Call of Duty League Home Series Dallas Preview


by in Call of Duty | Apr, 10th 2020

Activision is getting ready to win players back over with the Call of Duty League that is coming back from its postponement to a new and improved format. That new online format will kick off this weekend with the Call of Duty League Home Series Dallas event.

Call of Duty League Is Back

Activision announced earlier this week the official return of the Call of Duty League’s first season. The league has been going for a few months now since the beginning of the year but had to abruptly stop its competitions due to the COVID-19 global pandemic that is sweeping the world.

While other esports leagues and tournaments were canceled outright, Activision ensured that the first season of the hyped Call of Duty League would continue in some way. But for a long while, we didn’t know what form that would be or when it would resume operations.

Thankfully, Activision surprised us this week with the announcement that the league would continue to compete in its first season after a period of delay, and that even though the novel coronavirus situation is happening, it will resume in a mostly intact format.

The best part, though, is that the Call of Duty League isn’t just coming back soon but less than a week after Activision revealed that it would return. Players and fans now have something to look forward to this weekend that will be the triumphant return of the franchised league.

Home Series Dallas Arrives This Weekend

The Call of Duty League returns with its first major event in over a month now since its last one in Los Angeles. Everyone can look forward to the Call of Duty League Home Series Dallas event that kicks off this weekend and will bring some exciting competition to fans everywhere.

But with the return of the Call of Duty League comes some major changes to how it operates and exists. Previously, Activision would host live events in the home cities of each of the 12 franchised teams in the league. Those events would happen in person and at a quality venue in the city.

This allowed the fans to purchase tickets to the events directly and to have a chance to see their favorite teams duke it out live as the match happens onstage. The problem with the coronavirus is that this can no longer happen, so the league is moving to an online-only format.

As such, the upcoming Call of Duty League Home Series Dallas event will only be available online. This seems a little bit contrary since the event isn’t happening in Dallas, Texas as originally planned. But, regardless, it and the other future events will still have a hosting team, despite being all online and remote.

Home Series Dallas Start Date and How to Watch

The Call of Duty League Home Series Dallas event, in particular, will kick off this weekend and be the first of many events this season that will be online and remote. The event will kick off today, Friday, April 10, which is a bit of a change from how the tournament events were run previously.

This latest Home Series Weekend event will begin today and run throughout the whole weekend until Sunday, April 12. There will be three days of competition for players and fans to enjoy as we see some of the best teams from the league compete in this highly anticipated event.

After all, the Dallas Empire is one of the best teams in the league currently and they, unfortunately, had their event delayed right after cementing themselves as one of the strongest around. Thankfully, we get to see the Empire and other teams return this weekend.

You can watch the event live as it happens right from home just like many of the players. Though the event isn’t going to have a live and in-person component, it will be streamed live remotely as always.

If you are wanting to check it out, simply head on over to the Call of Duty League YouTube channel and check out each of the matches as they happen. The event will start later today at 3 pm Dallas local time (1 pm PT).

Dallas Tournament Competitors and Groups

Though the league is moving to an online-only format, much of what was part of the original league format will remain here. This includes how the events are run and how the winners of each one is determined. In the case of this event, the same number of competing teams is the same as always.

Even though everyone has had a break and now the events will all be online, only eight of the 12 total teams will compete in each of the Home Series Weekend events throughout the inaugural season. As such, four teams will be sitting the upcoming Dallas weekend event out.

Here are the eight teams who will compete this weekend:

  • Seattle Surge
  • Paris Legion
  • Florida Mutineers
  • Toronto Ultra
  • Chicago Huntsmen
  • Minnesota Rokkr
  • Dallas Empire
  • Angeles Guerrillas

This means that OpTic Gaming LA, Atlanta FaZe, London Royal Ravens, and the New York Subliners will be sitting this tournament out. Also like with previous events in the league, each of the teams break up into two groups that will kick off the first two days of competition.

Group A consists of the hosting team Dallas Empire along with Los Angeles Guerrillas, Florida Mutineers, and Toronto Ultra. Group B will have Seattle Surge, Paris Legion, Chicago Huntsmen, and Minnesota Rokkr.

Call of Duty League Current Standings

Going into the Call of Duty League Home Series Dallas event this weekend, the current standings are still the same as they were at the end of the Los Angeles joint-hosted event at the beginning of March. That was an unexpected event with some crazy wins and losses that no one saw coming.

There, we got to see Dallas Empire rise to the top and finally become one of the top-tiered teams as we initially predicted they would before the league would even start. At the same time, OpTic Gaming LA would secure itself as a rapidly improving team and Minnesota Rokkr would give one of the biggest upsets in the league ever.

You can find the current standings prior to the start of the Dallas Home Series Weekend event below in order from No. 1 to last place:

  • Atlanta FaZe
  • Chicago Huntsmen
  • Dallas Empire
  • Minnesota Rokkr
  • Paris Legion
  • Florida Mutineers
  • London Royal Ravens
  • OpTic Gaming Los Angeles
  • Seattle Surge
  • Toronto Ultra
  • Los Angeles Guerrillas
  • New York Subliners

As you can see, the teams that are at the top now aren’t exactly what they were at the beginning of the league in January. In addition, many of the changes that began at the previous event haven’t had the chance to fully come to fruition yet. Expect these standings to change up a bit after Dallas this weekend.

Current Match Schedule for Event

With the Call of Duty League Home Series Dallas event set to happen very soon, we already have the match schedule for the whole group stage portion of the event, which takes place over the first two days followed by the grand finals.

Of course, we aren’t sure who will make it to the grand finals just yet as the group stage has yet to even begin this weekend. That said, we do know many of the group stage matches that will happen. It all starts on day one with the first match at 1 pm PT.

It will see Seattle Surge and Paris Legion battle it out as the first match of the event, the first one for Group B, and the first main event one for the league in over a month. This match will be followed by the first Group A match of the event at 2:30 pm where Florida Mutineers will take on Toronto Ultra.

Then, later today at 4 pm, Chicago Huntsmen will face off against Minnesota Rokkr in Group B match two. The evening will conclude at 5:30 pm with the hosting team Dallas Empire facing off against Los Angeles Guerrillas. That will conclude day one and the matches will continue the following day.

Unfortunately, we only know that the next match will happen at 10 am PT on Saturday, April 11. We don’t know what the matchups will be like because they are entirely dependent on who wins and loses on the first day of competition today.

However, what we do know is that only the top two teams will move on from each of the two groups. Once the top four teams in the event are determined, they will compete on Sunday, starting at 1 pm PT until a winner of the Dallas Empire Home Series Weekend event is determined.

Winner and Results Prediction

The question remains: Who will be the winner of the entire Call of Duty League Home Series Dallas event? That is a tough question but one that we hope to predict and give you an answer for. That said, there is no predicting the league currently as the Los Angeles weekend taught us.

Starting with the first match of Seattle Surge versus Paris Legion, we do think that the Paris Legion will come out on top, though, it could be anyone’s game in this case. The second match of Florida Mutineers versus Toronto Ultra should be a breeze for the former, who is a quickly rising team.

When it comes to Chicago Huntsmen and Minnesota Rokkr, it is a tough one. Rokkr surprised everyone by taking out Atlanta FaZe’s long-running undefeated streak in the previous event but we still think that Rokkr’s weakness is the Huntsmen. As such, we think Chicago will win the match.

When it comes to Dallas Empire versus Los Angeles Guerrillas in the marquee match of the night, it shouldn’t be much of a problem for Dallas to win that. This would then set up the second round of matches where everyone plays against someone else on the second day.

In the end, we think the top two teams that will move on from Group A will be Dallas Empire in first place and Florida Mutineers in second. In Group B, we think that the top two teams will be Chicago Huntsmen and Minnesota Rokkr in first and second place, respectively.

This will result in the semi-finals where Dallas Empire will face off against Rokkr and Mutineers against Huntsmen. Though Rokkr is a strong team, we don’t think they will be able to take down the hosting team in the semi-finals and Dallas will move to the grand finals.

On the other hand, the Chicago Huntsmen and Florida Mutineers fight would be the most exciting one. The Mutineers were the first team to ever bring down the previously undefeated Chicago and it could happen again here.

As such, we are going to go out on a limb and say that Florida does win again and end up in the finals against Dallas Empire. From there, it is technically anyone’s game but we do think that Dallas Empire will hold its own and win their home event.

There is room for some changes, though, as Rokkr could take out Dallas and Florida could come off of an upsetting win against Chicago to also win the whole tournament, so only time will tell. If the Dallas Empire did face off against the Chicago Huntsmen, we do think the latter would likely win.

What’s Next for the Call of Duty League?

With the Dallas Empire Home Series Weekend event happening this weekend, what’s next for the Call of Duty League? Well, the next event to happen for the league will continue the online-only, remote format and hosted by the very impressive Chicago Huntsmen.

This is one of the most exciting tournaments of the season as it is not only hosted by one of the best teams, but it has the current top three teams involved as well. Here are the teams that will compete at the Chicago Home Series Weekend:

  • London Royal Ravens
  • Atlanta FaZe
  • Seattle Surge
  • Los Angeles Guerrillas
  • Dallas Empire
  • OpTic Gaming LA
  • Chicago Huntsmen
  • New York Subliners

Group A will consist of London Royal Ravens, Atlanta FaZe, the hosting team of Chicago Huntsmen, and New York Subliners. Group B will be Seattle Surge, Los Angeles Guerrillas, Dallas Empire, and OpTic Gaming LA. With Atlanta and Chicago in the same group, we could finally see the long-awaited match between the top two teams there.

As such, we very much look forward to the upcoming Chicago Home Series Weekend. It will happen two weeks from now, beginning on Friday, April 24 and last through the weekend until Sunday, April 26. Stay tuned for our full breakdown of that event in the next couple of weeks.

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