A bizarre season of Call of Duty League action will finally end in a champion being crowned this weekend.
The Atlanta FaZe, Dallas Empire, Chicago Huntsmen and London Royal Ravens are the remaining teams in contention. Because Atlanta and Dallas are higher seeds and are coming from the winner’s bracket of earlier postseason rounds, they would need to lose twice to not make it to the final on Sunday.
Action will take place remotely rather than being held in person as events were initially planned before the COVID-19 pandemic. All matches will be broadcast on YouTube and the CDL’s website.
Atlanta was by far the best CDL team in the regular season, going 26-7 and finishing with a league-high 280 points. Dallas finished second with 260 points.
London enters championship weekend as an underdog — the Royal Ravens posted a losing record (12-14) in the regular season — but is buoyed by preliminary playoff wins over New York and Toronto.
Here’s everything to know about the CDL’s championship weekend, which concludes the 2020 season:
CDL championship schedule
(Play-in) Chicago Huntsmen vs. London Royal Ravens — Saturday, Aug. 29, at noon ET
Atlanta FaZe vs. Dallas Empire — Saturday, Aug. 29 at 3:30 p.m. ET
Winner Match 1 vs. Loser Match 2 — Saturday, Aug. 29 at 5:30 p.m. ET
Winner Match 2 vs. Winner Match 3 — Sunday, Aug. 30 at 4 p.m. ET
CDL championship bracket
There will be four matches total over the weekend, each structured in a best-of-five-game format with varied “Call of Duty” game modes and maps.
The Chicago Huntsmen and London Royal Ravens will face off in a play-in to reach the semifinals; the Atlanta FaZe and Dallas Empire are guaranteed at least a semifinal berth.
What time is the CDL championship?
The CDL’s championship match is on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 4 p.m. ET.
How to watch the CDL championship online
Viewers can tune in to the CDL’s YouTube channel or its website for access to a free live stream of the CDL championship. The match will have announcers and player interviews even though it is a remote competition.
How to get ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops’ beta from CDL stream
As outlined in our primer on the 2020 “Call of Duty” beta release, watching any weekend match for at least one minute when logged onto an Activision account grants automatic entry into a lottery for beta codes.