The first-ever Call of Duty League Pro-Am Classic is set to begin this weekend. This is the first time that amateur players and teams will face off against professionals on LAN in an official capacity.
Prior to the CDL’s formation, this was a normal occurrence, as major events would see amateur teams win their way into pool play and square off against top-tier pro teams. However, with the CDL only having five events every year and COVID-19 playing restricting large gatherings, the chances for amateurs to show what they can do have been sparse.
That all changes this weekend, as four amateur teams won their right to be included in the Pro-Am. The event features four pools, each with three pro teams and one amateur squad, going head-to-head. Then, the top two seeds from each pool will head into the playoffs, starting with the quarterfinals. From there, it’s a single-elimination bout for a spot in the grand final.
Like old times 😉
We'll have 4 streams for Pro-Am Classic but no worries, you can still catch all of the games live!
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— Call of Duty League (@CODLeague) May 2, 2022
The Pro-Am Classic will feature four concurrent streams on the CDL’s YouTube channel so fans don’t have to miss a single match. The streams are named: Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta. This is a return to form for Call of Duty, as events used to feature multiple streams back during the CWL days. Fans can find each concurrent stream by visiting the CDL’s YouTube channel and then selecting which stream they want to view.
The event kicks off at 3 p.m. ET on Thursday. The pools for the Pro-Am Classic are as follows:
- Atlanta FaZe
- Seattle Surge
- Toronto Ultra
- Strike X
- OpTic Texas
- Florida Mutineers
- Minnesota ROKKR
- Toronto Ultra Academy EU
- London Royal Ravens
- LA Thieves
- New York Subliners
- Team WaR
- Boston Breach
- LA Guerrillas
- Paris Legion
- Toronto Ultra Academy NA
There will be some new rosters heading into the Pro-Am Classic, so this should be a notable precursor to CDL Stage 3.
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Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.