Call of Duty League Championship Weekend Preview: Who Will Win It All?
The Call of Duty League will come to an end in just a couple more days. The league has had its first season, and there is only one weekend left before it is over. But before that can happen, the Call of Duty League Championship weekend is finally here.
This Weekend Is the Grand Finale of the Call of Duty League
This weekend is the grand finale of the inaugural season of the Call of Duty League. Activision tried something new this year to create a franchised league similar to that of the NFL, NBA, and its own Overwatch League, where teams are owned by franchises and represent specific cities.
It is a strong structure and gives a better sense of identity to everything, and overall, it seems like a great idea. But how will it pay off in the end? That is something that we all want to know as this weekend will be the postseason’s continuation and conclusion.
The league’s normal season has been over now for about a month, but the postseason is still in effect. That said, the upcoming Call of Duty League Championship will be the end of it all. As we prepare for what will happen this weekend and the teams steel their nerves, we will go over everything you need to know about this weekend’s final event.
Call of Duty League Championship Weekend Start Date and How to Watch
The Call of Duty League Championship weekend begins Saturday, Aug. 29 and ends on Sunday, Aug. 30. It is a rather short weekend with only a few matches in total, but regardless, it is shaping up to be the biggest part of the whole season.
In a way, it is like a mini Home Series Weekend but, this time around, it is only the finals where we get the heart and fat of the competition. There will be no filler this time around, but only the good stuff that both the players and the fans can look forward to.
It will begin tomorrow on Saturday, Aug. 29, at approximately 11 a.m. PT, which is a little early for those of us on the west coast. But it is likely to help those in Europe who will be watching the event.
There will be a few matches on day one with an hour and a half or so between them to give the teams a break and allow other teams to prep for the next match. But there will be some teams who will compete more than once on the first day.
On the other hand, the second day of the event will have only one match, and you can probably guess which match that is: the Call of Duty League Championship match. That single match will more than make up for the lack of other matches to watch how highly anticipated it is.
If you are looking to watch these four intense and exciting matches, there are a couple of places that you can do so. If you’ve been watching other events this season, you will likely know where to watch. The first is the official Call of Duty League YouTube channel.
This is the place to be if you want easy access on your console, smartphone, etc. That said, there are some rewards that you can get if you use one of the other two methods of watching the Call of Duty League Championship weekend.
You can also watch it on the official league website and the companion app on smart devices. Both of these allow you to log into your Call of Duty account, unlike YouTube, and earn some in-game rewards just for watching the event as it happens.
Four teams will compete this weekend. They are generally regarded as the top four teams this season and will go down in Call of Duty history as the best four teams in the inaugural season to start it all. Three are rather predictable while there is one wildcard team.
Those four teams are Atlanta FaZe, Chicago Huntsmen, Dallas Empire, and London Royal Ravens. Starting with Atlanta, this is the team that came in No. 1 during the normal season and secured two-bye rounds during the first portion of the postseason competition.
They are regarded by many as the No. 1 team, and they haven’t lost a match yet in the postseason competition even though they have only done one match. The favor is certainly on them and another team in the league since they have been able to rest and be at peak performance, unlike the others who had to fight their way through.
The same can be said for Dallas Empire, the team that shot through the ranks and became No. 2 at the last minute in the normal season. They also had two bye rounds and narrowly made it to the finals alongside Atlanta FaZe.
They are, too, a fan favorite to win this all and is arguably the most consistent team around in the league. They have been amazing from the start and have had fewer dips in quality than other top teams, including even FaZe.
The third team is the rank four team in the normal season, Chicago Huntsmen. This team has been the favorite in the vast majority of the community since the start of the season. They are the team that has brought in the numbers and for a good reason.
Though the Huntsmen have faltered at times, including during the postseason competition, they were able to defy some powerful foes like a dream team OpTic Gaming LA and make it to the finals.
And last but certainly not least, we have the wildcard London Royal Ravens. Very few expected this team to be here, but they have done it. They started the postseason in poor form, losing the first match but recovering and defeating Toronto Ultra in a rematch and putting an end to the highly favored New York Subliners.
How the Championship Event Will Work
These four teams are some of the best in the league, and they will compete to find out who comes in what place and who will ultimately win the championship trophy. How the Call of Duty League Championship will work is largely similar to how the postseason began.
This weekend’s tournament is a direct continuation of everything that began last week with the playoffs postseason competition. The 12 teams were placed into seeds and positions based on how they did during the normal season and competed against one another.
There were two brackets used: an upper and lower one. The upper was where eight of the 12 teams started the competition while the other four were in the bottom section. If you lose a match in the upper bracket, you can still make a comeback in the bottom bracket.
When it comes to the Call of Duty League Championship, we arrive at a point where there are two teams left in the bottom bracket and two in the top bracket. How it will work this weekend is that there will be a match leading up to the elimination bracket finals where a team will win there.
Before that, the current top two teams will battle it out to see which one will win the winners bracket finals. The winner of the two brackets will then meet in the season’s final match to see who the winner and runner up will be.
Matches will largely follow the same standard procedure that the league has used since the very beginning. That said, the final match of everything will be quite different than anything else that we have ever seen. We will go more into that in a little bit when we get there. Let’s start with the schedule and our predictions this weekend.
Call of Duty League Championship Event Predictions: Day 1
The Call of Duty League Championship weekend will begin with the first day of matches where three of the four matches across the two days will happen. The first match to kick things off is the eliminations bracket semi-finals match between two of the four remaining teams.
This match is looking to be a potentially wild one where London Royal Ravens will take on Chicago Huntsmen. Both teams earned their way to the final portion of the season.
We didn’t expect the London Royal Ravens to be here at all. So, it is highly likely that the team could continue to bring it and win this match. Simultaneously, though, Chicago Huntsmen know the stakes of this match and will likely bring its full force to show here.
In the end, I am going to go with the safe prediction and say that the Chicago Huntsmen are going to win this match. London has had an amazing wildcard run in the postseason. It could continue, but I think it will officially come to an end here, and they will get fourth place.
The second match that will happen on Saturday is the marquee one of the day and is the winners finals match between Atlanta FaZe and Dallas Empire. One of these teams is guaranteed to be in the grand finals at the end, no matter what.
They are the top two teams for a reason. We fully expect this to be one of the most entertaining matches of the season. It could go either way honestly but given past matches between the two, I think this match will go the way of the No. 1 team Atlanta FaZe.
This will give way for the final match of day one, where it will be the elimination bracket finals. Since I think that Dallas Empire will lose the previous match, they will have to take on Chicago Huntsmen to see who will make it to the grand finals.
This match could go either way, but I will predict that Dallas Empire will come through and win this match.
Championship Match Predictions: Who Will Win It All?
I believe that this will lead to a grand finals match to end them all with Atlanta FaZe versus Dallas Empire. There certainly could be a matchup between Chicago and Atlanta. In the end, I do think that these two teams will be the top two.
It isn’t the most exciting finals set up, but it is a great one nonetheless, and there is a chance that Dallas could make a comeback and win it all. This is mainly because of the momentum that the team will have built up after losing to Atlanta already.
And then there is the fact that the grand finals match will be unlike any other match that has ever happened this season. Instead of the usual best of five match, it will be a whopping best of nine rounds. The first team to win five rounds will come out on top as the winner.
At the very least, five rounds will be played. At the most, nine brutal rounds will happen. This situation is where I think it will be closer to the latter where it will come down to the wire. We have never seen either team come this far so it could go either way. In the end, though, I do have to give this one to Atlanta FaZe, who will likely narrowly win this match. Stay tuned for the full results from this weekend.