Call of Duty League London is the next event in the 2020 season of Call of Duty esports. We see 8 of the 12 Call of Duty League (CDL) teams facing off in a tournament style format, contrary to the format of CDL Launch Weekend. These teams are broken up into Group A and Group B. The winner of each group will face one another in the Grand Finals.
Day 1 consists of all four initial matches between the eight teams. Following this, the winners of each of the four matches will face off to see who moves onto the semifinals (or finals for their respective group).
Day 2 starts with knockout matches in the losers’ bracket. The losers from the previous day will play each other for the chance to face the winner of their group. At the end of the day, we will have the Grand Final between the winners of Group A and Group B.
Points are awarded based on where each team places. These points will carry throughout the 2020 season and will be used to determine which teams make the 2020 Call of Duty League Championship series. Clutch covered the CDL initial power rankings, but we’ll get to see if they hold true at the end of this event.
Meet the Home Team: London Royal Ravens
This week’s event is hosted by the London Royal Ravens. The London franchise is ran by ReKTGlobal, a global esports organization that continues to grow. It boasts investors of the likes of Steve Aoki, Nicky Romero, and Imagine Dragons.
The Royal Ravens announced their Royal Raven Academy recently, which serves as a pipeline for up and coming Call of Duty esports players to get into the CDL. Their Academy consists of Sean “Seany” O’Connor and Dylan “MadCat” Daly as substitutes. Other members include Connor “Weeman” Chilton, Nick “Nolson” Nolson, and Adam “Defrag” Mathews rounding out the roster.
The Royal Ravens claim they have the most passionate Call of Duty fans in esports. I guess we shall see if their vigor pays off for them, like it did for the RØKKR in Minneapolis. The event will be held at the Copper Box Arena in London, England.
London has put together a roster that combines both young, ambitious players with tried and tested veterans of Call of Duty esports. Let’s meet them:
Jordan “Jurd” Crowley
Jurd is one of the veterans of the London team, making his debut in Call of Duty esports back in 2013 with Modern Warfare 3. He is considered one of the best European players, and is a member of the Epsilon Esports Hall of Fame. He boasts a healthy amount of tournament wins but has not broken into the top 6 in a Championship series as of yet.
Jurd is a great mentor for the younger players on this team to look to for guidance. He plays an aggressive SMG slayer for team London. Expect him to try to push and disrupt the enemy team, allowing his teammates to move into better positions.
Thomas “Dylan” Henderson
Dylan broke onto the Call of Duty esports scene with Call of Duty WWII back in 2018. He quickly climbed the rankings, helping carry his team to Call of Duty World League (CWL) Championship series in 2019 where they tied for 5th place.
Dylan has made a name for himself as an aggressive player. He was one of the first three players signed to London’s roster. Look for him to come out of the gate fast, hoping to get an early advantage for his team.
Bradley “wuskin” Marshall (insert image)
Wuskin’s Call of Duty esports career started back in 2016 at the end of the Black Ops III season. He went on to join his twin brother’s (Skrapz) team during the Infinite Warfare season and became one of the breakout European players toward the end of the year. During the 2019 CWL Championship, he placed tied for 5th alongside his teammate Dylan.
Wuskin is an AR main for London and had an incredible breakout performance during Launch Weekend in Minneapolis. He finished the weekend with the top Kill to Death (K/D) ratio at 1.6. Expect Wuskin to put together another top tier performance this weekend competing in front of the home crowd.
Rhys “Rated” Price (insert image)
Rated is another veteran on this roster. He started out in Call of Duty Black Ops II, but really started to make a name for himself in Advanced Warfare and Black Ops III. He was a member of Splyce when they made a run at the CWL Championship in 2016, placing 2nd.
Rated is London’s other AR main, but can be flexible and slide into any position he may need to fill. He will be the player that is looking to move into a better position based on what the SMG players are doing during each match. Expect Rated to be the X-factor on London’s roster, implementing some unconventional strategies.
Matthew “Skrapz” Marshall (insert image)
Skrapz joined the Call of Duty esports scene just before his brother, wuskin, during the Call of Duty Black Ops III season in 2016. He made a name for himself as one of the top European players and made the Call of Duty All-Star roster in 2016, 2018, and 2019. His playstyle brings a lot to the team and could be the push they need to excel in this year’s CDL format.
Skrapz plays the Flex role for London. He can be place in any role and is expected to perform just as well as any of the top players in that role. This makes him extremely versatile, and allows London to change up its game plan on the go. Expect for Skrapz to be moved around a lot as the team adapts to their opponent’s playstyle.
Parris Legion vs New York Subliners:
Parris is one of teams that came out hot during CDL Launch Weekend. No one expected them to perform the way they performed in Minneapolis. They are going to want to come out and prove to everyone that it wasn’t just a fluke, and that they are in fact a top tier team this year.
New York on the other hand is exactly the opposite. They had high hopes heading into CDL Launch Weekend and absolutely dropped the ball. They are going to be trying to make a statement by starting off the event with an early win against a dominant Parris Legion.
Parris shouldn’t become complacent, even if favored in their first matchup. New York needs to identify a hole in Parris’ teamwork. However, if they want to prove to everyone that they belong in the CDL, they need to come out on top in this matchup.
Dallas Empire vs Seattle Surge:
Dallas is still a top tier team in the League, even after starting 0 – 2 after Launch Weekend. C6 and Clayster are going to want to remind everyone why they are some of the best. Illey didn’t perform up to expectations at the start of the season, so look for him to come out swinging.
Seattle needs its big players to perform this weekend. Enable and Karma need to have a much better outing if they plan on making any kind of progress this season. The Surge need to be more consistent with their play moving forward.
Dallas looks like the favorite in this matchup. If Seattle wants to come out on top in their first matchup of the weekend, they need to take control of the maps early and win the respawns. It’s going to be an uphill battle for the Surge, and we’ll see if they are up to the task.
Chicago Huntsmen vs Los Angeles Guerillas:
Chicago made a statement early during Launch Weekend by besting the favored Dallas Empire. Scump and Formal have proven that they are two of the best Call of Duty players to ever play the game. They look to solidify that view by finishing first in this tournament.
Los Angeles is coming hot off some controversy with ACHES riling up the Minnesota crowd by calling them “weak.” He claims the RØKKR got a free win off the controversial ruling that a Guerrillas player was using a banned perk. By besting Chicago at this event, they can solidify their status as one of the top competitors this year.
Chicago seems like the favorites here, but I wouldn’t count LA out. They have a chip on their shoulder and can shock the League by immediately knocking Chicago down to the losers’ bracket.
London Royal Ravens vs Toronto Ultra:
London was equally impressive and unimpressive last week. They came out and swept the New York Subliners 3 – 0, but then were swept themselves by Parris Legion. They have the talent, but can they execute?
Toronto can’t let the Royal Ravens get an early lead, or they may find it difficult to push back. They need to win their initial push on each map and get an early setup if they hope to beat the seasoned London team.
This could be a very even matchup between these two teams, but London has home field advantage. Toronto is going to have to block out the fans if they hope to stand a chance in the arena.
How You Can Watch
Call of Duty League London showcases the CDL’s new tournament format, which will make it exciting for spectators. Teams have the risk of being knocked out of the tournament after losing twice, receiving little to no points at all. This will make for intense matchups where every match and round matters.
Call of Duty League London takes place February 8th – 9th and can be watched live on the official Call of Duty League YouTube channel.