisfactory installment that retained all of the tentpole modes that fans have come to expect. The game’s campaign stands out thanks to its four-player co-op option and the cool equipment progression system contained within it (the uninteresting plot hampers it, sadly). The multiplayer modes suite and Zombies stick to the beaten path of past series entries, however, which keeps the experiences within them feeling a bit stale.

12. ‘Call of Duty 3’

Call of Duty 3 gets some special acknowledgment from fans as it was the very first entry in the series handled by development studio Treyarch. And for their first try, it did a pretty good job of gifting players with a well-done WWII first-person shooter. Its campaign focused on four combined fronts instead of three like its predecessor, which gave players more viewpoints to acknowledge the war from. Plus the multiplayer was riveting at the time of release. The main knocks on this series entry are the same old, same old feel of the campaign from a gameplay perspective and the weaker story in comparison to Call of Duty 2.

11. ‘Call of Duty: WWII’

It certainly took a while before Call of Duty returned to its modern-day roots. But in 2017, Sledgehammer Games returned fans to the WWII era in this series return to form. Call of Duty: WWII offered a compelling campaign that removed the regenerating health system in an effort to make enemy encounters even more of a nail-biter. Zombies was the true standout of this series entry, plus the multiplayer mode suite maintained the high fun factor of the franchise’s finest installments. The only knocks on Call of Duty WW2 are its overreliance on loot boxes and the overall predictability factor that comes from the well-worn Call of Duty formula up until this point.

10. ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’ (2019)

It felt so good to return to the sub-series that truly put the Call of Duty series on the map. The 2019 reboot of Modern Warfare features one of the best campaigns in franchise history – playing on different sides of the war from the perspective of a CIA officer & British SAS forces and allied rebels from the Middle East meant that players got involved in a very engrossing storyline. The multiplayer was good, but balancing issues within certain modes and some weak maps kept it from being great. The new Gunfight mode and Survival mode are fun side diversions, but the game’s Spec Ops mode falters due to an overwhelming difficulty curve.

9. ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’

The third installment in the Modern Warfare 3 series kept the Call of Duty sub-series in a good place, thankfully. The continued struggle within the game between the United States and Russia provided the campaign with its usual array of explosive moments and major reveals. The multiplayer excelled thanks to the addition of three new modes – Kill Confirmed, Team Defender, and Infected. The Spec Ops and Survival modes weren’t as enthralling as the other two parts of Modern Warfare 3, but they didn’t do enough to bring down the game’s overall great quality.

8. ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’

When everyone found out that Black Ops 4 wouldn’t come with a campaign, fans responded with a hugely negative response. Once the game finally dropped, the blow of that missing feature was lessened thanks to a strong triple threat of multiplayer, zombies, and the series’ battle royale debut in Blackout mode. Blackout ended up producing one of the very best battle royale experiences in the genre. Zombies was also a plus, while the multiplayer took a bit of a hit due to some weak maps and strange spawn areas that allowed for the competition to get easy kills.

7. ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’

The original Black Ops ended up being a smash hit and a true landmark for the series. So when Black Ops 2 arrived, expectations were incredibly high. Thankfully, those lofty expectations were met. This series entry continued the amazing plot introduced in the original and even introduced some futuristic plot elements that let players step into the shoes of Alex Mason’s son. The multiplayer and Zombie suite hit the same high levels of the variations seen in the first Black Ops. However, the Strike Force missions and Pick 10 armament system within competitive multiplayer ended up this game’s main two blemishes.

6. ‘Call of Duty: World at War’

After Modern Warfare’s smashing success, the next annual entry decided to veer back into the familiar WWII realm. What we got out of that pivot was one of the better games within that time period, Call of Duty: World at War. The intense violence and gore contained within its campaign perfectly represented the brutal nature of the main conflict at hand, which was the Pacific theatre portion of WWII. The option to play through that campaign with a friend, the enjoyable multiplayer suite, and the hugely successful debut of Zombies puts World at War at the top-tier of Call of Duty releases. Some fans lament this game for not doing a whole lot to stand apart from other WWII-themed series entries, however.

5. ‘Call of Duty 2’

The second Call of Duty kept the good streak going as the series became more of a respected IP. Call of Duty 2 enraptured console players at the launch of the Xbox 360 and it’s easy to recognize why – the game scratched the itch of FPS diehards by putting forth an eventful campaign that felt a bit better to play thanks to the introduction of regenerating health. Call of Duty 2’s PC performance was a bit lacking, which is something that can’t be ignored. But this series entry still managed to shine on a single-player and multiplayer front.

4. ‘Call of Duty’

And here is the one that started it all. Once the very first Call of Duty landed, EA’s Medal of Honor was forced to bow out as Activision’s WWII FPS took the top spot in the genre. Even though the overall campaign was a tad too short, the first Call of Duty still knocked it out of the park thanks to high production values, high points of immersion brought on by the realistic audio, and impressive visuals for the time. As for the multiplayer, its 32-player battles were a dream come true for online players at the time.

3. ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’

Modern Warfare 2 arrived with plenty of fervor and fanfare thanks to the hugely positive response to the first Modern Warfare. This sequel did a great job of featuring the bombastic setpieces and high fun factor & replay value tied to multiplayer that was present in its predecessor. The “No Russian” mission definitely made a lot of players feel uneasy, plus the overall lack of innovation present in this game was noticeable. But overall, Modern Warfare 2 holds a special place in our hearts. Spec Ops is pretty damn good in this entry, that’s for sure!

2. ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops’

“The numbers, Mason! What do they mean?” Utter those words out in public and at least a few folks will run up to you to spark up a conversation about this game’s mind-blowing campaign. Wading through a time period that takes place between the Cold War and the Vietnam War gave way to a wild war chronicle that shocked players with its huge narrative twist. Even the addition of getting to hear your own character speak was a huge plus for Black Ops! The competitive multiplayer was and still is top-quality entertainment. And the Zombies variation on offer here builds upon the solid foundation for the mode that got introduced in World at War.

1. ‘Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare’

What other Call of Duty game could it be? Of course, the first Modern Warfare would have to take the top spot during this conversation! This is the game that made headlines and brought casual fans into the mix – everyone and their grandmother heard about how incredible Modern Warfare is and were thoroughly convinced of that fact once they finally played it. The campaign may be short in comparison to other series entries, but it left a huge impression on everyone that experienced it. And the multiplayer? Damn near perfection! The introduction of UAV reconnaissance scans, airstrikes, and attack helicopters propped up the already strong gunplay and modes suite past entries introduced.

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eSports Gaming

Call of Duty League Power Ranking | Stage 2, Week 2

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).

12. Seattle Surge
1-6 | 10 CDL Points
Call of Duty League

11. London Royal Ravens
2-6 | 20 CDL Points
Call of Duty League

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. 

10. Toronto Ultra
3-7 | 30 CDL Points
Call of Duty League

I really wished they kept Methodz, honestly…

9. Minnesota Rokkr
3-5 | 40 CDL Points
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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.

8. Paris Legion
3-5 | 30 CDL Points
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7. Florida Mutineers
4-6 | 40 CDL Points
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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.

6. Los Angeles Guerrillas
6-4 | 80 CDL Points
Call of Duty League

This is a team that really doesn’t have any super-dominant players. However, there are still hopeful standouts in this roster.

5. Los Angeles Thieves
6-4 | 80 CDL Points
Call of Duty League

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. 

4. New York Subliners
7-5 | 90 CDL Points
Call of Duty League

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. 

3. Los Angeles Optic Gaming
7-3 | 90 CDL Points
Call of Duty League

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.

2. Dallas Empire
7-3 | 90 CDL Points
Call of Duty League

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).

1. Atlanta Faze
10-0 | 145 CDL Points
Call of Duty League

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. 

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Events/Tournaments Gaming

The Call of Duty Championship is Finally Here

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.

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The exclusive 2020 Call of Duty Championship Ring

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.

Next up are the Chicago Huntsmen, a team with a strong culture and dynasty. The Huntsmen just won one of the most thrilling series in Call of Duty History against Optic Gaming LA drawing over 150,000 viewers. We already know how key momentum is in a Finals series, and the Huntsmen are also very aware that they come from a city of greatness (their apparel has featured the number 23 in reference to Michael Jordan).

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.

The Verge

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.”