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Evil Geniuses wins the 2018 Call of Duty World League Championship

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32 teams went to Columbus, Ohio to compete in the 2018 Call of Duty World League Championship, presented by PlayStation 4, and Evil Geniuses were crowned the 2018 Call of Duty champion, winning the lion’s share of the $1.5 million prize pool!

After an incredible weekend of Call of Duty action — with many hyped up teams falling out of the competition –, Evil Geniuses and Team Kaliber went head to head in the Grand Finals of the 2018 Call of Duty: World League Championship. Evil Geniuses took a quick 2-0 series lead, but Team Kaliber climbed their way back to force a Game 5 in series one. In the second best of five, Evil Geniuses took the series 3-0 to win the event!

Here are the top 12 placings:

  • 1st Place: Evil Geniuses // $600,000
  • 2nd Place: Team Kaliber // $200,000
  • 3rd Place: FaZe // $100,000
  • 4th Place: eUnited // $80,000
  • 5th & 6th Place: Envy and Luminosity // $55,000 each
  • 7th & 8th Place: Elevate and Red Reserve // $35,000 each
  • 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th Place: UNILAD, Team Vitality, Lightning Pandas, Ghost Gaming // $25,000 each

This event was the final esports event for the Call of Duty: WWII season. Throughout the 2018 CWL season, Activision gave out over $4.2 million, the largest overall prize purse in Call of Duty esports history.

All eyes are now turning towards the esports season for the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Activision and Treyarch have announced that the esports season reveal for Black Ops 4 will take place September 19 at 10AM PT.

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T-Mobile reportedly no longer a sponsor of Call of Duty League & Overwatch League

T-Mobile appears to have ended their sponsorship of both the CDL and OWL after Activision Blizzard harassment lawsuits surfaced.

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T-Mobile appears to have abruptly ended their sponsorship of the Call of Duty League and Overwatch League this past week. The company’s logo has been removed from the sponsorship section of both of the websites.

T-Mobile was one of the largest non-endemic partners of the Call of Duty League. The US wireless carrier was the Official 5G Sponsor of the League and featured weekly 5G T-Mobile Drops for fans to enter to win real life prizes.

The Call of Duty League features sponsors including the U.S. Army, Astro Gaming, SCUF Gaming, Zenni Gaming, Game Fuel, USAA Insurance, and Google Cloud.

T-Mobile’s logo was seen on the Call of Duty League site as recently as July 21 alongside the other sponsors, per the Wayback Machine, as seen in the screenshot below:

Call of Duty League website – July 21, 2021

Now, visiting the Call of Duty League website and looking at the same sponsor area, T-Mobile’s logo has been removed. The other sponsor’s logos are still featured.

Call of Duty League website – July 31, 2021

Another part of T-Mobile’s activation with the Call of Duty League was their 5G Weekly Drop activation, where viewers could text a code to a number to enter for a chance to win bonus items – like free controllers, phones, headsets, and even a trip to CDL Champs.

However, for the Stage 5 Major event (taking place July 29 through August 1), the official rules website says the Weekly Drop was cancelled with no explanation provided.

T-Mobile was also a sponsor of Activision Blizzard’s other major league, the Overwatch League. But on the OWL’s website sponsor section strip, T-Mobile’s logo is gone. It was there as soon as Monday, July 26. T-Mobile’s branding still appears on their site for Viewership Drops as those assets appears to have not been updated yet.

It’s not officially confirmed as to why T-Mobile has decided to end its sponsorship of both of the leagues so suddenly or if the sponsorship is truly over, but the timing seems suspicious with the recent harassment lawsuit against Activision Blizzard from the state of California.

Activision Blizzard employees staged a walk out on July 28 in protest of the company’s responses to the harassment lawsuit over a toxic, sexist workplace culture.

Activision Blizzard’s CEO Bobby Kotick responded in an email published on July 27 that the company’s responses were “tone deaf” and they would work to build a better, safer culture.

Activision Blizzard and T-Mobile both have not responded to requests for comment at the time of publication.

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Best League Play loadouts for Cold War Season 4

Here’s the best League Play loadouts to use in Black Ops Cold War Season 4 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 4, so we’ve got the best loadouts 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.

You can now earn in-game rewards for playing League Play, such as exclusive weapon charms, Calling Cards, and even Weapon Blueprints later in Season 4.

League Play has only got more competitive, so you’ll need the best weapons, perks, Field Upgrades, and more to win. Here’s everything you need to dominate Black Ops Cold War’s League Play.

cdl operator skin in black ops cold war 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 4’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. Its headshot multiplier even received a buff in Season 3, so make sure to aim high.

XM4 League Play class

black ops cold war xm4

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 great to rush objectives with, but you don’t need to be directly in an enemy’s face for it to be effective.

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.

Although flinch was added in the Cold War Season 3 Reloaded update, snipers are still extremely effective in Season 4 of League Play, and you’ll play a pivotal role in your team.


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

black ops cold war 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

black ops cold war 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.

Best League Play Wildcards

black ops cold war lawbreaker wildcard

There are only two Wildcards to choose from in League Play, and you should choose depending on your weapons and role in your team. If you’re playing the anchor role with an Assault Rifle, you may benefit most from the Gunfighter Wildcard, as it allows you to equip more attachments to your weapon.

However, if you play with a submachine gun, Lawbreaker will likely be the best Wildcard for you. It doesn’t let you carry two primary weapons like multiplayer, but you can still equip multiple perks from one category. This way, you can equip both Tactical Mask and Flak Jacket for maximum resistance to enemy equipment.


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 and Zombies has to offer, you can check out our tier list of every Cold War weapon and the best weapons to use in Outbreak.

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NYSL WarzoneMania Warzone Tournament: Standings leaderboard, bracket, teams, stream, more

Call of Duty League’s New York Subliners are hosting the WarzoneMania tournament in June, and here’s how you can watch it.

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NYSL WarzoneMania Warzone Tournament Standings

The top Warzone players will compete in the Call of Duty League’s New York Subliners WarzoneMania tournament for a massive $100,000 prize. We have the NYSL Warzone Tournament standings leaderboard, stream, teams, and more covered for you.

The Call of Duty League’s New York Subliners are hosting a new Warzone tournament in June. WarzoneMania will have a prize pool of $100,000, and many of the most popular streamers will battle it out with each other.

Sixteen teams consisting of four players are battling it out against one another, but only one will be declared the winner.

Here’s everything you need to know about catching the WarzoneMania tournament when it goes live.

NYSL Warzone Tournament bracket

There will be no bracket for this competition, as the teams will not be competing against each other at different times to advance further in a bracket. All of the teams will be competing against each other at the same time in a kill-race format that will end after a period of five hours on day one and four hours on day 2.

NYSL Warzone Tournament standings leaderboard

We will update this article with the latest set of standings for the competition when they are officially made available.

Day 2

NYSL Warzone Tournament standings

Team EMZ was able to continue their exceptional play on Day 2 by securing a score of 644 points to secure the top spot in the final standings and grab the NYSL WarzonMania tournament championship.

Destroy’s team was close behind Team EMZ all day and was able to secure second place with 621 points, while Team ANGELIKA was able to grab the final spot of the final standings that was guaranteed a share of the $100,000 prize pool.

Day 1

NYSL Warzone Tournament standings

Team EMZ was able to secure the top spot during Day 1 of the competition with an impressive score of 603 points.

Only the top eight teams from Day 1 will have a chance to compete for a share of the $100,000 prize pool on Day 2, which means that Teams Renay, Teep, Zlaner, Huskerrs, and SuperDuperKyle will not be competing on June 8.

NYSL WarzoneMania Warzone Tournament stream

You’ll be able to catch the NYSL WarzoneMania tournament on the Subliners Twitch channel. With the CDL’s own Lottie Van-Praag hosting the event, StuDyy, JGOD, and IHOLDSHIFT will be behind the caster desk.

Team captains include HusKerrs, EmZ, ZLaner, and Jukeyz, along with various other top Warzone content creators and pro players. You can check out the official stream below.

WarzoneMania format

WarzoneMania is a two-day event, with the first day featuring all 16 teams competing against each other in a kill race for five hours. The top eight will then qualify for the second day. The schedule is as follows:

  • Day 1: June 7, 4-9 p.m. ET
  • Day 2: June 8, 4-9 p.m. ET

The first prize of $50,000 will be going to the winner. Second place will take home $30,000, and third place will get $20,000. 

WarzoneMania teams

Hosted by Chris Puckett and JGOD, on June 2, the NYSL WarzoneMania team captains picked their team members in draft form. In turns, the 12 team captains chose their squad mates from a selection of top Warzone players and streamers.

All 16 teams were then drafted by captains in a live snake draft. As per the tournament’s co-ed rules, the draft format ensured that each team will have both male and female players.

Here’s the complete list of WarzoneMania teams and players that will be competing for the top spot in the NYSL Warzone Tournament standings below:

  • Team IceManIsaac
    • IceManIsaac
    • QueenShadows
    • Bbreadman
    • Exzachtt
  • Team Destroy
    • Destroy
    • AngelAT
    • clutchbelk
    • DougisRaw
  • Team EmZ
    • EmZ
    • Fifakill
    • Smitty
    • WarsZ
  • Team Kalei Renay
    • Kalei Renay
    • Pieman
    • UnRationaL
    • BobbyPoff
  • Team Angelika
    • Angelika
    • Tommey
    • Stukawaki
    • Frozone
  • Team Swagg
    • Swagg
    • SeniseiSwishem
    • Booya
    • Rallied
  • Team Huskerrs
    • Huskerrs
    • P90Princess
    • JoeWo
    • YKTDeleo
  • Team Aydan
    • Aydan
    • Dani
    • Scumnn
    • Karma
  • Team Jukeyz
    • Jukeyz
    • FiveByFive
    • Mutex
    • Metaphor
  • Team TeeP
    • TeeP
    • HollyyLive
    • Blazt
    • Vikkstar
  • Team ZLaner
    • ZLaner
    • BrittneyRaines
    • SuperEvan
    • ShadedStep
  • Team Smixie
    • Smixie
    • Almond
    • Newbz
    • LEGIQN
NYSL Warzone Tournament bracket

Seeing these popular streamers battle it out in Verdansk ’84 to be at the top of the final NYSL Warzone Tournament standings will be quite the spectacle. Be sure to also tune in for Day 2 to see which lucky team will be taking home the first prize of $50,000.

Also, check out how to watch the new JGOD $100K Warzone Tournament, in which the top players face off against each other in a 2v2 format.

Image Credit: Activision / NYSL

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