The annual Call of Duty Championship is one of esports’ most exciting events. Offering the biggest prize pool, the biggest stage, and the beautiful COD Champs rings, you can’t miss it. COD Champs 2020 is different in a few ways. First, the prize pool is a whopping $4.6 million with $1.5 million going to the winners. Secondly, the event is just the 12 CDL teams, far from the usual 32+ teams. Third, the group stage was the CDL regular season, so the teams go straight into bracket play. Finally, here’s the kicker: it’s going to be played completely online.
Yes, that does kind of suck. But it’s the only way, it seems, to keep players and staff healthy and to deliver the Champs experience in 2020. Teams will be on a much more treacherous and unpredictable playing field, making this COD Champs an odd one.
The event is also not over the course of one weekend; rather, it’s split into two. Starting Wednesday, August 19, the teams in the lowest four seeds will compete to make it further in the bracket as they start in the losers bracket.
COD Champs 2020 Bracket
The one-and-done losers matches
No. 10 Paris Legion vs No. 11 Seattle Surge – Wednesday, August 19 20:00 BST
No. 9 Optic Gaming LA vs No. 12 LA Guerrillas – Wednesday, August 19 21:30 BST
These matches are huge, as the losers’ season is over after a loss in a Best of Five, and they also see none of the $4.6 million.
The winners will go on to play the losers of:
No. 6 London Royal Ravens vs No. 7 Toronto Ultra – Thursday, August 20 20:00 BST
No. 5 New York Subliners vs. No. 8 Minnesota Rokkr – Thursday, August 20 21:30 BST
The rest of the matches will be played through Sunday, August 23, with the final four being set to play on August 29-30 in the Losers/Winners bracket final and the Grand Final.
Atlanta Faze and the Dallas Empire don’t have to play until Saturday, August 22 as they start in Winners round 3.
Here are predictions from a Gamezo staff writer.