Call of Duty League (CDL) is in full swing with its third event going down this last weekend in Atlanta. This event was very exciting because we got to see the teams that had a bye week and did not attend the London Home Series: Minnesota RØKKR , Atlanta FaZe, LA Optic Gaming, and Florida Mutineers.
Broken down into two days, Day 1 consists of placement matches with teams trying to break into the single elimination bracket play. Let’s jump in and see how the day played out.
Teams play in a double elimination format with two separate groups. Group A consists of the Royal Ravens, Mutineers, Optic Gaming, and the home team Atlanta FaZe. Group B consists of the RØKKR , Legion, Huntsmen, and Ultra.
Four teams will remain at the end of group play, moving on to face off in single elimination bracket play.
Group A went as everyone had predicted. In the first round the London Royal Ravens bested Florida Mutineers 3 – 1 with an incredible outing by Wuskin and Skrapz. Royal Ravens move on to the qualifier match while the Mutineers head to the losers bracket.
Atlanta FaZe easily swept LA Optic Gaming, further solidifying worries that Optic belong at the bottom of the standings. Atlanta went on to beat London in the qualifier match to secure their spot in bracket play the following day. London would await the winner of knockout match #1.
In the first knockout match of Group A, Optic Gaming finally came out swinging and took the first game of hardpoint. Unfortunately, the Mutineers went on to win the next 3 games behind stellar performances from Havok and Prestinni. Optic became the first team from Group A to be sent home, continuing their winless streak in CDL 2020.
Group B also progressed pretty much as expected, however the games were much more intense. Minnesota RØKKR started off the group play with a hard-fought win over a very good Paris Legion. RØKKR move on to the qualifier match while Legion move down to the losers bracket.
The biggest surprise of Day 1 by far is Chicago Huntsmen versus Toronto Ultra. Toronto shocked the League by taking Chicago to game 5, round 11 Search and Destroy. The game came down to the very last kill as Chicago clutched up and sent Toronto to the losers bracket.
Chicago went on to secure their position in bracket play in a hard-fought series against Minnesota. Toronto seemed to lose steam against the Paris Legion, and were the first team to be sent home. Legion would move on to face RØKKR in knockout match #2 the next day.
Day 2 of Call of Duty League Atlanta Home Series would start off with the final knockout matches for both groups. After the first two matches, the final four teams would move on to play single elimination bracket play, hoping to improve their standings in CDL 2020.
Final Knockout Matches
Both of the Day 2 knockout matches were very close, hard-fought games. Minnesota and Paris go to game 5 where the RØKKR make a statement sweeping search and destroy 6 games to 0. Minnesota move forward to face Atlanta in bracket play.
The second knockout match of the day sees a huge upset as the highly favored London Royal Ravens lose in game 5 to the Florida Mutineers. London is denied redemption after their emotional loss at their own London Home Series, and the Mutineers move on to face the Huntsmen in bracket play.
The Semifinals produced one incredible comeback, and one even crazier upset. It shows that the CDL moving forward is going to be very exciting, and no team’s standings are set in stone.
Atlanta FaZe and Minnesota RØKKR are the first to take the stage during bracket play. Minnesota have been regarded as a talented team, but have yet to face a top tier team like the Atlanta FaZe. In an absolutely insane start, the RØKKR take the first two matches against FaZe.
Looking absolutely unstoppable after the first two matches, FaZe does what FaZe is known for: blindingly fast gameplay. They dominate the next two matches behind a major showing from Cellium, looking much too fast for Minnesota to keep up. Game 5 is very close, but FaZe seal the deal in the end winning the match 6 – 4 and moving on to the Finals.
All anyone could talk about over the weekend, including the hosts and casters, was how epic the Finals between Chicago and Atlanta was going to be. Florida would have something to say about that in their series against the Huntsmen.
Chicago comes out strong in two nail-biting matches to go up 2 matches to 0. The next 3 matches would be all Mutineers led by Prestinni. The Huntsmen have no answer to Florida’s onslaught and lose the series 2 – 3. Florida completes the reverse sweep and advances to face FaZe in the Finals.
For as much as the Florida Mutineers have proven that they are top contenders this weekend, FaZe were too much for them to handle. They easily outslayed and outmaneuvered Florida in every match, looking like the team everyone expects them to continue to be throughout CDL 2020.
Atlanta went on to win the series 3 – 0 with stellar performances by all members of the team. FaZe becomes the first team to win their Home Series. They introduced a trophy and an MVP award at this event, with the MVP award going to Cellium of Atlanta FaZe.
Call of Duty League Atlanta Home Series proves that as the season progresses, the events are just going to get more exciting. Florida and Minnesota set out to prove they belong in the conversation of top teams, and they did just that. Chicago looks like they have some issues to work on, whereas Atlanta continues to dominate the League.
The next event will be hosted in Los Angeles by both the LA Guerrillas and LA Optic Gaming. The event takes place March 7th – 8th. Event times can be found on the official Call of Duty League website.