The launch event in the 2020 Call of Duty League was a huge success last weekend and the action continues this week as we head to London for the first official event of the season.
Eight teams will make the trip to the UK event, hosted by the London Royal Ravens, and there will be a whopping 50 CDL points on offer for the winner. We have a full preview and betting tips for the event below.
Call of Duty League Format
In its first year of the franchise style system, the Call of Duty League got off to a hot start in the launch event last weekend, which marked the first event of the season where the all-important CDL points were on offer.
Teams will compete in events throughout the season, accruing CDL points for wins and high placings before the playoffs at the end of the season will decide the eventual Call of Duty Champions.
After launch weekend, the Atlanta FaZe, Chicago Huntsmen, Minnesota ROKKR and Paris Legion sit atop the CDL Standings, having each won both of their two opening games. London is where the season will start to heat up though, as a bunch of points are on offer in each game and for the eventual winner of the event.
Each team hosts a "Home Series" weekend
8 teams attend each Home Series
10 CDL Points per win + 10 bonus CDL Points for winning the bracket
50 CDL Points for 1st Place
30 CDL Points for 2nd Place
20 CDL Points for 3rd/4th Place
10 CDL Points for 5th/6th Place
0 CDL Points for 7th-8th Place
With just eight of the 12 teams attending each event this season, some great opportunities arise in the betting markets to find value. Competing in London will be the host team, the London Royal Ravens, alongside the Chicago Huntsmen, Dallas Empire, LA Guerillas, New York Subliners, Paris Legion, Seattle Surge and Toronto Ultra.
After a strong performance at launch weekend, the Chicago Huntsmen start as favourites to take out the first official event of the season. They went 2-0 in their two games, but it wasn’t just their record that was impressive, it was who they defeated.
The Huntsmen claimed wins over the Dallas Empire and Optic LA, who were thought to be the two best teams in the competition in everyone’s book during the pre-season scrimmages. The Hunstmen made short work of the Dallas Empire, defeating them with a 3-1 map count before going on to smash Optic LA in a 3-0 landslide.
There was a lot on the line for the Huntsmen in launch weekend, as star players Formal and Scump came up against former teammates in Crimsix for the Empire and both Dashy and TJHaly for Optic. With those two big rivalry games out of the way, the Huntsmen will no doubt be able to settle into their groove and shouldn’t have too much with the LA Guerillas in their opening round matchup.