Call of Duty League Kickoff Classic Fan Matches Announced
Activision has officially announced the schedule for the upcoming Call of Duty League Kickoff Classic event. The upcoming event will be the warm-up period for the league’s 2021 season. We now know the Call of Duty League Kickoff Classic matches that will happen there.
Call of Duty League Kickoff Classic Schedule Released
As we already knew from the initial Kickoff Classic announcement, this event is not the actual start for the 2021 season but more of a warm-up period that doesn’t necessarily count towards everything going to happen this year.
That said, it will be the first time that we see many of these teams competing together with new and returning players alike. Also, two main teams have undergone total rebranding that will ensure that they are potentially totally different entities this year.
As such, the Call of Duty League Kickoff Classic matches will allow the 12 teams in the league to compete against one another and get excellent practice in before the real competition starts. Also, it is the chance for some rivalries to get going this time around.
Six matches will happen during the Kickoff Classic weekend, with three on each day. According to Activision, these matches were reportedly fan-voted, and the community has determined which team will get to go up against which.
First Match Will Be New York Subliners vs. Dallas Empire
As there are 12 teams in the league this season, there will only be six matches in total. Each team will participate in a single match across the weekend and serve as their single professional warm-up match (that we know) before the upcoming 2021 season starts.
The event will happen on Saturday, Jan. 23, and Sunday, Jan. 24. Here is the schedule that we know of for the six Call of Duty League Kickoff Classic matches that weekend.
On Saturday, the first match will kick off at noon PT when we have one of the most anticipated match-ups of the weekend: Dallas Empire vs. New York Subliners. This might seem like an odd match-up from a glance, but there is a big reason why this is a hotly anticipated match.
For one, the New York Subliners is a different team from what they were from the past season, only retaining two players and adding two more into the mix. One of those new players is going to be potentially a large force behind the future success of the Subliners, and that is Clayster.
Other Matches on Day 1
There are currently five world champions in the Call of Duty League. Four of them are still with the Dallas Empire, the league’s current reigning champions. But with the switch to four on four matches, Clayster was controversially dropped (I still think it should have been someone else).
He is now joining the New York Subliners. This anticipated match will see the only two teams with current world champions take each other on. It will be interesting to see if the Dallas Empire can do well without Clayster against a team with him and many other strong players.
The second match will be at 1:30 p.m. PT and feature the Los Angeles Guerrillas vs. Seattle Surge. It isn’t too interesting of a match but a nice rivalry between the two teams that came in last place last year. The Seattle Surge has a pretty solid team this year, so we are intrigued to see how it pans out.
And lastly, for Saturday, the Atlanta FaZe and Florida Mutineers match at 3 p.m. PT. This isn’t that much of a rivalry match at all; it just seems like they didn’t have anything to give these two teams. It would have been more interesting to see Atlanta go up against Dallas, who was the only team better than them last year.
All Sunday Matches in the Kickoff Classic
Sunday will kick off with the first match at 1 p.m. with the London Royal Ravens vs. Paris Legion. The only two European teams have a rivalry already, but this will be intensified this year because Skrapz, now part of the Legion, will take on his former team, who probably shouldn’t have let him go, honestly.
This will be followed by what seems to be another filler match at 1:30 p.m. with teams that didn’t have anywhere to go: Toronto Ultra vs. Minnesota Rokkr. We’ve already talked about the potentially god-tier team that the Rokkr have and, if we are right, this should be an easy win here.
And the final match of the event will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday and potentially feature the weekend’s biggest rivalry: OpTic Chicago vs. LA Thieves. These are the two teams that rebranded themselves this year, not to mention the fact that the OpTic Gaming and 100 Thieves organizations are rivals of a sort already.
We fully expect this to be the most anticipated match-up of the weekend, especially since both teams have pretty darn good rosters this year. During the event, there will be announcements regarding the 2021 season schedule, the upcoming launch event, and much more.
Stay tuned soon for our full breakdown of the Call of Duty League Kickoff Classic matches, event, and our predictions for who will win there.