OpTic make a statement — CDL 2021 Minnesota Home Series highlights, results, recap

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Stage 5, Week 2 came and went as the CDL 2021 season pushes toward CoD Champs. After a hectic week of play, the final eight Champs teams were finalized and OpTic made a huge statement. Here are the results, recaps, and highlights for the ROKKR Home Series.

  • Surge, Legion, Royal Ravens, Guerrillas eliminated.
  • Royal Ravens and Legion play spoiler vs NY and LAT.
  • OpTic clutch up vs FaZe in huge matchup.

This isn’t your typical Call of Duty season. Only eight teams make it to CDL Champs in 2021 and that means four squads are missing out on the chance to fight over $2.5 million. But there’s still $500,000 available at the Stage 5 Major and placement points to earn for seeding at Champs.

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While no one can touch FaZe for the first seed, they can apparently bleed — as OpTic proved by beating them 3-2 in a wild match. Four teams are eliminated from Champs, but the season is still as spicy as ever.

CDL Minnesota Home Series: results, recaps, highlights


Group Match Hardpoint S&D Control Hardpoint S&D
B Guerrillas 0-3 Ultra TOR 250-75 (Garrison) TOR 6-3 (Moscow) TOR 3-0 (Garrison) N/A N/A
B Surge 0-3 ROKKR MIN 250-158 (Checkmate) MIN 6-3 (Standoff) MIN 3-0 (Garrison) N/A N/A

Match 1: Ultra obliterate Guerrillas

A wise man once asked who was smoking the “papanya” in the Guerrillas camp. While that question remains unanswered, the Ultra made one thing clear: this MentaL situation may take longer than LA fans hoped.

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Match 2: ROKKR smoke Surge

What a way to start off your Home Series. With Rookie of the Year candidate Staaandy dropping a nasty 1.31 series K/D, the ROKKR tucked Seattle away in minutes.


Group Match Hardpoint S&D Control Hardpoint S&D
B Mutineers 3-1 Empire FLA 250-242 (Moscow) FLA 6-3 (Standoff) DAL 3-1 (Raid) FLA 250-246 (Garrison) N/A
A Thieves 1-3 FaZe ATL 250-233 (Checkmate) LAT 6-5 (Moscow) ATL 3-0 (Garrison) ATL 250-220 (Raid) N/A

Match 1: Mutineers shock Empire

The Empire were one of the hottest teams in the CDL, but Havok is treating every match like it’s CoD Champs and apparently that energy helped Florida break everyone’s predictions this week.

Match 2: FaZe shut down John & Thieves

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John was undefeated in his CDL career at a nice 2-0, but then he and the Thieves had to get scheduled against FaZe. The four scary dudes could not be denied, even with LA putting up a fight.


Group Match Hardpoint S&D Control Hardpoint S&D
A Royal Ravens 3-2 Subliners LDN 250-237 (Checkmate) NY 6-0 (Standoff) LDN 3-0 (Raid) NY 250-244 (Raid) LDN 6-1 (Moscow)
B Guerrillas 1-3 Mutineers FLA 250-141 (Garrison) LAG 6-4 (Moscow) FLA 3-0 (Garrison) FLA 250-226 (Moscow) N/A
B Surge 0-3 Ultra TOR 250-247 (Garrison) TOR 6-1 (Standoff) TOR 3-0 (Garrison) N/A N/A

Match 1: Royal Ravens upset Subliners

Things continue to sour for the Subliners, as the Royal Ravens added to their misery with a shocking 3-2 victory that sends New York back to the drawing board.

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Match 2: Mutineers carry momentum vs Guerrillas

Unlike NYSL, Florida were not going to let a bottom-tier team play spoiler. The Mutineers maintained their recent momentum and throttled LAG.

Match 3: Ultra shut down Surge

Things change quickly in Call of Duty and there’s no better example than this match. Seattle were three points from a map win, but Ultra came back, won Hardpoint and quickly swept the Surge.


Group Match Hardpoint S&D Control Hardpoint S&D
A Legion 3-1 Thieves LAT 250-230 (Raid) PAR 6-5 (Raid) PAR 3-0 (Raid) PAR 250-178 (Apocalypse) N/A
A OpTic 3-2 FaZe CHI 250-177 (Moscow) ATL 6-4 (Miami) CHI 3-2 (Raid) ATL 250-172 (Apocalypse) CHI 6-5 (Standoff)
B ROKKR 1-3 Empire DAL 250-170 (Garrison) MIN 6-3 (Miami) DAL 3-0 (Raid) DAL 250-239 (Checkmate) N/A

Match 1: Legion upset Thieves

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Any chance for a Temp grudge match storyline needs to be seized, and that’s precisely what happened here. Despite LA’s improvements, the Legion played spoiler and made quick work of Temp’s former team.

Match 2: OpTic clutch up vs FaZe

What an absolute stunner. Few expected OpTic to put up much of a fight against a dominant FaZe unit, but they did more than that — as Envoy piled up a 1.21 K/D and T2P clutched up the W in Game 5, Round 11.

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Match 3: Empire ruin ROKKR’s Home Series

The ROKKR had a whole watch party and everything for their Home Series. But Shotzzy and the Empire rained on that parade, as the 2020 MVP dropped a 1.20 K/D and Dallas spoiled Minnesota’s fun.

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CDL Minnesota Home Series format & details

  • Location: Online
  • Prize Pool: N/A
  • CDL Points: 10 per win
  • Maps & Modes:
    • Hardpoint: Apocalypse, Checkmate, Garrison, Moscow, Raid
    • Search & Destroy: Standoff, Express, Miami, Moscow, Raid
    • Control: Checkmate, Garrison, Raid
  • Matches are best-of-five (HP, S&D, Control, HP, S&D)

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CDL Minnesota Home Series teams & lineups

It feels like this was the first week this entire CDL season that didn’t have any roster moves, but there were still some intriguing players and situations to keep an eye on.

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Team (Record coming in) Lineup
Atlanta FaZe (32-4) Simp, Cellium, aBeZy, Arcitys
OpTic Chicago (22-15) Scump, FormaL, Envoy, Dashy
New York Subliners (21-14) Clayster, Asim, Mack, HyDra
Los Angeles Thieves (16-17) Kenny, SlasheR, John, Drazah
Paris Legion (7-19) AquA, Skrapz, Temp, Zaptius
London Royal Ravens (7-21) Seany, Alexx, Afro, PaulEhx


Team (Record coming in) Lineup
Dallas Empire (22-15) Crimsix, Shotzzy, Vivid, iLLeY
Toronto Ultra (23-14) Insight, Bance, Cammy, CleanX
Minnesota ROKKR (14-16) MajorManiak, Attach, Priestahh, Standy
Florida Mutineers (15-16) Skyz, Owakening, Havok, Neptune
Los Angeles Guerrillas (8-22) SiLLY, Assault, Apathy, MentaL
Seattle Surge (7-21) Octane, Gunless, Prestinni, Classic

Check out our CDL 2021 Season hub for everything you need to know about this season, including a full event schedule, the latest standings, and more.