By: James Mattone
The 2018 Call of Duty World League Anaheim Open, presented by PlayStation®4, is set to host the Call of Duty Endowment CWL All-Star Game on June 16. In this game, eight CWL Pro League Stage 2 competitors – four from each of Division A and Division B – will play in a friendly game of Pro-Mod Search and Destroy to raise awareness for the CWL’s official charity.
Here’s what you should know about this growing CWL tradition, who has already been voted into this game, and how you can get involved in selecting the final four competitors:
A Brief History of the CWL All-Star Game
In 2016, four teams made up of CWL Stage 2 Playoff contenders and personalities competed in a single elimination S&D tournament for fun and glory. That all-star tournament was the prelude to the official CWL All-Star Game, which made its debut in 2017 at the CWL Anaheim Open.
Two teams led by Ben “Bance” Bance and Samuel “Octane” Larew played a three-game S&D series in the inaugural CWL All-Star Game. Needless to say, these professional Call of Duty players took full advantage of this lighthearted no-holds-barred match.
What’s New in 2018?
This year, the CWL brought in the Call of Duty Endowment to headline the CWL All-Star Game.
The Call of Duty Endowment seeks to help unemployed veterans find high-quality jobs after they serve their country. Its main goal is to help 50,000 veterans get back to work by 2019, and has already placed 46,000 veterans into jobs by providing funds to the highest performing organizations who prepare them for the job market. You can learn more about what the Call of Duty Endowment does by going here.
In terms of in-game logistics, this year’s all-star game will be similar to last year’s event. All items in the game that are banned in competitive play – launchers, Recon Planes and the Rapid-Fire attachment to name a few – are all allowed in what should be a wild ProMod S&D series.
Meet the Division A All-Stars
From May 25 to May 28, the CWL Community picked one representative out of the top-four Division A teams to play in this year’s CODE CWL All-Star Game.
After helping Red Reserve to reach Division A’s summit through two weeks, Matthew “Skrapz” Marshall is set to lead the division’s all-star team to victory with one of the league’s best overall S&D skillsets. The young European star will be joined by Evil Geniuses’ Patrick “ACHES” Price, who enters the CODE CWL All-Star Game with close to a decade of major event experience.
Rounding out Division A’s team will be former teammates Kenny “Kenny” Williams of Team Kaliber and Martin “Chino” Chino of Team EnVyUs. At the beginning of the 2018 CWL season, these two led TK to back-to-back CWL Global Open titles. On June 16, they will reunite for one series in order to fight for Division A against whoever will represent the other CWL Pro League division.
How to Vote on Division B’s All-Star Team
From June 8, one day after the end of Division B’s second week, to June 11, you will have the opportunity to choose who will play against Division A’s All-Stars at the CWL Anaheim Open.
Be on the lookout for Twitter polls from the official CWL Twitter account @CODWorldLeague to find out how you can vote for your favorite Division B players. Only one player from the top four teams in the Division B standings can be chosen for the CODE CWL All-Star Game and you can vote for all four representatives in separate polls.