Call of Duty Warzone Rise Nation Tournament Announced

by in Call of Duty | Jun, 26th 2020

Rise Nation was once one of the biggest names in Call of Duty esports from 2014 to 2018, ranking among the greats like OpTic Gaming, FaZe, and many more that are part of the Call of Duty League currently. The organization is making a return to the franchise with its Call of Duty Warzone Rise Nation event.

Rise Nation Announces Warzone Tournament Alongside Rebranding

Rise Nation announced that it is rebranding itself with a new logo and design that will make it more modern and appealing to the eye. The red and black new logo is sleek, simple, and fantastic. And it looks like the organization is ready to take the Call of Duty franchise by storm once again.

Announced in a new interview and report by ESPN, Rise Nation is marking the celebration of its return to Call of Duty games by hosting a tournament of its own. Known as the Call of Duty Warzone Rise Nation event, it will be hosted later today and have some of the best in the business competing.

Some of the greatest players to have ever graced the Call of Duty stage will compete this event, minus any of the players who are currently part of the Call of Duty League, as they are barred from non-official league events like this one from Rise Nation.

That said, the Call of Duty Warzone Rise Nation tournament is shaping up to one exciting event with several different teams competing in Warzone to see who will come out on top. There are 12 teams in total that will compete in the battle royale-centric spin-off Call of Duty game later today.

When and Where to Watch the Warzone Tournament

The event will kick off at approximately 2 p.m. PT (5 p.m. ET) later today, Friday, June 26. The tournament will happen live and feature some of the best pro players from the history of Call of Duty esports as well as various famous content creators like Aydan and more.

You will be able to watch all of the action live as it happens by heading over to a few different streaming locations. The first is by heading to the ESPN Esports Twitch channel where some of the gameplay will be shown off, but will likely be more of a general view of the tournament.

If you are looking for more intense, detailed action from some of your favorite players, be sure to head on over to their specific Twitch or YouTube channel. For instance, if you are a fan of Aydan, head on over to his Twitch channel and watch him compete.

The general format of the Call of Duty Warzone hasn’t been fully revealed to the community, so there are a couple of ways to go down. If they have permission and support from Activision to have private Warzone matches, that could happen.

Teams Competing in the Warzone Event

Activision hosted the first-ever private Warzone tournament match recently, so that could have opened up the floodgates for the publisher to allow other organizations like Rise Nation to host their own private match and event. But it may be still too early on for that to happen.

If that’s the case, then we could see a more points-based event today, similar to what happens with a lot of the Fortnite tournaments these days. This might see the 12 teams competing enter into several different Warzone matches and earn points based on the number of eliminations they get in the match, their place at the end of the game, and so on.

Then, the teams would be ranked in the Call of Duty Warzone Rise Nation tournament based on how many points they got across a certain number of matches that everyone does. Regardless of which format the event uses, it is sure to be exciting given the talent that will be competing.

You can find the full list of the players, including pros and celebrities, and teams that will be competing, along with the broadcasters for the event below:

  • Commentators: Nameless and LEGIQN
  • Team 1: Max Holloway, TeePee, DougisRaw, and a Rise Nation player
  • Team 2: Christian Kirk, General Smitty, Fricke, and a Rise Nation player
  • Team 3: Marques Valdes-Scantling, Jukeyz, ClutchBelk, and Rise player
  • Team 4: Kyle Van Noy, StoneMountain, Enable, and Rise player
  • Team 5: Rodger Saffold III himself, MissesMae, Karma, and a Rise player
  • Team 6: Kurt Benkert, Aydan, MuTeX, and Rise player
  • Team 7: Tee Grizzley, Blaze, TGLTN, and Rise player
  • Team 8: Meyers Leonard, Metaphor, Bloo, and Rise player
  • Team 9: Eric Paschall, JKap, Galvanize, and Rise player
  • Team 10: Justin Jackson, Apathy, Slacked, and Rise player
  • Team 11: Josh Hart, Vik, Warz, and Rise player
  • Team 12: Chase Edmonds, Rated, Tommey, and Rise player

Karma Is Coming Out of Retirement for the Event

There are a few different teams to watch out for like JKap and team nine, Apathy and team 10, Enable and team four, and especially team five. That includes Saffold himself and, yes you read that right, Damon “Karma” Barlow.

You didn’t read that wrong. Fresh off of his retirement from Call of Duty esports and the league, Karma will be competing in this event. This is surprising since we thought that Karma was done with competing in Call of Duty games, but it looks like this could be his final event.

Or, dare we say it, could Rise Nation be bringing Karma to their side for the second season of the Call of Duty League? The organization is trying to join the next season of the league as an official team currently, so it is possible. Regardless, the Call of Duty Warzone Rise Nation event will happen later today at 2 p.m. PT. The teams will be competing for a share of the $50,000 charity event where proceeds will go to the Equal Justice Initiative.


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