The final week of matches is here for COD League Stage 3. Let’s look at some of the big matches and discuss what the potential ramifications are if teams do not win.
With just a single match this week, 4-0 through the first two weeks, the Ultra has solidified themselves as a winner’s bracket team and looking to lock up the one seed with a victory. They will play against a weak Paris Legion team to try and lock up that spot. As the only team without a loss in this stage, they are looking primed to defend their Stage 2 Major Championship.
A 2-1 start has to Faze in a spot they are not used to. The 1 seed in both of the previous stages, they will need to win both matches this week and hope Ultra loses against Legion. Faze will take on Mutineers in their first match, which would leave most people to think this should be an easy win, with the Seattle Surge sitting 0-3.
Their next match will be their most competitive of the week with Optic Chicago. Although Optic has had their fair share of a struggle this season, they have the capability to make any team have to play their best Call of Duty to get a win. This has the potential to be the best match of the week.
Los Angeles Thieves
Off to a 3-1 start in this week’s matches, they are sitting atop the group B standings. They will play a single match against the New York Subliners. If they win this match and Faze has any type of struggles with Optic, the Thieves could find themselves with a first round bye for the first time in the Stage 3 major.
Dallas will have two matches this week. If they were to win both, they would lock up a winner’s bracket placement in the major. Their first match will be against the Florida Mutineers. This should be a relatively quick match for the Empire to get them ready for Minnesota Rokkr.
The Empire has had struggles against Minnesota in the past. Losing in both Stage 1 and Stage 2 weekly matches, they Rokkr seem to have the strategy needed to beat the Empire. If the Rokkr found a way to win, they would set themselves up to slide into the winner’s bracket as well.
One of the biggest announcements came after week 2 matches; the Los Angeles Thieves have acquired the talented young Huke to add to their roster. Benching TjHaly, the Thieves have put Huke into their starting roster immediately. Owner Nadeshot tweeted out that Huke was a generational talent, and it would be a disgrace to not acquire him if possible. It will be interesting to see what TjHaly does going forward.
Also, big news, the Call of Duty League will be returning to LAN for Stage 4 major. What this means is they will be in person playing on stage against each other instead of the current online play that they are dealing with.
The league tweeted out that there will be a lot of strict protocols that each team will have to adhere to. It also concerns that some of the teams do have players from other countries and the potential for travel restrictions that come with that, but this is a step in a great direction for the league.
Following the matches this week, we will have the stage set for how the bracket will look going into the major. There is potential for this bracket to look much different than those of the past. Optic is going to have to fight to stay on the winner’s side. We will have a new one seed for the first time, with Toronto looking to take the top spot.
Check in early next week and come back to Knup Sports as we will go over this week’s matches and discuss what the major will look like next weekend.