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Call of Duty League Playoffs & Championship Weekend Details



As the excitement for the Call of Duty League Playoffs continues to grow, with the event fast approaching, Activision Blizzard released further information regarding the event last night. This has sparked a fair bit of discussion and controversy within the community right now. 

The playoffs officially run from August 19th to 30th. The Challengers Finals take place prior to this on August 15th-16th. The fan inclusive City Circuit Tournament starts bracket play on August 22nd and concludes with a final on August 29th during Championship Weekend.

Match Format & Map Order 


All matches are best-of-5

  • Map 1—Hardpoint
  • Map 2—Search and Destroy
  • Map 3—Domination
  • Map 4—Hardpoint
  • Map 5— Search and Destroy


Best-of-9 with team from Winner’s Bracket starting match up 1-0

  • Map 1—Hardpoint
  • Map 2—Search and Destroy
  • Map 3—Domination
  • Map 4—Hardpoint
  • Map 5— Search and Destroy
  • Map 6—Domination
  • Map 7—Hardpoint
  • Map 8—Search and Destroy

Playoffs Prizing

In collaboration with the teams and players, Activision Blizzard have recently redistributed the prize pool. The updated payout structure better rewards teams that perform well during the Playoffs while assigning less prize money for the final matches. The overall prize payout of $4,600,000 remains the same. Here’s how it breaks down:

  • League Champion—$1.5 million
  • Runner-up—$900,000
  • 3rd place—$600,000
  • 4th place—$450,000
  • 5th place—$300,000 (2 teams)
  • 7th place—$175,000 (2 teams)
  • 9th place—$100,000 (2 teams)

Challengers and City Circuit – Call of Duty League Playoffs 

With over $500,000 at stake, the Challengers Finals for NA, EU, and APAC are scheduled for August 15-16. Go here for additional details about format, prizing breakdowns, and broadcast times.

The City Circuit tournament featuring fan duos representing CDL franchises will start bracket play on August 22 and conclude with the final at Championship Weekend on August 29. Go here for additional details about format, prize breakdowns, and broadcast times.

Call of Duty League Playoffs Controversy

The Call of Duty League Playoffs have kicked up debate the past 24 hours purely due to the prize pool breakdown in Challengers. There are those complaining that too many teams are involved in the split. With some people believing that less teams should make the cut, increasing the winnings of the teams that place higher. 

Dallas Empire professional player Clayster touched on the subject. He makes a point many would agree with, that of the 24 challengers teams, only a limited amount would have made the prize pool cut in previous Call of Duty Championships formats. So this change, whilst spread across more teams, is actually an improvement and increase on past scenarios. 

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