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Call of Duty League 2022 Pro-Am Classic Preview

Luna Meschiari

The Call of Duty League 2022 Pro-Am Classic will pit the established pros of the CDL against amateur Call of Duty Challengers teams. The Pro-Am Classic takes place from May 5th to 8th in Columbus, Ohio, and is the first such event under the Call of Duty League. Is it shaping up to be an exciting new direction for pro Call of Duty?

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Source: Call of Duty League Facebook Page

Tournament Format

The Call of Duty League, or CDL, consists of 12 teams. The 2022 Pro-Am Classic will have 16 teams, four of which are Challengers, battling it out for a $100,000 first prize, with the total pool being $250,000. 

Previous tournaments made use of double-elimination playoffs brackets, but this one will be getting a new approach. Sixteen teams have been divided into four groups with four teams each, one Challengers team per group. 

The teams from the same group will play against each other once, and the top two from every group move on to single-elimination matches. Another difference is that no CDL points will be awarded in this tournament. Also, for the first time, due to the increase in teams, CDL will host multiple broadcasts that will be streamed at the same time.

Competing Teams

Group A

  • Atlanta FaZe
  • Seattle Surge
  • Strike X
  • Toronto Ultra

Group B

  • Florida Mutineers
  • Minnesota RØKKR
  • OpTic Texas
  • Toronto Ultra Academy EU

Group C

  • London Royal Ravens
  • Los Angeles Thieves
  • New York Subliners
  • Team WaR

Group D

  • Boston Breach
  • Los Angeles Guerrillas
  • Paris Legion
  • Toronto Ultra Academy NA

The four Challengers teams here are StrikeX, Team WaR, Toronto Ultra Academy NA, and Toronto Ultra Academy EU, all of whom qualified through the Minnesota Open event at the beginning of April.

This is definitely shaping up to be one of the most exciting Call of Duty League tournaments yet. A lot of fans have been waiting for some of these changes and are hyped up, anxiously waiting to see it all unfold. Will the pros be able to wipe the floor with the rookies, or will the rookies be able to usurp the vets? Be sure to tune in as the event will be streamed on the official Call of Duty League YouTube channel.