Activision has announced in a press release that Stage 1 of the first ever CWL Global Pro LAN League for Call of Duty will kick off on April 20, 2017, played on Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
The Global Pro LAN League will feature a total of 16 teams (9 from North America, 6 from Europe, and 1 from APAC) competing in MLG Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
Activision also revealed that the CWL Dallas event, taking place March 17-19, will be the final Global Open LAN event — where players can earn CWL Pro Points — before the start of the Pro League.
The CWL Dallas Open is the final event where teams and their rosters can earn CWL Pro Points for a chance to qualify into Stage 1 of the CWL Global Pro League, beginning April 20. The CWL Global Pro League, taking place live at the MLG Arena in Columbus, Ohio, will include 16 teams worldwide over two stages of competition, each with a hefty prize pool. This weekly LAN league is a first for the CWL, working with MLG. Teams that do not make the cut for Stage 1 of the CWL Global Pro League will still be able to earn CWL Pro Points to compete for a spot in Stage 2, later in the year, online via CWL ladders and tournaments on GameBattles, as well as via LAN events for CWL Pro Points that will be available in specific territories.
Following Stage 1, there will be the next major Global LAN event — MLG Anaheim. This takes place June 16-18. This event will feature the Stage relegation, where the bottom four teams from the CWL Pro League in Stage 1 will face off against teams from regional qualifiers for a spot in Stage 2.
Additionally, the CWL will host the previously announced CWL Anaheim Open on June 16 – 18 – which will include the qualifier for Stage 2 of the CWL Global Pro League. This competition will feature the bottom four placing teams from the CWL Global Pro League Stage 1 against teams from regional qualifiers. This tournament will determine the final 4 teams of the 16 who will compete in Stage 2. Teams competing in Stage 2 of the CWL Pro League will earn an automatic bid to the CWL Championships, to be held later this year.
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