In the last few days, devastating winter storms have laid waste to vast swathes of the United States, with more than one hundred million people being placed under a severe weather alert. It’s a harrowing situation that has led to the death of dozens of people, and states that are almost incapable of coping with such adverse weather are foundering considerably.
One of the most heaviest-hit areas, Texas, has been contending with heavy, dense snowfalls, and substantial coverings of ice. These factors have combined to wreak havoc on the state, leading to burst water pipes and power outages across the entire region. Unfortunately, many of the Call of Duty League 2021 competitors are currently located in the state, having converged there to seek uniformity among timezones while playing in the CDL.
Hitting the CLD Hard
Ahead of the opening weekend for the Call of Duty League 2021 season, OpTic Scump alleged that more than thirty of the forty-eight total players in the CDL were located in Texas. This fact has pushed League organisers to postpone the second week of the Call of Duty League, due to commence today, February 18th. As the entire event is held online, there’s no guarantee of stability or even the ability for players to switch their computers on to play.
The CDL has announced that this week’s matches will not take place tomorrow due to the power outages in Texas (majority of players are living in Texas). New schedule to be announced tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/GYFjQBoYZH
— Call of Duty News (@charlieINTEL) February 18, 2021
This is an unforeseen jolt to the Call of Duty League schedule, which has only just kicked off following the opening weekend event that ran from the 11th to the 14th of February. We all witnessed some incredible gameplay across that opening event and saw the Los Angeles Thieves take the top spot, followed closely behind by FaZe. If you’d like to read an entire recap of the opening weekend, you can do so here.
What does this mean for the second week of the CDL 2021 season?
The CDL has promised to give a rapid update on the situation, which will air at the same time as the first match spot, 3pm EST today (18th). However, as ten matches were due to be played this week, as with any other week, it now remains to be seen how the League will fit them all in on a reduced schedule. Alternatively, the CDL could push back the entire schedule for the first stage, which is possible given the lengthy break between stage one and stage two.
For now, it’s a tense situation as things continue to unfold across the United States. It’s understandable, but the League has to be absolutely sure that play can continue without running the risk of connection or power issues, which the opening weekend saw plenty of. These events will definitely be frustrating for teams like the Los Angeles Thieves, who are located far from the adverse weather and currently enjoying sunny conditions.
However, it’s not all bad – check out Dallas Empire’s iLLeY heading outside to enjoy the snow.
— Empire iLLeY (@iLLeYYY) February 16, 2021
Let’s play the waiting game and see how things unwrap in the coming hours. If you need to pass the time more quickly, you can do so by reading our entire prediction set for the second week of the CDL.