Call of Duty League LAN Play Returns During Stage 4
It looks like the Call of Duty League is finally getting ready to see some semblance of normalcy once again in its competitions. It was announced that the long-awaited return of the Call of Duty League LAN play is finally happening in the very near future.
Call of Duty League LAN Play Is Returning
Players and fans won’t have to wait too much longer to see the return of Call of Duty League LAN play as the preferred method of competition is scheduled to restart in the next stage. Activision revealed that LAN will be happening as soon as the fourth stage of the current 2021 season.
At the end of stage 4, there will be the fourth Major tournament that will also be the second-to-last one for the current season. That event is going to be huge for the rest of the season and, rightfully so, it will also mark the return of Call of Duty League LAN play.
During that fourth Major teams will come back together in person and compete against one another on stage for the first time in a very long time. It has been over a year now since the last time we had an official LAN event in the Call of Duty esports scene and it is finally going to happen again.
We already knew that LAN matches would be returning at some point this year as Activision already mentioned that it would happen before the end of the 2021 season. However, it was unclear when exactly that would be as it could have been at the playoffs or even in stage 5.
Stage 4 Major Will Be In-Person
Fortunately for fans, the wait won’t be nearly as long as those scenarios since it will be coming back in stage 4. That just so happens to be the next stage of the season, which sets the return of Call of Duty League LAN play to around a month and a half or so from right now at the time of this announcement.
At this time, the stage 4 Major tournament is scheduled to happen from June 17-20, 2021, and that is when the first LAN event in a long time will happen for the CDL. As this is a major return to physical, in-person events for the pro teams and organizations, it is going to look a little bit different compared to when we last saw them.
For one, there are going to be no live crowds in attendance at the venue that has been selected and the event will happen with “strict” rules and regulations in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The only people who will be in attendance there are those who need to be there.
This includes the players and their team officials as well as the number of Activision staff that is needed to make the event happen in-person. There is going to be rapid testing for the coronavirus that will be happening while the weekend is going on to ensure that everyone is safe and healthy.
Safety Measures for the LAN Event
The limited number of people onsite even includes the fact that the actual broadcasters who commentate on the matches will be barred from attending in-person. They will continue to do their commentary remotely away from the venue itself.
The only media of some kind at the event will be the interviewer Jess Brohard who will be there to facilitate interviews following the matches that happen that weekend in the tournament. According to Dot Esports, this return to Call of Duty League LAN play only affects the Major in stage 4.
It will not actually include the normal weekly group play matches that happen in the three weeks leading up to the Major. Those will continue to be held online and remotely for the duration of the fourth stage; no word yet on what will happen with the fifth and final stage of the season.
As for the venue in which the event will take place, it will happen at the Esports Stadium in Arlington, Texas, which is in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. There, the weekend will include all 12 teams in the league competing against one another for some points on the leaderboard, the chance to shape the fifth and final group stage, and a share of the large $500,000 prize pool.
Several Teams Are Already in the Dallas Area
It is likely that any future Call of Duty League LAN events this season will probably be played in the same venue or nearby in the Dallas area as there are several teams who are currently stationed in that city besides just the reigning champs, Dallas Empire.
However, there are teams who will likely need to fly in, so, hopefully, the league officials are taking this into account and will be offering safety measures in this regard by having quarantine, testing, and the like for them. LAN play is a welcome return for the community, but we hope to see it done in a safe manner.
After all, we haven’t seen a LAN event for the CDL since the Los Angeles Home Series last year in March 2020 where, interestingly enough, the current champs Dallas Empire won it. The fourth Major is still so far away, so it is hard to say who will come out on top there.
It can definitely be quite different, though, as LAN and online play can result in different performances from teams. Until then, we have the third stage Major to look forward to after the conclusion of the third week of group play matches in this stage that kick off this week. Be sure to check out our preview and predictions for this week right here.