Call of Duty League: We are back! Stage 2 starts Thursday and we have a weekend full of matches to discuss. Atlanta Faze were the winners of the previous Major tournament that culminated Stage 1.

This weekend we have a couple very important matches as well as some that were weaker from stage 1. The nice part about stage 2 is that points reset and it will be a clean slate for the stage 2 Major.

Minnesota Rokkr vs. Paris Legion

Minnesota was one of the more inconsistent teams in Stage 1. They finished 3-3 and had some of the more impressive victories but also had a couple terrible losses. In the opening weekend they were able to take down the Dallas Empire 3-2 which was the only loss Dallas suffered during match play of stage 1.

During super week they were taken down 0-3 to a New York Subliners team that was struggling in the weekend prior. A matchup against Paris Legion, who will more than likely be a bottom tier team again during this stage, will allow for the Rokkr to get Stage 2 off with a big confidence booster.

Toronto Ultra vs. Atlanta Faze

What a disappointing first stage for Toronto Ultra. Going 1-4 in match play and then being eliminated in the second round of the losers bracket in the Major, Ultra need to have a response.

Ultra will not have to wait long to get their chance at redemption when they take on Atlanta Faze in the second match on Sunday. These two squared off against each other in Stage 1 and Faze made quick work of Ultra, 3-1. Hopefully the guys of Ultra have been getting work in the last couple of weeks and can show their true potential.

Chicago Optic and Dallas Empire

These two only have single matches this upcoming weekend against bottom tier teams. Optic will take on Paris Legion and Empire will match up against Seattle Surge.

In Stage 1 Optic and Empire both made quick work of these opponents by winning each series 3-0. While fans would probably hope to get to see these larger market teams getting more action on the opening weekend, I am sure these teams will benefit more from getting to watch any new strategies that the teams are using for upcoming matches.

New York Subliners vs. Los Angeles Thieves

The biggest match of the weekend will see the Subliners taking on the Thieves. The Subliners were the most improved team through Stage 1 without contest. They struggled in week 1 but slowly got their communication and team work together and were able to go on a good run in the Major and finish in third place after taking down Chicago Optic.

The Los Angeles Thieves had a little different experience in the Major after a good performance in the Stage 1 match play. Their opening round, they were matched with the Los Angeles Guerrillas, who most thought would be an easy win for the Thieves, saw the Guerrillas come out and 3-0 them. The Thieves were eventually eliminated two matches later when they were 3-0’d again by Chicago Optic.

Both of these teams would benefit from a massive early win against their larger competition in their groups.

Stage 2 Changes

There have been some map changes going into Stage 2 that we should go over as well. For Hardpoint, which is map one and map four in a best of five series, the Call of Duty League has removed the map Crossroads and added the DLC map Apocalypse.

For Search and Destroy, map two and map five in a best of five, the league has removed the map Garrison from the rotation. In it’s place will be the remade map from Black Ops 2, Express.

Make sure to check out all of our esports coverage at knup sports and be sure to check back in next week as we will break down the first weekend in Stage 2.