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Call of Duty World League Championship Groups announced

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During a live stream, Activision officially revealed the Groups for the Call of Duty World League Championship, presented by PlayStation 4. The event features 32 teams split into eight groups of four.

The top two teams from each group will qualify for the Championship bracket. The bottom two teams will be eliminated from the event. The Championship bracket will be a best of five, double elimination bracket.

GROUP A:

  • Millenium
  • Splyce
  • Livin’ The Dream
  • Revoltables

GROUP B: 

  • Rise Nation
  • HyperGames
  • Apotheon eSports
  • Supremacy

GROUP C: 

  • Luminosity
  • Mindfreak
  • FAB Games
  • Chiefs eSports Club

GROUP D:

  • Ground Zero
  • Allegiance
  • Epsilon eSports
  • Pulse Gaming

GROUP E: 

  • FaZe Clan
  • Team eLevate
  • Corn
  • Giants Gaming

GROUP F: 

  • Team Infused
  • Team Kaliber
  • Most Wanted
  • Tainted Minds

GROUP G: 

  • Team EnVyUs
  • Team Orbit
  • Cloud9
  • Team Vitality

GROUP H: 

  • OpTic Gaming
  • compLexity
  • PNDA Gaming
  • Team LDLC

Group Draw Show Replay:


The Call of Duty World League Championship, presented by PlayStation 4 takes place September 1-4 at Call of Duty XP! The entire event will be streamed live on Twitch, MLG.tv, YouTube, and via the in-game event viewer on PS4.

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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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How to get Call of Duty League Stage 1 rewards

Call of Duty League Stage 1 kicks off on February 11, and by watching 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 kicks off on February 11 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.

Account linking begins on Wednesday, January 27, so make sure to link accounts between then and February 11.

CDL Stage 1 in-game rewards

CDL viewership rewards

For watching at least 60 minutes of the CDL opening weekend on February 11-14, you will earn the ‘cash stack’ weapon charm to hang on your weapons in multiplayer and battle royale.

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.

With League Play confirmed to be arriving in Black Ops Cold War in the coming weeks, the calling cards and emblem will be perfect additions to complement your grind.

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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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Scump and Clayster

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.

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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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