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LA Thieves and Atlanta FaZe steal the show at Opening Weekend 2021

The Call of Duty League’s Opening Weekend 2021 marked the beginning of the 2021 season. LA Thieves and Atlanta FaZe are now top of groups A and B after finishing the weekend unbeaten.

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There were plenty of highlights, from upsets to impressive plays, that made it a weekend to remember. Current champions Dallas Empire suffered an unexpected defeat to Minnesota Rokkr whilst Atlanta FaZe took down a menacing OpTic Chicago.

The second weekend is right around the corner where we will get a better idea of what teams are ahead of the pack.

LA Thieves top Group A

Nadeshot’s LA Thieves faced Minnesota Rokkr in their first match of the weekend. They started the series off hot but Rokkr bounced back to level the series at 1-1.

Thieves then took over the series and closed it out 3-1, starting their CDL campaign on a high. They then met Clayster and the New York Subliners on Saturday in what was expected to be an exciting match-up.

The series really had it all with flashy plays being made left, right, and centre. In map one, Thieves’ Kenny found three Subliners players in his line of sight when the scores were tied. He cleaned up all three which turned the odds in LA’s favour as they won the map.
Kenny with the triple!

Search and Destroy often provides the best highlights and that was true of the second map. Kenny pulled off the first 1v3 of the season to win the round. Subliners rookie, Diamondcon, then completed a 1v2 of his own in a thrilling map that was won by Thieves.

Another one!
Not a bad way to start for a rookie

LA closed out the series 3-0 which placed them at the top of Group A.

Atlanta FaZe fight off OpTic

FaZe made light work of the Guerillas in their first match, but the one that had everyone talking was the match of the weekend versus OpTic Chicago.

Chicago were slight favourites heading into the series following Atlanta’s defeat to the Mutineers in the Kickoff Classic.

OpTic was in the driving seat after map one as they closed out the Hardpoint 250-225.
OpTic had the opening map in the battle of the titans

However, Atlanta bounced back with a vengeance and levelled the series with a 6-0 victory in the Search and Destroy. In what was a back and forth series, OpTic won a tightly-contested third map to go 2-1 up but FaZe forced the map five after aBeZy ran rampant in the second Hardpoint.
ooo baby a triple

Atlanta’s aBeZy took over the fifth map and guided his team to an enthralling series victory that topped off a great weekend of matches.

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Atlanta FaZe vs OpTic Chicago: Game to watch at CDL Opening Weekend

The Call of Duty League is back with a bang as esports giants Atlanta FaZe and OpTic Chicago collide at the Opening Weekend.

The inaugural season of the Call of Duty League saw a shift to online gameplay and Dallas Empire crowned champions.

This year will continue in an online format for the foreseeable future meaning fans will have to wait that bit longer to attend live events.

All 12 teams took part in showcase matches at the Kickoff Classic last month where we saw a glimpse of how teams are performing ahead of the 2021 season.

Now we look forward to the Opening Weekend hosted by Atlanta FaZe which kicks off on February 11.

There are some exciting match-ups across the weekend but the one that has everyone talking is the final series of the weekend โ€“ Atlanta FaZe vs OpTic Chicago.

A new rivalry – Atlanta vs Chicago

OpTic and FaZe are among the organisations that come to mind when talking about competitive Call of Duty.

Both have deep roots in Call of Duty and a subtle rivalry between the two has formed through the years.

With Atlanta FaZe and OpTic Chicago looking like the teams to beat this season, this rivalry has the potential to intensify as the year progresses.

The young FaZe squad of Simp, aBeZy, Cellium and Arcitys is a dangerous team on paper.

However, they suffered an unexpected 3-2 defeat to the Mutineers at the Kickoff Classic.

Although this was only a showcase match, there were still thousands of fans watching the live broadcast and Atlantaโ€™s performance was below par.

The T2P duo, Scump and Formal, are looking better than ever in pre-season scrims. The pair also stole the show at the Kickoff Classic where OpTic took down LA Thieves 3-0.

Formal suffered from internet issues last season as he was based in California. However, this year he moved to Texas with the rest of his team and looks like a whole new beast.

Heading into the Opening Weekend, it would seem OpTic have the slight upper hand over FaZe.

Who do you think will win the main event this weekend? Will T2P takeover? Or will Simp steal the show?

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CDL 2021 season details revealed during Kickoff Classic

The Call of Duty League’s Kickoff Classic showcase event has concluded and more details about the 2021 season were revealed.

All 12 CDL teams took part in the Kickoff Classic where fans voted for the matches they wanted to see.

In addition to the six matches that took place, a more in-depth look at the 2021 season’s structure was detailed throughout the stream.

The season will be separated into five stages with each stage spanning over three weeks. All stages will culminate in a major where brackets are decided by each team’s performance in the stages.

The Playoffs will then take place after all five majors where teams will compete to win the Call of Duty League Championship, previously won by Dallas Empire.

A group draw was carried out to decide which six teams would be in Group A and which six teams would be in Group B.

Watch the draw show here:

Every team will host their own home series on 12 separate weekends throughout the season. The first home series will be hosted by Atlanta FaZe at the Opening Weekend on February 11-14.

Here is a look at the full schedule for the CDL 2021 season:

CDL 2021 Opening Weekend schedule

The first weekend of matches are quickly approaching and you will not want to miss all the action. Here is a look at the full schedule for the Opening Weekend hosted by Atlanta FaZe:


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CDL 2021 Kickoff Classic & Opening Weekend announced

The Call of Duty League is finally back as the first two events of the year are announced. We have all the details you need to get set for the 2021 CDL season.

In just over one week’s time, the CDL will celebrate the one year anniversary of the league with the Kickoff Classic. All 12 teams will compete in matches that have been voted for by the fans.

The Kickoff Classic can be streamed live on the CDL YouTube channel. It begins at 3PM ET/12PM PT/8PM GMT on January 23-24.

More details of the 2021 CDL season will also be revealed during the Kickoff Classic so keep your eyes peeled.

Kickoff Classic Schedule:

The CDL Opening Weekend will be hosted by Atlanta FaZe and takes place from February 11-14. All 12 CDL teams will compete in the Opening Weekend, and every other event this season, following a format change.

Teams will compete on PC instead of PlayStation and in teams of four. Five majors will take place this year as well as the usual Home Series events. The top eight teams at the end of the year will advance to Playoffs.

With more details on the event expected at the Kickoff Classic, the Opening Weekend can be streamed on the CDL YouTube channel.

Notable matches at Kickoff Classic

The six matches being played at the Kickoff Classic next week have been picked by the fans so there are bound to be some exciting storylines.

OpTic Chicago vs Los Angeles Thieves

OpTic Gaming was recently reacquired by former owner Hector Rodriguez. The OpTic Chicago franchise now look forward to their first year in the CDL in place of Chicago Huntsmen.

100 Thieves owner, Nadeshot, bought the Los Angeles spot in the league previously held by LA OpTic. They are also preparing for their first season in the league.

The 100 Thieves vs OpTic Gaming match-up is one that all Call of Duty fans long for. Their last meeting on Black Ops 4 ended in 100 Thieves’ favour but the tables may turn this year with new teams, a new game and a new format.

OpTic Chicago vs LA Thieves will begin at 6PM ET/3PM PT/11 PM GMT on January 24.

Dallas Empire vs New York Subliners

Clayster’s controversial removal from the Dallas Empire squad after their Championship win caused uproar amongst the community. The move to a 4v4 format meant that many top players were dropped from their teams.

New York Subliners picked up the three-time world champion and he will now face his old team at the Kickoff Classic. He will no doubt be looking for revenge on his former teammates.

The match will be first on, starting at 3PM ET/12PM PT/8PM on January 23.

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Seven Call of Duty pros make the Top Ten Esports Players of 2020

The Top 10 Esports Players of 2020 have been listed by The Esports Observer with seven of them being Call of Duty professionals.

An impressive amount of Call of Duty League players made the cut this year. Additionally, two Call of Duty teams, Dallas Empire and Atlanta FaZe, made it on The Top 10 Esports Teams of 2020.

These lists are ranked entirely by prize winnings from all competitions and are not voted for.

Whilst the usual top ten is often flooded with Dota 2 players, this year’s list looks a little bit different as there was no Dota 2 The International Championship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Top 10 Esports Players of 2020

If 2020 couldn’t get any stranger, the highest earning esports player was a chess professional, Sven Magnus Carlsen.

Many believe that chess should not be considered an esport, however, the board game took Twitch by storm as all competition moved online during the summer.

The rise of chess is clearly no laughing matter as Carlsen took home nearly $500,000 this year and many players have even been signed to esports teams such as Team Solo Mid.

Numbers two to six consist of Call of Duty League players: Clayster, Crimsix, iLLeY, Shotzzy and Huke – the former Dallas Empire roster.

With Dallas Empire crowned champions of the inaugural 2020 Call of Duty League season, it is no shock to see their roster on this list.

As there have been multiple Warzone events and other independent tournaments throughout the year, not all of their prize money totals are even. Clayster takes the top spot as the highest earning Call of Duty pro of 2020 with $373,330.

In seventh place is Magic: The Gathering world champion PVDDR who took home $300,000 this year. The old card game has quickly become a popular esport in recent years.

With another chess player in eighth place, two more Call of Duty pros finish off the list in ninth and tenth. Cellium and Simp both competed under Atlanta FaZe last year who came second in the CDL Championship.

Whilst the pandemic remains an ongoing issue, we may well see another peculiar list of players in next year’s top ten.

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Call of Duty League 2021 season structure details announced

A glimpse at the new Call of Duty League structure has given us a better idea of what to expect in the 2021 season.

The 2020 Call of Duty League Championship marked the end of the inaugural CDL season in August of last year.

Since then, all 12 teams except Paris Legion have confirmed their rosters and a switch back to a 4v4 format was announced with matches being played on PC and controller.

To the surprise of many fans, LA Thieves joined the Call of Duty League and the Chicago Huntsmen are no more due to Hector Rodriguez’ reacquisition of the OpTic Gaming brand.

Finally, as we approach the new year, the CDL have gifted us an early Christmas present and provided us with a few details about the new season.

The CDL said: “Tournaments are back as high stakes Majors that will feature all 12 teams in the Call of Duty League competing in double-elimination competition. Tournament seeding will be determined by head-to-head group play matches over the course of three Home Series weeks leading up to each Major.

“The regular season will include five stages, each culminating in a Major Tournament. During each stage, all teams will compete in five group play matches to determine their seed in each Major.”

Teams will also earn CDL Points throughout the season just as last year. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to earn additional points distributed based on their performance at Majors.

The top eight teams in the CDL Points standings will qualify for Playoffs at the end of the season.

Confirmed CDL 2021 rosters

Atlanta FaZe – Simp, Abezy, Cellium, Arcitys

Dallas Empire – Shotzzy, Huke, iLLeY, C6

Florida Mutineers – Havok, Owakening, Skyz, Slacked

London Royal Ravens – Seany, Alexx, Dylan, Zer0

Los Angeles Guerillas – Vivid, Apathy, Assault, SiLLY

Los Angeles Thieves – Kenny, Slasher, Temp, TJHaly

Minnesota Rokkr – Attach, MajorManiak, Priestahh, Accuracy

New York Subliners – ZooMaa, Mack, Clayster, HyDra

OpTic Chicago – Scump, Formal, Envoy, Dashy

Paris Legion – Unconfirmed

Seattle Surge – Octane, Gunless, Prestinni, Loony

Toronto Ultra – Cammy, CleanX, Methodz, Bance

More information about the Call of Duty League 2021 season will be revealed in the coming weeks.

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Temp completes LA Thieves’ CDL 2021 starting roster

The LA Thieves’ starting roster for the 2021 Call of Duty League season has been confirmed with Temp completing the line-up.

After much speculation, LA Thieves officially joined the CDL at the start of November. Being a fan favourite, the 100 Thieves organisation have been warmly welcomed back into the scene.

Since the announcement there have been multiple rumours circulating regarding their potential roster.

It has now been officially announced and it consists of TJHaly, Kenny, Slasher and Temp. CoD veteran JKap also joins the squad as a coach with Muddawg returning as a general manager.

We take a look at the roster in more detail and see what this newly-formed team can bring to the table this season.

Thomas “TJHaly” Haly

TJHaly is a young star who has a lot of experience in the scene for his age. He found the most success under Rise Nation during the World War 2 season where he took first place at four majors.

Coming off a sub-par season with OpTic Gaming last year, TJ will look to show his talents once again with this brand-new roster. He has proven that he has what it takes to win on the big stage and will be a valuable asset to the LA Thieves this season.

Kenny “Kenny” Williams

Kenny began his competitive career in 2015 but made his mark with Team Kailber in 2017. He was part of the 100 Thieves organisation in Black Ops 4 and his return is no surprise.

The 21-year-old played alongside TJHaly under OpTic Gaming last year and the pair will undoubtedly cause trouble for the other CDL teams. Kenny will be one to watch in the 2021 season.

Austin “Slasher” Liddicoat

Slasher is the veteran of the team who will no doubt be calling the shots this season. He is widely-known as one of the best AR players in the world and is a great addition to any team.

Slasher also played under 100 Thieves in Black Ops 4 where he showed unbelievable dominance all season long. His gameplay speaks for itself and he is a pivotal member of this new squad.

Donovan “Temp” Laroda

Temp is the final addition to the squad and arguably the most exciting. He hasn’t found much success during his career but he has performed on every team he has been on.

The Subliners performed poorly last year and Temp will surely be looking to redeem himself on this impressive new team. It will be interesting to see how he fits in and how the team get on this year.

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Call of Duty Challengers Cup 1: NA, EU & APAC final placings

The 2021 Call of Duty season kicked off with the first Challengers Cup at the weekend across all three regions.

A whopping 1,443 teams competed altogether in the three separate online events. They included a lot of familiar faces from three-time world champion Karma to fellow veterans Aches and Parasite.

The matches were played on recently released Black Ops Cold War in a single elimination format up to top eight. From top eight, the matches were played in best of five series with double elimination.

The NA and EU regions competed for $2,500 each whilst the lesser populated APAC region competed for $1,500.

Whilst there was no official coverage from the Call of Duty League for the event, a broadcast team was put together to provide coverage for Challengers fans. The broadcast talent included well-known personalities such as IHOLDSHIFT and former CWL caster, Chris Tunn.

Here is a look at how the matches played out with the final placements and prize pool distribution:

Challengers Cup 1 – APAC

A total of 85 teams competed in the Asia Pacific region of the Challengers Cup. Some notable players took part including former pro players Fighta and Shockz.

Renegades stood out as the team to beat prior to the tournament and they certainly lived up to expectations as they remained unbeaten on their way to the final.

Their team of Fighta, Louqa, Pred and Shockz proved too strong for VOID in the grand final as they took home $1,000.

1st Place – Renegades ($1,000)

2nd Place – VOID ($500)

3rd Place – Chiefs Esports Club

4th Place – 2Balanced

Challengers Cup 1 – EU

In Europe, 493 teams took part in the Challengers Cup. The competition was packed full of talent from young prospects to seasoned veterans so entertainment was never an issue.

House Tarth took the crown with a team of Defrag, Afro, Gismo and Peatie. They took home a sizeable $2,000 with Team Singularity finishing second and taking the remaining $500.

1st Place – House Tarth ($2,000)

2nd Place – Team Singularity ($500)

3rd Place – BULLFROG

4th Place – RAMS

Challengers Cup 1 – NA

The North American Challengers Cup had 865 participants with a heap of well-known talent across the board.

Baby FaZe were the team that finally emerged victorious after a long weekend of matches. Their team consisted of PaulEhx, Zaptius, GRVTY and Venom.

The team only dropped two maps in stage two along their impressive road to victory.

1st Place – BabyFaZe ($2,000)

2nd Place – revengetour ($500)

3rd Place – HYXR

4th Place – Westeros

The second Challengers Cup is set to take place on December 12.

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Atlanta FaZe win Fero Memorial tournament

Atlanta FaZe took first place at the Fero Memorial tournament and only dropped two maps across the entire weekend.

Tributes flooded in for twenty-one year old Maurice “Fero” Henriquez after his unexpected death was announced last month.

The memorial tournament in honour of Fero consisted of 162 teams with a $5,850 prize pool. It took place in a double-elimination format with a best-of-five series in winners bracket and a best-of-three series in losers bracket.

It was hosted by tournament organiser Cheetowunga and matches were casted by upcoming talent including IHOLDSHIFT, ProperCasts, VisionZzCasts and 4Trixal.

Professional players as well as amateurs took part in the event with notable teams such as OpTic Chicago, Dallas Empire and Florida Mutineers on the team list.

How Atlanta FaZe won the Fero Memorial

The Atlanta FaZe roster consists of aBezy, Simp, Cellium and Arcitys. They began the tournament against Team SHP which they made light work of, beating them 3-0.

Atlanta then fought their way to the winners bracket where they met WestR, a team consisting of PaulEhx, Zaptius, Venom and GRVTY. The boys in red took the win and booked their place in the grand final.

It would then be a rematch in the grand final as Atlanta faced WestR once again. WestR failed for the second time to beat FaZe as they took the crown.

Arcitys reflected on his team’s win with a touching message as he called to make it an annual tournament.

Final Placements

1st Place: Atlanta FaZe ($4000) aBezy, Simp, Cellium, Arcitys

2nd Place: WestR ($1200) PaulEhx, Zaptius, Venom, GRVTY

3rd Place: Florida Mutineers ($600) Havok, Skyz, Owakening, Slacked

4th Place: Big Dawgs Prolutue, Optimum, Drazah, Davpadie

Dartfrog believes that the Fero Memorial tournament was a monumental effort from all involved and provided an outstanding display of talent across the weekend. The tournament was a perfect way to remember a player who shone brightly in the CoD community and will never be forgotten.

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Top 5 greatest Call of Duty maps of all time

There are hundreds of maps to choose from in the Call of Duty series. Maps have often been a make or break for a Call of Duty title since the first game was released in 2003 to Black Ops Cold war which was released this month.

From chaotic and replayable maps like Nuketown and Shipment to maps catered towards competitive play, Call of Duty really has it all.

Whilst it’s impossible to name every top map there is, we have whittled every single map in the franchise down to what we believe are the 5 best maps of all time:

5. Fringe – Black Ops III (2015)

Map “Fringe” on Black Ops 3

Black Ops 3 was an immensely popular game due to its exciting, fast-paced and colourful nature. It was the second title, following 2014’s Advanced Warfare, to involve advanced movement with slides, jetpacks and wall-running. The movement on Black Ops 3 always felt clean and smooth and it’s a blessing that Treyarch complemented this with their map designs.

Despite the 2015 game having many impressive multiplayer maps, Fringe suited the gameplay to a tee. Its traditional three-lane style along with quirky wall-runs and varying range of gunfights made it the greatest map on Black Ops 3.

Whether you were playing Hardpoint, Uplink or Search and Destroy, Fringe was always a pleasure to play on.

4. Nuketown – Black Ops (2010)

Map “Nuketown” on Black Ops

Whether you are a Call of Duty fan or not, almost every gamer out there has heard of Nuketown. The infamous map has featured in every Treyarch game, including Black Ops Cold War.

It is a map that you can play over and over again without getting bored. The fast-paced gameplay in such a small area makes it an exhilarating experience and caters to all types of gamers.

Will we ever see a Black Ops game without Nuketown?

3. Crash – Modern Warfare (2007)

Map “Crash” on Modern Warfare

Modern Warfare was the Call of Duty title that really took the world by storm and will always remain one of the greatest titles in the series. Crash became a fan-favourite map on the game and still is to this day.

The iconic map was perfect for Search and Destroy and a well-balanced map suitable for all abilities. It was refurbished in the Modern Warfare Remastered multiplayer which brought the map to life as many players could enjoy it once again.

2. Terminal – Modern Warfare 2 (2009)

Map “Terminal” on Modern Warfare 2

Despite being one of the larger maps, Terminal has always been a fan-favourite. It was perfect for casual players, trick-shotters or even messing about in private matches with your friends

Terminal was also included in Modern Warfare 3 and later Infinite Warfare and it is always well-received. We can only hope that we stumble across this legendary map once again in future Infinity Ward titles.

1. Raid – Black Ops 2 (2012)

Map “Raid” on Black Ops 2

The top of our list is an all-time favourite and one that is widely regarded as the greatest of all time. Not only is Raid gorgeous to look at, its overall design is second to none and its gameplay is extremely balanced.

The map also featured on Treyarch’s Black Ops 4 as well as Call of Duty: Mobile. It is based in Los Angeles, California with amazing views over the Hills.

Raid has both close quarters areas and long range lanes, making it a perfect map for all players. Again, we hope to see this map return in the future as it will certainly never get old!

That’s our top 5 list of the greatest Call of Duty maps of all time.

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