Call of Duty League: Minnesota Home Series is the most stacked event of the year so far. It’s the first event that sees all teams in the top 5 attend the same series. Dallas, Chicago, and Atlanta are trying to become the first team to win 3 events, while Minnesota is still hoping for their first.
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.
Teams that will not be attending this event are New York Subliners, Paris Legion, London Royal Ravens, and OpTic Gaming LA.
Teams play in a double elimination format in two separate groups. Group A consists of Seattle Surge, Atlanta FaZe, Dallas Empire, and the home team Minnesota RØKKR. Group B consists of Los Angeles Guerrillas, Toronto Ultra, Chicago Huntsmen, and Florida Mutineers.
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 went.
The first match of the day for Group A is between Seattle Surge and Atlanta FaZe. Seattle is one team that has been struggling all year to find something that works. They come out looking very strong against Atlanta by taking the first two maps to go up in the series 2 – 0.
Unfortunately after some technical issues brought the match to a halt after the second game, Seattle lost their momentum and dropped the next two to tie the series at 2 – 2. Cellium would pull a huge heads up play in Game 5 Search and Destroy round 11 to give Atlanta the win and send Seattle to the first knockout match. Octane would once again play lights out for the Surge, dropping a series best 1.42 K/D while the rest of his team continues to struggle.
The second and last match of the day for Group A is between Minnesota RØKKR and Dallas Empire. Minnesota has struggled as of late and do so again, dropping the series 3 games to 1 against Dallas. The most surprising is the season worst K/D of 0.58 dropped by Alexx who is usually very consistent.
The first match of Group B is between Toronto Ultra and Los Angeles Guerrillas. Both teams performed well in the series, but the Guerrillas are able to take Game 5 handily over Ultra. LA moves on and Toronto moves to the first knockout match for Group B.
The second match of Group B sees Chicago Huntsmen once again matching up against the Florida Mutineers. The Huntsmen are winless against the Mutineers so far this season. Florida has added Owakening to their roster while Prestinni has moved from Florida to the starting roster of Chicago.
Unfortunately, Huntsmen’s luck will remain unchanged as the Mutineers take the series 3 games to 2. Owakening had a good debut outing in the CDL and it looks like Florida are making the argument they belong in the top 4. Mutineers move on and Huntsmen face the Ultra in the first knockout match of Group B.
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 progressed.
The first match of the day for Group A is between two of the top teams in the League, Dallas versus Atlanta. Similar to the first day, FaZe go down 0 – 2 in the series only to come back and reverse sweep the competition. Dallas are knocked down to knockout match #2 while Atlanta moves on to the Semifinals.
RØKKR start the day with a substitution, Exceed, due to an injury with Alexx. It seems Alexx has been having some issues with his thumb that he tried to push through, but it will not go away. Minnesota come out strong, but are inevitably reverse swept by Seattle and sent home immediately for the first time all season.
The final match of the day sees Dallas easily defeat Seattle 3 games to 0. Empire steamrolled the Surge in the kills category across the board, with Shotzzy posting a 1.73 K/D for the series. Seattle are sent home once again, just like during their own Seattle Home Series, while Dallas move on to the Semifinals.
The first match of Group B is Florida Mutineers versus Los Angeles Guerrillas. Owakening has a huge first match of they day, posting a team best 1.37 K/D for the series and cementing his position on the roster. Florida oust LA 3 games to 1 and move on to the Semifinals.
Chicago has been seeing some issues as of late and have tried to rectify the situation with the addition of Prestinni. They will easily send Toronto home after a full sweep and move on to face the improving LA Guerrillas. Envoy has been struggling it seems compared to previous performances.
Huntsmen will continue to search for an answer to their struggles as they are once again sent home early by the Guerrillas. Chicago went up 2 – 1 in the series, but failed to close out a very close Game 4 and were dominated in Game 5 Search and Destroy. Los Angeles Guerrillas move on to their first Semifinals appearance this season.
Day 3 consists of the Semifinals and Finals. Atlanta FaZe face off against Los Angeles Guerrillas, and Florida Mutineers take on Dallas Empire. Let’s see how Day 3 turned out.
Semifinals Match #1
Los Angeles Guerrillas make their first Championship Sunday appearance in the 2020 Season against arguably the best team in the League, Atlanta FaZe. They make a statement in Game 1 Hardpoint by edging out Atlanta 250 – 239, going up 1 – 0 in the series. The addition of Saints could be the change that Guerrillas have been looking for.
Los Angeles played exceptional in Game 2 Search and Destroy, but FaZe were able to clutch round 11 to tie the series 1 – 1. Guerrillas come out swinging in Game 3 Domination, absolutely dominating (no pun intended) FaZe in kills, preventing them from making any kind of comeback. AquA, Blazt, and Decemate all posted 1.5+ K/D for the game.
As strong as the Guerrillas looked all weekend, FaZe would make their third comeback win taking Game 4 Hardpoint and Game 5 Search and Destroy behind insane performances by MajorManiak and Priestahh. Atlanta move on to another Finals appearance while Los Angeles are sent home after their best performance of the year.
Semifinals Match #2
Florida Mutineers have continued to defy predictions and find success event after event. Before this weekend many still didn’t place them in their top 4 teams, but they have been making a statement this weekend. They beat the top seeded Chicago Huntsmen for the 3rd or 4th time this season, remaining their kryptonite.
Game 1 Hardpoint on Gun Runner is controlled by Florida’s Havok and Owakening, posting 1.37 and 1.46 K/D respectively. Mutineers take it by a large margin, 250 – 169. Owakening continues to show that he belongs on this roster.
Dallas answers back by easily taking the next two games on the backs of iLLey and Shotzzy. Empire only dropped one round in Game 2 Search and Destroy and won Game 3 Domination 161 – 129. Mutineers take Game 4 Hardpoint behind an incredible 2.33 K/D by Skyz to tie the series 2 – 2 and take yet another series to Game 5 this event.
Game 5 Search and Destroy goes all the way to round 11, but you wouldn’t be able to guess that looking at the stat line. Fero posted a 4.0 K/D to literally carry Florida over Dallas and make another Finals appearance. Dallas is eliminated and don’t get the chance to become the first team to 3 event wins.
Florida continues to outperform the top teams and are in position to become the fourth team to get their second event win of the season. Atlanta are looking to become the first team to get their 3rd event win, but based on their performance this weekend they are going to have a tough time with the Mutineers. If Skyz can continue to dominate as Florida’s main AR they have a really good chance to come out on top.
Florida come out very strong in Game 1 Hardpoint toppling Atlanta by over a 100 point margin. The whole team across the board performed and outslayed FaZe to put them up in the series 1 game to 0. Atlanta answer back in Game 2 Search and Destroy with aBeZy, Cellium, and Simp all posting 2.5+ K/D taking the game 6 rounds to 1.
Florida bounces right back from that devastating loss on the back of their main AR, Skyz, to take Games 3 and 4 to win the series 3 games to 1. Atlanta seemed to be struggling all weekend, just beating out the other teams to claw their way into the finals. Florida proved to be too much at the moment and send Atlanta home in 2nd place.
At the start of the event, fans had predicted a Chicago/Dallas versus Atlanta Final, but once again Florida threw a wrench in those plans. They beat all three of the top 3 teams in the same event: Huntsmen, Empire, and FaZe. They have solidified their spot in the top 4 and become the fourth team to win their 2nd event.
Florida will be returning in the next event as the defending champs. Dallas and Atlanta will also be present, with all three teams looking to move ahead by becoming the first team to win their 3rd event. As the end of the season approaches, the events get more and more exciting.
Up next we have the Paris Home Series where three of the top 4 teams return, as well as OpTic Gaming and New York Subliners trying to break out of the bottom of the standings.
Paris Home Series will take place online from June 19 – 21. For a full list of event dates see the official Call of Duty League website.