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CDL Kickoff Classic 2021: Results & recap

The 2021 Call of Duty League season starts with the CDL Kickoff Classic, a 12-team exhibition event with matches voted for by fans.

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Call of Duty League is officially back for 2021 and before the full season swings into action, all 12 teams will compete in the Kickoff Classic — a six match exhibition event to celebrate the league’s first anniversary.


  • LA Thieves lose first CDL match in 3-0 sweep vs. OpTic Chicago
  • 2020 CDL Champions Dallas Empire dominate NYSL
  • Four of six Kickoff Classic matches go to Game 5

The 2021 CDL regular season doesn’t start until February, but Call of Duty fans got an opportunity to see teams’ updated lineups for the first time this weekend at the Kickoff Classic, where each team competed in special show matches picked by the fans.

The Kickoff Classic ran over two days on January 23 & 24, with three matches each day. Like a large part of the 2020 season, this event will took place online.

CDL Kickoff Classic promotional image

CDL Kickoff Classic recap

The Kickoff Classic gave fans their first chance to see CDL teams compete in the returning 4v4 format, and it was 2020 Champions Dallas Empire and OpTic Chicago who staked their claim to be counted as favorites heading into the Atlanta FaZe Home Series.

Clayser’s first match against his old squad didn’t play out as he had hoped, with Empire sweeping the New York Subliners’ updated roster, which lost ZooMaa to a thumb injury that will keep him out of action for a prolonged period. The highly anticipated OpTic Chicago vs. LA Thieves match turned out to be a fairly comfortable return to action for the Green Wall, who swept Nadeshot’s side in their first competitive outing.

Elsewhere, Minnesota ROKKR won the “Battle of the North” against Toronto Ultra, while the widely-criticized Paris Legion side put on an impressive performance to beat London Royal Ravens in a tense Game 5 S&D.

CDL Kickoff Classic Schedule

Saturday, January 23

MatchPSTESTGMTAEDT
Dallas Empire 3-0 New York Subliners12:00 PM3:00 PM8:00 PM7:00 AM (Jan. 24)
LA Guerrillas 3-2 Seattle Surge1:30 PM4:30 PM9:30 PM8:30 AM (Jan. 24)
Atlanta FaZe 2-3 Florida Mutineers3:00 PM6:00 PM11:00 PM10:00 AM (Jan. 24)

Sunday, January 24

MatchPSTESTGMTAEDT
London Royal Ravens 2-3 Paris Legion12:00 PM3:00 PM8:00 PM7:00 AM (Jan. 25)
Toronto Ultra 2-3 Minnesota ROKKR1:30 PM4:30 PM9:30 PM8:30 AM (Jan. 25)
OpTic Chicago 3-0 LA Thieves3:00 PM6:00 PM11:00 PM10:00 AM (Jan. 25)

CDL Kickoff Classic team lineups

The CDL Kickoff Classic saw a number of new rosters make their competitive debuts for the first time, with all 12 teams forced to drop a player following the decision to revert back to 4v4 after spending two years playing with 5 members of each roster.

For 2020 Call of Duty League Champions Dallas Empire, the switch lead to James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks departing the roster just days after securing his third ring. Empire fans didn’t have long to wait to see him back in action though, as his New York Subliners squad was voted by fans to be their Kickoff Classic opponent.

Sunday saw the triumphant return of a H3CZ-owned OpTic to Call of Duty, as they faced off against the team owned by one of OpTic’s all-time greats, Nadeshot’s LA Thieves. Atlanta FaZe faced a tough task against Florida Mutineers, while it was an all-European affair for the London Royal Ravens and Paris Legion.

TeamRoster
Atlanta FaZeSimp, aBeZy, Cellium, Arcitys
Dallas EmpireCrimsix, Shotzzy, Huke, iLLeY
Florida MutineersSkyz, Havok, Owakening, Slacked
London Royal RavensSeany, Alexx, Dylan, Zer0
Los Angeles GuerrillasSiLLY, Assault, Vivid, Apathy
Los Angeles ThievesKenny, SlasheR, TJHaLy, Temp
Minnesota ROKKRAttach, Accuracy, Priestahh, MajorManiak
New York SublinersZooMaa, Clayster, Mack, HyDra
OpTic ChicagoScump, FormaL, Dashy, Envoy
Paris LegionSkrapz, Classic, AquA, Fire
Seattle SurgeOctane, Gunless, Prestinni, Loony
Toronto UltraMethodz, CleanX, Cammy, Bance

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How to watch $500k CDL Stage 1 Major

The $500k Call of Duty League Season 1 Major is finally here, with all 12 teams in action. Check out the stream, results, schedule, and bracket.

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After weeks of competition in Stage 1 of the 2021 season, the first Call of Duty League Major is underway, and we’ve got all the information you need to catch the $500,000 tournament.


  • CDL Stage 1 Major runs from Wednesday, March 3 to Sunday, March 7.
  • $500,000 prize pool, all 12 teams will feature. Seedings based on Stage 1 results.
  • Seattle Surge and London Royal Ravens eliminated on day one.

Call of Duty League 2021’s Stage 1 is drawing to its epic conclusion, with all 12 teams competing in the $500,000 Major tournament. A new addition to the 2021 format, the double-elimination tournament is the first time we’ve seen knockout action this year, with Seattle Surge and London Royal Ravens already eliminated after the first day of competition.

Day Two sees the start of Winner’s Bracket play, with LA Thieves facing their local rivals LA Guerrillas, while Chicago OpTic square off with New York Subliners.

Stream

Just like CDL Home Series events, all the action from this week’s Major will be broadcast on the official Call of Duty League YouTube channel, which is embedded below.

This is also the last chance to earn special Stage 1 rewards by linking your Activision and YouTube accounts.

Schedule

Day 2: Thursday, March 4

RoundTeamsPSTESTGMTAEDT (Mar. 4)
Winners R1LA Thieves vs LA Guerrillas12:00 PM3:00 PM8:00 PM7:00 AM
Winners R1OpTic Chicago vs New York Subliners1:30 PM4:30 PM9:30 PM8:30 AM
Losers R2Paris Legion vs TBD3:00 PM6:00 PM11:00 PM10:00 AM
Losers R2Minnesota ROKKR vs TBD4:30 PM7:30 PM12:30 AM11:30 AM

Day 3: Friday, March 5

RoundTeamsPSTESTGMTAEDT (Mar. 4)
Winners R2Dallas Empire vs TBD12:00 PM3:00 PM8:00 PM7:00 AM
Winners R2Atlanta FaZe vs TBD1:30 PM4:30 PM9:30 PM8:30 AM
Losers R3TBD vs TBD3:00 PM6:00 PM11:00 PM10:00 AM
Losers R3TBD vs TBD4:30 PM7:30 PM12:30 AM11:30 AM

Day 4: Saturday, March 6

RoundTeamsPSTESTGMTAEDT (Mar. 4)
Losers R4TBD vs TBD12:00 PM3:00 PM8:00 PM7:00 AM
Losers R4TBD vs TBD1:30 PM4:30 PM9:30 PM8:30 AM
Losers R5TBD vs TBD3:00 PM6:00 PM11:00 PM10:00 AM

Day 5: Sunday, March 7

RoundTeamsPSTESTGMTAEDT (Mar. 4)
Winners FinalTBD vs TBD12:00 PM3:00 PM8:00 PM7:00 AM
Losers FinalTBD vs TBD1:30 PM4:30 PM9:30 PM8:30 AM
Grand FinalTBD vs TBD3:00 PM6:00 PM11:00 PM10:00 AM

Results

Day 1: Wednesday, March 3

RoundTeamsHardpointS&DControlHardpointS&D
Losers R1London Royal Ravens 2-3 Toronto UltraTOR 250-142
(Garrison)
LRR 6-3
(Garrison)
TOR 3-0
(Raid)
LRR (250-202)
(Moscow)
TOR 6-4
(Moscow)
Losers R1Florida Mutineers 3-1 Seattle SurgeFLA 250-235 (Crossroads)SEA 6-5 (Checkmate)FLA 3-0 (Garrison)FLA 250-157 (Raid)
N/A

The Stage 1 Major ended at the first hurdle for the winless London Royal Ravens, who put up a valiant effort in a tightly-contested affair with Toronto Ultra. Dealt another major blow after the loss of Alexx, who returned to the UK to deal with a family emergency, the Ravens pushed the Ultra all the way to Game 5, but fell 6-4 to Ultra on Moscow.

Seattle Surge joined the Ravens in the following match, with Owakening putting on a sublime showing for the Florida Mutineers to give them a series lead in the Control, before a dominant Raid Hardpoint sent them through to the Losers Round 2.

CDL Stage 1 Major brackets

The Call of Duty League used the Stage 1 standings to determine where teams would start in the Major, with Dallas Empire and Atlanta FaZe receiving a bye in the Winner’s Bracket after winning their respective groups.

The bottom six CDL Stage 1 start in the Loser’s Bracket, with Paris Legion and Minnesota ROKKR receiving a pass through to Loser’s Round 2.

CDL Stage 1 Major bracket

Format & Info

  • Location: Online
  • Prize Pool: $500,000
  • Format: Double-elimination bracket
  • Seeding: Determined by Stage 1 standings
  • Maps & Modes:
    • Hardpoint: Checkmate, Crossroads, Garrison, Moscow, Raid
    • Search & Destroy: Checkmate, Garrison, Miami, Moscow, Raid
    • Control: Checkmate, Garrison, Raid
  • Match format: Best-of-five (HP, S&D, Control, HP, S&D)

Prize Pool and CDL Points Breakdown

PlacementTeamPrize ($USD)CDL Points
1$200,00075
2$120,00060
3$80,00050
4$40,00040
5-6$20,00030
5-6$20,00030
7-8$10,00020
7-8$10,00020
9-10$010
9-10$010
11-12Seattle Surge$00
11-12London Royal Ravens$00

CDL Stage 1 rosters

All 12 teams will be taking part in the CDL Stage 1 Major, as teams jockey for position in hopes of becoming the Stage 1 Winners, and taking the top prize of $200,000.

TeamRoster
Dallas EmpireCrimsix, Shotzzy, Huke, iLLeY
Atlanta FaZeSimp, Cellium, aBeZy, Arcitys
Florida MutineersSkyz, Owakening, Slacked, Neptune
London Royal RavensZed, Dylan. Seany, Zer0
LA ThievesKenny, SlasheR, TJHaly, Temp
OpTic ChicagoScump, FormaL, Envoy, Dashy
Minesotta ROKKRAccuracy, Attach, Priestahh, MajorManiak
LA GuerrillasSiLLY, Assault, Apathy, Vivid
New York SublinersClayster, Asim, Diamondcon, Mack
Paris LegionAquA, Classic, Fire, Skrapz
Seattle SurgeOctane, Gunless, Prestinni, Loony
Toronto UltraMethodz, Bance, Cammy, CleanX
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Every Call of Duty creator code: Streamers, pros, more

Call of Duty’s Support a Creator program allows players to support their favorite content creators and pros, so here’s every code you can use.

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Call of Duty Creator Codes

Activision is enabling fans to support their favorite Call of Duty pro players and content creators with the ‘Support a Creator’ program, so here’s everyone you can support through the Store.

With some of the biggest names in gaming playing and promoting Call of Duty, Activision has launched the ‘Support a Creator’ program. Here, CDL pro players, streamers, and YouTubers receive a cut of the profits made from purchases in the Call of Duty Store.

Across Modern Warfare, Warzone, and Black Ops Cold War, these creators and pros will receive $5 for every 10,000 CoD Points spent with their code inputted.

How to use CoD Support a Creator code

To support your favorite Call of Duty content creator or pro, you need to enter their code in the Store.

black ops cold war support a creator

After purchasing CoD Points, make sure you have inputted one of the creator codes below before purchasing any bundles from the Store.

To select a creator to support:

  1. Launch Modern Warfare, Warzone, or Black Ops Cold War
  2. Navigate to the Store tab
  3. Select “Support a Creator”
  4. Input one of the creator codes below
  5. Purchase a Bundle or Battle Pass with your CoD Points
  6. Your selected creator or pro will now receive a portion of the profits from your purchase

These codes will expire after two weeks, so make sure to double-check you have a code inputted before making a purchase.

And as a reminder, enter these creator codes in all caps.

Twitch and YouTuber creator codes

The Support a Creator program was released in August 2020, and as it continues to develop, more and more creators are receiving codes.

Call of Duty Warzone players deploying

Here are the creator codes for some of the biggest and most recognizable names in Call of Duty:

  • FaZe Swagg: “SWAGG”
  • TimTheTatman: “TIMTHETATMAN”
  • TeeP: “TEEP”
  • Spratt: “SPRATT”
  • Symfuhny: “SYM”
  • NuFo: “NUFO”
  • NoisyButters: “BUTTERS”
  • ShawnJGaming: “SHAWNJ”
  • Vikkstar123: “VIKK”
  • Michi: “MICHI”
  • GoldGloveTV: “GOLDGLOVE”
  • NICKMERCS: “MFAM”
  • Drfit0r: “DRIFT0R”
  • JackFrags: “JACKFRAGS”
  • MarleyThirteen: “MARLEY”
  • CouRage: “COURAGE”
  • Chaos: “CHAOS”
  • HusKerrs: “HUSKERRS”
  • PrestigeIsKey: “PRESTIGE”
  • KRNG Espresso: “ESPRESSO”
  • Tejbz: “TEJBZ”

Call of Duty League players creator codes

bocw league play

A selection of “all-star” CDL pros have received creator codes. With the program continuing to develop, expect more players to be added as the 2021 Season develops.

Here is a list of the 2020 and 2021 Season’s CDL pro players creator codes:

  • aBeZy: “ABEZY”
  • Apathy: “APATHY”
  • Arcitys: “ARCITYS”
  • Attach: “ATTACH”
  • Blazt: “BLAZT”
  • Crimsix: “CRIM”
  • Cammy: “CAMMY”
  • Cellium: “CELLIUM”
  • Clayser: “CLAY”
  • CleanX: “CLEANX”
  • Dashy: “DASHY”
  • Denz: “DENZ”
  • Enable: “ENABLE”
  • Envoy: “ENVOY”
  • FormaL: “FORMAL”
  • GodRX: “GODRX”
  • Huke: “HUKE”
  • iLLeY: “ILLEY”
  • KiSMET: “KISMET”
  • Kuavo: “KUAVO”
  • Mack: “MACK”
  • Methodz: “METHODZ”
  • Octane: “OCTANE”
  • Scump: “SCUMP”
  • Seany: “SEANY”
  • Shotzzy: “SHOTZZY”
  • SiLLY: “SILLY”
  • Simp: “SIMP”
  • Skrapz: “SKRAPZ”
  • Skyz: “SKYZ”
  • SlasheR: “SLASHER”
  • Vivid: “VIVID”
  • Owakening: “WAKE”
  • Wuskin: “WUSKIN”
  • ZooMaa: “ZOOMAA”

If you have a creator code and aren’t included here, please Tweet us @CharlieINTEL, and we’ll be delighted to add you to this list.

Image Credit: Activision / Zippo / Vikkstar / NICKMERCS

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How to get Call of Duty League Stage 1 rewards

You can get in-game rewards such as calling cards and double XP.

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CDL Stage 1 rewards

Call of Duty League 2021’s Stage 1 Major event takes place March 3-7 and offers viewers a ton of free in-game items to earn, so here’s how to unlock the CDL Stage 1 viewership rewards.

Following the CDL Kickoff Classic, the Call of Duty League will officially kick off on February 11 with the Opening Weekend hosted by Atlanta FaZe.

With Dallas Empire looking to defend their title, the return of H3CZ’s OpTic, and newcomers LA Thieves looking to prove themselves, it’s shaping up to be a great year for competitive Call of Duty fans.

While watching the narratives of the year unfold, you can also earn free in-game rewards such as calling cards and double XP just for watching. Here’s how to get the CDL Stage 1 rewards.

How to earn CDL Stage 1 rewards

black ops cold war gameplay

To earn the free in-game rewards for the CDL launch weekend, you must have an Activision account. If you don’t have one already, you can create one on Activision.com by heading to ‘register’ in the right-hand corner.

Link CoD account to YouTube

Rewards are earned by watching CDL Stage 1 through a YouTube account linked to Call of Duty.

To link your account on PC and mobile:

  1. Open YouTube.com or the YouTube app
  2. Select your profile photo and hit ‘settings’
  3. Click on ‘Connected Apps’
  4. Locate ‘Activision’ and hit ‘connect’
  5. Sign in to your Activision account

While signed in with your linked YouTube account, watch CDL matches on YouTube, CallofDutyLeague.com, or the COD companion app to earn the rewards.

CDL Stage 1 Major in-game rewards

CDL viewership rewards

And as you watch matches throughout Stage 1, you’ll earn Double XP and Double Weapon XP tokens to redeem for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.

For watching at least three hours of the Stage 1 Major in the first week of March, you can earn three competitive CoD themed calling cards and an emblem. With these, you can channel your inner Cellium by rocking the ‘Snaked’ calling card and taunt your opponents with the ‘salty’ emblem.

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