The New York Home Series crowned the 5th team to win an event: the New York Subliners. London Home Series sees 3 of the top 5 teams competing in the same event for a chance to move up the standings. London recently dropped from 6th place to 7th after New York won the event, catapulting themselves into 5th place.
After AR players dominated the last event after the Gentlemen’s Agreement made 10mm Rounds banned for the MP5, they are back to give SMG players a more level playing ground. We’ll see if this adjustment puts the MP5 back over the M4, or makes it more competitive in the least.
The event takes place over three days, with the first two days consisting of Group Play and all knockout matches. Day 3 will see the remaining four teams compete for the Finals and an event win. The teams absent from this event are Minnesota RØKKR, Chicago Huntsmen, Toronto Ultra, and Atlanta FaZe.
Teams play in a double elimination format in two separate groups. Group A consists of London Royal Ravens, Seattle Surge, OpTic Gaming Los Angeles, and Florida Mutineers. Group B consists of New York Subliners, Paris Legion, Dallas Empire, and Los Angeles Guerrillas.
Each team will play one game during Day 1. This will solidify the Qualifier match and first of the knockout matches for each group. Let’s see how Day 1 progressed.
The first match of Group A pits the hosting London Royal Ravens against Seattle Surge. Seattle has found little success this year, due largely to their own faults. However, they have also been victim of some controversial League rulings along the way. This series would see them on the receiving end of what seems an unfair ruling once again.
Royal Ravens come out smoking hot taking the first two games easily to go up in the series 2 – 0. Surge answer back with a win of their own in Game 3 Domination. During Game 4 Hardpoint, Seattle’s Slacked disconnects from the game early due to technical issue while the Surge are currently winning. The rest of the team starts messing around expecting a replay to start any second, but quite oddly the game continues through until the end.
Still expecting a ruling for a replay, Seattle are blindsided when they are told they will receive the loss. Octane, known for speaking out on issues regardless of being fined, immediately took to Twitter to vent his rage. The Royal Ravens move on, and the Surge are once again the testing ground for League decisions in this new format.
The second match for Group B is a tug of war between the red hot Florida Mutineers and OpTic Gaming LA. OpTic Gaming made a controversial move and benched Dashy and Chino for two players out of Amateurs, Hollow and Drazah. As the season end draws near, teams are trying to find an edge for the upcoming Champs series.
Los Angeles put up an incredible fight with a great debut outing from both newcomers. The series goes all the way to Game 5 Search and Destroy Round 11, where the Mutineers are able to clutch up and send OpTic Gaming to the knockout match to face Seattle Surge. Florida move on to play London for a spot in bracket play.
The first match of Group B is Dallas Empire versus Paris Legion. Dallas take the series handily 3 games to 1. Fans of Legion have been clamoring for a roster change as the team continues to struggle. We’ll see if they listen or hold strong with the roster for Champs.
The second match is between the recently red hot New York Subliners and the improving Los Angeles Guerrillas. New York definitely have the talent to perform at the highest level, but they shocked the League in their own Home Series when they swept both the Toronto Ultra and Chicago Huntsmen in bracket play in what has been the quickest Championship Sunday of 2020. They are one of the favorites to win this event next to Dallas and Florida.
They help their case by absolutely dominating LA in a 3 – 0 sweep. Accuracy, Attach, and Mack all post 1.3+ Kill-to-Death (K/D) ratios over the series. Subliners move on to face Dallas while the Guerrillas are knocked down to the first knockout match of Group B against Paris Legion.
Day 2 starts with the Qualifier rounds consisting of teams playing to make it into bracket play. The losers will await the winners of each group’s first knockout matches for another chance to make it to the Semifinals. Let’s see how Day 2 turned out.
The first match of Group A is between London Royal Ravens and Florida Mutineers. Florida come out swinging taking the first two games to go up 2 – 0. London do the impossible and complete the reverse sweep against Florida, a team who has not lost a single series since the addition of Owakening. Skrapz had the match of his life, posting a 1.3 K/D to help London move on to bracket play.
The first knockout match of Group A pits OpTic Gaming LA against the still reeling Seattle Surge. Seattle can’t seem to get anything going against LA and are knocked out in Game 4 Hardpoint. The Surge still have an opportunity to move up in the standings in the final event of the year. OpTic Gaming move on to face the Mutineers for a spot in bracket play.
OpTic Gaming LA are able to narrowly take Game 1 Hardpoint against Florida. Florida punish LA in the next three games to take the series 3 games to 1. Fero, Owakening, and Skyz all post 1.4+ K/D in what might be one of the most dominant team performances of the year. Mutineers make another Championship Sunday appearance, set to face off against Dallas Empire.
The first match of Group B is between two elite teams: Dallas Empire versus New York Subliners. Dallas are able to make short work of the Subliners through three hard fought games between the two teams. While New York may have been swept, they still looked like the top tier team they have proven to be.
The first knockout match of Group B pits the struggling Paris Legion against Los Angeles Guerrillas. Paris finally catch a break when they take the series 3 games to 1, sending LA packing behind one of the most dominant Search and Destroy matches to date. Their real test will be the New York Subliners who they face next for a chance at bracket play.
Paris shock the world when they sweep New York 3 – 0 and move on to bracket play for the first time since the previous London Home Series back in February. Louqa and KiSMET played lights out against the Subliners and are finally able to give their team the break they may need right before the end of the season. Paris moves on to face London in the Semifinals.
Day 3 consists of the Semifinals and Finals. London Royal Raves take on Paris Legion, and Dallas Empire face off against Florida Mutineers. Let’s see how Day 3 went.
Semifinals Match #1
London Royal Ravens are looking to bounce back into the top half of the standings. Paris Legion are looking to make their first Finals appearance in the 2020 season. Both teams have been performing incredibly this event. Let the battle for Europe begin.
Game 1 Hardpoint lands in the hands of the Royal Ravens behind a crazy 1.75 K/D from wuskin to put them up 1 – 0 in the series. The Legion are able to answer back in a round 11 Game 2 Search and Destroy clutch from KiSMET and Zed. This series already has the makings of an epic back and forth between these two teams.
London are able to take Game 3 Domination quite easily behind another insane performance by the twins, Skrapz and wuskin, who post 3.0 and 2.7 K/D’s respectively. Once again Paris answers right back with a dominant performance in Game 4 Hardpoint to tie the series 2 – 2. It all comes down to Game 5 Search and Destroy to see which team moves on to the Finals.
If you were to purely look at the stats, you would think that London Royal Ravens absolutely destroyed Paris Legion throughout this series, outslaying them in almost every game. However, the Legion are able to take Royal Ravens to round 11 in Game 5 and clutch it to send London home. Paris make their first Finals appearance of the season at their final and most important event of the year.
Semifinals Match #2
Dallas Empire are looking for revenge against the Florida Mutineers as they were eliminated the last two times these teams have met. Florida is coming off back-to-back event wins, the most recent being the Paris Home Series. The Mutineers are gunning to become the first team in Call of Duty history to win three events in a row.
Game 1 Hardpoint was hard fought by both teams, but the teamwork of Dallas allow them to win decisively 250 – 164. Off to a great start, Empire take the momentum into Game 2 Search and Destroy where iLLey has one of the most dominant performances by a single player in 2020. He posts a 9.0 K/D to help his team go up in the series 2 games to 0.
In danger of being swept, Florida need to come together in Game 3 to hold off the Dallas onslaught. Unfortunately for them they don’t find an answer to Empire’s strategy. The SMG’s come alive for Dallas as Huke, Shotzzy and iLLey lead Dallas to a convincing 3 – 0 sweep over the Mutineers to send them home and foil their chances to make Call of Duty history.
Dallas move on to face Paris in the Finals while Florida are sent packing. The Mutineers have one last chance at a win in the final event of the year.
Dallas have proven to be one of, if not the best team in the League with Finals appearance after Finals appearance. They are looking to tie the Florida Mutineers with three event wins. Paris, while having performed great over the course of the event, have yet to prove they can compete with the elite teams in the League. This is their chance to prove that.
Empire embarrass the Legion in Game 1 Hardpoint with Shotzzy posting a 2.62 K/D, an extremely high K/D for an SMG player in a respawn game mode. The veteran AR players Crimsix and Clayster aid Shotzzy in his run by holding down the major lanes and dropping anyone that comes into their sights. Dallas carry this momentum into a Game 2 Search and Destroy win led by Clayster’s 3.5 K/D to put Empire up 2 – 0 in the series.
Not wanting to squander their opportunity, Paris Legion put up a fight in Game 3 Domination, but ultimately fall to Dallas 134 – 167. Empire sweep the Legion 3 – 0 once again proving that the top teams in this League are on another level. Although Paris get swept, they get 30 CDL points which moves them past OpTic Gaming LA into 8th place.
Dallas Empire have another incredible event. Four players all post over 1.2 K/D’s for the event, a team best. With this win they move out of 4th place into 2nd, and are only 10 points from taking 1st place away from Atlanta FaZe.
The next event is the final event of the season. All four of the top 4 teams will be competing for a chance to remain in the top 2, or steal a top 2 spot in the last outing. Minnesota have a chance to move back into the top 6 so long as they are not sent home right away. The final event of the season is going to be an exciting one when the dust settles and we see where teams fall in the standings for Champs.
Up next we have the Toronto Home Series. The Toronto Home Series will take place online from July 24 – 26. For a full list of event dates see the official Call of Duty League website.