In addition to the new tournament, the Call of Duty League announced changes to the playoffs.
The Call of Duty League (CDL) announced last Tuesday (19) the “Warzone Weekends”, the official tournament of Call of Duty Warzone , the new Battle Royale game of the franchise. So far, the tournament schedule has not been fully disclosed, but the first dispute will take place this Sunday (24th), starting at 4 pm in Brasília time. The games will be broadcast live on the official CDL channel on YouTube . The dispute will have teams with four players from each of the 12 teams that dispute the inaugural season of the CDL, totaling 48 participants.
If teams need / wish, the fourth player in their lineup may be a member of the CoD community. In addition, Warzone Weekends will take place in a private lobby, meaning that no player other than the 48 participants will be able to change the outcome of the match.
Released on March 10, 2020 for PC (via Battle.net ), Playstation (PS4) and Xbox One , Warzone became one of the most popular Call of Duty games, reaching 60 million active players in early May. With the success, the community created its own tournaments. In partnership with the eFuse website, YouTuber Daniel “Keemstar” Keem organized Warzone Wednesday. Tournament platform Boom.tv organized Code Red. In its most recent edition, the tournament raised funds for Call of Duty Endowment, an organization that helps employ unemployed war veterans.
In addition to Warzone Weekends, the league confirmed the new playoff format – the Championship Weekend. In this new format, the 12 teams of the Call of Duty League will qualify for the final event. However, the clashes will be defined by the final placement in the regular season of the CDL. In this way, the top two will only play in the third round of the playoffs. A double elimination tournament will take place with the other ten teams.
With the change, the four teams in the spotlight – Toronto Ultra, Seattle Surge, New York Subliners and Los Angeles Guerrillas – guarantee playoff places, regardless of how the rest of the season unfolds.
In addition, the Call of Duty League explained how the $ 4.6 million prize pool will be split, which has undergone changes due to changes in the playoff system. Thus, we have the following values according to publication on the official tournament website:
- First place (champion 2020): US $ 2 million
- Second place (one team): US $ 1 million
- Third place (one team): US $ 500 thousand
- Fourth place (one team): US $ 300 thousand
- Fifth place (two teams): US $ 200 thousand
- Seventh place (two teams): US $ 125 thousand
- Ninth place (two teams): US $ 75 thousand
- 11th / 12th places: no prize