CDL 2021: start times, teams, and how to unlock reward drops

Call of Duty's biggest esports event returns tonight.

Ahead of CDL 2021, Activision have shared more details on the annual Call of Duty esports event including the full team line-up and rosters, how to unlock rewards drops, and where to watch CDL 2021 online.

The Call of Duty League has returned for 2021 and will see the world’s 12 best teams compete across five seasons, each one culminating in a Major where the season winners will be crowned. As always, teams will be playing the most recent CoD game with Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War being the focus of CDL 2021.

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Teams consist of four pro players each (down from five the previous year) and will be going head to head in best-of-five matches played on PC, picking up points with every match win. CDL 2021 will feature a revised spread of game modes including competitive favourite, Search & Destroy, as well as Control, and Hardpoint.

Related reading: Black Ops Cold War or Modern Warfare? Which Call of Duty is better?

Where to watch CDL 2021

All CDL 2021 matches will be streamed live and can be viewed via the official Call of Duty League YouTube channel. The first match will be taking place later today to kickstart the opening weekend with Los Angeles Thieves going up against Minnesota ROKKR, February 11th at 8:00PM GMT. This will be followed by the second match of the day at 9.30PM GMT between Seattle Surge and Dallas Empire. You can visit the Call of Duty League website for the full CDL 2021 schedule.

How to earn YouTube reward drops

During CDL 2021, Call of Duty fans will have the chance to unlock plenty of in-game content for Black Ops Cold War to enhance their multiplayer experience. All you need to do is link your YouTube and Call of Duty accounts (Activision promises this will only take 30 seconds) then tune in to watch live matches and earn free goodies. Note that you will need to be signed into a linked account while watching or these rewards won’t unlock. Confirmed YouTube drops for CDL 2021 include cosmetics such as an exclusive weapon charm, emblems, calling cards, and weapon/XP boosts.

CDL 2021 teams

Here is the list of all 12 teams competing in CDL 2021, complete with their current player rosters.

Atlanta FaZe | USA
·        Chris “Simp” Lehr
·        McArthur “Cellium” Jovel
·        Tyler “aBeZy” Pharris
·        Alec “Arcitys” Sanderson

OpTic Chicago | USA
·        Seth “Scump” Abner
·        Brandon “Dashy” Otell
·        Matthew “FormaL” Piper
·        Dylan “Envoy” Hannon

Dallas Empire | USA
·        Cuyler “Huke” Garland
·        Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas-Castro
·        Indervir “iLLeY” Dhaliwal
·        Ian “C6” Porter

Florida Mutineers | USA
·        Cesar “Skyz” Bueno
·       Joseph “Owakening” Conley
·       Travis “Neptune” McCloud
·       Josiah “Slacked” Berry

London Royal Ravens | UK
·        Sean “Seany” O’Connor
·        Alex “Alexx” Carpenter
·        Thomas “Dylan” Henderson
·       Trei “Zer0” Morris

Los Angeles Thieves | USA
·        Austin “SlasheR” Liddicoat
·        Kenny “Kenny” Williams
·        Thomas “TJHaLy” Haly
·        Donovan “Temp” Laroda

Los Angeles Guerrillas | USA
·        Reece “Vivid” Drost
·        Justin “SiLLY” Fargo-Palmer
·        Adam “Assault” Garcia
·       Bryan “Apathy” Zhelyazkov

Minnesota Røkkr | USA
·        Preston “Priestahh” Greiner
·        Dillon “Attach” Price
·        Lamar “Accuracy” Abedi
·       Michael “MajorManiak” Szymaniak

New York Subliners | USA
·        James “Clayster” Eubanks
·        Makenzie “Mack” Kelley
·       Obaid “Asim” Asim
·       Conor “Diamondcon” Johst

Paris Legion | France
·        Ulysses “AquA” Silva
·        Luis “Fire” Rivera
·        Nicholas “Classic” DiCostanzo
·       Matthew “Skrapz” Marshall

Seattle Surge | USA
·        Sam “Octane” Larew
·        Peirce “Gunless” Hillman
·        Preston “Prestinni” Sanderson
·       Daniel “Loony” Loza

Toronto Ultra | Canada
·        Anthony “Methodz” Zinni
·        Tobias “CleanX” Juul Jønsson
·        Cameron “Cammy” McKilligan
·       Ben “Bance” Bance

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War launched last November on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. Nick scored the FPS sequel a 7/10 in his Cold War review. Activision have yet to confirm what their plans are for Call of Duty in 2021 though it’s more than likely we’ll get another mainline series as well as ongoing support for Call of Duty: Warzone.

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