Call of Duty pros and streamers will be competing for $100k in Toronto Ultra’s Holiday Feast Warzone tournament on December 22 at 1PM ET.
Warzone tournaments have been extremely popular since the battle royale’s launch in March 2020. Teams of streamers and professional players queue into public matches of Warzone to find out who’s best on that given day. Most often, teams will either do 2v2 kill races or accumulate points over several games, with eliminations and placement counting towards their score.
CDL teams have been hosting Warzone tournaments and most recently, streamers DougIsRaw, TeePee, and Newbz won the New York Subliners $100k WarzoneMania tournament.
Next up, on December 22 at 1PM ET, Toronto Ultra will be hosting the $100k Holiday Feast Warzone tournament.
How to watch the Warzone tournament
The Holiday Feast tournament will be broadcast on the official Call of Duty Twitch channel at 10AM PT / 1PM ET / 6PM GMT.
Alternatively, you can watch individual streamers and pro players play through their Twitch or YouTube channels. Once the tournament is live, you can see exactly who is playing.
Holiday Feast tournament format
The tourney will take place over two rounds with the first lasting four hours and the second two and a half hours.
- Read more: Holiday Double XP in Cold War and Warzone
30 teams of trios will play public matches over the course of the tourney, recording eliminations and placement points to create a total score. Teams’ top five games will count towards their total score for round one, and the top three will count for round two. Only the top 12 teams will advance to the second round and be in the money.
$100k Warzone prize pool
All top 12 teams will earn a cash prize, with the winning team earning a whopping $35k and 12th place receiving $1500.
Tune into the Call of Duty Twitch channel to watch some of the world’s best Warzone players duke it out for their share of $100k.
Here are list of some of the notable teams:
Team Bobby Poff
- Bobby Poff
Image Credits: Toronto Ultra & Activision
Scump explains why CDL “bubble” in Texas will help OpTic Chicago dominate
Seth ‘Scump’ Abner believes that moving to Texas has given OpTic Chicago an advantage over their Call of Duty League rivals.
Many pro teams like OpTic Chicago have shifted to Texas for the Call of Duty League 2021 season, and Seth ‘Scump’ Abner stated that he loves how this has improved the team’s chances against their rivals.
Due to the ongoing global crisis, professional Call of Duty teams have been restricted to participating in online tournaments. While that has made things a bit difficult for players with network problems, it has also brought many of them closer together.
Several CDL pros have formed a “bubble” in Texas, which helps keep all players on a team in one location. Seth ‘Scump’ Abner believes that this will give OpTic Chicago a huge advantage over their rivals in the year ahead.
OpTic Chicago is benefitting from the new CDL “bubble” in Texas
All of Scump’s teammates are training out of the H3CZQUARTERS facility, so they’re serious about doing well in 2021. The OpTic Chicago player expressed how fond he is of playing at a single location with his friends since it grants opportunities for team bonding.
“I absolutely love it,” he said on January 27. “I think it has tremendously improved our team chemistry. Every single night [the team] is always hanging out after scrims.”
Scump believes that having the entire team together helps coordination since the players trust each other. “You can just tell,” he explained. “It feels like we trust each other a lot more inside of the game. We trust each other to make good decisions and do the right things on the map.”
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Aside from team bonding and trust-building, this method of playing games at the same location has also proven to be beneficial in other ways. The player noted that it provides his team with “the sheer connection advantage.”
“I believe 31 of 48 players are in Texas right now and it might even be more than that. Clearly, Texas has some sort of connection advantage for people to want to pick up their lives and move down here to compete.”
OpTic recently annihilated the LA Thieves 3-0 in the Kickoff Classic, so their training has definitely paid off. “We’ve been playing super good. I can’t even remember the last time we lost a scrim set.”
Scump stated that having the whole team in the same location is definitely something that will benefit them moving forward. Many other teams have also moved to Texas, so we have a lot of great competition to look forward to in the year ahead.
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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.
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
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:
- Open YouTube.com or the YouTube app
- Select your profile photo and hit ‘settings’
- Click on ‘Connected Apps’
- Locate ‘Activision’ and hit ‘connect’
- 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
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.
- Read more: Warzone to join Call of Duty League
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
Scump explains why scorestreaks weren’t used at the CDL Kickoff Classic
Some fans were confused why scorestreaks weren’t used at the CDL Kickoff Classic, so OpTic Chicago’s Scump set the record straight.
The Call of Duty League Kickoff Classic pitted 2021’s 4v4 CDL teams against each other for the first time, but some fans were confused why competitors weren’t using scorestreaks. Talking on Twitch, OpTic Chicago’s Scump explained why.
Scorestreaks are an integral part of Call of Duty, where staying alive and maintaining a killstreak can reap massive rewards. While not as common in competitive Call of Duty, streaks are used to reward the most dominant players.
Streaks were GA’d (Gentlemen’s Agreement not to use them) in Modern Warfare but will be making a return in CDL 2021 in Black Ops Cold War. Many scorestreaks have already been removed by the league, but pros have adjusted this further through GAs.
The Artillery Strike and Cruise Missile have had their values changed, and unlike public multiplayer lobbies, scores will reset on death. If players stay alive and can call in either of these streaks, the course of the game could change dramatically.
However, in the CDL Kickoff Classic on January 23 and 24, scorestreaks weren’t called in at all, which led to confusion amongst fans.
Why scorestreaks weren’t used in the CDL Kickoff
“Apparently something in the ruleset in CDL… I think you can’t set the amount of points that you unlock the streak at or they insta-stack, I’m not sure,” said Scump. “Something was messed up with the streaks though, that’s why.”
While some fans and players prefer having no scorestreaks, the fact they weren’t used in the Kickoff isn’t indicative of their future in CDL 2021.
“I think we’re planning on using them but they were messed up this weekend,” Scump concluded.
There are plans to bring scorestreaks to the league in future, but as the Kickoff Classic was a friendly tournament to showcase the new teams, not everything was entirely set up yet.
Expect to see scorestreaks being used when the Call of Duty League officially begins on February 11 with the Atlanta FaZe’s Home Series.
Image Credits: Scump / Activision
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