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Everything you need to know about the 2014 Call of Duty: Championship Qualifiers

by Nicholas Holden (Holden ZA)  Posted Wednesday, February 19, 2014 1:06:00 PM

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This Saturday, the 22nd of February, we will see some of South Africa's best teams collide in the effort to claim the number one spot. Winning the qualifiers will see a team from South Africa fly to Los Angeles to compete for $1 million in prize money. Today we will be taking a look at the structure, participant information as well as the streaming and hosting of the event.

Structure

On Saturday teams, comprising of 4 members, will be competing in a single elimination event, where the teams will play a in a best of 5 rounds per game. This means that the first team to win three rounds will move on to the next round of the competition. The tournament is expected to fall within a 32 team bracket as there are currently 27 teams registered, although only 7 teams have completely filled out their squads. 

To join or complete your squad please make sure to go here

Participant Information

The ruleset of the Call of Duty:Championship will be slightly different to what we are used to, here are some rules that player need to keep in mind. 

  • Check in: At least one player on a team must check to confirm entry to the tournament. The check in time is from 10:00 AM-11:55AM on the 22nd of February. Teams that do not check in will not be allowed to participate in the event. 
  • Hosting of Games: Teams will be placed into the bracket with seeding number next to the teams name. The team with the higher seeding will be allowed to host all odd numbered games (Map 1-Domination, Map 3- Blitz and Map 5- Search and Destroy) and the lower seeded team will host all the even numbered games (Map 2- Search and Destroy and Map 4- Domination) 
  • Reporting of Matches: Both teams must report the result of the match within 10 minutes of its completion. Reporting the match is done via the tournament page, which can be found here.
  • Matches Start at 12:00PM (Afternoon) 
  • Age Restriction: Players must be at least 18 years old as of January 9, 2014 
  • Maps: The maps are decided by MLG and are listed according to round. Teams do not select their maps that they wish to play. 

Streaming and Spectating

Throughout the qualifiers last year, MWEB GameZone was one of the admins that hosted and streamed the event. This year streaming will be done via MLG should they wish to stream your game. Unfortunately at this stage, according to the rules, MWEB cannot host or stream a game due to the following rule

"After a game lobby has been created, only players on the two teams and MLG Staff members may be invited/join.  If a player who is not a registered member of one of the teams (ineligible player) joins a game, the game must be ended.  If a player is found to have invited an ineligible player to a game, they will forfeit the game." 

This means that no other players or spectators are allowed in the lobby, thus MWEB GameZone cannot act as a neutral host for matches. We have sent requests and are awaiting a reply from MLG. We will keep you updated if any changes take place. 

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Who do you think will take the number one spot this Saturday? Let us know by commenting below or hitting us up on Twitter or Facebook. 

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I just want to wish good luck to all the teams that are going to play on Saturday, let sportsmanship dictate the field of play and lets show the world what the South African teams can do in Call of Duty:Ghosts.

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Please note that the opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and not MWEB Connect (Pty) Ltd



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