- The Call of Duty League Stage V will be starting a week later than what was initially announced
- Instead of July 1, the competition will begin on July 2
- The most likely reason for this postponement is the festivities surrounding the Fourth of July
The national holiday of the United States is likely what pushed back Call of Duty League’s Stage V by a week.
A One Week Delay Sets Stage V for July 8
The Call of Duty League will be delaying the beginning of the fifth stage’s group play. The originally planned date that was announced at the beginning of 2021 was July 1. However, the stage will now begin later, probably because of the Fourth of July celebrations. The revised schedule was published on the official Twitter page of the popular shooter’s league:
Apparently, the current starting date is July 8, which translates to a week of delay. The event will now conclude on Sunday, July 25.
The most probable reason for the postponement is the celebration of the national holiday of the United States of America – the Fourth of July. The date was skipped in the previous season as well because of the festivities.
A Chance to Polish Everything for the Stage
In any case, although the week of delay might be seen as annoying by some fans who can’t wait to see their favorite Call of Duty teams on the field, it may prove beneficial as both the players and the organizational staff will have seven additional days to prepare and set everything up.
The tournament will be played in a round-robin format. The best performing ones will continue to the Major, where they will compete for the $500,000 prize pool that lies in wait. Moreover, if a team manages to score a perfect run during the group stage and then wins the Major as well, it will receive an impressive 125 CDL points. This is a hard achievement, but it has been done before and will definitely raise the hype.
Call of Duty League Stage V will open on July 8 with games between Atlanta Faze and London Royal Ravens and between Chicago Optic and Paris Legion.
Because of the group stage’s delay, the Major is also going to be pushed back. Call of Duty fans have suspected it will begin on July 29, but this is yet to be confirmed by the league.
Despite the delay, the fifth stage is coming for all fans to enjoy. Teams will have more time to work on their coordination and team play. In about a week and a half, fans will see the results of their hard work. It will be interesting to see how that and the leagues’ new sponsors will affect the future of Call of Duty esports.