Call of Duty World League Stage 2 Finals took place this past weekend. After an intense four days of Call of Duty action, three champions — one from each region — have been crowned!
In addition, 12 of the Pro Division teams have locked in a spot to compete at the 2016 Call of Duty World League Championship, presented by PlayStation 4 at Call of Duty XP.
Here’s a recap of what happened in each region:
North America had one of the most exciting Stage 2 Finals yet– the big name teams and favorites leading into the event, OpTic Gaming, were eliminated on Day 1 after falling in Game 7 to Luminosity. Dream Team also took out FaZe on Day 2 in that quarterfinal matchup, leaving four teams heading into the semifinals: Luminosity, Dream Team, Team EnVyUs, and Rise Nation.
In the first semifinals, EnVyUs won it 4-1 vs. Rise Nation and secured a spot in the Grand Finals. They were joined by Dream Team, who took out Luminosity in a final Game 7!
The Grand Finals featured EnVyUs going up against Dream Team; Team EnVyUs won the it 4-1 and was crowned the NA Stage 2 Champions!
- 1st: Team EnVyUs
- 2nd: Dream Team
- 3rd-4th: Rise Nation & Luminosity
- 5th-8th: OpTic Gaming, FaZe Clan, Cloud9, and H2K
Auto-qualification to Call of Duty Championship was determined by the Call of Duty Championship Points that each team had. Teams in the Pro Division earned these points based upon their placings at the Stage 1 and Stage 2 Finals.
From North America, here are the 6 Pro Division teams that have qualified for CWL Championship:
- OpTic Gaming
- FaZe Clan
- Rise Nation
- Team EnVyUs
- Luminosity Gaming
- Dream Team
There are still 10 spots left to fill. The online qualification for the North America region takes place August 12-14. If you’re interested in reaching that qualification stage, be sure to compete and earn CWL Pro Points via GameBattles Pro Points tournaments. There’s also one more North America LAN event left, MLG Orlando. More info on that here.
There were not many upsets to start off the EU Stage 2 Finals. Both Splyce and Millenium were able to win their respective quarterfinals matchup and advanced to the semifinals. The first semifinals was incredible matchup, as Splyce went up against Infused. Infused made the miraculous comeback in Game 7 down 2-5 to win it 6-5 and advance to the Grand Finals. The second semifinals matchup was HyperGames vs. Millenium, and Millenium won it 4-0.
The Grand Finals featured Team Infused vs. Millenium. Millenium won the series 4-2 and claimed the title of EU Stage 2 Champions!
- 1st: Millenium
- 2nd: Team Infused
- 3rd-4th: HyperGames and Splyce
- 5th-6th: Epsilon eSports and Supremacy
Four Europe Pro Division teams have qualified for the CWL Championship:
- Team Infused
There are still 8 spots still left to be filled from Europe. The EU Online Qualification takes place July 22-24.
Australia / New Zealand:
Four ANZ teams competed in the ANZ Stage 2 Finals, and Mindfreak was crowned ANZ Stage 2 Champions after defeating Orbit 4-2 in the Grand Finals!
- 1st: Mindfreak
- 2nd: Orbit
- 3rd-4th: Team Immunity and Chiefs eSports Club
Two ANZ teams have qualified for the CWL Championship:
There are still 2 more spots left for ANZ teams at the CWL Championship. The online qualification for ANZ takes place July 22-24.
The Call of Duty World League Championship, presented by PlayStation 4 takes place at Call of Duty XP, Sept. 2-4, live from The Forum in Los Angeles, CA. If you are interested in attending, tickets to attend the event are still on sale HERE.
Main image via ESL/Activision.
Call of Duty League 2021 season platform will be PC with controller
The Call of Duty League has announced a massive change for the 2021 season and the future of the league itself.
The league announced on September 14 that the 2021 season will be played with controllers on PC.
All Pro players who are part of the CDL will be required to compete on PC platform using a league sanctioned controller. A list of allowed controllers will be announced in the near future.
The League is announcing it will move pro team competition to PC + Controller beginning with the 2021 season. This means that all pro matches will be played on PC and all pro players must use a League-approved controller of their choice.
As part of this transition, Call of Duty League competition will maintain exclusive use of controllers for the upcoming season. This change provides players with expanded choice of controller, allowing them to select the League-approved controller style that works best for their game. More details and rules pertaining to peripherals will be released at a future date.
This marks the first time Call of Duty esports will not be played on a console. Activision’s first real sponsored esports event was the 2011 Call of Duty XP, which was played on Xbox 360. Call of Duty esports went on to play on the Xbox console for through 2015.
Call of Duty transitioned to PlayStation as the premiere partner of esports in 2015 with Black Ops 3, and all league matches have been on PS4 since then.
Call of Duty Challengers
Activision has also announced a big change for the Call of Duty Challengers division.
Call of Duty Challengers will be switching to crossplay, which means players on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC can all compete in online Challenger events in the 2021 season.
For the first time in Call of Duty esports history, competitors will be able to compete online in Call of Duty Challengers on their platform of choice across console and PC. We will continue to test platform hardware and make restrictions if necessary.
Players are required to use controllers. Mouse and keyboard peripherals will not be allowed.
Any LAN Challengers event that takes place during the season will be played on PC. Competitors may plug in their League-approved controller of choice.
More information on the 2021 season schedule to come. Stay tuned.
SOURCE: Call of Duty League
Call of Duty League won’t expand to new teams for 2021 season
The Call of Duty League does not plan to expand beyond the 12 teams for the 2021 season, according to ESPN Esports.
ESPN reports that sources tell them the Call of Duty League made the decision to hold expansion for now because they want to work on showcasing the power of bringing the league to LAN. The 2020 season was switched to online due to the pandemic.
The Call of Duty League Commissioner has stated that there’s a lot of interest from new city owners to join the league, but they don’t plan to expand for the 2021 season.
In a press conference, Johanna Farris, Commissioner, said:
“We continue to see great demand for CDL coming in from a lot of different places which is always exciting to see,” Call of Duty League commissioner Johanna Faries said Friday. “Breaking the viewership records that we’ve had with our playoffs run shows what the possibilities are for us in this nascent stage. However, our heads are currently down and focused on our 12 teams that have been with us since the beginning. We were oversubscribed with demand when we settled on our 12, and will do right by that demand at the appropriate time.”
ESPN reports that the league intends to expand to new cities and markets for the 2022 season with new team sales set to begin in summer 2021.
It’s not clear at this time which cities are interested in joining the league. So far, 11 cities are part of the league with 4 countries represented.
Activision Blizzard did not respond to request for a comment.
Call of Duty League returns to 4v4 for 2021 season
The Call of Duty League has announced that the league will return to the 4v4 format for the 2021 season.
The news was announced in a teaser video posted to the CDL social channels titled “Season 2 Intel.”
The 2021 season going back to 4v4 marks a return to the traditional Call of Duty esports format. The format was changed to 5v5 with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 in 2018. Treyarch wanted to blend casual with competitive, and matched the standard game experience to esports.
In a post on the CDL site, the company confirms this decision was made after consulting the teams, players, and management.
With a new season comes new announcements across many fronts. Today we shared that we will be transitioning to starting roster sizes of four players per team for Season 2, marking a kind of ‘return to our roots’. This decision was made in close collaboration with our teams and players, and it was not made lightly. We know that this transition also brings new implications for both pro and amateur players with rostermania season fast approaching. Over the course of the offseason, we will share more news regarding plans for the 2021 Season — including details on maps, modes, formats, schedule, and more.
More news on the 2021 season to come. Stay tuned.
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