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Call of Duty League announces Warzone matches and 2020 Championship format

As part of a mid-season update, the Call of Duty League is set to host Warzone matches for the first time at the Seattle Surge Home Series.
The Call of Duty League has announced details on its championship format, while introducing Warzone matches into the competitive fray. 

Ahead of the Seattle Surge Home Series this weekend, the Call of Duty League provided a mid-season update to announce format changes and some new additions. 

The main new addition is Warzone Weekends, which pits 12 four-person teams against each other in a $10,000 winner-takes-all match. 

Each team will be composed of at three players from each Call of Duty League organisation, while teams will decide whether their fourth player will be pulled from their roster, starters or substitutes, or if they’ll choose a special guest outside the CDL community to take part. 

The first Warzone Weekend will take place at the Seattle Surge Home Series event on Sunday 24th May, although the broadcast on YouTube will be pre-recorded and will only showcase the best moments. 

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What changes are coming to the 2020 Call of Duty Championship? 

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The Call of Duty Championship 2020 takes place in August (Picture: Activision/CDL) 


Possibly as a result of the switch to online following the virus pandemic, the 2020 Call of Duty Championship will now see all 12 teams compete for the trophy in a double-elimination tournament. 

Team placements in the Call of Duty League standings will determine how far ahead they’re advanced in the Call of Duty Championship, as detailed below. 

  • 1st and 2nd place automatically seeded into Round 3 of the Winner’s Bracket
  • 3rd and 4th place automatically seeded into Round 2 of the Winner’s Bracket
  • 5th-7th place seeded into Round 1 of the Winner’s Bracket
  • 9-12th place seeded into Round 1 of the Elimination Bracket

Interestingly, they also explained how “the majority of players and team personnel” agreed to keep Domination as a competitive mode for the remaining 2020 season - so it’ll remain in rotation. 

The Call of Duty Championship is set to take place in August.

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What is the prize pool at the 2020 Call of Duty Championship?

The top prize is a whopping $2,000,000. You can check out the prize pool distribution below. 

  • 1st (2020 Champion): $2,000,000
  • 2nd (1 team): $1,000,000
  • 3rd (1 team): $500,000
  • 4th (1 team): $300,000
  • 5th (2 teams): $200,000
  • 7th (2 teams): $125,000
  • 9th (2 teams): $75,000
  • 11th/12th (2 teams, last place): $0


What are the Call of Duty League reward drops? 

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Reward drops are coming to Call of Duty League (Picture: Activision) 


The Call of Duty League also announced “broadcast drops” are coming too, where watching the livestream will earn viewers cross-platform in-game rewards themed around the Call of Duty League. 

You can earn these rewards by simply watching the stream on the CDL website or COD companion app while logged into an Activision account. More details are set to be announced on a release date for the rewards system.