After a long five-month wait, Call of Duty returned with a brand new geo-located franchise with 12 teams from all over the globe. Minnesota ROKKR is hosting the 2020 Call of Duty League Launch Weekend where all the teams are playing two matches from January 24-26, 2020 in The Armory.
The new #ROKKR facility looks incredible for #CDL2020 and there's still work to be done.— DEXERTO Call of Duty (@DexertoIntel) January 25, 2020
"We wanted to make sure it was ready for the season start, for our players first and foremost." - @MiDNiTEMN
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Professional CDL teams are fighting for pro league points, which help determine seed placement for the next event hosted by the London Royal Ravens. Every victory rewards a team 10 pro league points.
Check out the Call of Duty League Launch Weekend results and recaps below! And be sure to bookmark and come back to this article all weekend to keep up with the CDL Launch Weekend!
Day 1 January 24, 2020 Results
The first three matches to open the Call of Duty League was Chicago Huntsmen against Dallas Empire, Seattle Surge against Florida Mutineers, and Minnesota ROKKR vs Los Angeles Guerillas.
1. Chicago Huntsmen vs. Dallas Empire Results
#Huntsmen CEO @H3CZ is excited about his team's start at #CDL2020 Launch Weekend 💪— DEXERTO Call of Duty (@DexertoIntel) January 25, 2020
"It feels good to be back. I'm proud of the fact that we came out with a win."
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Over 70,000 people tuned in to watch the first match where Huntsmen would go head to head against their rivals, Empire. With clashing personalities and pent up frustrations from the long off-season, Seth “Scump” Abner, Matthew “Formal” Piper, Alec “Arcitys” Sanderson, Dylan “Envoy” Sanderson, and Peirce “Gunless” Hillman for the Huntsmen would take on Empire’s Ian “Crimsix” Porter, James “Clayster” Eubanks, Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas-Castro, Cuyler “Hule” Garland, and Indervir “iLLeY” Dhaliwal.
The first map would be Azhir Cave Hardpoint with Dallas Empire breaking with the first 15 points. Huntsmen would make it a back and forth match with several lead swaps and would fight for a victory ending in 250 to 209. Next would be Search and Destroy on Arklov Peak where Empire would answer back with a confident 6-1 win. Huntsmen did not take the mas loss easy as they would win back-to-back rounds to secure their first official win in the Call of Duty League with a 3-1 map count.
Results: Chicago Huntsmen 3 - 1 Dallas Empire
After their dominant win, @FormaL reveals how it felt to be back competing with his T2P duo @scump 👑— DEXERTO Call of Duty (@DexertoIntel) January 25, 2020
"It was really cool that we came out and won that, it meant a lot to me and Seth for sure."
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2. Florida Mutineers vs. Seattle Surge Results
The second match of the day would see Mutineer’s Preston “Prestinni” Sanderson, Colt “Havok” McLendon, Chance “Maux” Moncivaez, Cesar “Skyz” Bueno, and Bradley “Frosty” Bergstrom against Surge’s Damon “Karma” Barlow, Ian “Enable” Wyatt, Sam “Octane” Larew, Josiah “Slacked” Berry, and Bryan “Apathy” Zhelyazkov. In a battle for the seas, St. Petrograd Hardpoint would be the first map with Surge taking a 1-0 lead in the series. Mutineers would swing back with a 6-3 win on Gun Runner Search and Destroy to even the series. In a nailbiting game on Gun Runner Domination, Surge would edge out the 188 to 184 win. In typical Call of Duty fashion, a map five would be pushed after Mutineers edged out the win on Azhir Cave Hardpoint. In dominating fashion, Mutineers were able to deliver a 6-0 sweep on Rammaza Search and Destroy to claim their first victory in the CDL.
Results: Florida Mutineers 3 - 2 Seattle Surge
Fresh off of beating #SeattleSurge, @ColtHavok explains how the @Mutineers will improve going forward.— DEXERTO Call of Duty (@DexertoIntel) January 25, 2020
"We just need to play like we play at home more."
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3. Minnesota ROKKR vs. Los Angeles Guerrillas Results
To finish off the first day of Launch Weekend, ROKKR’s Justin “SiLLY” Fargo-Palmer, Adam “Assault” Garcia, Adam “GodRx” Brown, Alex “Alexx” Carpenter, and Obaid “Asim” Asim battled Guerillas’ Patrick “Aches” Price, Ulysses “AquA” Silva, Jacob “Decemate” Cato, Renato “Saints” Forza, and Andres “Lacefield” Lacefield. Home host ROKKR would take the early lead on St. Petrograd Hardpoint, but Guerillas would battle back to earn the map victory to take a 1-0 series lead. Search and Destroy on Picadilly would see several key snipes from ROKKR’s GodRx, but unfortunately, they ultimately fell to make the series 2-0. In a surprising call from the league referees, Lacefield used the banned perk “Hardline,” which automatically forfeited the match to even the series 1-1.
#ROKKR star @Assault reveals how angry the LA Guerrillas were after forfeiting map two against them at #CDL2020— DEXERTO Call of Duty (@DexertoIntel) January 25, 2020
"I heard ACHES screaming at a ref at the top of his lungs." 😳
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In a nailbiting match, ROKKR was able to use their momentum to secure a win on Hackney Yard Domination to make it 2-1. GodRx was able to carry his teammates to a 250-167 win on Hackney Yard Hardpoint to make a 3-1 victory.
Results: Minnesota ROKKR 3 - 1 Los Angeles Guerrillas
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Day 2 January 25, 2020 Results
Day 2 of CDL Launch Weekend offered five matches throughout the day, allowing fans to truly see how each squad looks on LAN. Every win at Launch Weekend awards 10 Pro League points, which are used to determine placement seeding throughout the season.
Here were the five match-ups for Day 2 of Call of Duty League Launch Weekend:
- 1. London Royal Ravens vs. New York Subliners
- 2. Toronto Ultra vs. Seattle Surge
- 3. Los Angeles Guerillas vs. Florida Mutineers
- 4. OpTic Gaming Los Angeles vs. Paris Legion
- 5. Atlanta FaZe vs. Dallas Empire
1. New York Subliners vs. London Royal Ravens Results
The first match to kick off Day 2 was New York Subliners’ Thomas “ZooMaa” Paparatto, Donovan “Temp” Laroda, Lamar “Accurary” Abedi, Trei “Zer0” Morris, and Dillion “Attach” Price against London Royal Ravens’ Bradley “wuskin” Marshall, Matthew “Skrapz” Marshall, Dylan Henderson, Jordan “Jurd” Crowley, and Rhys “Rated” Price. Azhir Cave Hardpoint was the first map. London Royal Ravens easily earned the win as they confidently controled the map with a 250-148 victory. The next map was Picadilly Search and Destroy where Bradley “Wuskinz” Marshall landed several key snipes to go up 2-0. Hackney Yard Domination was a slaughter-fest as London delivered the first 3-0 sweep to Subliners in the CDL.
Results: London Royal Ravens 3 - 0 New York Subliners
🇮🇪 @RoyalRavens veteran @jurd isn't paying attention to #CDL2020 preseason rankings.— DEXERTO Call of Duty (@DexertoIntel) January 25, 2020
"You can rank us wherever you want, we're all confident in each other's ability."
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2. Toronto Ultra vs. Seattle Surge Results
Toronto Ultra’s Anthony “Methodz” Zinni, Daniel “Loony” Loza, Nicholas “Classic” DiCostanzo, Cameron “Cammy” McKilligan, and Adrian “MeTTalZ” Serrano faced Seattle Surge’s Damon “Karma” Barlow, Ian “Enable” Wyatt, Sam “Octane” Larew, Josiah “Slacked” Berry, and Bryan “Apathy” Zhelyazkov. Gun Runner Hardpoint was a tight finish as Surge squeaked out a 250-240 victory to make the map count 1-0. Ultra struck back with a 6-2 Search and Destroy win to even the series. Gun Runner Domination was secured by Surge with a 190-166 win to leave them with a 2-1 series. Ultra did not take the threat lightly as they battled on Azhir Cave Hardpoint to win 250-211 to take the series to a game 5. It would all come down to Search and Destroy on Rammaza. In one of the closest maps from the entire weekend, Toronto Ultra clutched the round 11 victory to secure the series 3-2.
Results: Toronto Ultra 3 - 2 Seattle Surge
#SooUltra star @Methodz reveals why @TorontoUltra's 5 substitute players are so important.— DEXERTO Call of Duty (@DexertoIntel) January 26, 2020
"They're critical to our success. They do everything they have to do."
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3. Los Angeles Guerrillas vs. Florida Mutineers Results
In a battle for the coasts, Los Angeles Guerrillas’ Patrick “Aches” Price, Ulysses “AquA” Silva, Jacob “Decemate” Cato, Renato “Saints” Forza, and Andres “Lacefield” Lacefield wentwould g head to head with Florida Mutineers’ Preston “Prestinni” Sanderson, Colt “Havok” McLendon, Chance “Maux” Moncivaez, Cesar “Skyz” Bueno, and Bradley “Frosty” Bergstrom. Azhir Cave Hardpoint saw a huge game from Skyz as they claimed a 250-176 victory to make the series 1-0. Gun Runner Search and Destroy went all the way to round 11 with Guerillas taking the win to even the series. They were able to carry their momentum to Hackney Yard Domination 128-171 to give Guerillas the 2-1 series lead. Gun Runner Hardpoint was a close map, but Mutineers were able to comeback to take the series to a game 5. Arklov Peak Search and Destroy went to Guerillas with a 6-4 win to grab their first victory in the Call of Duty League.
Results: Los Angeles Guerrillas 3 - 2 Florida Mutineers
4. OpTic Gaming Los Angeles vs. Paris Legion Results
The largest brand in CoD esports, OpTic Gaming, was represented by Thomas “TJHaley” Haly, Brandon “Dashy” Otell, Kenny Williams, Austin “Slasher” Liddicoat, and Jordan “JKap” Kaplan. with Paris Legion was led by Matthew “KiSMET” Tinsley, Luke “Louqa” Rigas, Conrad “Shockz” Rymarek, Denholm “Denz” Taylor, and Zach “Zed” Denyer. Azhir Cave Hardpoint saw the Legion gain an early lead, and they held onto it to win 250-235. The next map was Arklov Peak Search and Destroy, which OpTic Gaming easily secured to even the series at one win apiece. Gun Runner Domination went towards the Legion’s advantage 184-166. St. Petrograd Hardpoint was secured by OpTic Gaming to take the series into a game 5 on Rammaza Search and Destroy. Legion impressed with a 6-4 victory and secured their first CDL win.
Results: Paris Legion 3 - 2 Optic Gaming Los Angeles
👀 @ParisLegion veteran @KiSMET6_ was not used to the crowd being against #OGLA at #CDL2020— DEXERTO Call of Duty (@DexertoIntel) January 26, 2020
"I think the crowd was on our side, that's the first time time I've experienced that vs OpTic"
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5. Atlanta FaZe vs. Dallas Empire
The highlight game of the night would feature the highest-ranked online team, Atlanta FaZe’s Tyler “aBeZy” Pharris, Chris “Simp” Lehr, McArthur “Cellium” Jovel, Michael “MajorManiak” Szymaniak, and Preston “Priestahh” Greiner against Dallas Empire’s Ian “Crimsix” Porter, James “Clayster” Eubanks, Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas-Castro, Cuyler “Hule” Garland, and Indervir “iLLeY” Dhaliwal. Azhir Hardpoint was held comfortably by Empire for the first half of the map until Atlanta applied pressure, flipped the lead, and took the win to make the series 1-0. Arklov Peak Search and Destroy was a 6-0 sweep for Atlanta, which was highlighted by Simp’s 7-1 performance. Atlanta took an early lead Gun Runner Domination and hung onto it to sweep Empire 3-0.
Results: Atlanta Faze 3 - 0 Dallas Empire
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Day 3 January 26, 2020 Results
The last day of the CDL Launch Weekend featured four matches that would truly establish the best teams on LAN. Each win awarded 10 points to the winning team, which help determine placement for CDL London from February 8-9, 2020.
The four matches for Day 3 of Call of Duty League Launch Weekend were as follows:
- 1. Paris Legion vs. London Royal Ravens
- 2. Chicago Huntsmen vs. OpTic Gaming Los Angeles
- 3. New York Subliners vs. Atlanta FaZe
- 4. Toronto Ultra vs. Minnesota ROKKR
1. Paris Legion vs. London Royal Ravens Results
London Royal Ravens’ Bradley “wuskin” Marshall, Matthew “Skrapz” Marshall, Dylan Henderson, Jordan “Jurd” Crowley, and Rhys “Rated” Price faced their European rivals in Paris Legion’s Matthew “KiSMET” Tinsley, Luke “Louqa” Rigas, Conrad “Shockz” Rymarek, Denholm “Denz” Taylor, and Zach “Zed” Denyer. Paris held out for the first map with a 250-214 victory on Rammaza Hardpoint. In one of the craziest comebacks of the weekend, Paris woin six rounds of Search and Destroy after losing four in a row to give them a massive 2-0 series lead. The momentum for Legion carried over to Gun Runner Domination where they confidently ended the map 191-169, sweeped London Royal Ravens 3-0, and ended the weekend 2-0.
Results: Paris Legion 3 - 0 London Royal Ravens
2. Chicago Huntsmen vs. OpTic Gaming Los Angeles Results
In a battle that was considered old versus new, Chicago Huntsmen’s Seth “Scump” Abner, Matthew “Formal” Piper, Alec “Arcitys” Sanderson, Dylan “Envoy” Sanderson, and Peirce “Gunless” Hillman faced their old organization, OpTic Gaming, with a new line-up in Thomas “TJHaley” Haly, Brandon “Dashy” Otell, Kenny Williams, Austin “Slasher” Liddicoat, and Jordan “JKap” Kaplan. Huntsmen dominated on Azhir Cave Hardpoint with a 250-176 victory. Piccadilly Search and Destroy was easy for Chicago as they only dropped two rounds, confidently stretching the series to a 2-0 lead. OpTic Gaming gained a brief lead on Hackney Yard Domination, but Huntsmen pressed down on the gas and delivered a 192-186 victory. Huntsmen finished the weekend 2-0 while OpTic Gaming would head into London with a 0-2 record.
Results: Chicago Huntsmen 3 - 0 Optic Gaming Los Angeles
3. New York Subliners vs. Atlanta FaZe Results
All eyes fell on the #1 power ranked team, Atlanta FaZe’s Tyler “aBeZy” Pharris, Chris “Simp” Lehr, McArthur “Cellium” Jovel, Michael “MajorManiak” Szymaniak, and Preston “Priestahh” Greiner as they faced New York Subliners’ Thomas “ZooMaa” Paparatto, Donovan “Temp” Laroda, Lamar “Accurary” Abedi, Trei “Zer0” Morris, and Dillion “Attach” Price. Hackney Yard Hardpoint was held by Atlanta FaZe as they answered with a 250-211 victory to earn the first strike in the series. Search and Destroy is Atlanta’s best mode, and they made it look easy with a 6-0 sweep on Picadilly. New York answered back with a 201-136 victory on Hackney Yard Domination, making sure they wouldn’t get swept in both of their Launch Weekend matches. Atlanta was able to stomp on New York’s comeback dreams by slamming them with a 250-122 victory on St. Petrograd Hardpoint to end the series 3-1.
Results: Atlanta Faze 3 - 1 New York Subliners
2015 World Champion @Attach explains why #NYSL were dominated by #ATLUp at #CDL2020— DEXERTO Call of Duty (@DexertoIntel) January 27, 2020
"They were definitely more prepared today, we were just lost."
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4. Toronto Ultra vs. Minnesota ROKKR Results
The last match of Launch Weekend was heated between Toronto Ultra’s Anthony “Methodz” Zinni, Daniel “Loony” Loza, Nicholas “Classic” DiCostanzo, Cameron “Cammy” McKilligan, and Adrian “MeTTalZ” Serrano and Minnesota RcKKR’s Justin “SiLLY” Fargo-Palmer, Adam “Assault” Garcia, Adam “GodRx” Brown, and Alex “Alexx” Carpenter as this match would determine the Kings of the North. Hackney Yard Domination saw Minnesota earn an early lead with Toronto unable to minimize their point advantage, and eventually led to a 250-229 victory for ROKKR. Rammaza Search and Destroy allowed Toronto to even the series with a 6-3 victory. Hackney Yard Domination came down to the wire as Toronto and Minnesota were neck and neck in the second round. Thanks to commanding holds on the A and B flags from Minnesota, they secured a 186-172 victory and made the series 2-1. Hardpoint on Azhir Cave was an easy task for Minnesota as they made sure their rivals knew they weren’t messing around with a massive 250-125 victory to secure the series 3-1. ROKKR ended their host event 2-0 and landed at the top of the pack for CDL London.
Results: Minnesota ROKKR 3 - 1 Toronto Ultra
🗣️ @ROKKR coach @BrianSaintt reveals how @ATLFaZe helped them prepare for #CDL2020— DEXERTO Call of Duty (@DexertoIntel) January 27, 2020
"There was some series we had against them we where we got beat down quite a bit"
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#CDL2020 - COO @Diamond_Sota on the importance of @ROKKR fans:— DEXERTO Call of Duty (@DexertoIntel) January 27, 2020
"We can do everything else, but the fans are what make this go, make this special."
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Standings and Points
Here are the 2020 Call of Duty League standings and points following CDL Launch Weekend on January 26, 2020:
|PLACE||TEAM||CDL POINTS||MATCH WIN||MATCH LOSS||GAME WIN||GAME LOSS||MATCH WIN %||GAME WIN %|
|5||London Royal Ravens||10||1||1||3||3||50%||50%|
|7||Los Angeles Guerrillas||10||1||1||4||5||50%||44.4%|
|10||OpTic Gaming Los Angeles||0||0||2||2||6||0%||25%|
|11||New York Subliners||0||0||2||1||6||0%||14.3%|
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This article was written by Amanda Zelauskas.