What a weekend of Call of Duty league! Let’s start by giving a huge congratulations to the production team and the people behind the scenes who pulled off another almost flawless major tournament.
A weekend filled with Call of Duty for five straight days, with minimal instances of connection issues and staying on schedule. We got to see all 12 teams competing this weekend with a structured bracket format. There were some upsets, a few really close games, and a champion.
There were two play in games Wednesday afternoon that saw the Seattle Surge take on the Florida Mutineers. Following that series, we had Toronto Ultra taking on London Royal Ravens. The two bottom teams in group A, the Surge and the Royal Ravens, continued their lackluster performance by being eliminated on day 1.
The Florida Mutineers, statistically last in group B, ended up having a decent showing this weekend after struggling through their group stage matches. Taking down Surge and the Paris Legion, the Mutineers were then able to take the New York Subliners to a game 5.
Florida will look to build on that performance and have better showing in their group matches for Stage 2.
One of the more shocking losses, the Los Angeles Thieves played the Los Angeles Guerrillas in round 1 of the winners bracket. It is safe to say, most people had this one as an easy victory for the Thieves. Unfortunately no one told the Guerrillas this and they came out and 3-0’d the Thieves.
Los Angeles was able to win a losers bracket match against Toronto Ultra, but they were soon eliminated by Optic by a 1-3 series.
Paris Legion and Minnesota Rokkr were two of four teams that were eliminated while only playing a single set of matches. While both teams came into their match as the favorites, they were both eliminated on day 2.
Game 5 Matches
One of the more exciting things to happen in a Call of Duty series is a map 5 search and destroy. An elimination style game mode that involves more strategic play style then pure gun skill. In the 16 total matches, we were able to see three game 5’s.
Toronto Ultra took Minnesota Rokkr to a game 5 on day 2 in an elimination match. Toronto was able to prevail in the game 5 and win that search and destroy round by a score of 6-1. Toronto was later eliminated by the Thieves and secured a top 8 placement.
As previously stated the New York Subliners went to a game 5 with the Mutineers on day 3. Down 0-2 in the first two maps, the Subliners were able to reverse sweep the Mutineers and take the series 3-2.
The best match, in my opinion, was on day 3 between Optic Chicago and Dallas Empire. Two top teams in the league were on full display. In a back and forth series, it came down to a game five round 11 that was eventually won by the Dallas Empire.
Atlanta Faze are the Champions
In my predictions article prior, I picked the Atlanta Faze to be victorious this weekend. Luckily for me, my prediction came to fruition and Faze dominated all weekend. Faze made light work of their first two matches dominating both the Los Angeles Guerrillas and the Dallas Empire winning both of those 3-0.
The Championship match, a best of 9 series for the tournament championship, saw Faze lose their first two maps of the weekend, however they were able to win the series 5-2.
It is hard to argue that Faze is not far and away the best team this season. With a roster built like theirs, the other teams in the league will be playing catch up to try and match what this Faze team has been able to accomplish.
Check in next week as we will get ready for Stage 2 matches.