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Call of Duty League Launch Weekend recap – London Vs Paris rivalry heats up

CDL Kickoff

The Call of Duty League Launch Weekend has reached its climax after a long weekend of exhilarating matches played at the highest level. Let’s cast our minds back over the stand-out moments from the final two days in Minnesota.

Royal Ravens make a statement

London Royal Ravens faced New York Subliners in their first match of the weekend. The boys from Britain put on a show in the first map taking it 250-148. The Ravens then kept the ball rolling in the second map, taking the Search and Destroy 6-2. Wuskin had the crowd on their feet early on with an impressive 1v3 in round two:

The man of the moment, Wuskin, feels the London Royal Ravens should be placing “top 3 at least” in the league’s power rankings. His post-match interview displayed the confidence that the team has in their ability and their drive to become the best in the league.

Team Singularity win Challengers final

Alongside the league games being played, the Call of Duty Challengers Open took place with 168 amateur teams looking to prove themselves. the all-British roster of Team Singularity took on Seattle Surge affiliates, Hybrid Black. In a hard-fought series, the Brits managed to seal the victory 3-2 and take home a sizeable $80,000 cheque.

Coming in third place were favourites, Team WaR, who fought well and took home 11,000 Challengers points and $25,000. In fourth place was another Seattle Surge affiliate, Hybrid Gaming. They earned 9,000 Challengers points and $20,000.

The battles for Europe and the North

The rivalry between France and Britain stretches back to 1066, when Norman troops landed in Sussex to overthrow the king of England and it didn’t get much better from there. So it’s perhaps no surprise that Call of Duty, you know with all its guns and stuff probably wasn’t the place for those grievances to be forgotten. And so as naturally as day turns to night a rivalry has developed between the Paris Legion and the London Royal Ravens and it set the stage for one of the most exciting match-ups in the league. Paris ultimately took the series and finished the weekend with an impressive 2-0 record – when they travel to London for the next event expect things to get heated.

The battle for the North became a hot topic over the weekend as tensions ran high on the main stage. Toronto Ultra faced home team Minnesota Rokkr in the final series of the Launch Weekend. The Minnesota boys turned up for their home supporters and grabbed the win in a feisty match-up, giving them a 2-0 record to finish.

It’s all fun and games

One of the stand-out moments from the Launch Weekend was the player walk-outs where the players had the opportunity to make their way to the stage and express themselves however they liked. The first walk-out to catch the community’s attention was Dallas Empire rookie, iLLey:

His peculiar entrance sent Twitter into a frenzy and even led to players, like Seattle Surge’s Octane, mocking the young-gun by partaking in the “#iLLeYChallenge”:

Other notable entrances included Seattle’s Enable who had all the moves and even produced impressive in-game performances to back it up:

CDL Standings

At the end of an exciting weekend of Call of Duty, here is a closer look at the standings before the next event in London, England:

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