The Call of Duty League Stage 2 Major is here. Following three weeks of league matches, the stage is set for the upcoming major.
Let’s go over the bracket, discuss some of the upcoming and potential matches, and make our predictions for how the weekend will go.
Call of Duty League Stage 2 Major Bracket
Seeding for the bracket is based on the matches that are had the three weeks prior. Nothing from the first stage affects the placement for Stage 2. The 12 teams are set into a bracket, with the top six teams starting in the Winners bracket and the bottom six starting in the Losers bracket.
The first and second seed are rewarded with first-round byes in the Winner’s bracket. Those two spots are filled by Atlanta Faze and Minnesota Rokkr. Faze went 4-1 in their league matches, and Minnesota Rokkr was 3-2. Rokkr was able to take down both Optic and Empire to secure the 2 seed in the bracket.
Rounding out the Winner’s bracket, we have Toronto Ultra and New York Subliners from Group A. We then have Optic Chicago and Dallas Empire making the winners bracket from Group B.
The Losers bracket, the 7-12 seeds, will see the 7 and 8 seed each receiving a bye for the first round of the losers bracket. The biggest difference between the two is a single loss in the losers bracket will result in their weekend immediately being over.
The seven seed for this weekend will be the Seattle Surge out of Group B. With a 2-3 record in their matches, they had a decent chance at making the Winners bracket but fell short in their last two league matches. The eighth seed will be London Royal Ravens out of Group A, who seemed to have made progress with their roster changes.
The last four teams in are Los Angeles Guerrillas, Florida Mutineers, Paris Legion, and the Los Angeles Thieves. These teams will have a long road ahead of them if they want to try to make a run into winning the major. They would have to win seven different series to fight their way to a championship.
Upcoming and Potential Matches
The biggest match that we will see in the first round will be the New York Subliners vs. the Dallas Empire. If we look back to the stage 1 major, it was Dallas Empire who ended the Subliner’s weekend in the Loser’s Bracket Final. The Subliners have to improve with their teamwork, while it seems everyone is catching up to the Empire’s gameplay.
The Loser’s bracket’s first two rounds seem like every match is a potential toss-up without a clear winner. When we are just looking at those bottom teams, I would guess Florida Mutineers and London Royal Ravens each make it to round 3 to take on the teams coming out of the Winner’s bracket.
Optic should handle Toronto Ultra rather quickly, then we get the matchup of Optic vs. Faze. Optic choked their chance at playing Faze in the first major and have not played them since the opening weekend of the preseason. This will also be the first match for Faze coming off of a loss, so they will not have it very easy. While I think this will be competitive, I do not think Faze will have much of an issue.
The Minnesota Rokkr are a very underrated team and have a chance to really prove themselves this weekend. With a first-round bye, they will play the winner of New York and Dallas. Minnesota was eliminated in the first round of the first major, so they have yet to play New York and are the only team to beat Dallas twice during the group matches.
Call of Duty League Stage 2 Major Predictions
I would love to say that there is a new team that has the potential to win this weekend, but I just do not see it. Faze is one of the few teams that have not had any roster issues or made any significant movements. They are still the most skilled team and should win another major.
The biggest series, I believe, will be if Optic wins in the first round, then the Faze vs. Optic match in round 2. Whoever wins that series will win the major.
Check back in early next week as we discuss all of the action from the Stage 2 major.