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Call of Duty is just around the corner for the League’s 2021 campaign, but before the Black Ops Cold War professional season begins, there will be a slate of exhibition matches called the Kickoff Classic – here’s all you need to know about this precision event.

  • The exhibition schedule to be online takes place January 23-24
  • All 12 teams will facilitate; Some powerhouse matchups decided by fans
  • Optic Chicago and LA Thieves to Face Offscreen Rebellion

Ahead of its highly anticipated second season, CDL is hosting its first Kickoff Classic – a preseason event that will see all 12 teams play a single exhibition match in preparation for each regular season.

To make things even more interesting, the league engaged with fans to set up some high-profile matchups, including Optic Gaming vs. LA Thieves and Dallas Empire vs. New York Subliners.

The Kickoff Classic is taking place over the course of two days – 23-24 January – and will be played online, which will likely be the case for most, if not all, 2021 tournaments.


CDL’s Kickoff Classic is a precision exhibition event ahead of the 2021 regular season.

CDL Kickoff Classic: Stream

Due to the Call of Duty League’s partnership with YouTube, the event will be live-streamed exclusively on CDL’s YouTube channel, which we will embed here as the event nears.

CDL Kickoff Classic: Schedule and Score

Saturday, January 23

Dallas Empire vs. New York Subliners 12:00 pm 3.00 PM 8:00 pm 7:00 AM (January 24)
La Guerillas vs Seattle Surge 1:30 pm 4:30 pm 9:30 PM 8:30 AM (January 24)
Atlanta Foz vs Florida Mutineers 3.00 PM 6:00 pm 11:00 pm 10:00 AM (24 January)

Sunday, January 24

London Royal Rance vs Paris Legion 12:00 pm 3.00 PM 8:00 pm 7:00 AM (January 24)
Toronto Ultra vs Minnesota ROKKR 1:30 pm 4:30 pm 9:30 PM 8:30 AM (January 24)
Optic chicago vs la thief 3.00 PM 6:00 pm 11:00 pm 10:00 AM (24 January)

CDL Kickoff Classic: Teams and Players

With Black Ops being the first official match of the CDL in Cold War, there will be a lot of eye on how the all-new roster will perform. All 12 teams had to make at least one change due to switching to the 4v4 format, with some opting to change their squads altogether.

Like a matchbox, this story is huge. The premiere match will be the next chapter in the battle and rivalry of Opic Gaming vs. LA Thieves – two rebranded franchises that debuted back in Black Ops 4.

Defending CDL chaps will square off against the Dallas Empire for the first time since three-time world champion Klester, now with the New York Subliners, was removed from their roster due to a 4v4 switch.

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The former Huntsman, the Arquits, will make his debut for the Atlanta Phase against the new-form Florida Mutineers, one of the top teams of the 2020 season, while Toronto Ultra and Minnesota ROKKR will add another installment to their North “rivalry” battle.

Team The players
Atlanta FaZe Simp, aBeZy, Cellium, Arcitys
Dallas empire Crimson, shotzee, hookay, ileigh
Florida mutineers Skies, hawok, owaking, dull
London Royal Ravens Sean, alex, dylan, zer 0
Los angeles guerrillas Completely, aggression, vivid, apathy
Los angeles thief SlashR, Kenny, TJHLY, Temp
Minnesota ROKKR Attach, Accuracy, Priestah, Major
New york subliners Zuma, Klester, Mac, Hydra
Optic chicago Scamp, Formula, Envoy, Dashi
Paris army Scraps, classic, aqua, fire
Seattle serge Octane, gunless, prestini, looney
Toronto ultra Methods, Bains, CleanX, Chemie

For live coverage of the CDL Kickoff Classic be sure to follow us on Twitter, @DextronTel, as we’ll be telling you about score updates, clips, and everything else you need to keep up with all the action.

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