After a thrilling Call of Duty League Playoffs, we now know which four franchises will be featuring at the CDL Championship Weekend to have a crack at winning $1.5 million.
As expected, the league’s top two seeds heading into Playoffs, Atlanta FaZe and Dallas Empire, both made it through to the winners bracket final where they will face each other for a spot in the Grand Finals and an all-important one map advantage
In the losers bracket there were storylines galore as London Royal Ravens and Chicago Huntsman booked their places in the Championship Weekend. Trei ‘Zer0’ Morris helped Royal Ravens eliminate the team that benched him earlier in the CDL season, New York Subliners. Meanwhile, Huntsmen booked its spot in the Championship Weekend in an exhilarating game five that went down to the wire with OpTic Gaming LA.
While the storyline of OpTic legends Seth ‘Scump’ Abner and Matthew ‘Formal’ Piper competing against the new guard of the OpTic CDL franchise was tantalising enough, the chaotic finale in the Arklov Peak Search and Destroy will see the series go down as arguably the best of the entire season.
According to Esports Charts Pro, the Huntsmen vs OpTic series was the most watched of the entire CDL season so far, with a peak of 146,000 viewers.
The winner of the 2020 CDL MVP award has also been announced, with Dallas Empire’s Anthony ‘Shotzzy’ Cuevas-Castro being crowned the league’s top player in what is the youngster’s first season as a competitive CoD player after being scouted from the Halo esports scene.
After all of that Playoffs excitement, who out of Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago, and London has the best chance of becoming champions?
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London is already the dark horse and will have to go through all the remaining teams – who all finished the regular season in the top four – to win that cool $1.5 million.
Chicago has Championship-winning experience on its side, but has had a less than clean run at Champs so far, with two game fives against New York and OpTic LA, as well as being sent to the losers bracket by Atlanta.
When the two heavyweights of Atlanta FaZe and Dallas Empire come together in the winners bracket final, it will be tough to predict a favourite. Whoever comes out on top though will certainly be in the driving seat for the best-of-nine Grand Final thanks to a one map advantage.
The Championship Weekend will be played August 29-30 and can be watched on the CDL YouTube channel.