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The 4-day playoffs weekend is the biggest event in Call of Duty esports and one of the biggest in all of esports. The Call of Duty League was first established in 2020 after being announced in 2019 and has been going strong ever since with greater competition and rewards as the years have progressed.
The Call of Duty Championship has been going on since 2013, which was in place before the Call of Duty League came into being. This will be its 10th iteration. Many of the teams that took part in the Call of Duty Championship are still part of the Call of Duty League and will be taking part in the Call of Duty League Championship weekend 2022.
Twelve teams take part in the league with no promotion or relegation. The aim for the 12 teams is to qualify for the Call of Duty League Championship and then go all the way to win that trophy.
Twelve teams take part in the Call of Duty League but only the top eight teams qualify for the Call of Duty League championship. Like most North American esports leagues, the concept of promotion and relegation does not exist.
Where a team sits on the draw will be based on the numbers of Call of Duty League points they accumulated through the season in the four Majors.
All eight teams have a really good chance of winning big because the format is set up in a way that teams will get a second chance if there was some bad fortune involved in their first match-up. It is structured in this way just to make sure that the very best team wins the Call of Duty League Championship when it is all said and done.
There is a winner’s round and an elimination round. There is a winner’s round 1, 2 and a winner’s final before teams can make it to the Championship final. The team that makes it to the Championship final from the winner’s round will have qualified without having lost a match in the Call of Duty League Championship to that point.
The Elimination round offers teams a second chance at making it to the final. There are 3 elimination rounds before the winner of the Eliminations finals gets a berth in the Championship final. The round you enter into in the Elimination rounds will depend on the winner’s round stage that you were eliminated in. For example, the team that loses the Winner’s final will directly qualify for the Elimination rounds final.
This is what makes the Call of Duty League Championship so fascinating. Whoever wins the Championship at the end of it all will be a truly worthy winner.
The last Call of Duty League Championship winners, Atlanta FaZe, will be heading into this season as the favorites. At this moment in time, it looks like a fight between them, Los Angeles Thieves and OpTic Texas.
Atlanta FaZe got the better of Toronto Ultra in last season’s final with a 5-3 score line and look primed to defend their title after an excellent league season. They’ve got more points than any other team in the league with 330 but it will be concerning that they haven’t made it to first place this season since the Stage 1 Major qualifiers, regularly finishing in second place as was the case in the Stage 1, 2 and 3 majors. Stage 4 Majors ended with them in 3rd place.
This is both impressive and a bit worrying. It’s impressive because they’ve been there and thereabouts that the very top all season but have not actually made that final jump this season. They have more to lose than any other team this season and the pressure could be too much. They’ll also be aware that no team has defended the championship before.
OpTic Texas are second as far as points go with 265 and won Major 1 and Major 2 qualifiers, came second in the Major 3 qualifiers but were quite poor in Major 3. They’ll be quietly confident that they can go all the way, having won the Call of Duty Championship in 2017 but that was a very different team to the one they have on their roster now. They’ll be hoping that they can use their regular season form on the Championship weekend, managing a league high 62.1% win rate in 2022.
Los Angeles Thieves have got the momentum after winning Stage 4 Majors. They were third in the regular season with 215 points but there’s a feeling around the Call of Duty esports world that they’re the next big thing and winning the Call of Duty League Championship weekend will help cement that.
Atlanta Faze, Los Angeles Thieves, and OpTic Texas have excellent Call of Duty League Championship winners odds. There’s hardly anything between these three teams.
New York Subliners are the only other side with decent Call of Duty League Championship winners odds but it’s hard to make as strong a case for them. They are in eight place in the regular season standings with 160 points and a win rate of 49.2%.
Last season’s runners-up, Toronto Ultra, don’t have the best of Call of Duty League Championship winners odds this time around. They are tied in 7th place in the regular season with 170 points and a win rate of 49.3%.
Seattle Surge, who are in the 5th place in the regular season standings and managed a win rate of 51.2%. London Royal Ravens and Boston Breach have really low odds and aren’t really worth a punt either. Neither of the teams did enough in the regular season or Majors to really warrant a gamble.
The Call of Duty League Championship final will take place on Sunday in August with the winner getting rewarded with $1.2 million and the championship trophy.
The runner-up will be rewarded with $650,000, third place gets $320,000, fourth place gets $160,000, the two 5th placed sides get $80,000 and the two 7th placed sides get $30,000. A total of $2.5 million is on offer in the Call of Duty Championship.
Simply qualifying for the Call of Duty League championship is a fairly big achievement, as these rewards make it quite clear. As is evident from the figures listed below, the reward exponentially doubles with each ascending rank.
The Call of Duty League Championship can be watched live on the Call of Duty Twitch channel or the Call Of Duty YouTube channel depending on the viewer’s preference. If fans happen to miss the live matches, there’s nothing to worry about as the full match will later be uploaded on the Call of Duty YouTube channel.
If you can’t watch the game for some reason but still want to be kept abreast of what’s happening, the Call of Duty League Twitter page provides live updates of the happenings during a Call of Duty Championship match.
Viewers could win exclusive in-game rewards for Call of Duty Warzone and Call of Duty Vanguard if they stay tuned all weekend.
With an interest in strategy and mathematics, applying that to sports writing was the natural progression. A writer at night and the founder of a gaming company, Nikhil’s previous experience includes working with ESPN for five years. His specialization includes soccer, basketball, tennis, and esports betting. Email: [email protected]More info on Nikhil Kalro
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