Former Call of Duty Pro Crimsix Criticizes CDL Champs Format, Highlighting Unjust Restrictions on Players

Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter, a former Call of Duty professional, has spoken out against the current CDL Champs format and explained why it is unjust to players. Las Vegas has been named the Modern Warfare 2 Championship Weekend host city by the Call of Duty League. The league’s top teams will compete from June 15 to June 18 with a chance to take home a prized world championship ring and a sizable payday.

Only eight of the league’s 12 clubs make it to Championship Weekend under the current system. Crimsix led the New York Subliners’ “miracle” 2022 CDL Champs qualification run, finishing eighth after starting the last Major in 11th. The COD legend stated why the current format restricts player movement, despite playing a significant part in one of the most incredible CDL storylines in 2022.

Crimsix criticizes the current CDL Champions structure

Crimsix begged the CDL in 2021 to permit all 12 teams to compete at Champs. On May 22, the three-time COD Champs champion doubled down and outlined why the structure forbids players from switching teams in the middle of the season.

“Orgs will hold their bench/substitute players “hostage” out of concern that an opposition team will sign them and possibly disqualify their team from the championship round.” During COD Vanguard, according to Crimsix, the New York Subliners allegedly tried to take up Charlie ‘Hicksy’ Hicks, but nothing ever advanced past the preliminary talks with Toronto.

Instead, the Subliners chose Matthew “KiSMET” Tinsley, who became a fantastic player, but it didn’t alter Crimsix’s position on the matter. “The fact that this top-8-only season was so challenging is still valid. Having been blessed, Kismet then blessed us. Hicksy was also mistreated. Crimsix stated that cutting short Championship Weekend hurts fans. It reduces the number of matches played during the Modern Warfare 2 season’s final competition because fewer teams qualify.

Everyone loses when only eight teams qualify, but fans, especially since there is less gameplay to watch and less opportunity for a compelling plot. There are no more online matches left, so watching if any teams make a last-minute squad change before Championship Weekend will be fascinating.

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