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MLG announces new rules and details for MLG COD League Season 3

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MLG today announced new rules and details for MLG COD League Season 3. These rules are about how Free Agencies and player transfer will start working between teams. As many know, roster changes are a big thing in the CODeSports community after a major event. MLG Anaheim concluded this weekend, and roster changes have already began. To help govern this, MLG has announced an unified system for free agency.

MLG COD League Season 3 will begin on July 14th, 2014.

After careful consideration and extensive conversations with team owners, today we are releasing the details and refined rules for Season 3 of the MLG Call of Duty: Ghosts Pro League. The Season 3 draft will take place on Thursday, July 10th and highlights will be broadcast via MLG.tv. Season 3 gameplay will take place starting Monday, July 14th with matches streamed on MLG.tv. Broadcast details and additional information will be released in the coming weeks.

The free agency rules were created with the aim of defining a set of qualified professional players and qualified professional teams. Anaheim saw 12 teams and 48 players qualify into Season 3. The 12 qualifying teams must complete a 4 player roster from within those 48 players, and the free agency rules will govern all transactions.

Any player that does not wish to join one of the 12 available teams or is not picked up by one of the 12 teams can declare for the draft or decide to sit out Season 3. Any team that is unable to submit a roster of 4 players will be given conditional draft picks to be used at the conclusion of round 4.

With these rules and these parameters of qualified players and qualified teams we feel that both parties, players and teams, are given protection within the new free agency system.

Here’s the full rules and overview of what’s happening directly from MLG:
Key Dates:

Player Movement Periods – All player movement periods begin at 5:01 EDT and all player movement periods end at 5 PM EDT.

  • Free = June 25th to July 2nd
    • Players may declare themselves to be a Free Agent
    • Teams may release 1 Player
    • Teams may add Players
  • Add = July 2nd to July 7th: Teams may add Players
  • Join = July 7th to July 9th: Players may join Teams
  • Draft = July 10th: Teams must add Players to complete their 8-Player Roster

Season 3: Begins on Monday, July 14th

Rules:

During the Free Player Movement period:

  • When a Player’s Free Agency request is approved, the Player has left the Team and may be added by any Team, including their original Team.
  • When a Team’s Release request is approved, the Player has been removed from the Team and may be added by any Team, including their original Team.
  • A Team’s request to Add a Player must be accompanied by a Player’s request to be added to the Team. When such requests are approved, the Player is added to the Team and may not leave or be removed from the Team until after the end of Season 3.

During the Add Player Movement period:

  • A Team’s request to Add a Player must be accompanied by a Player’s request to be added to the Team. When such requests are approved, the Player is added to the Team and may not leave or be removed from the Team until after the end of Season 3.

During the Join Player Movement Period:

  • Anyone who was a Player on an Initial Season 3 Roster and is currently a Free Agent, may join a Team that has fewer than 4 Players. When a Join request is approved, the Player is added to the Team and may not leave or be removed from the Team until after the end of Season 3. If such Players are still Free Agents at the end of the Join Player Movement Period, they can choose to be added to the pool of Draft Eligible Players or choose not to participate in Season 3.

During the Draft:

  • Teams must use all of their Draft picks in order to fill their Roster to 8 Players.
  • Players must have at least 3000 Ghosts Pro Points in order to be Draft Eligible.

Draft order for all 4 Rounds:

  1. JusTus
  2. eLevate
  3. Rise Nation
  4. OpTic Nation
  5. Denial eSports
  6. FaZe Red
  7. Team Kaliber
  8. FaZe Black
  9. Team EnVyUs
  10. Curse Black
  11. OpTic Gaming
  12. Evil Geniuses

Additional Rules:

  • A Team’s spot in Season 3 is held by the Team Owner, even if all Players from the Initial Season 3 Roster become Free Agents or are released.
  • Season 3 Rosters may not exceed 4 Players during the Free, Add, or Join Player Movement Periods.
  • Teams with fewer than 4 Players at the end of the Join Player Movement Period will be awarded a conditional draft pick(s) at the end of the 4th Round.
  • Teams must divide their Season 3 Rosters into a list of 4 Starters and a list of 4 Substitutes by 9 AM EDT on Monday, July 14th.
  • After the Join Player Movement Period has ended, the only Roster changes that will be allowed are the addition of Players through the Draft and changing a Player’s designation (Starter/Substitute).
  • Players may not compete from outside of North America.
  • Ownership & Team Names must be approved by MLG.
  • All Player Movement requests must be approved by MLG.

SOURCE: MLG

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H3CZ explains why Nadeshot’s LA Thieves aren’t OpTic’s biggest CDL rivals

OpTic CEO Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez explained in an interview, that the Los Angeles Thieves aren’t their biggest rivals.

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There is massive hype for the matchup of OpTic and the Los Angeles Thieves in the 2021 season, but CEO Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez disagrees with fans’ claims that the two are major rivals.

Now that it’s 2021, it’s time for a brand new CoD Season where we’ll see members of the Call of Duty League compete over the course of the year. Fans are excitedly waiting to see the Los Angeles Thieves face off against H3CZ’s OpTic in the CDL Kickoff Classic.

100 Thieves owner Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag is an ex-OpTic player and remains close friends with H3CZ, and they’re both extremely competitive, so it’s understandable why fans are so excited to see their first CDL showdown.

There is a lot of hype for the 2021 CDL regular season starting in February, and H3CZ gave an interview in which he disagreed with the claim that the Thieves are OpTic’s biggest rivals.

The CDL Kickoff Classic 2021 will take place from January 23 -24.

Why LA Thieves aren’t OpTic’s main CDL rival

Anthony ‘NAMELESS’ Wheeler interviewed H3CZ on January 19, and asked him “Do you think that’s going to be your team’s biggest rival this year?” This was met with a direct and blunt response: “No.”

“I get it. I get we’re trying to hype this thing up,” he admitted. H3CZ doesn’t feel like the Thieves should immediately be considered their top challenger due to their history outside of the game.

“I just don’t think Call of Duty needs the added extra,” H3CZ explained. “Storylines are going to develop from the beginning.” He made it clear that he would prefer to see rivalries develop “organically.”

He followed this by standing by a statement he made back in December: “Everyone that doesn’t say FaZe or Empire is their number one rivalry is just playing for the crowd.”

The discussion takes place at the 14:00 mark below.

OpTic is massively talented, and H3CZ wants the Chicago lineup to show how competitive they can be in 2021. “Everybody here is going after Empire, period. If you’re not gunning after the champions… I don’t know.”

H3CZ considers this supposed rivalry to be something the fans made up, and with no grounds in reality. He considers this kind of thinking to be “too WWE,” and then elaborates: “For people to be like ‘oh, it’s Nadeshot vs H3CZ,’ we’re not those dudes.”

The triumphant return of H3CZ’s OpTic to Call of Duty, along with their battle against Nadeshot’s LA Thieves, will take place on January 24. We’ll keep you informed about any new updates in the CDL Kickoff Classic 2021.

Image Credit: Activision Blizzard / LA Thieves

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Call of Duty pro player ZooMaa steps down from competing in the CDL

Professional player ZooMaa has stepped back from competing for the CDL, leaving a vacant slot on the New York Subliners Call of Duty roster.

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Call of Duty League professional player ZooMaa has stepped down from his position as a main roster player in the New York Subliners.

Just mere days before the CDL Season kickoff and weeks before the official CDL seeding on February 11, Call of Duty legend ZooMaa has stepped down competing in the league as a player for the New York Subliners.

In a Twitlonger posted to his Twitter account, ZooMaa cited issues regarding a past injury which led him to this decision. “Going through that process of getting healthy again was one of the hardest things I ever had to do both physically & mentally, which led to a lot of stress and anxiety. Unfortunately, the injury has returned making it really hard for me to compete at the highest level against some of the best players in the world.”

ZooMaa’s injury has been an on-going fight for him, dating back to his time as a player for FaZe from 2015-2019. During this time, he suffered with weakness in his thumb/wrist area, which led him to require surgery. Recovering from the surgery was no easy task, which caused him intense stress and anxiety. He eventually overcame this, but recently this injury has resurfaced.

In order to ensure his team’s success and his own, he believes that in his own words “it’s not fair to myself or to my team to go through all that again, potentially causing more damage to my hand.” He still may return back to competitive Call of Duty in the future, stating he loves the game too much to walk away completely.

ZooMaa’s departure leaves a spot vacant on the New York Subliners main roster, and without a confirmed substitute leaves New York in an awkward spot leading into the new season. There will most definitely be a replacement, but we’ll have to wait for additional information.

Image Credits: Activision/Gamefuel/NYSL

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CDL Kickoff Classic 2021: Stream, schedule, teams

The 2021 Call of Duty League season starts with the CDL Kickoff Classic, a 12-team exhibition event with matches voted for by fans.

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Scump and Clayster

Call of Duty League is officially back for 2021 and before the full season swings into action, all 12 teams will compete in the Kickoff Classic — a six match exhibition event to celebrate the league’s first anniversary.


  • 12-team online exhibition on January 23 & 24
  • Every CDL team in action, three of six matches voted for by fans
  • Dallas Empire play New York Subliners, OpTic Chicago vs LA Thieves

The 2021 CDL regular season starts in February, but Call of Duty fans will get an opportunity to see teams’ updated lineups for the first time this weekend at the Kickoff Classic, where each team will compete in a special show match to celebrate one year of the competition.

The Kickoff Classic runs over two days on January 23 & 24, with three matches each day. Like a large part of the 2020 season, this event will take place online.

CDL Kickoff Classic promotional image

CDL Kickoff Classic stream

As always, the Call of Duty League Kickoff Classic will be live broadcasted on their official YouTube channel.

The stream isn’t currently live, but we’ll be sure to embed it once it’s available.

CDL Kickoff Classic Schedule

Saturday, January 23

MatchPSTESTGMTAEDT
Dallas Empire vs New York Subliners12:00 PM3:00 PM8:00 PM7:00 AM (Jan. 24)
LA Guerrillas vs Seattle Surge1:30 PM4:30 PM9:30 PM8:30 AM (Jan. 24)
Atlanta FaZe vs Florida Mutineers3:00 PM6:00 PM11:00 PM10:00 AM (Jan. 24)

Sunday, January 24

MatchPSTESTGMTAEDT
London Royal Ravens vs Paris Legion12:00 PM3:00 PM8:00 PM7:00 AM (Jan. 25)
Toronto Ultra vs Minnesota ROKKR1:30 PM4:30 PM9:30 PM8:30 AM (Jan. 25)
OpTic Chicago vs LA Thieves3:00 PM6:00 PM11:00 PM10:00 AM (Jan. 25)

CDL Kickoff Classic team lineups

The CDL Kickoff Classic sees a number of new rosters make their competitive debuts for the first time, with all 12 teams forced to drop a player following the decision to revert back to 4v4 after spending two years playing with 5 members of each roster.

For 2020 Call of Duty League Champions Dallas Empire, the switch lead to James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks departing the roster just days after securing his third ring. Empire fans won’t have long to wait to see him back in action though, as his New York Subliners squad was voted by fans to be their Kickoff Classic opponent.

Sunday sees the triumphant return of a H3CZ-owned OpTic to Call of Duty, as they face off against the team owned by one of OpTic’s all-time greats, Nadeshot’s LA Thieves. Atlanta FaZe face a tough task against Florida Mutineers, while it’s an all-European affair for the London Royal Ravens and Paris Legion.

TeamRoster
Atlanta FaZeSimp, aBeZy, Cellium, Arcitys
Dallas EmpireCrimsix, Shotzzy, Huke, iLLeY
Florida MutineersSkyz, Havok, Owakening, Slacked
London Royal RavensSeany, Alexx, Dylan, Zer0
Los Angeles GuerrillasSiLLY, Assault, Vivid, Apathy
Los Angeles ThievesKenny, SlasheR, TJHaLy, Temp
Minnesota ROKKRAttach, Accuracy, Priestahh, MajorManiak
New York SublinersZooMaa, Clayster, Mack, HyDra
OpTic ChicagoScump, FormaL, Dashy, Envoy
Paris LegionSkrapz, Classic, AquA, Fire
Seattle SurgeOctane, Gunless, Prestinni, Loony
Toronto UltraMethodz, CleanX, Cammy, Bance

Image Credit: Activision Blizzard

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