Call of Duty League: Seattle Home Series sees two of the top teams competing, along with some that surprised the League at the Florida Home Series. With every team having attended the same number of events, we now have a pretty good look at the actual standings. The top 3 are as expected with Atlanta, Dallas, and Chicago sitting on top.
The event takes place over three days, with the first two days consists of Group Play and all knockout matches. Day 3 will see the remaining four teams compete for the Finals and an event win. Minnesota is the only team in the top 5 who has not won an event, so expect them to come into this series with something to prove.
Teams that will not be attending this event are Dallas Empire, Atlanta FaZe, Toronto Ultra, and Florida Mutineers. Let’s take a look at how the first day progressed.
Teams play in a double elimination format in two separate groups. Group A consists of London Royal Ravens, Los Angeles Guerrillas, Seattle Surge, and New York Subliners. Group B consists of Paris Legion, Chicago Huntsmen, Minnesota RØKKR, and LA OpTic Gaming.
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 turned out.
The first match of Group A was back and forth between London Royal Ravens and Los Angeles Guerrillas. Both teams put forth a valiant effort, but the Royal Ravens came out on top, 3 games to 2. Guerrillas are knocked down to the knockout match while London awaits their opponent in the Group A Qualifier match.
The second, and last match of the day is between the hosting Seattle Surge and New York Subliners. New York shocked the League when they dominated in the Florida Home Series, making their event Semifinals debut. Their addition of Mack has seemed to pay off big on their team’s overall performance.
Many had hopes that this would be Seattle’s breakout series, but New York proved too much for the home team. Mack had another stellar performance, dropping a 1.23 overall kill-to-death (K/D) ratio and leading his team in a 3 – 1 victory. Subliners move on to face the Royal Ravens in the Qualifier while the Surge face Guerrillas in the first knockout match of Group B.
The first match of Group B went as expected with Paris putting forth a good effort, but Chicago coming up with the wins. Paris looked like they were making some mistakes that a professional team this far into the League should not be making. Huntsmen move on to the Qualifier match during Day 2 while Paris moves on to the first knockout match.
The second match of Group B is a big one between OpTic Gaming LA and Minnesota RØKKR. RØKKR is arguably one of the best teams in the League, but OpTic Gaming have shown some promise in the most recent events. This series will be incredibly hard fought between both teams, heading to a Game 5 Search and Destroy on Arklov Peak.
All players on both teams were able to come through at some point in the series, but the only performance that would matter is Game 5. It would go all the way to round 11 with the AR’s on both teams putting on a show. GodRx and SiLLY would lead Minnesota to victory with 14 and 10 kills respectively, sending LA to face Paris 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 went.
Group A’s first match is a revenge story for London’s new pickup, Zer0. Zer0 was benched early in the season by New York, and he felt he was wronged. He gets his revenge today when the Royal Ravens swept the Subliners 3 – 0. New York moves down to await the winners of Los Angeles versus Seattle.
Seattle continues to try to find a solution to their woes as they are the first team of Group A to be eliminated, from their own Home Series. The Guerrillas hand them a handy defeat as they move on to face the Subliners for a chance to make it to bracket play. Los Angeles looks like they could be starting to find their groove after some major roster changes a few weeks ago.
New York continues to prove that they belong in the discussion for top half of the League as they shut down Los Angeles 3 games to 1. Attach had a huge series, posting an overall K/D of 1.45 and leading the Subliners to their second Semifinals appearance. New York will face Chicago Huntsmen for a chance to make their first Finals appearance.
The first match of the day for Group B sees Minnesota RØKKR facing off against Chicago Huntsmen. Chicago is the only team in the top 4 that Minnesota can’t seem to beat. This will not change today as Huntsmen take the match 3 – 0, although every map was very close between both teams. It seems they may be the kryptonite of the Minnesota RØKKR.
Paris Legion came out swinging in Game 1 Hardpoint against OpTic Gaming, taking the game 250 – 175. Unfortunately, Paris would not be able to find any rhythm as they drop the next 3 games to LA and are sent home early once again. Legion performed better in the slaying department, but OpTic Gaming were able to squeak out wins consistently.
Minnesota will continue to have issues as they fail to make it to bracket play for the second event in a row. Prior, they had made top 4 every event they had attended. Behind a poor performance by GodRx and a top tier performance on the other side by Slasher, OpTic Gaming moves on to face London Royal Ravens in their second Semifinals appearance.
Day 3 consists of the Semifinals and Finals. London Royal Ravens face off against OpTic Gaming Los Angeles, and Chicago Huntsmen take on New York Subliners. Let’s see how Day 3 progressed.
Semifinals Match #1
Our first Semifinals match of the day is the second straight appearance by OpTic Gaming LA. OpTic Gaming continues to impress behind consistent domination by their main AR, Slasher. London is looking to break back into the conversation of the top teams in the League after their spectacular start to the season at their own London Home Series.
Game 1 Hardpoint is absolutely dominated by the Royal Ravens as they steam roll OpTic Gaming with an overall spectacular performance across the board. They continue the momentum into Game 2 Search and Destroy behind a 1.75 K/D from wuskin. Los Angeles looks to be struggling to keep up with the lightning quick combo of Dylan and Zer0.
OpTic Gaming Los Angeles answers back huge by taking the next two games to tie the series up 2 – 2. Slasher puts forth another crazy performance during Game 4 Hardpoint with an insane 1.92 K/D, continuously proving he is one of the best main AR’s in the League. The match will head to a Game 5 Search and Destroy which is a game type that did not go well for OpTic Gaming last time around.
The Royal Ravens run through OpTic Gaming to get the win 6 – 1. Dylan, who has performed above and beyond all tournament, dropped a 3.5 K/D as he harassed LA from every direction. London finally make their Finals appearance after a stellar performance all weekend long.
Semifinals Match #2
Chicago Huntsmen find themselves once again trying to make it to the Finals after failing a few times. New York Subliners repeat their success at the Florida Home Series making the Semifinals, but have yet to make it to the Finals. They look to make a statement by taking out the number 3 ranked team in the League.
Unfortunately Chicago would come out swinging, taking the first two maps to go up 2 – 0 in the series. The Huntsmen performed well as a team overall in Game 1, but it was the twins, Prestinni and Arcitys, who would take over Game 2 Search and Destroy and put the Subliners into the dirt. With Prestinni and Arcitys finally reunited there seems to be a lot more clicking with the previously struggling Chicago Huntsmen.
New York would answer back with a staggering performance in Game 3 Domination where they outslayed Chicago by a wide margin. Mack continues to prove that his addition to the roster was the right choice, backed up by a huge performance by ZooMaa and Attach. However, the Huntsmen close out Game 4 Hardpoint and send the Subliners home.
New York actually performed better overall than Chicago on the stat sheet, but the Huntsmen are a top caliber team that finds ways to win even when not performing the greatest. We will see if the Subliners can continue to make it to the top 4 at their next event. Chicago moves on to face London in the Finals.
London is finally getting their chance at an event win after making a roster change, adding Zer0 and Seany. The Royal Ravens have performed very well over the event with Dylan’s performance on the rise and Zer0 turning out to be somewhat of an X-factor. Chicago will look to dash their hopes and get their second event win of the season.
The first two games would be split between the two teams. Chicago takes Game 1 Hardpoint and London answers right back with a commanding performance in Game 2 Search and Destroy. Zer0 and wuskin both dropped an insane 4.0 K/D in Game 2, effectively shutting down any attempt from Chicago to get back in the game.
Game 3 Domination would be hard fought from both teams. It came down to the final 5 seconds with Chicago recapturing their home flag to get a final point and win the Game 155 – 154. Unfortunately London would not recover from having this win pulled just out of their reach.
Chicago put forth arguably their best hardpoint performance to date in Game 4 on Hackney Yard. They blew London out of the water behind crazy performances by Arcitys and Scump, dropping a 2.14 and 1.94 K/D respectively, taking the series 3 games to 1.
Chicago becomes the third team to win multiple events and London goes home to try and figure out what went wrong.
Many had their minds made up before the Seattle Home Series had begun about which teams would be left come Sunday. A lot had Minnesota, and surprisingly quite a few expected Seattle to make it out of group play. Unfortunately, both teams disappointed, but other teams continue to show their perseverance: namely OpTic Gaming LA and New York Subliners.
Next up we have the Minnesota Home Series which will be host to the strongest lineup we have seen so far this season. This will be the first time we see the top 4 teams attending the same event: Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, and Minnesota. Three of them are in the same group which is going to make it interesting as to who gets knocked out early and misses out on some CDL points.
Minnesota Home Series will take place online from June 5 – 7. For a full list of event dates see the official Call of Duty League website.