Activision has announced the teams that have been invited to attend the Call of Duty World League Pro Division Qualifying Tournament. There will be regional LAN events in North America, Europe, and Australia.
The North America LAN event will start December 4 and end December 6. The Europe and Australia/New Zealand LAN events will start on December 5 and end on December 6.
North America (8 spots available for Pro League):
- 3sUP: Cameron “CaLiFa” Joyner, Andy “Strife” Dinh, Danny “Miyagi” Ho, and Brett “Baker” Baker
- Apotheon Esports: Damond “FEARS” Abney, Phillip “PHiZZURP” Klemenov, Tyree D’Neko “Legal” Glover, and Andres “Lacefield” Lacefield
- compLexity Gaming: Anthony “NameLeSs” Wheeler, Christopher “Parasite” Duarte, Marcus “MiRx” Carter, and Richard “Ricky” Stacy
- TBD: Anthony “Methodz” Zinni, Mikhail “Blfire” Glushenok, Tyler “Felony” Johnson, and Aaron “CMPLX” Vetelino
- Dream Team: Steven “Diabolic” Rivero, Martin “Chino” Chino, Nick “Happy” Suda, and Troy “Sender” Michaels
- Enigma6 Gold: Kenneth “Dedo” Dedo, Renato “Saints” Forza, Doug “Censor” Martin, and Bryan “Apathy” Zhelyazkov
- FaZe Clan: James “Clayster” Eubanks, Thomas “ZooMaa” Paparatto, Dillon “Attach” Price, and Ian “Enable” Wyatt
- Luminosity Gaming: Chris “Replays” Crowder, Jordan “ProoFy” Cannon, Michael “SpaceLy” Schmale, and Johnathan “John” Perez
- OpTic Gaming: Seth “Scump” Abner, Ian “Crimsix” Porter, Matt “FormaL” Piper, and Damon “Karma” Barlow
- Rise Nation: Daniel “Loony” Loza, Samuel “Octane” Larew, Nick “Classic” DiCostanzo, and Josiah “Slacked” Berry
- Team eLevate: Ulysses “AquA” Silva, Brice “Faccento” Faccento, Remington “Remy” Ihringer, and Jared “Nagafen” Harrell
- Team EnVy: Jordan “JKap” Kaplan, Patrick “ACHES” Price, Austin “SlasheR” Liddicoat, and Tyler “TeePee” Polchow
- Team Kaliber: Brandon “Sharp” Rodgers, Dylan “Theory” McGee, Jeremy “Neslo” Olsen, and Jevon “Goonjar” Gooljar
- Team Orbit: Lamar “Accuracy” Abedi, Ryan “Lawless” Lawless, Jonathan “Pacman” Tucker, and Jamal “Wheats” Lee
- TBD: Joseph “MerK” Deluca, Jeremy “StuDyy” Astacio, Adam “KiLLa” Sloss, and Marcus “MBoZe” Blanks
- TBD: Vaughn “Tipsy” Brown, Spencer Lee “Anticity” Askins, Matthew “Burnsoff” Potthoff, and Coleman “ColeChan” Chancey
Europe (Four teams qualify for Pro League):
- Epsilon eSports: Rhys “Rated” Price, Joe “Joee” Pinnington, Thomas “Moose” Handley, and Joshua “Watson” Watson
- FAB Games: Massi “GunElite” Safi, Kevin “Kivi” Fiala, Michael “QuiCky” Bühler, and Anton “Barca” Rinas
- Giants Gaming: Antonio “TojoR” Jorda Martin, Fran “Pelukaa” Rubio, Zhivko “EupHo” Dimitrov, and Alvaro “JaayZ” Cordoba
- Team Infused: Mark “MarkyB” Bryceland, David “Urban” Marsh, Adam “Peatie” Peate, and Trei “Zer0” Morris
- Team Orbit: Shane “Shane” McKerral, Stephen “Vortex” Allan, Ben “Desire” Wright, and Gurdip “SunnyB” Bains
- Team Vitality: Kevin “BroKeN” Georges, Clément “Rskn” Hattée, Corentin “Gotaga” Houssein, and Wailers “Wailers” Locart
- Millenium: Tom “Tommey” Trewren, Jordan “Jurd” Crowley, Dylan “MadCat” Daly, and Callum “Swanny” Swan
- TBD: Josh “Joshh” Sheppard, Ben “Bance” Bance, James “Dominate” Batz, and Jordan “Reedy” Reed
Australia/New Zealand (Four teams qualify for Pro League):
- Avidity: Steven “Azzi” Azz, Cameron “Yelzar” Turner, Harrison “Pixell” Heselden, Kainen “Swiftaz0r” Kini
- Citadel Gaming: Adam “DizmuLL” Briers, Nathan “Carry” Hampton, Billy “Bundo” Wall, and Stuart “Hoju” Topham
- Original: Jake “Hopey” Hope, Dean “Dean” Beldzinski, Mitchell “Vqnishh” Dame, and Jack “Rival” Prendergast
- Plantronics MindFreak: Mitchell “BuZZO” Mader, Conrad “Shockz” Rymarek, Lincoln “Fighta” Ferguson, and Denholm “Denz” Taylor
- Plantronics Nv: Kyle “Vilesyder” Colyer, Daniel “Claw” Taylor, Justin “Fergz” Ferguson, and James “Macka” Mckenzie
- Sway Gaming: Timothy “Juust Sway” Meier, Ethan “renzy” Tierney, Nicholas “ToastyJaffa” Anderson, and Cale “Twisted” Robertson
- Tainted Minds: Hayden “Damage” Handakas, Billie Jake “Chilean” Parrra, Jacob “Fate” Fitzpatrick, and Reef “Eminence” Galloway
- Team Immunity: Ryan “killerpi3” Wallath, Guy “Guydra” Worthington, Nathan “bacabec” Munro, and Rene “Zeuss” Corporaal
For teams that weren’t invited to the event, Activision will be hosting online qualifiers. Registration for those will be opened up soon. Stay tuned for more information on the Call of Duty World League.
Warzone to join Call of Duty League confirms Activision Blizzard
Activision Blizzard’s Head of Leagues confirmed that competitive Warzone will be coming to the Call of Duty League.
Activision Blizzard’s Johanna Faries has revealed there are plans to add Warzone to the Call of Duty League.
Call of Duty’s battle royale has been an instant hit since its launch in early 2020, so it’s no surprise that an esports scene has blossomed from the popularity. Unlike the official Call of Duty League, these events have been hosted by third parties, and often take the form of kill-races.
In these events, teams competing don’t actually battle each other on the same map. Instead, two duos drop into a quads game, and whichever team gets the most kills wins, or the top five matches over a three hour period count towards a final score.
It’s highly entertaining to watch, but the competitive integrity of these tournaments has been questioned. With players apparently abusing the skill-based matchmaking algorithm, as well as the possibility of cheaters and stream-snipers being in the lobby, they can never be absolutely fair.
With the success of these third-party tournaments, it seems that Activison have serious plans to bring these events under the Call of Duty League banner, according to an interview with the company’s Head of Leagues Johanna Faries from ScreenRant.
Warzone coming to Call of Duty League
In the interview, Faries said: “There are [plans to bring Warzone to Call of Duty League], and we’re excited to announce those plans in the coming weeks and months. We’ve been closely monitoring the introduction and the wild popularity of Warzone since last spring.”
She continued: “We did bring in Warzone-related content with our pros last season, but we’ve taken the off-season to think bigger about what a more structured investment could look like. There are really exciting things to come as early as this season.”
- Read more: How to watch the CDL Kickoff Classic 2021
Here, Fairies refers to the CDL Warzone Weekends which took place during the 2020 season. CDL pros and coaches all fought each other in Verdansk to find out who the best battle royale players are.
CDL teams have hosted Warzone kill race tournaments in the past, but it’s clear that Activision wants to vastly expand how competitive CoD battle royale is run.
We’re not sure what these official tournaments will look like, but it’s very likely that they will have a system similar to Fortnite or Apex Legends, where all competitors must fight each other. And who doesn’t want to see the world’s best players 1v1 in the Gulag?
After joining the CDL as the LA Thieves, Nadeshot’s 100 Thieves are already gearing themselves towards this, adding CoD veterans Tommey and Rated to their competitive Warzone team.
With Activision now officially taking an interest in battle royale tournaments, we can hope that they will further address the number of cheaters that plague both casual and competitive Warzone.
And with Black Ops Cold War getting League Play during Season 1, perhaps a ranked Warzone mode will be coming along with this announcement.
Image Credits: Activision
H3CZ explains why Nadeshot’s LA Thieves aren’t OpTic’s biggest CDL rivals
OpTic CEO Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez explained in an interview, that the Los Angeles Thieves aren’t their biggest rivals.
There is massive hype for the matchup of OpTic and the Los Angeles Thieves in the 2021 season, but CEO Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez disagrees with fans’ claims that the two are major rivals.
Now that it’s 2021, it’s time for a brand new CoD Season where we’ll see members of the Call of Duty League compete over the course of the year. Fans are excitedly waiting to see the Los Angeles Thieves face off against H3CZ’s OpTic in the CDL Kickoff Classic.
100 Thieves owner Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag is an ex-OpTic player and remains close friends with H3CZ, and they’re both extremely competitive, so it’s understandable why fans are so excited to see their first CDL showdown.
There is a lot of hype for the 2021 CDL regular season starting in February, and H3CZ gave an interview in which he disagreed with the claim that the Thieves are OpTic’s biggest rivals.
Why LA Thieves aren’t OpTic’s main CDL rival
Anthony ‘NAMELESS’ Wheeler interviewed H3CZ on January 19, and asked him “Do you think that’s going to be your team’s biggest rival this year?” This was met with a direct and blunt response: “No.”
“I get it. I get we’re trying to hype this thing up,” he admitted. H3CZ doesn’t feel like the Thieves should immediately be considered their top challenger due to their history outside of the game.
“I just don’t think Call of Duty needs the added extra,” H3CZ explained. “Storylines are going to develop from the beginning.” He made it clear that he would prefer to see rivalries develop “organically.”
He followed this by standing by a statement he made back in December: “Everyone that doesn’t say FaZe or Empire is their number one rivalry is just playing for the crowd.”
The discussion takes place at the 14:00 mark below.
OpTic is massively talented, and H3CZ wants the Chicago lineup to show how competitive they can be in 2021. “Everybody here is going after Empire, period. If you’re not gunning after the champions… I don’t know.”
H3CZ considers this supposed rivalry to be something the fans made up, and with no grounds in reality. He considers this kind of thinking to be “too WWE,” and then elaborates: “For people to be like ‘oh, it’s Nadeshot vs H3CZ,’ we’re not those dudes.”
The triumphant return of H3CZ’s OpTic to Call of Duty, along with their battle against Nadeshot’s LA Thieves, will take place on January 24. We’ll keep you informed about any new updates in the CDL Kickoff Classic 2021.
Image Credit: Activision Blizzard / LA Thieves
Call of Duty pro player ZooMaa steps down from competing in the CDL
Professional player ZooMaa has stepped back from competing for the CDL, leaving a vacant slot on the New York Subliners Call of Duty roster.
Call of Duty League professional player ZooMaa has stepped down from his position as a main roster player in the New York Subliners.
Just mere days before the CDL Season kickoff and weeks before the official CDL seeding on February 11, Call of Duty legend ZooMaa has stepped down competing in the league as a player for the New York Subliners.
In a Twitlonger posted to his Twitter account, ZooMaa cited issues regarding a past injury which led him to this decision. “Going through that process of getting healthy again was one of the hardest things I ever had to do both physically & mentally, which led to a lot of stress and anxiety. Unfortunately, the injury has returned making it really hard for me to compete at the highest level against some of the best players in the world.”
ZooMaa’s injury has been an on-going fight for him, dating back to his time as a player for FaZe from 2015-2019. During this time, he suffered with weakness in his thumb/wrist area, which led him to require surgery. Recovering from the surgery was no easy task, which caused him intense stress and anxiety. He eventually overcame this, but recently this injury has resurfaced.
In order to ensure his team’s success and his own, he believes that in his own words “it’s not fair to myself or to my team to go through all that again, potentially causing more damage to my hand.” He still may return back to competitive Call of Duty in the future, stating he loves the game too much to walk away completely.
ZooMaa’s departure leaves a spot vacant on the New York Subliners main roster, and without a confirmed substitute leaves New York in an awkward spot leading into the new season. There will most definitely be a replacement, but we’ll have to wait for additional information.
Image Credits: Activision/Gamefuel/NYSL