Call of Duty League Launch Weekend was a massive success where storylines continued to develop with Paris Legion slamming critics’ Power Rankings by going 2-0 throughout the weekend. We also saw the first upset as Dallas Empire, believed to be one of the best teams in CDL, went without a win dropping to 0-2.
The second CDL event, Call of Duty League London Royal Ravens Home Series, was hosted by London Royal Ravens at the Copper Box Arena in London from February 8 - 9, 2020. Instead of all 12 teams traveling to the host city, the structure would change to pool play with eight teams participating. The top teams from each group would move onto a bracket. Atlanta FaZe, Florida Mutinners, Minnesota RøKKR, and OpTic Gaming Los Angeles did not travel to London. CDL London’s pool-play would host two groups in a double-elimination bracket. Each win would award 10 CDL points, which are used to determine the best teams and placement for the next events.
Below are all the CDL London 2020 groups, teams, results, standings, and points!
Dallas Empire: Ian “Crimsix” Porter, James “Clayster” Eubanks, Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas-Castro, Cuyler “Hule” Garland, and Indervir “iLLeY” Dhaliwal
Seattle Surge: Damon “Karma” Barlow, Ian “Enable” Wyatt, Sam “Octane” Larew, Josiah “Slacked” Berry, and Bryan “Apathy” Zhelyazkov
Chicago Huntsmen: Seth “Scump” Abner, Matthew “Formal” Piper, Alec “Arcitys” Sanderson, Dylan “Envoy” Sanderson, and Peirce “Gunless” Hillman
Los Angeles Guerrillas: Patrick “Aches” Price, Ulysses “AquA” Silva, Jacob “Decemate” Cato, Renato “Saints” Forza, and Andres “Lacefield” Lacefield
Paris Legion: Matthew “KiSMET” Tinsley, Luke “Louqa” Rigas, Conrad “Shockz” Rymarek, Denholm “Denz” Taylor, and Zach “Zed” Denyer
New York Subliners: Thomas “ZooMaa” Paparatto, Donovan “Temp” Laroda, Lamar “Accurary” Abedi, Trei “Zer0” Morris, and Dillion “Attach” Price
London Royal Ravens: Bradley “wuskin” Marshall, Matthew “Skrapz” Marshall, Dylan Henderson, Jordan “Jurd” Crowley, and Rhys “Rated” Price
Toronto Ultra: Anthony “Methodz” Zinni, Daniel “Loony” Loza, Nicholas “Classic” DiCostanzo, Cameron “Cammy” McKilligan, and Ben Bance.
Here are the Call of Duty League London Royal Ravens Home Series results:
Day 1 Results
1. New York Subliners vs. Paris Legion Results
The first match of the day saw New York Subliners (0-2) against Paris Legion (2-0) to open CDL London. Subliners took Hackney Yard Hardpoint 250-202 to take the series lead. Many didn’t expect Subliners to take Rammaza Search and Destroy since they weren’t able to win an SnD throughout Launch Weekend, but they were able to learn from their mistakes to take the map 6-1. Legion made sure that Subliners would not run away with the sweep by taking Gun Runner Domination 183-165 to take the series 2-1. St. Petrograd Hardpoint saw Subliners run away with a 250-114 victory and was able to secure their first victory in the Call of Duty League. Legion dropped down to the loser’s bracket in Group B.
Results: New York Subliners 3 - Paris Legion 1
2. Dallas Empire vs. Seattle Surge Results
Dallas Empire (0-2) against Seattle Surge (0-2) would determine the first team to go 0-3, which would certainly land a blow to any squad’s potential momentum. Gun Runner Hardpoint was close, but Empire landed the first blow by taking the map 250-225. Gun Runner Search and Destroy stretched to a map 11, but Empire was able to clutch out to round to make the series 2-0. St. Petrograd Domination was close with Surge constantly breathing down Empire’s neck, but Empire was able to clutch the win within five points with a 167-162 victory to send Surge to the loser’s bracket and a 0-3 record.
Results: Dallas Empire 3 - 0 Seattle Surge
3. Chicago Huntsmen vs. Los Angeles Guerrillas Results
Chicago Huntsmen (2-0) are considered one of the top three teams in the league with Los Angeles Guerrillas (1-1) landing in the middle of the pack in power rankings. Gun Runner Hardpoint was dominated by Huntsmen as they took an easy 250-158 victory. St. Petrograd Search and Destroy went to Huntsmen with a 6-3 victory, threatening Guerrillas with a sweep. It seemed like Guerrillas might fight back to take Hackney Yard Domination, but Huntsmen secured the series thanks to a two-point victory 169-167 to send Guerrillas down to the loser’s bracket.
Results: Chicago Huntsmen 3 - 0 Los Angeles Guerrillas
4. London Royal Ravens vs. Toronto Ulta Results
The host team, London Royal Ravens (1-1), took the stage against Toronto Ultra (1-1). Ultra was the first CDL team to sub in another player as Ben Bance took over for Adrian “MeTTalZ” Serrano. The home crowd was behind Royal Ravens as they took the first map, Rammaza Hardpoint 250-221. Piccadilly Search and Destroy was a tough map, but thanks to a couple of clutch plays from Dylan and Jurd, they took the map 6-4 and made the series 2-0. Ultra pushed forward in Gun Runner Domination to force another map with a 209-173 victory. Royal Ravens wanted to make sure they gave their home crowd a W without gambling a game 5, and they secured Azhir Cave Hardpoint 250-181 and stayed in the upper bracket.
Results: London Royal Ravens 3 - 1 Toronto Ultra
5. Dallas Empire vs. Chicago Huntsmen Results
In one of the biggest rivalries in CDL, Dallas Empire looked to strike revenge into the heart of Chicago Huntsmen. Gun Runner Hardpoint saw Huntsmen take the first lead with a 99-point victory over Empire. Piccadilly Search and Destroy was an up and down match, but Huntsmen won three rounds in a row to win 6-5 to make the series 2-0. Hackney Yard Domination was ruled by Empire as they took the map 210-160 to force a map 5. St. Petrograd Hardpoint saw Envoy pop off with close to three minutes of hill time while going 30-12 to tuck the map away with a 250-175 win and series victory.
Results: Chicago Huntsmen 3 - 1 Dallas Empire
6. New York Subliners vs. London Royal Ravens Results
With both of these teams entering the day at 1-0, New York Subliners looked to land an upset over London Royal Ravens during their host event. The last series of the day kicked off with Rammaza Hardpoint with Subliners delivering a 250-187 upset. St. Petrograd Search and Destroy was kicked off with an insane clutch from Wuskinz and Skrapz as they pulled off the brotherly 4-2 to secure the first round. Unfortunately for the host team, Royal Ravens were not able to capitalize on their momentum from the Marshall brothers and dropped the map 6-5 to make the series 2-0 for Subliners.
Map three was Hackney Yard Domination with Royal Ravens facing the reality of being dropped to the loser’s bracket. The first half of the map saw Royal Ravens with a 103-73 lead, and they carried over their positive vibes to force a map four. With the crowd pushing their home team forward with legendary chants, London Royal Ravens tucked Hackney Yard Hardpoint safely away with a 250-135 win to force a game five and threaten Subliners with a reverse sweep. The crowd roared on for Hackney Yard Search and Destroy in a nail-biting back and forth Search and Destroy match. With Royal Ravens winning two rounds in a row after a 4-4 map count, they performed for the home crowd, delivered a reverse sweep, and secured a spot in Playoff Sunday alongside Chicago Huntsmen.
Results: London Royal Ravens 3 - New York Subliners 2
Playoff Sunday will see Seattle Surge against Guerrillas with the winner facing Dallas Empire. The winner of the Group A loser’s qualifying bracket will go head to head against the lossless Dallas Huntsmen.
Group B for Playoff Sunday features Paris Legion going against Toronto Ultra. The winner of that match will face New York Subliners. London Royal Ravens will defend their turf in their group final.
Of course, from there we will have the first Grand Final for CDL. Any guesses on who will secure the two spots to battle for champion of London? Sunday will begin with Seattle Surge vs. Los Angeles Guerrillas at 5:30 AM ET / 2:30 AM PT.
Day 2 Results
1. Los Angeles Guerrillas vs. Seattle Surge Results
The first match of the day on Sunday determineD the first team to be sent home from CDL London. The first map was St. Petrograd Hardpoint with Guerrillas striking first with a 250-210 victory. Arklov Peak Search and Destroy would go the distance to round 11 where the Guerrillas were able to clutch out the map win to threaten Surge with a sweep to send them home. Gun Runner Hardpoint was a crucial map for Surge as they were able to push the series forward thanks to a 193-175 map win. Guerrillas looked like they might be able to finish out the series, but a 19-point lead was all Surge needed to force a game 5. With momentum pushing them forward, Surge won St. Petrograd Search and Destroy in round 11 to pull off the reverse sweep. Guerrillas were the first team eliminated and finished in last place at CDL London.
Results: Seattle Surge 3 - 2 Los Angeles Guerrillas
2. Toronto Ultra vs. Paris Legion Results
Match two of the day determined the first team in Group B to be sent packing with Toronto Ultra battling Paris Legion to play against New York Subliners. Gun Runner Hardpoint was won by Ultra with relative ease with a 250-180 victory to kick off the series. Legion were able to even the series with a 6-3 Rammaza Search and Destroy win. Legion won back to back rounds, 201-167 on Gun Runner Domination and 250-108 Hackney Yard Domination, to tuck the series away 3-1 and sent Ultra home with a 7th place finish.
Results: Paris Legion 3 - 1 Toronto Ultra
3. Seattle Surge vs. Dallas Empire Results
The final battle for Group A group play determined who faced the undefeated Huntsmen squad. Surge would face Empire with Gun Runner Hardpoint going 250-185 in Empire’s favor to begin the series. Game two, Arklov Peak Search and Destroy, was quick and easy work for Empire as they took the map 6-2. Surge still had life in them as they were able to take St. Petrograd Domination 191-179 to make the series 2-1. Empire made sure to secure their spot in playoffs by winning St. Petrograd Hardpoint 250-210. Surge finished 6th place at CDL London.
Results: Dallas Empire 3 - 1 Seattle Surge
4. New York Subliners vs. Paris Legion Results
Group B group play finished with a rematch from day 1 when New York Subliners sent Paris Legion to the group B loser’s bracket thanks to a 3-1 series victory. Rammaza Hardpoint would kick off the revenge match where Legion landed the first blow with a 250-231 victory. Subliners were crushed on Rammaza Search and Destroy as Legion rolled through with a 6-0 victory. With Legion only needing one more map to secure a spot against London Royal Ravens, Gun Runner Domination was a tight map with both teams fighting for the lead. With 30 seconds left in the game, Legion secured the final map 169-162 to send Subliners home in 5th place.
Results: Paris Legion 3 - 0 New York Subliners
5. London Royal Ravens vs. Dallas Empire Results
The first playoff match of CDL London featured the host team, London Royal Ravens, against Dallas Empire. The winner would move on to the Grand Finals. Rammaza Hardpoint was a close match with both teams going back and forth with the lead, but they were able to gain the lead and secure the 250-242 victory to take the first map of the series. Gun Runner Search and Destroy saw Empire with the initial lead thanks to their aggressive gameplay, but Royal Ravens were able to force round 11 to put on a show for their home crowd. With great teamwork and communication, Jurd defused the bomb while Rated protected him with an elimination on Shotzzy. Hackney Yard Domination was led by Empire as they were ahead 93-83 at the half. They were able to take that momentum and ran away with the lead to win the map 211-162 and force a game 4. Back on Hackney Yard, but Hardpoint, Empire made a statement by quieting Royal Ravens 250-195 to send the series to a nail-biting game 5. Piccadilly Search and Destroy was back and forth with key plays Empire’s Huke, but the last few rounds were secured to eliminate Royal Ravens with a 6-4 map finish to complete the reverse sweep. London Royal Ravens finished their home event with a modest 4th place finish.
Results: Dallas Empire 3 - 2 London Royal Ravens
6. Chicago Huntsmen vs. Paris Legion Results
This was the last game to determine who would find a spot alongside Empire in the Grand Final. Huntsmen would look to continue their winning streak against Legion. Hackney Yard Hardpoint had back-and-forth lead changes, but Legion were able to run away with the lead to take the first map 250-216. St. Petrograd Search and Destroy saw surgical precision from Huntsmen as they were able to tie up the series with a 6-2 victory. Huntsmen came out swinging hard on St. Petrograd Domination to steamroll Legion 215-110 to make the series 2-1. Gun Runner Hardpoint saw the same momentum carry over for Huntsmen as they were able to take the early lead, but Legion were able to claw back to steal the map away.
#Game5Alert! @ParisLegion have won both Hardpoints in the series and taken the Chicago @Huntsmen to an elimination S&D! #EnGarde— Call of Duty League (@CODLeague) February 9, 2020
One goes to the Finals, one goes home: https://t.co/JZpOINwRfN #CDL2020 pic.twitter.com/M2VZRsU2Ol
It would come down to Arklov Peak Search and Destroy where Scump would help clean up Legion with a clean 6-0 to claim the final spot in the Grand Finals. Legion finished at CDL London in 3rd place.
Results: Chicago Huntsmen 3 - 2 Paris Legion
7. Dallas Empire vs. Chicago Huntsmen Results
One of the biggest rivalries in CDL took over the main stage at Copper Box Arena with Empire going head-to-head with Huntsmen to crown the kings of London. The Grand Final would kick off with the first map, Azhir Cave, where both teams fought to kick off the first map with winning advantage, but Huntsmen were able to clutch out the map 250-239.
Advantage for @Huntsmen as they win the opening Hardpoint 250-239 over the @DallasEmpire! #BeTheHunterhttps://t.co/JZpOINwRfN #CDL2020@Arcitys beaming in the @ScufGaming Play of the Game! pic.twitter.com/UhiibdTduK— Call of Duty League (@CODLeague) February 9, 2020
Arklov Peak Search and Destroy would send the crowd to the edge of their seats all the way to round 11, where Gunless was able to help propel his team to a 2-0 edge on the series. St. Petrograd Domination was no different for Huntsmen as they were able to grab the 3-0 sweep and become the first event champions of CDL.
Results: Chicago Huntsmen 3 - Dallas Empire 0
#CDL2020 London champion @FormaL says @Huntsmen are in the @DallasEmpire's heads after beating them 3 times 👀— DEXERTO Call of Duty (@DexertoIntel) February 10, 2020
"You can only get beat down by the same team over and over again." pic.twitter.com/T5FT69b1Y8
Standings and Points
Here are the CDL 2020 standings and points following the CDL London Royal Ravens Home Series on February 9, 2020:
|PLACE||TEAM||CDL POINTS||EVENTS PLAYED||MATCH WIN||MATCH LOSS||GAME WIN||GAME LOSS||MATCH WIN %||GAME WIN %|
|4||London Royal Ravens||30||1||3||2||11||9||60%||55%|
|8||Los Angeles Guerrillas||10||1||1||3||6||11||25%||35.3%|
|11||New York Subliners||10||1||1||4||6||13||20%||31.6%|
|12||OpTic Gaming Los Angeles||0||0||0||2||2||6||0%||25%|
This article was written by Amanda Zelauskas.