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Call of Duty World League Pro Division Stage 1: WEEK 1 RECAP

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The first week of the Call of Duty World League Pro Division Stage 1 has officially ended. Teams played online two matches this week.

Here’s our recap of the results from each region.

North America:

Tuesday, January 12:

Day 1 Alpha Stream Replay:

*Some matches were also played on a second (bravo) stream. Replay of that is available here.

  • Rise Nation vs. FaZe Clan | RESULT: FaZe won 3-2.
  • H2K vs. Dream Team eSports | RESULT: H2K won 3-1.
  • Team eLevate vs. Question Mark | RESULT: Question Mark won 3-1.
  • OpTic Gaming vs. Counter Logic Gaming | RESULT: OpTic Gaming won 3-1.
  • compLexity Gaming vs. Luminosity | RESULT: Luminosity won 3-0.
  • Team Kaliber vs. Team EnVyUs | RESULT: Team EnVyUs won 3-0.

Wednesday, January 13:

Alpha Stream Replay: 

*Some of the matches were played on a second Bravo stream. You can watch that replay here

  • Counter Logic Gaming vs. H2K | RESULT: H2K won 3-2.
  • OpTic Gaming vs. Team eLevate | RESULT: OpTic Gaming won 3-2.
  • Team EnVyUs vs. compLexity Gaming | RESULT: Team EnVyUs won 3-2.
  • FaZe Clan vs. Luminosity | RESULT: FaZe Clan won 3-1.
  • Dream Team eSports vs. Team Kaliber | RESULT: Team Kaliber won 3-1.
  • Question Mark vs. Rise Nation | RESULT: Rise Nation won 3-0.

STANDINGS AFTER WEEK 1: 

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Europe:  

Tuesday, January 12:

  • Team Infused vs. Giants Gaming | RESULT: Team Infused won 3-0.
  • TCM Gaming vs. Splyce | RESULT: Splyce won 3-2.
  • PuLse Gaming vs. exceL eSports | RESULT: exceL won 3-0.
  • Epsilon eSports vs. Spartan | RESULT: Epsilon won 3-1.
  • Millenium vs. Vitality | RESULT: Team Vitality 3-0.

Wednesday, January 13:

  • exceL eSports vs. Splyce | RESULT: exceL won 3-1.
  • Giants Gaming vs. Epsilon eSports | RESULT: Epsilon won 3-0.
  • TCM Gaming vs. Millenium | RESULT: Millenium won 3-0.
  • Team LDLC vs. Team Infused | RESULT: Team Infused won 3-0.
  • Vitality vs. PuLse Gaming | RESULT: Vitality won 3-0.

Standings:

Australia / New Zealand: 

Tuesday, January 12:

  • Mindfreak vs. Orbit GG | RESULT: Orbit GG won due to Mindfreak forfeiting the match.
  • Tainted Minds vs. Exile5 | RESULT: Tainted Minds won series 3-0.
  • Team Immunity vs. Apotheon eSports | RESULT: Team Immunity won 3-0.
  • Chiefs eSports Club vs. nV | RESULT: nV won series 3-0.

Wednesday, January 13:

  • Orbit GG vs. Team Immunity | RESULT: Orbit won 3-0.
  • Chief eSports Club vs. Mindfreak | RESULT: Mindfreak won 3-0.
  • Apotheon eSports vs. Exile5 | RESULT: Apotheon won 3-0.
  • nV vs. Tainted Minds | RESULT: Tainted Minds won 3-0.

The Call of Duty World League Pro Division Stage 1 matches will continue weekly on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, live on Twitch and YouTube.

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Scump explains why scorestreaks weren’t used at the CDL Kickoff Classic

Some fans were confused why scorestreaks weren’t used at the CDL Kickoff Classic, so OpTic Chicago’s Scump set the record straight.

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The Call of Duty League Kickoff Classic pitted 2021’s 4v4 CDL teams against each other for the first time, but some fans were confused why competitors weren’t using scorestreaks. Talking on Twitch, OpTic Chicago’s Scump explained why.

Scorestreaks are an integral part of Call of Duty, where staying alive and maintaining a killstreak can reap massive rewards. While not as common in competitive Call of Duty, streaks are used to reward the most dominant players.

Streaks were GA’d (Gentlemen’s Agreement not to use them) in Modern Warfare but will be making a return in CDL 2021 in Black Ops Cold War. Many scorestreaks have already been removed by the league, but pros have adjusted this further through GAs.

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The Artillery Strike and Cruise Missile have had their values changed, and unlike public multiplayer lobbies, scores will reset on death. If players stay alive and can call in either of these streaks, the course of the game could change dramatically.

However, in the CDL Kickoff Classic on January 23 and 24, scorestreaks weren’t called in at all, which led to confusion amongst fans.

Why scorestreaks weren’t used in the CDL Kickoff

Talking to his Twitch chat following his team’s decisive victory over the LA Thieves, a viewer asked Scump why streaks weren’t used at the weekend.

“Apparently something in the ruleset in CDL… I think you can’t set the amount of points that you unlock the streak at or they insta-stack, I’m not sure,” said Scump. “Something was messed up with the streaks though, that’s why.”

While some fans and players prefer having no scorestreaks, the fact they weren’t used in the Kickoff isn’t indicative of their future in CDL 2021.

“I think we’re planning on using them but they were messed up this weekend,” Scump concluded.

There are plans to bring scorestreaks to the league in future, but as the Kickoff Classic was a friendly tournament to showcase the new teams, not everything was entirely set up yet.

Expect to see scorestreaks being used when the Call of Duty League officially begins on February 11 with the Atlanta FaZe’s Home Series.

Image Credits: Scump / Activision

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Call of Duty League 2021 Stage 1 groups & fixtures revealed

The groups for Stage 1 of 2021’s Call of Duty League have officially been announced, alongside the fixtures for the coming weeks.

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Call of Duty League 2021 Stage 1 begins on February 11, and at the CDL Kickoff Classic, the groups and fixtures for this first stage were officially announced.

While it was fun seeing the new 4v4 rosters facing off against each other in the Kickoff Classic event, perhaps the most important part of the weekend was seeing Stage 1’s group selection take place.

Before the highly-anticipated OpTic Chicago v LA Thieves show match, we saw members and owners of each CDL team choose who would be playing in opposing groups, officially revealing the Stage 1 groups.

Here are the groups going into CDL 2021 Stage 1, how they were chosen, and what this first stage will look like.

CDL 2021 Stage 1 groups

Group AGroup B
Dallas EmpireAtlanta FaZe
LA ThievesOpTic Chicago
Minnesota RØKKRFlorida Mutineers
London Royal RavesToronto Ultra
New York SublinersLA Guerrillas
Seattle SurgeParis Legion

How the CDL Stage 1 groups were chosen

In a slightly confusing format described as a ‘reverse snake draft,’ teams chose who would play in the opposing group.

As the top two teams from CDL 2020, Dallas Empire and Atlanta FaZe were placed into different groups, A and B. Teams then picked who would be competing in the opposing group, beginning with Dallas Empire.

Dallas Empire, last year’s champs, chose first, and then FaZe chose after. The selection process went like this:

  1. Dallas Empire chose OpTic Chicago for Group B
  2. FaZe chose LA Thieves for Group A
  3. OpTic Chicago chose Minnesota RØKKR for group A
  4. LA Thieves chose Florida Mutineers for Group B

Teams continued to choose teams turn about until each group had been decided.

Atlanta FaZe Home Series

Each stage consists of three Home Series weekends, with Atlanta FaZe hosting the opening weekend on February 11. Group A will be playing on Thursday and Saturday, with Group B playing on Friday and Sunday.

Atlanta FaZe Home Series schedule

It kicks off with newcomers LA Thieves going against Minnesota RØKKR, and champs Dallas Empire taking on Seattle Surge.

After getting knocked out by Atlanta FaZe in the 2020 semi-finals, OpTic Chicago (formerly Chicago Huntsmen), will be looking to settle the score on Sunday. To add further rivalry, FaZe’s Arcitys played for the Huntsmen in last year’s league.

You can check out the fixtures for the entirety of Stage 1 on CallofDutyLeague.com.

The top two teams from Stage 1 will have first pick in Stage 2, which is set to begin on March 18.

Image Credit: Activision

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Call of Duty League 2021 Season schedule revealed

The full Call of Duty League 2021 Season Schedule has been confirmed.

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The Call of Duty League has officially unveiled the 2021 Season Schedule during the Kickoff Classic opening event.

The League has announced that CDL 2021 season will feature 5 Stages total, which feed into a Major tournament. Each stage has 3 Home Series weeks which are considered Group Play matches.

The top teams from each group will filter into the Winner’s Bracket for the Major Tournaments, while the lower tops will filter to the Loser’s Bracket.

Every stage ends with a Major tournament. At the end of the 5 stages, the top 8 teams with the most CDL Points will secure a spot in the CDL Playoffs to compete for their shot of the 2021 CDL Championship.

The season begins with Stage 1 on February 11 with the Atlanta FaZe Home Series. Each Stage will feature 3 weeks of Home Series, followed by the week of the Major Tournament.

Here’s the full Regular Season schedule:

  • Stage 1: Feb 11 – 28
  • Stage 1 Major: Week of March 1
  • Stage 2: March 18 – April 4
  • Stage 2 Major: Week of April 5
  • Stage 3: April 22 – May 9
  • Stage 3 Major: Week of May 10
  • Stage 4: May 27 – June 13
  • Stage 4 Major: Week of June 14
  • Stage 5: July 1 – July 18
  • Stage 5 Major: Week of July 19

This is the full Regular Season schedule. Following the 5th major, the top 8 teams with the most CDL Points will advance to the Post Season, which will feature Playoffs and the Call of Duty League Championship. Dates & details on the Post Season to be announced later this year.

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