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CWL Global Pro League Stage 1 begins April 21

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The first ever Call of Duty World League, presented by PlayStation 4 Global Pro LAN League kicks off this weekend with Stage 1! Over the next four weekends, teams will compete LIVE in Columbus, Ohio in their individual groups for a chance to advance to the Stage 1 Finals.

The top two teams from each group will advance to the Call of Duty World League Global Pro League Stage 1 Finals. The third place team in each group will not advance to the Finals but will secure a spot for Stage 2 of the League. The fourth place team will have to compete at CWL Anaheim in a relegation match to try and re-qualify for Stage 2.

Here’s a breakdown of the schedule for each week/group:

Group Red: 

Group Red matches takes place April 21 through April 23.

Schedule (all times EST):

Friday, April 21: 

  • 4:00PM — Splyce vs EnVyUs
  • 5:30PM — Cloud9 vs Mindfreak
  • 7:00PM — EnVyUs vs Mindfreak
  • 8:30PM — Splyce vs Cloud9

Saturday, April 22: 

  • 2:00PM — Splyce vs Mindfreak
  • 3:30PM — EnVyUs vs Cloud9
  • 5:00PM — TBD
  • 6:30PM – TBD

Sunday, April 23: 

  • 2:00PM — TBD
  • 3:30PM — TBD
  • 5:00PM — TBD
  • 6:30PM — TBD

Broadcast Talent for Week 1: 


Group Blue: 

Group Blue matches take place April 28 through April 30.

Schedule (all times EST):

Friday, April 28: 

  • 4:00PM — Fnatic vs FaZe Clan
  • 5:30PM — Rise Nation vs Evil Geniuses
  • 7:00PM — Evil Geniuses vs Fnatic
  • 8:30PM — FaZe Clan vs Rise Nation

Saturday, April 29: 

  • 2:00PM — Fnatic vs Rise Nation
  • 3:30PM — Evil Geniuses vs FaZe Clan
  • 5:00PM — TBD
  • 6:30PM — TBD

Sunday, April 30: 

  • 2:00PM — TBD
  • 3:30PM — TBD
  • 5:00PM — TBD
  • 6:30PM — TBD

Broadcast Talent for Group Blue TBA.


Group Yellow: 

Group Blue matches take place May 5 through May 7.

Schedule (all times EST):

Friday, May 5: 

  • 4:00PM — EUnited vs Millenium
  • 5:30PM — Epsilon vs LG
  • 7:00PM — Millenium vs Epsilon
  • 8:30PM — EUnited vs LG

Saturday, May 6: 

  • 2:00PM — Millenium vs LG
  • 3:30PM — Epsilon vs EUnited
  • 5:00PM — TBD
  • 6:30PM — TBD

Sunday, May 7: 

  • 2:00PM — TBD
  • 3:30PM — TBD
  • 5:00PM — TBD
  • 6:30PM — TBD

Broadcast Talent for Group Yellow TBA.


Group Green: 

Group Blue matches take place May 12 through May 14.

Schedule (all times EST):

Friday, May 12: 

  • 4:00PM — OpTic Gaming vs Red Reserve
  • 5:30PM — Elevate vs Enigma6
  • 7:00PM — Red Reserve vs Elevate
  • 8:30PM — OpTic Gaming vs Enigma6

Saturday, May 13: 

  • 2:00PM — Red Reserve vs Enigma6
  • 3:30PM — OpTic Gaming vs Elevate
  • 5:00PM — TBD
  • 6:30PM — TBD

Sunday, May 14: 

  • 2:00PM — TBD
  • 3:30PM — TBD
  • 5:00PM — TBD
  • 6:30PM — TBD

Broadcast Talent for Group Green TBA.


All of the Call of Duty World League Global Pro League Stage 1 action will be live streamed on MLG.tv/CallofDuty and in-game in Infinite Warfare on PS4 via the Call of Duty on MLGtv viewer.

There’s a total of $700,000 on the line in Stage 1. Activision says that “each player will collect over $3,000 as part of the regular season prize pool of $200,000.” The Stage 1 Finals will see the top 8 teams go head to head for their chance to win their share of the $500,000 prize pool.

For those interested in attending the weekly matches, there are a limited number of tickets available here.

The CWL Global Pro League Stage 1 Finals will take place May 26-28 in the MLG Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Tickets to attend the Finals are not on sale yet.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest CWL news!

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Best League Play loadouts for Cold War Season 2

Here’s the best League Play loadouts to use in Black Ops Cold War including weapons, equipment, perks, and Field Upgrades.

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Black Ops Cold War’s League Play is the best place to play like the pros and test your skill in Season 2, so we’ve got everything you need to dominate competitive Call of Duty.

League Play is the ultimate way to play like the pros in Call of Duty without needing a full squad of friends to team up with on websites such as Gamebattles. This mode simulates the Call of Duty League, using the same maps and modes as you’ll see on the CDL stream.

There are ranks to grind up with various rewards to earn, so we’ve picked out the best weapons, perks, Field Upgrades, and more to help you dominate Black Ops Cold War’s League Play.

bocw league play

Best League Play primary weapons

Your primary weapon is the be-all and end-all of your class. You won’t be able to use the Law Breaker Wildcard to equip two primaries, so what you pick is what you’ll need to use.

No matter your role, here are the best primary weapons you can use in Cold War Season 2’s League Play.

Krig-6 Assault Rifle League Play class

Black ops cold war Krig 6
  • Optic: Millstop Reflex
  • Barrel: 19.7″ Ranger Barrel
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Grip: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: Raider Stock

The Krig-6 is a great choice for any player looking to lock down spawns or hold an objective. We decided to use Atlanta FaZe’s Chris “Simp” Lehr’s loadout for the Krig, due to the versatility of the loadout combined with the great strafe speed and barrel choice.

XM4 League Play class

For this XM4 loadout, we went with OpTic’s Seth “Scump Abner’s mobile and fast-paced XM4 class. To use these attachments, you’ll need the Gunfighter wildcard for additional attachments. Since League Play does not have restrictions on laser sights, you can feel free to equip the Steady Aim Laser.

  • Optic: Microflex LED
  • Muzzle: Infantry Compensator
  • Barrel: 13.7″ Ranger
  • Body: Steady Aim Laser
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Magazine: 40 Round
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: Raider Pad

AK-74u League Play class

Black Ops Cold War Ak-74u
  • Muzzle: Spetsnaz Compensator
  • Barrel: 9.3″ Extended
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Speed Grip
  • Handle: GRU Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: Raider Stock

The AK-74u is one of Cold War’s strongest SMGs. It has great range for a submachine gun, high mobility, and easy to control recoil. It’s effective to rush objectives with, but you can also hang back and use it at medium range.

LC10 League Play class

Black Ops Cold War LC-10
  • Muzzle: Infantry Compensator
  • Barrel: 14.5″ Ranger
  • Underbarrel: SFOD Speedgrip
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: Raider Stock

The LC10 arrived in Black Ops Cold War Season 2 and quickly became one of the best SMGs in the game. With a fast fire rate and minimal recoil, this is the perfect SMG to run onto objectives with. As there are no shotguns in League Play, the LC10 is one of the fastest killing weapons you can use.

LW3 Tundra League Play class

Black ops cold war LW3 Tundra
  • Muzzle: Stabilizer .308
  • Barrel: 28.2″ Tiger Team
  • Underbarrel: Infiltrator Grip
  • Grip: SASR Jungle Grip
  • Stock: Raider Pad

The Tundra is especially helpful in Search & Destroy, taking down enemies with ease. We went with Simp’s loadout due to the mobility of his loadout.

Snipers in Black Ops Cold War are especially deadly, with no flinch penalty, precision accuracy and quick bolt times.


Best League Play Secondary Weapons

Launchers and shotguns have been removed as secondary weapons for League Play, so you’ll need to make do with pistols and melee weapons.

1911 League Play class

black ops cold war 1911
  • Muzzle: Muzzle Break .45 APC
  • Barrel: 6.53″ Task Force
  • Body: Steady Aim Laser
  • Magazine: 12 Rnd Speed Mag
  • Handle: Speed Tape

Accurate and hard-hitting, the 1911 will be of great help while in a pinch. If your primary weapon runs out of ammo, quickly switch to this classic pistol for a quick kill.

Diamatti League Play class

Black Ops Cold War diamatti
  • Muzzle: Muzzle Break 9
  • Barrel: 7.8″ Extended
  • Body: Steady Aim Laser
  • Magazine: 24 Rnd
  • Handle: Speed Tape

Although you can’t use dual wield in League Play, a single Diamatti will still be extremely helpful in League Play.

The three-round burst will rapidly delete enemies’ health and you’ll also be able to navigate the map quickly while carrying it.


Best League Play Lethals and Tacticals

While stims will likely be your best friend in regular Black Ops Cold War multiplayer, they won’t be available in League Play.

Semtex

bocw semtex

For a Lethal grenade, there’s no better option than Semtex. They’re extremely easy to use and will explode shortly after impact.

Get an enemy weak and lob a Semtex at them, or throw it in front of you to dissuade enemies from pushing while you’re one-shot. Plus, if you manage to stick the enemy, it’s an instant kill.

Stun Grenades

Stun Grenades make clearing out rooms much easier. If you know an enemy is in there, throw a Stun Grenade in and push while their hands are thrown in the air.

Even if they have the Tactical Mask equipped, getting a tag with the Stun Grenade will provide vital information.

Smoke Grenades

Pro players have a Gentleman’s Agreement not to use smokes in the CDL but you can still use them with great effect in League Play. With how powerful Snipers are, you can cover your SnD push with easy by putting a smoke down in front of you.

Plus, while in your own smoke, you get much more information than the enemies outside of it do.


Best League Play perks

The best weapons need the best perks to complete the loadout. League Play offers a wide variety of perks to choose from, so we’ve picked out the most useful.

Tactical Mask

black ops cold war tactical mask perk

With Stims not being allowed in League Play, Stun and Flast Grenades will be a lot more common. Getting hit by these Tactical Grenades will put a stop to even the best-executed plans, and Tactical Mask will greatly decrease their effects.

Flak Jacket

Flak Jacket reduces the damage taken from grenades. If you’re not running perk greed, you’ll have to make the call between this and Tactical Mask. We recommend Tactical Mask, as you’ll be hit much more with stun grenades.

However, if your team aren’t using Trophy Systems, you may opt to use this perk instead.

Gearhead

black ops cold war gearhead perk

With how important Field Upgrades are to winning matches of League Play, Gearhead is the perfect perk.

It will allow your Field Upgrades to recharge faster, and you’ll also be allowed to hold two. Getting onto a Hardpoint and chucking down two Trophy Systems in quick succession will make the hill extremely hard to push.

Ninja

Pulling of flanks is one of the most important strategies in League Play, and Ninja will make this a while lot easier.

Getting behind the opposing team and pushing out their spawns will be huge in winning respawn matches. And when you’re the last man alive in SnD, having quiet footsteps will keep the enemies guessing where you are.


Best League Play Field Upgrade

Trophy System

bocw trophy system

Trophy Systems are extremely powerful in the close-range fights of 4v4. While holding a Hardpoint, this Field Upgrade will hold off an onslaught of explosives coming your way.

As an added bonus, if you lose the hill with your Trophy Still on it, it will destroy enemy Field Upgrades as they put them down, and the damage could even kill them.


Take these weapons, perks, and more into League Play with you to dominate the competition and climb the ranks.

And if you’re looking for the best weapons multiplayer has to offer, you can check out our tier list of every Cold War weapon.

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Dexerto’s new Reverse Sweep CDL show with Enable, Pacman & Katie Bedford

Enable, Pacman, and Katie Bedford bring hot takes, opiniated views, and much more to Dexerto Network’s new CDL series, Reverse Sweep.

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Dexerto Network’s Reverse Sweep, a brand-new Call of Duty esports series has officially launched, kicking off with a special review of the action-packed CDL Stage 1 Major. 

The series is filled with unfiltered opinions, hot takes, and analysis on all of the latest Call of Duty League action, hosted by former Call of Duty World League host Katie Bedford with former pro players Ian ‘Enable’ Wyatt and Jonathan ‘Pacman’ Tucker. 

What is Reverse Sweep?

Reverse Sweep is the Dexerto Network’s flagship Call of Duty esports series, with three huge shows set to drop around every event during the 2021 CDL season. 

Our panel of experts will be breaking down the biggest stories, looking ahead to the biggest matches, and ranking the best and worst teams in the Reverse Sweep Power Rankings. Here’s what you can expect throughout the 2021 season:

  • CDL Review Show: Covering the highs and lows of the action, the team will hold nothing back as they break down the biggest moments from the CDL. Who shined and who flopped? Katie, Pacman & Enable have got you covered!
  • CDL Power Rankings: Enable & Pacman rank the Call of Duty League’s teams from worst to best… Find out which teams suck, the teams that are smashing it, and those who are primed to upset the pack!
  • CDL Preview Show: Rounding out the three-part series, Katie and co. will cover all of the pre-event gossip, giving you the low-down on what to expect as we look ahead to the upcoming event. From bold predictions to the best players to watch, you’ll be armed with all the info needed heading into the next event.

How to watch Reverse Sweep

Every episode of Reverse Sweep will be available on the Dexerto Call of Duty YouTube channel, alongside Dexerto.com. You can also catch highlights from 

each episode on the Dexerto Call of Duty esports Twitter account & YouTube. 

Who are the Reverse Sweep hosts?

Our panel of experts are ingrained in the Call of Duty esports scene, from hosting events to lifting championships. 

Katie Bedford hosted the analyst’s desk throughout the 2019 Call of Duty World League season, playing a key role in delivering an entertaining experience that CDL fans returned for time and time again. 

Katie will be joined by Ian ‘Enable’ Wyatt. As a crucial member of the renowned FaZe and OpTic squads, the nine-time Major winner knows what it takes to win. After retiring from his seven-year professional Call of Duty career in 2020, Enable signed as a Content Creator for 100 Thieves. 

Rounding out the team is Jonathan ‘Pacman’ Tucker. A veteran of the scene, Pacman’s career dates back to 2008, where he won the MLG National Championships with the legendary FeaR squad. After an extensive playing career, he’s coached various teams, including Rise Nation and OpTic Gaming, alongside analyzing on broadcast during Activision inaugural CDL season.

When will Reverse Sweep release? 

Call of Duty esports fans can expect to see Reverse Sweep content around each tournament during the CDL 2021 season. 

Our debut episode reviewing CDL’s Stage 1 Major is embedded above. Highlights of the show include Enable and Pacman discussing why aBeZy is the perfect wingman for Simp, LA Thieves’ woes and the iconic moment shared between former Crimsix & Clayster.

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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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