Call of Duty League Stage 2 – Week 2 Recap: Week two has come to an end, and it was a shake-up of the standings. We saw some crazy upsets this week that we will discuss as well as some teams who handled business like expected.
Faze only had one scheduled match this weekend against the Los Angeles Thieves. Los Angeles came into this weekend with a new roster after dropping Temp and adding Vxnxm, a rookie getting his first chance in the professional scene.
Although they had a new roster, it was the same result. Faze put down the Thieves almost effortlessly. The 3-0 was met with little push back from the Thieves as none of the maps were even close. Faze remains the only undefeated team in the league at 11-0 and remain first in the overall standings.
New York Subliners
After a great showing in Stage 1 major and 1-1 start into Stage 2, the Subliners had two matches this past weekend. These matches were against two of the bottom-tier teams, but they were games nonetheless.
Subliners were able to beat the Los Angeles Guerrillas and the London Royal Ravens in a 3-1 fashion. The Subliners seem to be making the right moves and getting better again before the Stage 2 major. New York has worked themselves into the third-place position in the overall standings.
Currently 2nd in standing, Dallas had two matches scheduled this weekend. Dallas was the first match of the weekend where they went up against Paris Legion. Empire were able to make quick work and defeat Legion by a 3-1 map count.
In their second match, Empire took on Minnesota Rokkr on Sunday afternoon. This was supposed to be a rematch for Empire, who fell 3-2 to Rokkr during Stage 1, to show that the previous match was a fluke. However, Rokkr were able to do it again and upset the 2nd place team by a map count of 3-2 again.
Considered one of the top teams in all of Call of Duty, Optic had arguably one of the worst possible weekends they could have had. Going up against Rokkr in the second match of the day Thursday, Optic lost 0-3. Considered one of the best respawn game mode teams, Optic was blown off the map in the first hardpoint, scoring only 81 points. Neither of the next two maps were close either.
Scheduled to play this last match of the weekend, Optic was set to match up against the Florida Mutineers, who have a solid roster just have yet to click. This match may have been their time, as the Mutineers were able to win this match 3-0. Optic is left going back to the drawing board to try and figure out what they have to do. Luckily for them, they have one more weekend of matches before the Stage 2 major.
Other Notable Matches
Minnesota Rokkr had a great weekend. Going 2-0 against two of the top teams, the Rokkr seemed to have figured their issues out after a disappointing Stage 1. Rokkr have moved up into sixth place in the standings and are looking to start the next major on the winner’s side.
Seattle Surge and Toronto Ultra were both only scheduled for a single match this weekend. Both teams were able to win those matches. Surge beat Paris Legion 3-0, and Toronto Ultra beat Los Angeles Guerrillas 3-2. Both teams are trying to fight their way out of the bottom four and will have to have big weekends next weekend.
Teams are starting to click. After some new maps were introduced and certain guns were put on the ban list after Stage 1, it looks like the new meta for how the game is played will help some new teams be more competitive.
Next week’s matches will show just how competitive the teams are really going to be. Make sure to check in before Thursday as we will discuss the upcoming matches for Week 3, the last week before the Stage 2 major.