The cards are on the table. Challengers Champs will officially be in Vegas alongside the professional CDL World Champioship.
CDL Challengers Champs is headed to Las Vegas alongside the pro event in June, 2023. The World Championship event will be where all of the best teams from across the globe fight it out to be number one.
For the first time in the Call of Duty League era, Challengers Champs will feature Grand Finals on main stage at the Thomas & Mack Center in LV. The Call of Duty League has revealed exact details of what to expect from Challengers Championship weekend this year.
Challengers Champs is arguably the last remaining true "World" Championship in Call of Duty. Teams from all four corners of the globe will take part. That's in contrast to the fact that the Call of Duty League only has one team from outside North America.
A total of 16 teams will take part in Challengers Champs in 2023. That number has doubled from last year, where only eight of the top teams got to fight it out.
Teams qualify through global leaderboards and performance in the last few remaining tournaments of the Challengers season. The top two teams in the Toronto Open will automatically qualify for Champs.
Every team will receive full funding to the event from the Call of Duty League. They will accommodate all four players on the teams that have qualified.
Here's how the teams qualify for Challengers Champs 2023:
- Top 2 Toronto Open teams
- NA - Top 4 teams
- EU - Top 4 teams
- LATAM - Top team
- APAC - Top team
- One LCQ team from each region
Last Chance Qualifier
The LCQ for Challengers Champs 2023 will take place one week after the final Open event of the season. It will run across June 3-4, 2023.
Last Chance Qualifiers will run in each of the four Challengers regions and will have a differing number of teams based on the region. The two-day event will qualify one team from each region for the Challengers Champs event in Vegas.
The format for Challengers Champs has also taken a step up. It's arguably now in a better place than the pro equivalent.
Teams will be playing in four groups of four, with the GSL-style of play in place. It will be a case of "win two before you lose two" matches. The top two teams from each of the four groups will then go into an eight-team double-elimination bracket.
Challengers Champs will be running a condensed schedule in Vegas. The whole of group stage will be on Friday, June 16. Teams will then play the entire bracket up until the Grand Finals on Saturday, June 17.
Grand Finals will take place on Sunday, first thing in the morning, and will be on the main stage of the CDL Championship Weekend event. It will be played out in a Best of 7 match before the CDL takes over for the rest of the day.
It is the first time since the CDL came into existence that exclusively Challengers action will be featured on main stage.
Call of Duty League have slashed the Challengers Champs prize pool this year. During the Vanguard season, the Champs prize pool was $250,000. Now, it's just $150,000.
- 1st - $60,000
- 2nd - $36,000
- 3rd - $24,000
- 4th - $12,000
- 5-6th - $6,000
- 7-8th - $6,000
Up until Grand Finals, the Challengers action at Champs will be broadcast on the Call of Duty Bravo stream. It is at the same time as the pro event so it cannot be on the same channel.
It will also be on the CoD Challengers YouTube channel for the entire weekend.
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