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Call of Duty League New York Subliners Home Series Preview

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in Call of Duty | Jul, 10th 2020

It is Friday, so you know what that means: the first day of the Call of Duty League’s latest Home Series Weekend tournament is finally here. After a rather long wait this time around, we have the Call of Duty League New York Subliners Home Series Weekend event to look forward to this weekend.

Call of Duty League New York Subliners Home Series Is Beginning of the End


Interestingly enough, the Call of Duty League New York Subliners Home Series Weekend event is the beginning of the end for the first season of the Modern Warfare league. There are only three events left in the normal season, and this weekend is the first of them.

After that, it will be time for the championship tournament sometime in August, where the 12 teams in the league will compete to see who will come out on top as the best team out of this inaugural season. What’s even crazier is that fans have a lot of content to look forward to this month.

Though we had a long break since the last Home Series Weekend hosted by Paris Legion, there will be three back-to-back for the next three weekends, starting with the Call of Duty League New York Subliners Home Series Weekend. We have a jam-packed weekend ahead of us, so let’s jump right into our preview.

New York Subliners Home Series Start Date and How to Watch


The Call of Duty League New York Subliners Home Series Weekend dates are set and will begin today, Friday, July 10 through Sunday, July 12. This weekend is set for three days of matches with a ton happening across all of them.

If you are interested in checking out the event live as it happens, be sure to head on over to the Call of Duty League YouTube channel where that streaming service is the exclusive partner for all of the livestreams this season of the league.

You can also find the livestream on the official Call of Duty League website (both mobile and desktop) as well as in the mobile app for the series. These latter two locations are where you want to be if you are looking to get some free goodies just for watching live.

If you miss out on the event live this weekend, all of the matches will be posted online afterward for you to watch on-demand on the league’s YouTube channel.

Subliners Home Series Teams and Groups


The Call of Duty League New York Subliners Home Series Weekend is no different from any other events that we have had up until this point. There will be eight of the 12 teams here in attendance. This event will be the second-to-last one for all of them in the normal season.

Here are the eight teams that will be participating this weekend:

  • Toronto Ultra
  • Paris Legion: Hosts of the previous weekend
  • Chicago Huntsmen
  • London Royal Ravens
  • Los Angeles Guerrillas
  • Atlanta FaZe
  • Minnesota Rokkr
  • New York Subliners: Hosts

As always, the event will begin with the first two days being the group stage portion of the tournament. Group A consists of Paris Legion, Toronto Ultra, Atlanta FaZe, and Los Angeles Guerrillas. The hosts for the event, New York Subliners, are actually in Group B with the London Royal Ravens, Chicago Huntsmen, and Minnesota Rokkr.

Current League Standings


Going into the Call of Duty League New York Subliners Home Series Weekend, it is important to see where we are in the league. The leaderboard had a massive shakeup at the last Home Series. This will likely continue this weekend.

Here are the current leaderboard standings from first place to last place:

  • Atlanta FaZe
  • Florida Mutineers
  • Chicago Huntsmen
  • Dallas Empire
  • Minnesota Rokkr
  • London Royal Ravens
  • New York Subliners
  • OpTic Gaming Los Angeles
  • Paris Legion
  • Toronto Ultra
  • Seattle Surge
  • Los Angeles Guerrillas

The current standings for the league is nothing at all like it was for a while. Teams like Florida and New York have begun climbing their ways through the ranks to take down foes in front of them. With everyone on the same page in terms of the number of events played, anything could happen this weekend.

Match Schedule for Day 1


Like in the previous tournaments, the match schedule is only set for the first day. The other two days are largely determined by the results of the first part of the group stage. As such, there are only four matches that we know of at this time.

The first match of the day will feature Toronto Ultra versus Paris Legion where we will get two teams that have been largely not the best lately. But there is the chance that Toronto will show up here and deliver, as they have been known to surprise us once or twice before.

This will be followed by the second matchup that will be Chicago Huntsmen versus London Royal Ravens. This match will be a relatively simple one, but it will be interesting to see what happens here. The third match of the evening will be an even simpler matchup of Los Angeles Guerrillas and Atlanta FaZe.

Finally, the marquee match of the night will be the fourth and final, as well as the hosts of the event, New York Subliners, have their first match of the event. They will face off against the Minnesota Rokkr, a team that is in quite a complicated situation at this time.

Day 1 Match Expectations


With the four matches in place, we can dive right in and take a look at what we think will happen with all four of them. Also, we will go beyond that and predict what we think is going to happen across the entire weekend, including the winners of it all.

For the most part, this event doesn’t look to be too exciting in terms of surprises, but you never know at the same time. The biggest benefit for every team here is that we have had such a long break since the last tournament in the league’s first season.

With that being the case, teams have had this time to figure out what their strategy is going to be moving forward for the rest of the season and make any changes that will help them get to the highest position possible on the leaderboard by the end of the season.

There are times when a long break like this has affected a team negatively or positively, so it could go either way for some of them. But the first match is between Toronto Ultra and Paris Legion, two teams that are currently neck and neck in the leaderboard.

Paris Legion is an okay team that started the season rather decently as one of the middle teams but hasn’t done much since then. On the other hand, Toronto has been a bad team that has had some shocking results, especially within the last few events they participated in.

As such, it does make this match possibly go either way, but we are going to go on a limb and give it to Toronto Ultra in this case. The second match is a little bit easier to figure out as we have Chicago Huntsmen going up against the London Royal Ravens.

The Royal Ravens are another team that was in the top half of the leaderboard for so long and still are but have faltered some in recent memory. Given the track record between these two teams, it should be a fairly easy win for Chicago.

The third match should be an easy one to figure out, but you never know. Atlanta FaZe will duke it out against the Los Angeles Guerrillas, the last place team in the league. Atlanta has had some rough events lately. Even though they are still in first, they lost the last two grand finals they were in, which is not a good sign for them.

The Guerrillas also nearly defeated Atlanta in their last match together. So, in this case, it comes down to how FaZe handled the last couple of weeks. Have they figured out what went wrong before and are actively working towards fixing it? Or will we continue to see them struggle?

We do think that Atlanta will win against Los Angeles here, but here’s hoping that it isn’t an actual struggle like before. This will lead to the fourth and final match of the night, which is an interesting one: Minnesota Rokkr versus the hosts, New York Subliners.

I think that it is pretty clear that Minnesota is struggling a lot right now as a team that is on a pretty bad streak of losses and not doing too hot in competitions. Meanwhile, New York has been upping their game and moving in on the sixth and even fifth place spots. I’m going to go on a limb and say that New York will win this match.

Winner Predictions


This will lead to the second day of the Call of Duty League New York Subliners Home Series Weekend, where things will start to get interesting. If it goes the way that I predicted on day two, we will see a matchup of Atlanta FaZe versus Toronto Ultra.

If Atlanta is back in its A-game, it should be an easy win for the team to be the first to move on to the third day, followed by the Group B match of Chicago Huntsmen and New York Subliners. I do think that this would end with Chicago beating New York.

On the other side of things, we would have a match between Paris Legion and Los Angeles Guerrillas. This is a complicated one that could honestly go either way. For excitement’s sake, we are going to go with Los Angeles Guerrillas winning this match as they have shown they can step up sometimes.

The fourth match of the second day will be Minnesota Rokkr versus London Royal Ravens, based on my initial predictions. Both teams are roughly around the same spot on the leaderboards, but London has fared much better than Minnesota. I’m going with London for this match.

This will lead to a tiebreaker match where Los Angeles Guerrillas will face off against Toronto Ultra. This would be an intriguing matchup that could go either way. But because LA won the last time they battled, we will say that the Guerrillas will win this and make it to the finals.

The final match of day two would then be the New York Subliners versus London Royal Ravens. New York got smoked the last time these two-faced, but this could be their chance to push through and potentially take their spot on the leaderboard. In the end, though, I’m going for the safe answer on this one and saying London will win.

This will lead to the finals where Atlanta FaZe will face off against London Royal Ravens. Atlanta should win this one pretty easily. On the other hand, Chicago Huntsmen will take on LA Guerrillas. This should be an easy one for Chicago as well.

If this is the case, we will finally see a grand finals match of Atlanta versus Chicago. This matchup of the titans hasn’t happened this season. This is possibly the place where we will see it. If this were to happen, I think Atlanta would come out on top and be the winners of the Call of Duty League New York Subliners Home Series Weekend.

What’s After the New York Home Series?


With the New York event now broken down, what is next for the Call of Duty League? The next event will be the penultimate one this season and will be the second London Royal Ravens Home Series tournament. They are the only team to host not one but two Home Series this season.

Here are the eight teams that will compete there:

  • Dallas Empire
  • Paris Legion
  • Seattle Surge
  • London Royal Ravens
  • Los Angeles Guerrillas
  • New York Subliners
  • Florida Mutineers
  • OpTic Gaming LA

For some of these teams, this will be their last event, so they should give it their all. At the same time, though, will this be where Florida will become the first team to get a fourth Home Series win? Only time will tell. This tournament is next weekend, Friday, July 17 through Sunday, July 19.

Source: https://www.esportstalk.com/blog/call-of-duty-league-new-york-subliners-home-series-preview/

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Where to Find the Electirizer and Magmarizer in Pokémon Sword and Shield’s The Crown Tundra expansion

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With all of the Pokémon being added into Sword and Shield for the first time in The Crown Tundra expansion, there are several items that have also been added to help players complete their Pokédex. 

Two of the more important items are the Electirizer and Magmarizer, which are used to evolve Electabuzz and Magmar into their final forms, Electivire and Magmortar respectively. 

You won’t need to look very hard for either item, as they are readily available in the overworld with no RNG involved. Simply embark into the tundra and you should be able to grab both relatively quickly. 

The Electirizer is the easier of the two to find, as it is just sitting next to a tree in Giant’s Bed, right near the slope heading down into the Old Cemetary. The quickest way to locate it is actually heading up that same slope and looking to your left when you see the location change. 

As for the Magmarizer, it is located in the Tunnel to the Top, one of the northernmost areas on the entire map. It is a maze in there, but if you head through enough of the windy tunnels, you will eventually grab it along with several other useful items hidden within. 

Unlike in previous generations, you don’t need to solely rely on these items to obtain the two powerhouses since they can both appear in Max Raid Battles and as Special Overworld encounters around the tundra. They are still low percentage encounters, but that still could be faster than finding both items, capturing or training up and Electabuzz and Magmar, and then trading them with a friend to trigger the evolutions.

Source: https://dotesports.com/pokemon/news/where-to-find-the-electirizer-and-magmarizer-in-pokemon-sword-and-shields-the-crown-tundra-expansion

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How to get Electabuzz and Electivire in Pokémon Sword and Shield’s The Crown Tundra expansion

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Several of the most popular evolution lines have been added into Pokémon Sword and Shield as part of The Crown Tundra expansion, meaning there are a lot of trainers trying to fill up their Pokédexes with old friends. 

One of the more polarizing Pokémon that made its return is Electabuzz, along with its evolution Electivire, and pre-evo Elekid. 

Much like with Rhyperior in the base versions of Sword and Shield, it is possible to get both the middle evolution and final form without going through the original methods. Meaning you can capture both Electabuzz and Electivire in the wild without needing to find a trading partner or an Electirizer.

Electabuzz is a pretty common encounter if you look in the right areas, though it will only appear during a Thunderstorm. Electivire will be a lot harder to find, but there are a few places where it spawns as a Special Overworld encounter, also only in a Thunderstorm. 

You can also find both evolutions in Max Raid Battles in most of the same areas. 

Here is where you can find both Electabuzz and Electivire in the wild and Max Raid Battles.

  • Electabuzz
    • Wild: Giant’s Bed, Old Cemetery, Giant’s Foot, Frigid Sea, Three-Point Pass, Ballimere Lake
    • Raids: Frostpoint Field, Giant’s Bed, Frigid Sea, Three-Point Pass, Ballimere Lake, Dynamax Adventures
  • Electivire
    • Wild: Giant’s Bed, Frigid Sea, Three-Point Pass, Ballimere Lake
    • Raids: Frostpoint Field, Giant’s Bed, Frigid Sea, Three-Point Pass, Ballimere Lake

Source: https://dotesports.com/pokemon/news/how-to-get-electabuzz-and-electivire-in-pokemon-sword-and-shields-the-crown-tundra-expansion

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Cloud9 terminate contracts of JT, motm, Sonic, T.c

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Cloud9 have terminated the contracts of Ian “⁠motm⁠” Hardy, Johnny “⁠JT⁠” Theodosiou, Aran “⁠Sonic⁠” Groesbeek, and coach Tiaan “⁠T.c⁠” Coertzen after they were found to be in violation of the company’s COVID-19 policy, according to Dust2.us and Rush B Media.

The team had previously received written and verbal warnings after violating the company’s policy by inviting guests over to the Cloud9 team house, and have now had their contracts terminated due to a second offence of the same clause.

“The details that really matter is this was the second offence of unauthorized guests coming into Cloud9 property after being told that this is not all acceptable,” Cloud9 CEO Jack Etienne said in a statement to the two publications. “The reason it is not acceptable is because you are putting our staff at risk.”

The four former Cloud9 members have had their contracts terminated

The four members were asked to move out of the team house following the termination of their contracts, with Cloud9 finding and paying for new accommodations through Monday, October 26. The organisation also offered to move the players’ belongings to their new accommodations, or work with them on how to proceed.

Notably, Josh “⁠oSee⁠” Ohm is not included among the players who had their contracts terminated as he does not live at the team house, leaving him as the sole remaining contracted player of the former Cloud9 roster.

The South African trio will need to find a new organisation to call home post-haste if they wish to remain in the United States as their P1-visas are set to expire in 30 days, after which they would be required to return to their home country. Additionally, JT and motm have announced their free agency since the publication of the story.

The quartet of members who had their contracts terminated are:

South Africa Johnny “⁠JT⁠” Theodosiou
South Africa Aran “⁠Sonic⁠” Groesbeek
United States Ian “⁠motm⁠” Hardy

South Africa Tiaan “⁠T.c⁠” Coertzen (coach)

Source: https://www.hltv.org/news/30526/cloud9-terminate-contracts-of-jt-motm-sonic-tc

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