COD League Recap: Stage Three Major Recap

They’re back! The Atlanta Faze have done it again. They are back on top winning the stage three major. Let’s discuss how they got there and some of the other big games that happened over the weekend.

Quick Weekends

Minnesota Rokkr, Paris Legion and Seattle Surge all had very quick weekends. All three being loser bracket teams meant a single loss would send them home. Surge and Legion played the opening two matches. Legion were defeated by the London Royal Ravens by a score of 1-3.

Los Angeles Guerrillas defeated Surge also by a score of 3-1. Minnesota, who had a first round loser’s bracket bye, was 3-0’s by the London Royal Ravens.

These were the only three teams to play just a single match before their elimination. With a week or so off before stage four begins, expect these rosters to look a little different before their first match. Whether they are picking someone up or going to their development teams, it is safe to assume there will be changes.

Dallas Empire

When Dallas dropped Huke a few weeks back, there was obvious speculation about this decision. Huke was a multi FPS champion and at just 21 years old, he has a chance to go down as one of the best FPS players ever. With this being the first major since the roster change, it was understandable that there were a couple issues. However, Dallas was borderline awful this weekend.

In their first match against Atlanta, they were outplayed for all three maps. With a quick 0-3, Dallas was sent down to the loser’s bracket to take on Chicago Optic. Optic made quick work of Dallas as well and beat them 3-0. There were some connection issues in this match, which Crimsix took to twitter to discuss, but there was nothing they could do about it and were forced to watch the rest of the weekend.

Chicago Optic

After two rough stages and another three weeks of borderline bad matches, Optic had something to prove this weekend. While they were not victorious, they did make it to Sunday and take home a top four finish.

Optic took down Los Angeles Guerrillas, Dallas Empire, and Florida Mutineers. The combined map count for these three matches was 9-1. They were rolling.

Sunday came and they ran into the buzz horse that is the Toronto Ultra. Optic was unable to closeout a control and lost a round 11 search and destroy. While it was the best ending for them, it was an improvement and something to build on.

New York Subliners

The Subliners started with a first round bye, due to their success in league matches, and made the best of it. They beat the Mutineers 3-0 and had to go up against the Atlanta Faze to get to grand finals. Pulling it out 3-2, the Subliners sent Faze to the loser’s bracket and awaited an opponent.

Grand Finals Sunday evening saw the rematch of Subliners and Faze. Unfortunately for the Subliners, Faze came into this match on fire, after a big 3-2 victory over Toronto Ultra. Faze was able to take down the Subliners 5-2 in the best of nine.

Conclusion

Atlanta Faze is back. They are back on top of the league and back in prowess as the best roster in the game. Arcitys, the main AR player for Faze, was dubbed the most valuable player after an incredible weekend finishing with a k/d over 1.0 in all game types.

Looking forward to stage four, it is confirmed that this will be the first in person LAN event in the last two years. Reading twitter posts by the players, they all seem very excited. As a viewer, the element of seeing the live reactions of the players will be so much better and should increase viewership drastically.

Remember, there is a week off, which the all star skills competition will be this weekend, then we get back onto stage four. Check back at the beginning of June as we preview the first week of stage four matches.

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My name is Larry Milsteadt. I work in social work during the day. Sports have always been a passion of mine. I currently coach Junior High basketball as well as High School baseball. I also coach a Summer competitive High School team. I have a wonderful wife of 3 years and am the father to one awesome little guy, Nolan. We are expecting our daughter at the beginning of 2021.