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The fourth CWL event of the 2018 season was this weekend, as over 160 teams went to Birmingham, UK for the Call of Duty World League, presented by PlayStation 4 Birmingham Open event featuring a $200,000 prize pool.

After three days of Call of Duty: WWII action, Luminosity took the crown and secured the lion share of the $200,000 prize pool.

Pool Play: 

On Friday, the open bracket play concluded with the top 4 open bracket teams making their way into Group Play: Cyclone was placed in Group A; Enigma6 was in Group B; Team Heretics was in Group C; and Vast Esports was in Group D.

OpTic Gaming, eUnited, Splyce, and Team Kaliber all finished first in their pools after the pool play was completed. The top two teams from each group were then placed into the Winners, and the lower two teams from each group were placed in the Losers Bracket.

Bracket Play:

The winners bracket was set after the pool play matches. In the first quarterfinals match, CWL Atlanta Champions Rise Nation defeated Team EnVyUs with a quick 3-0 win. OpTic Gaming and Luminosity both advanced taking down their respective opponents 3-0. The Splyce and FaZe game was a nail bitter, going all the way to the final game 5. In the last match, Splyce emerged victories to continue in the open bracket.

In the winners semifinals matches, Rise Nation continued their dominant streak, sending EU’s Splyce to the losers bracket. OpTic Gaming continued to struggle against Luminosity, as Luminosity was able to secure a 3-2 series win to advance to the winners bracket finals.

The Winners Bracket Finals match up was Luminosity vs. Rise Nation. Luminosity got their revenge from CWL Atlanta and sent Rise Nation to the losers bracket and secured their spot in the Grand Finals.

Loser’s Bracket:

The losers bracket saw some impressive runs from some teams, including Reckless. Reckless was able to take down the CWL New Orleans Champions Team Kaliber in 3-2 and eliminate them from CWL Birmingham. FaZe Clan also was knocked out in losers round 4, by Censor and the Lightning Pandas team. Lightning Pandas losers bracket run came to an end, when Team EnVyUs took them down 3-2. The el Classico match between OpTic Gaming and Team EnVyUs say OpTic eliminate EnVyUs in the 3-1 win. OpTic advanced to the semifinals to face EU team Splyce.

The losers semifinals was an intense, back and forth series between OpTic Gaming vs. Splyce. Splyce was able to clutch up in the final Game 5, Round 11 to eliminate OpTic Gaming from CWL Birmingham and advance to the losers bracket finals to play Rise Nation. In all Call of Duty: WWII events, OpTic Gaming has been eliminated by an European team in the losers bracket.

In the losers bracket finals, Splyce went head to head against CWL Atlanta Champions Rise Nation. Splyce won the series 3-1 and advanced to the Grand Finals to face off against Luminosity.

Grand Finals:

The Grand Finals saw North America’s Luminosity go head to head against Europe’s Splyce. Splyce came out strong in Game 1 Hardpoint with a 250-60 win, and they continued to shine in their EU home turf, as they forced a second best of five series winning the first series 3-1.

In the second best of 5, Splyce’s momentum came to an end. Luminosity clutched up, took the series 3-1, and secured first place at CWL Birmingham! This is Luminosity’s first event win of the WWII season.

Next CWL Open Event: CWL Seattle 

The next Call of Duty World League, presented by PlayStation 4 2018 Open Event will be CWL Seattle, live April 20-22, which features a $200,000 prize pool. Spectator Passes are available at

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Black Ops Cold War Competitive Settings V1.01 announced



Call of Duty League has announced the first version of the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Competitive Settings for the 2021 season.

UPDATE – Nov. 23: Activision has updated the Call of Duty League Competitive Settings to no longer have Semtex restricted.

These settings will be updated and changed as the seasons go on, and as more feedback is given from players to Treyarch & CDL.

The 2021 Call of Duty League season will kick off soon, with a full schedule on the season to be announced by the League in the near future.

Competitive Call of Duty rules adjust over time. The rules below represent the settings in place for Call of Duty Challengers events. Version 1 of the 2021 season Competitive Settings is foundational and rules may change throughout the year. Maps and modes may also change at a later date.

Competitive Settings V 1.0 have been developed in coordination between League Administration and representatives (players, coaches) of the Call of Duty League.

The season begins with the Call of Duty Challengers online Elite & Scout events in December.

Competitive Rule Set V1.0

Maps & Modes:

  • Hardpoint
    • Cartel
    • Checkmate
    • Crossroads
    • Garrison
    • Moscow
  • Search & Destroy:
    • Checkmate
    • Crossroads
    • Garrison
    • Miami
    • Moscow
  • Control:
    • Checkmate
    • Garrison
    • Moscow

Restricted Items:

  • Primary Weapons:
    • All LMGs
  • Secondary Weapons:
    • All Shotguns
    • All Launchers
    • All Special Weapons
  • Attachments
    • Body
      • SWAT 5MW Laser Sight
      • Ember Sighting Point
    • Stock
      • Dual Wield
  • Tactical:
    • Stimshot
    • Decoy
  • Lethal:
    • C4
    • Tomahawk
  • Field Upgrade:
    • Proximity Mine
    • Field Mic
    • Gas Mine
  • Perks:
    • Perk 1:
      • Paranoia
      • Forward Intel
    • Perk 2:
      • Tracker
  • Wildcard:
    • Danger Close
  • Scorestreaks:
    • Combat Bow
    • Spy Plane
    • Counter Spy Plane
    • Care Package
    • Sentry Turret
    • Air Patrol

More information on the Call of Duty League Competitive Settings, including specific settings for Hardpoint, S&D, and Control modes, are available on the CDL site.

As always, stay tuned for the latest news on the Call of Duty League 2021 season.

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Call of Duty nominated for multiple awards at 2020 Game Awards

Modern Warfare, Warzone, and CoD Mobile have been nominated for multiple awards in The Game Awards 2020.



Modern Warfare, Warzone, and CoD Mobile have been nominated for multiple awards in The Game Awards 2020.

The Game Awards is one of the internet’s largest live stream events. Reaching nearly 50 million viewers in 2019, the 2020 show is set for December 10.

In 2019, Modern Warfare won the Game Award for Sound Design, and Call of Duty Mobile won Best Mobile Game. Modern Warfare and CoD: Mobile have been nominated again, with Warzone up for two awards.

Voting is now open on, so check out what categories Call of Duty has been nominated for.


Modern Warfare & the CDL

Modern Warfare has been nominated for Best Esports game following the CDL 2020 in which Dallas Empire took the title, beating Atlanta FaZe 5-1. For winning the title, they have been nominated for Best Esports Team of the year.

Dallas Empire players Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter and Anthony ‘Shotzzy’ Cuevas-Castro have been nominated for Best Esports Player.

The Call of Duty League Championship 2020 has also been nominated for Best Esports Event.


Warzone, which launched in March 2020, has been nominated for two awards.

Call of Duty’s new battle royale took the world by storm, being one of the biggest battle royale games this year. Due to its success, it has been nominated for Best Multiplayer, going against internet icons such as Fall Guys and Among Us.

With its live-service model and regular updates, Warzone has also been nominated for Best Ongoing Game. The game will integrate with Black Ops Cold War in December, continuing its live-service model.

Call of Duty Mobile

After winning Best Mobile Game in 2019, CoD Mobile has again been nominated for Best Mobile game again. With regular updates and seasons, and many fan-favorite Call of Duty maps and weapons, CoD Mobile has established a loyal fanbase.

To vote for your favorite games from 2020, log in to

Source: The Game Awards

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

How to watch Black Ops Cold War Launch Week CDL events



Throughout the Black Ops Cold War launch week, Call of Duty professional teams will be hosting events live with large prize pools.

All of these tournaments will be live streamed to the Call of Duty Twitch channel and CDL team Twitch channels between November 14th to November 20th. Every competition will have a prize pool of $25,000.

Each event will be hosted by a professional Call of Duty franchise team, and will feature guest stars, like other pro players, celebrities and streamers.


Atlanta FaZe – Cold War Clash featuring FaZe Clan

Saturday, November 14 at 1 p.m. PT

Format: Bracket-style classic competitive modes featuring FaZe Clan streamers

Watch on Twitch.

OpTic Chicago – Cold War Launch Event

Sunday, November 15 at 11 a.m. PT

Format: Group play draft with single elimination competitive modes featuring OpTic players and NRG streamers

Watch on Twitch.

Minnesota Røkkr Arms Race

Monday, November 16 at 12 p.m. PT

Format: Pro-mod style format with single elimination competitive modes featuring Røkkr players and top streamers.

Watch on YouTube.

Dallas Empire – Battle of the Throne

Tuesday, November 17 at 10 a.m. PT

Format: CDL competition format with four teams comprised of an Empire player, two top streamers, and an athlete/artist/celebrity.

Watch on YouTube.

Florida Mutineers – Release the Kraken: Cold War 

Wednesday, November 18 at 9 a.m. PT

Format: Amateur community tournament with up to 64 teams.

Watch on YouTube.

London Royal Ravens –  Cold War Colosseum

Thursday, November 19 at 9 a.m. PT

Format: Draft players with classic competitive modes featuring ReKT influencers and celebrities

Watch on YouTube.

Toronto Ultra – $25K Coldish War

Friday, November 20 at 12 p.m. PT

Format: “Dirty Bomb” game mode point race featuring OAM talent and pros

Watch on YouTube.

Source: Call of Duty League

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