The next stop for the CDL is London, here's what you need to look out for.
Launch Weekend for the Call of Duty League went about as well as one could expect it to go. There were minimal technical delays, some great matchups, and intriguing storylines to follow all season long. However, week 2, which takes place in London, is quickly approaching. So here are some things you should keep an eye on when the CDL heads across the Atlantic.
The Dallas Empire and Seattle Surge’s records
One of the many surprises from Launch Weekend was the caliber of teams that went 0-2. Among them was the Dallas Empire and Seattle Surge. Though, you could argue and say that the Empire isn’t what their record indicates as they played the two best teams in Atlanta and Chicago.
Nonetheless, both teams sit at 0-2 and at the bottom of the standings. On Saturday, Feb. 8, they match up in Group A. So, one team will no longer be winless, but it will be interesting to see which team looks stronger. Each squad has a ton of experience and talent, but neither could put it together last weekend.
Will Dallas continue to prove everyone right by being online warriors? Or will the young guns of the Empire step up and take down the veterans on the Surge? We find out on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 12:45 PM GMT (7:45 AM EST).
The Paris Legion’s success
Another surprise from last weekend was the Paris Legion finding themselves at 2-0 after besting OpTic Gaming and the London Royal Ravens. The roster looked extremely strong for a team that hasn’t gotten much practice in. However, can they continue that success in London?
Presumably, Paris will continue to play at a high level. Although, the biggest question facing them is if they can turn that into match wins. The roster doesn’t have a whole lot of experience together so they’ll be tested once again come Saturday.
You can catch Paris’ first match against the New York Subliners at 11:30 AM GMT on Feb. 8.
The London crowd
The reputation of European crowds is shining, as the fans are extremely loud and fill out every seat in the venue. Last year at CWL London, many teams exclaimed that it was the best atmosphere they’d ever seen at a Call of Duty event.
With the CDL taking over, the fans in London will only have two days to cheer their team on instead of three. However, we fully expect the fans in attendance to be as rowdy as ever.
CDL London begins on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 11:00 AM GMT. You can catch all the action on YouTube.com/CallofDutyLeague.
Images via MLG and CDL.