The Call of Duty League has announced its schedule for the upcoming 2022-2023 Modern Warfare 2 season. The official announcement came from the CoD League Twitter, Tuesday, in a 3-minute video.
The league has announced a few key changes from previous years– an earlier start date, new Lan host cities and more events than prior seasons– giving fans several reasons to be excited about the awaiting season.
Here is a look at the scheduled Major Lan tournaments for 2022-2023:
Major I(Pro-AM): Raleigh
Major II: Boston (Breach)
Major III: Texas (Optic)
Major IV: New York (Subliners)
Major V & Champs: To Be Announced
From the announced release it is presumed that Major V and Champs weekend will be at the same venue. Let’s take a look at some of the essential takeaways from this big news for the Call of Duty pro scene.
London likely to miss out on Lan, again
Ask anyone that has followed the Call of Duty pro scene for a long time, and they will understand the problem with this. London, England has been home to some of the best and most rowdy Lan tournaments in the franchise’s history. Fans from England and the United States agree the city deserves another Major Lan Tournament, but the odds are looking evermore unlikely.
The season start date
The League announced that the competitive season will start much earlier this year, compared to years past. Online Qualifiers did not start until mid-January last season and the first Major Lan was not until February. In an attempt to please the fan base as a whole, the pro-League will begin at the beginning of December this year. On top of that, we will get our first Lan Tournament much earlier than usual, from December 15-18.
Optic Texas & the New York Subliners Get to Run it Back
To the surprise of just about nobody, both the Optic Texas’ and New York Subliners’ franchises will each host a Major Lan Tournament for a second year consecutively. Last season, Optic hosted the first Major of the season, where they happened to win. Many will view this as the “OpTic Bias” that so many fans like to refer to, but it makes sense, they have the biggest fan base–without a close second. The New York Subliners who hosted the final regular season Major of last year’s season, had one of the most lively and exciting atmospheres that Call of Duty Lan has seen in some time.
The Atlanta FaZe have undoubtedly been the most successful franchise in the Call of Duty League era. Although it is still early in its existence, FaZe (especially in Cold War and Vanguard) have been the game’s best. Last season they did not host a Lan tournament, which was no big deal, but now is time to look at a potential snubbing. After a Cold War season that saw them win the World Championship, and a Vanguard season in which their average placing across all Majors was second, FaZe deserved a home Major. Whether or not Atlanta is a hub for Call of Duty League fans is irrelevant, considering the massive reach that FaZe has over the entire Esports community. It will be interesting to see if the players or anyone from the franchise has anything to publicly say about this.
Major V & Champs hopefully heading to Vegas
Formerly the Paris Legion, the Call of Duty League franchise has relocated to Las Vegas. When this rumor started to gain more traction in the early summer, many began to speculate, what would a Call of Duty Lan Tournament in Las Vegas look like? Well, the city has had events in the past and they have been highly successful. Many believe that this is an inevitable truth that the League will announce Vegas as the host city for Major V & Champs.
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