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Esports: Weekly preview - Call of Duty League and BLAST Premier World Final

The Call of Duty League is all set for Major 1 while BLAST Premier World Final action gets underway with the best teams in CS:GO squaring off.

This week has plenty of high-level action between Major 1 of the Call of Duty League as well as the CS:GO BLAST Premier World Finals.

The BLAST Premier World Finals get underway with plenty of matches to watch with the eight best teams squaring off in two groups. After the group stage the top four teams will play in a single-elimination bracket to determine the 2022 BLAST Premier World Champion. It will be exciting to see who will emerge with the trophy from Abu Dhabi.

The weekend will have plenty of excitement with the CDL Major 1 taking place at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina for the first-time ever.

After a couple of weeks of surprising results in the qualifiers for Major 1, some of the more successful teams will have a lot of work to do this weekend. The Minnesota Rokkr and Toronto Ultra look to be the top dogs heading into the event.

Monday December 12th

CS:GO action in the European Pro League and the ESL Challenger League EU

There are still plenty of smaller CS:GO events going on to start the week, with matches closing out the 43rd season of the ESEA Advanced Season EU. The lower semifinal matches start the week while there is also a very important match in the ESL Challenger League EU.

Case Esports and Viperio meet up in a quarterfinal match in the European Pro League. Both teams were able to get important wins in Round 1. Viperio knocked out allStars Gaming in two maps. As for Case they bounced Prodigies. This match will be competitive. Case are -150 to win over Viperio who are +110 to win outright.

Looking towards the match-up in ESL Challenger, Spirit and Sprout will be looking to reach the Upper-bracket semifinals as both teams have put together strong performances. That includes wins for Spirit in three of their last four matches overall. They also own a recent head-to-head win against Sprout. Spirit are -250 to beat Sprout who are +175 to win outright.

Tuesday December 13th

ESL Challenger League Season 43 nearing its end

The upper-bracket semifinals of ESL Challenger League take cplace on Tuesday with the winner of Spirit or Sprout facing off with FTW. The second match sees SAW face-off with BLUEJAYS.

All of the teams have proven they could take home the championship. Tuesday also has three other matches with Endpoint and 9INE facing off, while there is a match between forZe and fnatic Rising, and then Movistar Riders and Sangal meeting up. The double elimination bracket at this event has made for plenty of interesting matches.

Wednesday December 14th

BLAST Premier World Final kicks off

The opening day of the BLAST Premier World Final from Abu Dhabi begins. Four matches featuring eight very competitive teams will be striving to claim the 2022 World Championship.

Outsiders will try to outfox Liquid, while FaZe Clan and G2 Esports renew their rivalry. Heroic and OG will try to shock the field, while Natus Vincere and Team Vitality will put on an epic fight. All eight teams are very capable of winning the whole event. FaZe Clan can be backed at +300 to win the competition.

Thursday December 15th

Major 1 of Call of Duty League Opening Day as Blast Premier World Final continues

The action continues with the second day of matches at BLAST Premier World Final. The Group brackets will determine which four teams will advance to the Elimination bracket. Four teams will emerge from Group A and Group B heading into the weekend.

Thursday also brings the beginning of the first Major event of the Call of Duty League Season. This first major is different to previous Major events as not only the 12 teams in the league are playing, but also eight challenger teams. Those eight challenger teams will have a qualifying day of matches for themselves to see which four teams will play as a part of the actual Major event.

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The top-seeded CDL team after going 3-1 in the qualifiers are the Minnesota Rokkr as they look to get an advantage at this Major, the first of its kind being played in Raleigh, North Carolina. It hasn't been that strong a start to the new season for the defending CDL World Champion Los Angeles Thieves as they went 2-2 with losses against the Atlanta FaZe and Florida Mutineers.

The four groups will have plenty of interesting matches. Group A features the Rokkr, Guerrillas and Subliners along with the fourth-seeded Challenger Team.

Group B includes the Ultra, Optic, the Mutineers and the third-seeded Challenger Team. Group C is headlined by the FaZe, Surge and the winner of the Thieves and Royal Ravens. They will also have the second-seeded Challenger team in their group.

As for Group D, it features the Boston Breach and the Las Vegas Legion. It will also have the top-seeded challenger team which could produce an upset.

It has been a strong start for the ROKKR, Ultra and Breach, but the real question will be can they keep it going into Major 1. The Atlanta FaZe started the season as potential champions but they have a lot of work to do as they find themselves as a lower seed for Major 1.

Friday December 16th

CDL action continues from Raleigh. There are 16 teams in this event so things won't be easy for some of the top-ranked players in Call of Duty. It was a crazy qualification with eight teams tied at 2-2 coming into the Major. The field will condense to eight.

The quarterfinal round of BLAST Premier World Final will set up the weekend's semifinal matches. This is the day where the real contenders show up.

Saturday December 17th

Call of Duty League reaches the second to last day of Major 1. The field will be greatly condensed down to the final four teams. Which teams will be able to reach the final day of competition? Who comes out with a guaranteed top-four finish?

Four teams will compete to book their spot in the Grand Final at BLAST Premier World Finals in Abu Dhabi.

Sunday December 18th

Grand Finals for CDL Major 1 and BLAST Premier World Final

There are championships on the line as the final two teams left standing at the CDL Major 1 Raleigh will take the stage in what will probably set the tone for the rest of the season. This Grand Final is a must see.

The BLAST Premier World Championship will also be on the line in Abu Dhabi, UAE as the last two teams remaining in that event will duke it out in a best-of-three Grand Final clash. It will be a great ending to a week full of high level Esports action.

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