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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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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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Black Ops Cold War: Top plays, best clutches & reactions so far

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War was finally released to the public on November 13. After only a couple of days, we have seen plenty of amazing moments from the world’s best players.

Cold War is the fifth instalment in the Black Ops series and the eighth Call of Duty game developed by Treyarch.

Successful Alpha and Beta events left fans in eager anticipation for the new Call of Duty to be released. Expectations were high for this year’s release and it seems that it’s gone down a treat with players across the globe.

Here are some of the top moments post-release so far that you definitely won’t want to miss:

Snipers take centre stage in our top plays

The snipers in Cold War are popular amongst many players and seem to pack a real punch. Our first top play sees pro player, Dillon “Attach” Price, clutch a 1v3 with just a sniper and a pistol.

The pros have been running riot so far hitting clips left, right and centre. Unsurprisingly, three-time world champion, James “Clayster” Eubanks followed suit with a sniper-only 1v3 of his own.

Our final top play sees FaZe Pamaj wipe out four players during a Search and Destroy in the $25k Atlanta FaZe Cold War Clash. The ease of his triple kill at the end of the clip shows why Pamaj remains one of the best snipers to ever grace the game.

Cold War’s best clutches

With so many to choose from, we could only pick out three of the best clutches so far. First up, Doug “Censor” Martin goes big for his team in a 1v3 against LA Guerillas’ academy team.

Many consider Damon “Karma” Barlow to be the GOAT of Call of Duty. This Search and Destroy clutch against former teammate Ian “Crimsix” Porter and co indicates why.

Brandon “Dashy” Otell never fails to amaze on the sticks. His ability to clutch in almost any circumstance makes him one of the most valuable pros in the league. Here is Dashy pulling off a 1v4 for $800.

The pros react to Cold War

Black Ops Cold War has seen predominantly positive feedback since the release of the full game. Professionals, content creators and even casual players seem to be enjoying Treyarch’s latest creation.

Every year, the professional CoD scene cries out for one thing – ranked play. However, it never seems to be released until months later and when it is, it causes a lot of controversy.

Seth “Scump” Abner was “genuinely confused” when speaking on the matter via Twitter. Will we ever see Call of Duty released with a popular ranked playlist? Who knows!

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LA Thieves officially join the Call of Duty League

After weeks of speculation the Los Angeles Thieves have joined the CDL for the 2021 season.

The franchise is owned by Nadeshot’s organisation, 100 Thieves, and will compete against the 11 other CDL franchises.

Rumours of 100 Thieves’ return to Call of Duty began circulating after it was reported that the organisation had acquired OpTic’s CDL spot.

The rumours have now been confirmed meaning that we will see fan favourites 100 Thieves back in competitive CoD once again.

However, this time the squad will be officially named Los Angeles Thieves making them the second LA-based franchise alongside LA Guerillas.

The Los Angeles roster will include: Austin “Slasher” Liddicoat, Kenny “Kuavo” Williams, Thomas “TJHaly” Haly and Zack “Drazah” Jordan.

This was the original roster that would have competed under OpTic Gaming LA before they were bought out by Nadeshot and 100 Thieves.

100 Thieves entered competitive CoD in 2016 during the Black Ops 3 season. Their stay was short-lived however as they then left and did not return until the 2018/19 Black Ops 4 season.

The team performed very well in Black Ops 4 and gained a huge following whilst doing so.

They won both CWL Anaheim and CWL London as well as coming second in the CWL Championship 2019.

Fans were extremely disappointed that 100 Thieves were not participating in the Call of Duty League introduced last year.

Despite opting out of purchasing a spot last year, Nadeshot felt that now was the right time to enter the league.

Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez, who was rumoured to have bought OpTic Gaming back, is thought to have sold the franchise to good friend Nadeshot.

Eric “Muddawg” Sanders will retain his position of General Manager under the LA Thieves. He exceled in this role during 100 Thieves impressive season in 2018/19.

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London Royal Ravens announce roster ahead of CDL 2021 season

With the CDL season right around the corner, London Royal Ravens become the next team to announce their four-man roster.

The roster contains some familiar faces, including the coaching staff. Dylan, Zer0 and Seany have made a return to the all-British squad whilst Alexx joined on a transfer from Minnesota Rokkr.

Dominate, Ravens’ head coach, has returned to his former role on the team. Shane has also joined the team once again but this time will take the role of assistant head coach.

To the surprise of many, twin brothers Skrapz and Wuskin were left out of the squad this year despite having a huge presence in the roster last year.

With the four-man squad confirmed and locked in, let’s take a closer look at the new Ravens.

Sean “Seany” O’Connor

The Scottish phenom, Seany, has been a top player in the UK scene over the past five years. He seems to fit in to any team that he finds himself on and his talent always shines through.

Despite not having any major wins, Seany can undoubtedly compete among the best and it will only be a matter of time before he secures a chip.

Trei “Zer0” Morris

Like Seany, Zer0 has been competing in the scene for the past five years. His most notable performances being under Splyce and Red Reserve where he found some success.

Zer0 performed well last year under the Ravens but he will surely look to improve and bring one home for the Brits.

Thomas “Dylan” Henderson

Dylan has “got a lot to prove” after no success last year on the London franchise. He is one of the most talented players in the scene and is well-known for his outrageous plays.

He has only recently made his mark at the top of the pile after joining Reciprocity in 2019. However, his short time in the limelight has gained him a large following and respect due to his rare talent on the sticks.

It will be interesting to see how he performs with new addition and former teammate Alexx this year.

Alex “Alexx” Carpenter

Alexx, like Dylan, has only been around the professional scene in the last two to three years. However, he has proven why so many teams are keen to snap him up with consistent impressive performances.

Dylan, Seany and Alexx all reunite after parting ways from Reciprocity last year. The squad will be eager to prove people wrong and win some trophies for the UK fans.

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Atlanta FaZe win their own Black Ops 4 Throwback Invitational

Call of Duty League franchise, Atlanta FaZe, hosted a $25,000 Black Ops 4 tournament which culminated in FaZe taking the top prize.

The CDL off-season has given us some great throwback events already from Hitch’s MW2 tournament to the Ghosts charity event earlier in the month.

The latest throwback to grace our screens was of course the Atlanta FaZe Black Ops 4 Invitational. It took place from October 23-25.

A total of 20 teams participated with a group stage and double elimination bracket stage. The teams competed in a best of five series for the top prize of $15,000.

From current pros to academy players to amateurs, there was a range of talent involved. However, the gameplay did not disappoint and provided us with some Black Ops 4 nostalgia.

Teams from the Atlanta FaZe Invitational

With six CDL teams and a host of Challengers talent, it was always going to be an interesting weekend.

Here is a full list of the teams and players, provided by Dexerto:

Atlanta FaZeAbezy, Arcitys, Cellium, Simp
Dallas EmpireCrixical, Huke, Illey, Temp
OpTic LAAccuracy, Kenny, Slasher, TJHaly
LA GuerrillasApathy, Assault, Silly, Vivid
Chicago HuntsmenDashy, Envoy, Formal, Scump
Seattle SurgeGoonjar, Gunless, Loony, Prestinni
Mood SwingsBlazt, Decemate, F3rocitys, Slacked
WestrJintroid, Paulehx, Spart, Venom
West Coast Goons Gonplue, Otflick, Ryanbacardi, Savysita
The Boys Godrx, Kismet, Maux, Pandur
AF Academy Archivs, Hyper, Phantomz, Sibilants
Team LBX Exceed, Neropoiison, Noysii, Xotic
Four Horsemen General, Standy, Proto, Royalty
Arial Arise Crazie, Crimson, Horizinsfall, Kyuhm
HYXR Estreal, Fflames, Hazy, Lurid
DgenerationSangar, DeadlyResults, Strezy, Yspry
Lost Angels Aapex, Beehzy, Conbix, TheHolyToaster
Diamond Gaming Spekcy, Uncivil, XinfinitX, Yemon
Magic Huntsmann, Kips, Parzelion, Yeezy
Team Moch Mochilla, Tech, TeddyRecks, Ttinyy

How the tournament was won

Atlanta FaZe were clear favourites heading into the weekend and they started off very strong.

The boys on FaZe went 6-0 in their group, failing to drop a single map. Unreal plays from FaZe were on display all weekend, including this one from Cellium on day one.

FaZe then progressed to the bracket stage where they dropped their first map against HYXR but still secured the 3-1 victory.

They then beat Dallas Empire 3-1 in winner’s finals, only to meet them again in the grand final to play a best of seven series.

Despite going 2-0 down, Atlanta FaZe won four consecutive maps to take the crown and the $15,000 prize.

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Haunting of Verdansk: Top Warzone moments & reactions

Call of Duty released the Haunting of Verdansk update on October 20 in one of their biggest events to date.

The new update includes brand new limited time modes and a bunch of spooky features that have provided us with some great moments since the release.

From Night Mode to Zombie Royale, the Halloween themed update has proven to be a hit so far. The attention to detail in not only the game modes but the aesthetics across Verdansk is one of the many reasons why this update has been so well-received by the CoD community.

Streamers and pro players alike have been engrossed in Warzone since the update.

Let’s take a look at some of the top moments so far in the Haunting of Verdansk:

Courage and Tim fall victim to the jumpscares

Players received the fright of their lives after discovering the spooky jump scares hidden inside boxes.

Streamers, Courage and timthetatman, found out the hard way as they both got one hell of a shock after opening what they thought were regular loot boxes.

The jump scares produce pure comedy gold and have caught out nearly everyone since the update.

As there are so many hilarious reactions, here is another one from ex-pro player Sharp who was merely attempting to get himself some more loot.

Censor & co break Zombie Royale world record

The new Zombie Royale LTM has been a fan favourite so far and is extremely fun to play.

Players can fight against and alongside zombies in this hectic game mode where the last squad with a surviving Operator wins.

Well-known CoD personalities Censor, Rallied and MuTeX supposedly set the new world record for Zombie Royale with 116 kills.

Many pro players and content creators have expressed their love for this new game mode. Infinity Ward seem to have smashed it with the new update and have received hardly any criticisms.

A clip from HusKerrs stream shows just how powerful these zombies are and why players are having so much fun in the new update.

We can only hope for more updates like this in the future after the release of Cold War.

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Top clips from Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Alpha

The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Alpha has finished and it’s left us with some great clips from players across the globe.

The Cold War Alpha went live from September 18-20th and was only available to play on PS4. However, it won’t be long until you can get your hands on the game again as the Open Beta goes live on October 8th.

You can pre-order a copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War to get early access to the Beta.

Whilst we wait for the Open Beta to arrive, here is a look back at the top clips from the Alpha weekend:

Scump gets his first nuke on Cold War

It didn’t take long for CoD veteran Scump to produce yet another outrageous clip. This time he earned himself one of the first nuclear medals seen in the new game.

Scump went on a 30 kill streak and made it look easy in a game of Kill Confirmed. It will be crazy to see what Scump can do when the full game is released on November 13.

Pamaj and Bloo show us why they’re in FaZe Clan

Pamaj is one of the most well-known snipers in Call of Duty. It seems he’s already getting to grips with Cold War as he hit shot after shot in this game of domination.

FaZe Bloo was another who kept producing clip after clip and is always an exciting player to watch. He is one of the best snipers in Call of Duty and this clip shows us why.

Clayster having fun on the diving board

The diving board on the Miami map has been a feature of many amusing clips during the Alpha. This one sees pro player Clayster getting a two piece whilst jumping up and down on the board.

It’s not the best of clips in regards to gunskill but hilarious nonetheless!

Crimsix goes off with a sub

This clip shows Crimsix doing what he does best – outgunning everyone in his way. This streak with the AK-74u gives us a glimpse of what Crim can do when he hits his peak form.

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