The Call of Duty League has officially announced the full schedule of matches for the first 11 weeks of the 2020 season.
On November 15th the Call of Duty League (CDL) released the full match schedule for the first 11 weeks of the regular season. This includes the opening weekend, set for early 2020 from January 24-26. The inaugural season will revolve around the newest CoD release, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
The flagship season will kick off in Minnesota, home to the Minnesota RØKKR. All 12 teams will make the trip to compete in the launch weekend. In total 11 matches will be played. Three on Friday, January 24th, and four on both Saturday the 25th and Sunday, January 26th.
Launch weekend Overview
Looking at the week 1 matchups, it's clear the CDL planned, meticulously, to save the best for last. On Sunday, key teams face-off in what will surely create some storyline matchups.
It will begin a new chapter in the rivalry between the two OG gaming organizations, FaZe and OpTic. FaZe and OpTic set the foundation for all gaming organizations. They were both birthed by Call of Duty and it is only fitting that they'll face-off in week 1 of the inaugural CDL season.
Later in the day, we have OpTic Gaming LA (OGLA). This time against the Chicago Huntsman. This match is important because it reunites some familiar faces. Four players in this matchup were members of OpTic at some point within the past few years. Brandon "Dashy" Otell and Thomas "TJHaLy" Haly remain with OpTic. Seth “Scump” Abner and Matthew “FormaL” Piper have moved over to the Huntsman side. Abner and Piper follow in the footsteps of Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez. Rodriguez built OpTic from the ground up, and after over 10 years as CEO left to pursue new opportunities. Shortly after, Rodriguez joined NRG Esports as co-CEO where he eventually became CEO of the Chicago Huntsman, among other business ventures. Both organizations and their players have something to prove in this matchup. It certainly will be a treat to watch for the fans.
Match schedules for the first half of the 2020 CDL season
Along with the launch weekend, the CDL announced 10 other weeks that make up the first half of the regular season. You can find the matchups along with each week’s hosting team below:
What Comes Next?
Following week 11, the CDL is hosting what they call the Midseason Weekend. The CDL has not released much information regarding this event. The only thing we know is that it is likely to occur on May 2nd, 2020. This was accidentally leaked by the OpTic Gaming Twitter account in a now-deleted tweet.
After that, weeks 12-22 are set to resume, culminating with the Championship Weekend on August 9th, 2020. This date was also leaked in the tweet mentioned previously.
The CDL has yet to announce the match schedules for weeks 12-22 but rest assured, we will report it here at ESTNN the moment the news breaks.