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Stage 1 of the Call of Duty World League, presented by PlayStation 4 came to an end this weekend with the Stage 1 Playoffs at the MLG Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The top eight teams competed for their share of the $500,000 prize pool.

After three days of Call of Duty: WWII action, FaZe Clan took the crown and secured the $200,000 first place prize!

Bracket Play: 

On Friday, the winners bracket play kicked off with the four quarterfinals matches. Some intense matches took place on Day 1, along side many unexpected results. In the first match of the day, eUnited, a team that has been struggling so far this season was able to take down Rise Nation 3-0 in their series. Luminosity had a tough fight against EU’s Red Reserve, but captured the series win 3-2.

The eL Classico match-up between OpTic Gaming and Team EnVyUs had no surprises, as OpTic ran through the series with a 3-1 win. In the final series of the day, Team Kaliber was able to hold down FaZe Clan to advance forward in the bracket.

In the next set of matches, Luminosity came out strong to send eUnited to the Losers Bracket. OpTic Gaming also had no issues taking down Team Kaliber, with a fast 3-0 win. In the losers bracket, FaZe eliminated Team EnVyUs; Rise Nation, the CWL Atlanta Champions were eliminated by the last EU team in the tournament.

Winners Finals:

In the winners final, OpTic Gaming took on Luminosity, the CWL Birmingham Champions. The first Hardpoint match went in Luminosity’s favor, but the match shifted in OpTic’s momentum when they won Game 2 in Round 11. OpTic completed the series win, 3-1, and advanced to their first grand finals in the WWII esports season.

Losers Finals:

Knocked down to losers by OpTic, Luminosity had to take on FaZe Clan. FaZe was able to push forward in an impressive losers bracket run for the struggling team. Luminosity started off strong holding a 2-0 series lead, but FaZe pushed back to force the final Game 5. FaZe won the final S&D and advanced to the Grand Finals.

Grand Finals:

The Grand Finals saw OpTic Gaming go head to head against FaZe Clan. FaZe Clan started big with a huge comeback in Game 1 Hardpoint; their momentum continued into Game 2, as they held a 2-0 series lead. OpTic fought back to force a Game 5 in the best of five series. The series was reset as FaZe clutched up to force the second best of five series.

In the second series, the battle went all the way to another game 5! The final Game 5 went to FaZe Clan, who took the series 3-2 and were crowned the champions of Stage 1 of the CWL Pro League! This is FaZe Clan’s first event win of the Call of Duty: WWII esports 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 MLG.com.

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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

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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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