The 2023 Call of Duty League season kicked off December 2 with the online qualifiers for Major I, the first of five Majors this season.
While reigning champions Los Angeles Thieves have retained their starting lineups from 2022, alongside OpTic Texas and Seattle Surge, nearly every other team has made some changes.
CDL 2023 Major I ushers in brand new competition with the first LAN of the season. The Pro-Am event will feature 12 franchised teams and four Challengers teams, all battling for CDL points and a US$500,000 prize pot.
Here’s what you need to know about Major I, including the schedule, results, and format.
What is CDL 2023 Major I?
Major I marks a departure from other Majors, featuring both franchised and amateur teams. It will be hosted by the Call of Duty League on LAN in Raleigh, North Carolina from December 15 to 18 at the Raleigh Convention Center.
Teams will duke it out over CDL points, which will determine their standings and whether or not they qualify for the playoffs at the end of the season.
Two weeks of online qualifiers will be played before teams head to LAN on December 15.
CDL 2023 Major I schedule and results
Qualifiers Week 1
|Boston Breach||3 — 1||Atlanta FaZe|
|OpTic Texas||1 — 3||Minnesota RØKKR|
|Vegas Legion||1 — 3||Los Angeles Thieves|
|Los Angeles Guerrillas||3 — 2||Seattle Surge|
|Minnesota RØKKR||3 — 1||Toronto Ultra|
|New York Subliners||0 — 3||London Royal Ravens|
|Seattle Surge||1 — 3||Boston Breach|
|Florida Mutineers||3 — 2||Vegas Legion|
|Los Angeles Guerrillas||2 — 3||London Royal Ravens|
|OpTic Texas||3 — 0||Florida Mutineers|
|Los Angeles Thieves||2 — 3||Atlanta FaZe|
|Toronto Ultra||3 — 1||New York Subliners|
Qualifiers Week 2
|Seattle Surge||12:00 p.m. PT | 8:00 p.m. GMT | 4:00 a.m. GMT +8, December 10||London Royal Ravens|
|Florida Mutineers||1:30 p.m. PT | 9:30 p.m. GMT | 5:30 a.m. GMT +8, December 10||Minnesota RØKKR|
|New York Subliners||3:00 p.m. PT | 11:00 p.m. GMT | 7:00 a.m. GMT +8, December 10||Los Angeles Guerrillas|
|Toronto Ultra||4:30 p.m. PT | 12:30 a.m. GMT, December 10 | 8:30 a.m. GMT +8, December 10||Atlanta FaZe|
|Atlanta FaZe||12:00 p.m. PT | 8:00 p.m. GMT | 4:00 a.m. GMT +8, December 11||Vegas Legion|
|OpTic Texas||1:30 p.m. PT | 9:30 p.m. GMT | 5:30 a.m. GMT +8, December 11||London Royal Ravens|
|New York Subliners||3:00 p.m. PT | 11:00 p.m. GMT | 7:00 a.m. GMT +8, December 11||Boston Breach|
|Florida Mutineers||4:30 p.m. PT | 12:30 a.m. GMT, December 11 | 8:30 a.m. GMT +8, December 11||Los Angeles Thieves|
|Minnesota RØKKR||12:00 p.m. PT | 8:00 p.m. GMT | 4:00 a.m. GMT +8, December 12||Vegas Legion|
|Seattle Surge||1:30 p.m. PT | 9:30 p.m. GMT | 5:30 a.m. GMT +8, December 12||Toronto Ultra|
|Los Angeles Thieves||3:00 p.m. PT | 11:00 p.m. GMT | 7:00 a.m. GMT +8, December 12||OpTic Texas|
|Boston Breach||4:30 p.m. PT | 12:30 a.m. GMT, December 12 | 8:30 a.m. GMT +8, December 12||Los Angeles Guerrillas|
CDL 2023 Major I format
Each team will play four qualifying matches in two weeks, and then the League will host Major I in Raleigh.
The top four teams from the Challengers LAN qualifier stage will join the Major I group stage alongside the 12 franchised CDL teams.
Major I will begin with four groups of four teams competing in a GSL format. The top two from each group will then advance into a double-elimination bracket to decide the champion of Major I.
All Majors finals will be played in a best-of-seven format.
CDL 2023 Major I teams
All 12 franchised teams are competing in Major I:
- Atlanta FaZe
- Boston Breach
- Florida Mutineers
- Las Vegas Legion
- London Royal Ravens
- Los Angeles Guerrillas
- Los Angeles Thieves
- Minnesota RØKKR
- New York Subliners
- Seattle Surge
- OpTic Texas
- Toronto Ultra
Eight Challengers teams have qualified for the Challengers LAN, which will determine which four move ahead to the group stage:
- RØKKR Academy
- Decimate Gaming
- LAG Academy
- D1 Gaming
Where to watch CDL 2023 Major I
Games will be played in front of a live audience from December 15 to 18. Tickets are available to buy now at fevo.com, starting from US$25.