CDL Pros Condemn Kickoff Classic Safety Measures

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After a lengthy off-season, the 2022 Call of Duty League (CDL) season finally got underway with the Kickoff Classic pre-season tournament. The first event of the Vanguard season saw all 12 teams battle it out for the first time in 2022.

As Toronto Ultra walked away with the title after defeating Seattle Surge in front of a packed crowd, a number of COVID cases were recorded by players, broadcast talent, and fans.

One of the cases is three-time world champion James 'Clayster' Eubanks, who took to Twitter to express his frustrations with the league's handling of safety measures at the event.

Clayster CDL Kickoff Classic COVID Cases
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The Tweet claims there has been an "absolute breakdown" from the CDL regarding player safety at the event. LA Thieves player Dylan 'Envoy' Hannon also agreed with Clayster, who revealed that players wanted the event to take place without fans.

Despite all attendees being required to wear masks during the event, numerous spectators had one on around their neck, much to the annoyance of players. Since the outcry of frustration, the CDL has responded to the claims, revealing its "health and safety protocols will always meet or exceed any local regulations."

Will The CDL Move Online?

With several offline tournaments set to take place across North America during 2022, it's unclear whether the CDL will revert to an online format in order to protect players and staff. As the world learns to live with COVID, there's every chance events will be unaffected.

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