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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!

SOURCE: MLG (1, 2)

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Call of Duty League 2021 Stage 1 groups & fixtures revealed

The groups for Stage 1 of 2021’s Call of Duty League have officially been announced, alongside the fixtures for the coming weeks.

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Call of Duty League 2021 Stage 1 begins on February 11, and at the CDL Kickoff Classic, the groups and fixtures for this first stage were officially announced.

While it was fun seeing the new 4v4 rosters facing off against each other in the Kickoff Classic event, perhaps the most important part of the weekend was seeing Stage 1’s group selection take place.

Before the highly-anticipated OpTic Chicago v LA Thieves show match, we saw members and owners of each CDL team choose who would be playing in opposing groups, officially revealing the Stage 1 groups.

Here are the groups going into CDL 2021 Stage 1, how they were chosen, and what this first stage will look like.

CDL 2021 Stage 1 groups

Group AGroup B
Dallas EmpireAtlanta FaZe
LA ThievesOpTic Chicago
Minnesota RØKKRFlorida Mutineers
London Royal RavesToronto Ultra
New York SublinersLA Guerrillas
Seattle SurgeParis Legion

How the CDL Stage 1 groups were chosen

In a slightly confusing format described as a ‘reverse snake draft,’ teams chose who would play in the opposing group.

As the top two teams from CDL 2020, Dallas Empire and Atlanta FaZe were placed into different groups, A and B. Teams then picked who would be competing in the opposing group, beginning with Dallas Empire.

Dallas Empire, last year’s champs, chose first, and then FaZe chose after. The selection process went like this:

  1. Dallas Empire chose OpTic Chicago for Group B
  2. FaZe chose LA Thieves for Group A
  3. OpTic Chicago chose Minnesota RØKKR for group A
  4. LA Thieves chose Florida Mutineers for Group B

Teams continued to choose teams turn about until each group had been decided.

Atlanta FaZe Home Series

Each stage consists of three Home Series weekends, with Atlanta FaZe hosting the opening weekend on February 11. Group A will be playing on Thursday and Saturday, with Group B playing on Friday and Sunday.

Atlanta FaZe Home Series schedule

It kicks off with newcomers LA Thieves going against Minnesota RØKKR, and champs Dallas Empire taking on Seattle Surge.

After getting knocked out by Atlanta FaZe in the 2020 semi-finals, OpTic Chicago (formerly Chicago Huntsmen), will be looking to settle the score on Sunday. To add further rivalry, FaZe’s Arcitys played for the Huntsmen in last year’s league.

You can check out the fixtures for the entirety of Stage 1 on CallofDutyLeague.com.

The top two teams from Stage 1 will have first pick in Stage 2, which is set to begin on March 18.

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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.

Image Credit: Activision

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