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The first ever Call of Duty World League event takes place this weekend, with the Call of Duty World League Pro Division Qualifying Invitational Tournament.

There are three separate LAN events taking place: one in California for the North American Qualifiers, one in Germany for the European Qualifiers, and one in Australia for the Australia/New Zealand Qualifiers.

North America

Group A:

  • Apotheon Esports
  • Enigma6 Gold
  • OpTic Gaming
  • Team Orbit

Group B:

  • 3sUP
  • Luminosity Gaming
  • Rise Nation
  • Team eLevate

Group C:

  • Dream Team
  • Team EnVy
  • Team Kaliber
  • Counter Logic Gaming (CLG)

Group D:

  • compLexity Gaming
  • FaZe
  • (MerK’s Team)
  • (Tipsy’s Team)

Out of all the Groups listed above, the top two teams in each group following Group Play will secure a spot in the first season of the Call of Duty World League Pro Division. From this event, 8 teams total will earn a spot in the North America Pro Division.

Europe

Group A:

  • Epsilon eSports
  • Giants Gaming
  • Team Infused
  • Team Vitality

Group B:

  • FAB Games
  • Millenium
  • Team Orbit
  • (Joshh’s Team)

Out of all the Groups listed above, the top two teams in each group following Group Play will secure a spot in the first season of the Call of Duty World League Pro Division. From this event, 4 teams total will earn a spot in the Europe Pro Division.

Australia/New Zealand

Group A:

  • Avidity
  • Citadel Gaming
  • Original
  • Plantronics MindFreak

Group B:

  • Plantronics nV
  • Sway Gaming
  • Tainted Minds
  • Team Immunity

Out of all the Groups listed above, the top two teams in each group following Group Play will secure a spot in the first season of the Call of Duty World League Pro Division. From this event, 4 teams total will earn a spot in the Australia/New Zealand Pro Division.

To checkout the rosters for all of the teams, visit our post here.


Schedule:

Update Dec. 3rd: Activision has officially released the start times by region for the World League Pro Division Qualifying Event. 

North America:

  • Friday, December 4: 9:00am PT/12:00pm ET, 6:00pm CET, 4:00am AEDT (Saturday)
  • Saturday, December 5: 9:00am PT/12:00pm ET, 6:00pm CET, 4:00am AEDT (Sunday)
  • Sunday, December 6: 12:00pm PT/3:00pm ET, 9:00pm GMT, 7:00am AEDT  (Monday) 

Group A, first matches:

  • Dec 4th at 12PM ET — Apotheon Esports vs Enigma6 Gold
  • Dec 4th at 1:30PM ET — OpTic Gaming vs Team Orbit

Group B, first matches:

  • Dec 4th at 3PM ET — 3sUP vs Rise Nation
  • Dec 4th at 4:30PM ET — Luminosity Gaming vs Team eLevate

Group C, first matches:

  • Dec 4th at 6PM ET — Dream Team vs Team Kaliber
  • Dec 4th at 7:30PM ET — Team EnVy vs Counter Logic Gaming

Group D, first matches:

  • Dec 4th at 9PM ET — Game 1: FaZe vs (Tipsy’s Team)
  • Dec 4th at 10:30PM ET — Game 2: compLexity Gaming vs (MerK’s Team)

Europe:

  • Saturday, December 5: 12:00am PT/3:00am ET, 9:00am CET, 7:00pm AEDT
  • Sunday, December 6: 3:00am PT/6:00am ET, 12:00pm CET, 10:00pm AEDT (Sunday)

Group A, first matches:

  • Dec 5th at 9AM CET — Game 1: Team Infused vs Team Vitality
  • Dec 5th at 10:30AM CET — Game 2: Epsilon eSports vs Giants Gaming

Group B, first matches:

  • Dec 5th at 11AM CET — Game 1: Millenium vs (Joshh’s Team)
  • Dec 5th at 12:30PM CET — Game 2: FAB Games vs Team Orbit

Australia/New Zealand:

  • Saturday, December 5: 2:00pm PT/5:00pm ET (Friday), 11:00pm CET (Friday), 9:00am AEDT
  • Sunday, December 6: 5:00pm PT/8:00pm ET (Saturday), 2:00am CET, 12:00pm AEDT

Group A, first matches:

  • Dec 5th at 9AM AEDT — Game 1: Avidity vs Plantronics MindFreak
  • Dec 5th at 10:30AM AEDT — Game 2: Citadel Gaming vs Original

Group B, first matches:

  • Dec 5th at 12PM AEDT — Game 1: Team Immunity vs Sway Gaming
  • Dec 5th at 1:30PM AEDT — Game 2: Plantronics nV vs Tainted Minds

All of the matches this weekend can be viewed LIVE on Call of Duty’s Twitch page. North America stream will be live on Alpha channel; Europe stream will be live on Bravo; Australia/New Zealand will be live on Charlie channel.


Rule Set

For the first Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 World League Event, checkout the rule set for this event here.

Teams will compete in best of 5 matches. Once a team qualifies for the Pro Division, they are finished playing at the event. Remaining teams will continue to battle it out for the remaining spots in the Stage 1 of the Pro Division.


For teams that were not invited to this event, or teams that failed to qualify at this event, Activision and ESL are hosting online qualifiers for the remaining sports in the Season 1 of the Pro Division. More information on registration and when the online qualifiers take place has yet to be announced. The Pro Division Stage 1 will officially kick off in January.

Teams that cannot qualify for the Pro Division can participate in the World League’s Challenge Division. More information on the Challenge Division, including events and partners, has yet to be announced.

Follow us on Twitter for live coverage of all the Call of Duty World League Events.

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Call of Duty League 2021 season platform will be PC with controller

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The Call of Duty League has announced a massive change for the 2021 season and the future of the league itself.

The league announced on September 14 that the 2021 season will be played with controllers on PC.

All Pro players who are part of the CDL will be required to compete on PC platform using a league sanctioned controller. A list of allowed controllers will be announced in the near future.

The League is announcing it will move pro team competition to PC + Controller beginning with the 2021 season. This means that all pro matches will be played on PC and all pro players must use a League-approved controller of their choice.

As part of this transition, Call of Duty League competition will maintain exclusive use of controllers for the upcoming season. This change provides players with expanded choice of controller, allowing them to select the League-approved controller style that works best for their game. More details and rules pertaining to peripherals will be released at a future date.

This marks the first time Call of Duty esports will not be played on a console. Activision’s first real sponsored esports event was the 2011 Call of Duty XP, which was played on Xbox 360. Call of Duty esports went on to play on the Xbox console for through 2015.

Call of Duty transitioned to PlayStation as the premiere partner of esports in 2015 with Black Ops 3, and all league matches have been on PS4 since then.

Call of Duty Challengers

Activision has also announced a big change for the Call of Duty Challengers division.

Call of Duty Challengers will be switching to crossplay, which means players on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC can all compete in online Challenger events in the 2021 season.

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For the first time in Call of Duty esports history, competitors will be able to compete online in Call of Duty Challengers on their platform of choice across console and PC. We will continue to test platform hardware and make restrictions if necessary.

Players are required to use controllers. Mouse and keyboard peripherals will not be allowed.

Any LAN Challengers event that takes place during the season will be played on PC. Competitors may plug in their League-approved controller of choice.

More information on the 2021 season schedule to come. Stay tuned.

SOURCE: Call of Duty League

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Call of Duty League won’t expand to new teams for 2021 season

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The Call of Duty League does not plan to expand beyond the 12 teams for the 2021 season, according to ESPN Esports.

ESPN reports that sources tell them the Call of Duty League made the decision to hold expansion for now because they want to work on showcasing the power of bringing the league to LAN. The 2020 season was switched to online due to the pandemic.

The Call of Duty League Commissioner has stated that there’s a lot of interest from new city owners to join the league, but they don’t plan to expand for the 2021 season.

In a press conference, Johanna Farris, Commissioner, said:

We continue to see great demand for CDL coming in from a lot of different places which is always exciting to see,” Call of Duty League commissioner Johanna Faries said Friday. “Breaking the viewership records that we’ve had with our playoffs run shows what the possibilities are for us in this nascent stage. However, our heads are currently down and focused on our 12 teams that have been with us since the beginning. We were oversubscribed with demand when we settled on our 12, and will do right by that demand at the appropriate time.

ESPN reports that the league intends to expand to new cities and markets for the 2022 season with new team sales set to begin in summer 2021.

It’s not clear at this time which cities are interested in joining the league. So far, 11 cities are part of the league with 4 countries represented.

Activision Blizzard did not respond to request for a comment.

SOURCE: ESPN

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Call of Duty League returns to 4v4 for 2021 season

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The Call of Duty League has announced that the league will return to the 4v4 format for the 2021 season.

The news was announced in a teaser video posted to the CDL social channels titled “Season 2 Intel.”

The 2021 season going back to 4v4 marks a return to the traditional Call of Duty esports format. The format was changed to 5v5 with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 in 2018. Treyarch wanted to blend casual with competitive, and matched the standard game experience to esports.

In a post on the CDL site, the company confirms this decision was made after consulting the teams, players, and management.

With a new season comes new announcements across many fronts. Today we shared that we will be transitioning to starting roster sizes of four players per team for Season 2, marking a kind of ‘return to our roots’. This decision was made in close collaboration with our teams and players, and it was not made lightly. We know that this transition also brings new implications for both pro and amateur players with rostermania season fast approaching. Over the course of the offseason, we will share more news regarding plans for the 2021 Season — including details on maps, modes, formats, schedule, and more.

More news on the 2021 season to come. Stay tuned.

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