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CoD XP 2016 Group Draw to Air Live on Monday

The biggest Call of Duty event in history is less than a month away. See how the teams are grouped this Monday.
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The 2016 Call of Duty Championship Group Draw will be aired live on youtube.com/callofduty on Monday, August 15th at 2 pm PDT.

Then, from September 1-4th, the biggest Call of Duty event of all time will take place in Los Angeles, California. CoD XP 2016 will not only feature an esports tournament, but it will be a Call of Duty extravaganza celebrating all aspects of the game. The Call of Duty World League Championship will tie it all together.

The prize pool has doubled from previous years, now sitting at a whopping $2 million. As usual, the best teams from around the world will compete for their share of the pool, but the large sum of money and the additional festivities make this year’s tournament special. Teams competing in the Call of Duty World League in Australia/New Zealand, Europe, and North America have been practicing all year for CoD XP. Those already qualified are listed below.

Australia/ New Zealand

  •         MindFreak
  •         Orbit
  •         Champs Squad
  •         Chiefs eSports Club

Europe

  •         Millenium (UK)
  •         Team Infused (UK)
  •         Splyce (UK)
  •         HyperGames (UK)
  •         Exertus eSports (UK)
  •         Epsilion eSports (UK)
  •         Giants Gaming (Spain)
  •         Team LDLC (UK)
  •         Supremacy (France)
  •         Cappeh Academy (Mixed EU)
  •         Revoltables (Mixed EU)
  •         Vitality (Mixed EU)

North America

  •         Team Envyus
  •         Dream Team
  •         Luminosity
  •         Rise Nation
  •         Faze Clan
  •         Optic Gaming
  •         Teams 7 – 16 to be confirmed on August 15

 

There are still ten spots up for grabs at this year’s Call of Duty Championship, all from North America. A flurry of last-minute changes occurred right before roster lock for the qualifier, most involving the expected top teams. They will be competing over the weekend to qualify. 

The Group Draw will be aired live and is formatted in a way that will ensure the best teams are not placed into the same pools. Four ‘pods’ will distribute teams fairly before the draw takes place. In pod A will be the top six North American teams (Team EnVyUs, Dream Team, Luminosity, Rise Nation, OpTic Gaming, and FaZe Clan) and the top two European teams (Millenium and Team Infused). Pod B will hold the next four top North American teams, the next two European teams (Splyce and HyperGames), and the top two ANZ teams (Orbit and Mindfreak). Pod C will have the last six North American teams and the next two European teams (Exertus and Epsilon). Pod D will consist of the final six European teams (Giants Gaming, Team LDLC, Supremacy, Cappeh Academy, Revoltables, Vitality) and ANZ’s Champs Squad and Chiefs eSports Club.

The pods contain a total of 32 teams, which will be split into eight groups (A-H) of four teams, each containing a team from each of the four pods. The top two teams from each group will advance to bracket play, which will be double elimination from there-on-out.

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