The 2021 Call of Duty League season has reached Stage 4, and the action kicked off with Week 1’s OpTic Chicago Home Series! Here’s how it all unfolded, with highlights, results, recaps, and more.
- FaZe destroy OpTic to go 2-0 in Stage 4 and ruin Chicago’s Home Series.
- Mutineers finally reaching form? Florida undefeated to start Stage 4.
- Ultra sweep revamped Empire, bouncing back from Mutineers loss.
The CDL Playoff race continues to tighten and, if the OpTic Home Series was any indication, things could get spicy in Stage 4. Refusing to be ignored, the Florida Mutineers threw all predictions into disarray by beating the formerly dominant Toronto Ultra on Day 1.
But, while Florida — with serious improvements from SMGs Havok and Neptune — showed up for all underdogs, the CDL’s top teams put their foot on the gas as well. Restoring balance in the world, the Ultra bounced back and swept a Dallas Empire squad whose Vivid signing has yet to impress. And, to cap it all off, the league-leading, Stage 3 champion Atlanta FaZe went undefeated on the week — demolishing OpTic Chicago in the final match of the week.
CDL OpTic Home Series results, recaps, highlights
DAY 4 – SUNDAY, MAY 29
|B||Royal Ravens 0-3 Mutineers||FLA 250-211 (Moscow)||FLA 6-3 (Express)||FLA 3-0 (Checkmate)||N/A||N/A|
|B||Empire 0-3 Ultra||TOR 250-144 (Raid)||TOR 6-4 (Express)||TOR 3-1 (Garrison)||N/A||N/A|
|A||OpTic 0-3 FaZe||ATL 250-157 (Moscow)||ATL 6-4 (Express)||ATL 3-0 (Raid)||N/A||N/A|
Match 1: Mutineers storm through Royal Ravens
While the Royal Ravens kept things tight over the first two maps, the Mutineers simply could not be denied. With Havok controlling the map and Neptune making plays, Florida’s SMG duo looked more cohesive than ever in a comfy sweep.
Match 2: Ultra bounce back and quickly sweep Empire
This could have been a series, as Empire regained from an ugly Hardpoint and took a 3-0 lead in S&D. But, then, iLLeY somehow killed Vivid and himself, throwing momentum to Toronto. Ultra took that, ran, and got the quick sweep.
Match 3: FaZe ruin OpTic Chicago’s Home Series
Sorry, OpTic — there’s no home field advantage online. It was the week’s most highly anticipated matchup, but also one of the shortest — as FaZe made (very) quick work of a formerly revitalized OpTic squad.
DAY 3 – SATURDAY, MAY 28
|A||Legion 1-3 ROKKR||MIN 250-129 (Garrison)||PAR 6-1 (Raid)||MIN 3-1 (Raid)||MIN 250-247 (Moscow)||N/A|
|A||Surge 2-3 Thieves||SEA 250-155 (Apocalypse)||LAT 6-3 (Standoff)||LAT 3-2 (Raid)||SEA 250-150 (Moscow)||LAT 6-1 (Raid)|
|B||Guerrillas 1-3 Subliners||NY 250-195 (Apocalypse)||LAG 6-2 (Miami)||NY 3-0 (Garrison)||NY 250-169 (Moscow)||N/A|
Match 1: ROKKR hold off Legion comeback
Two revamped rosters hoping to regain, but only one could snap their losing streak. Despite the Legion’s best efforts in Map 4, Minnesota shut down the chance for a Map 5 and finish off their week at 1-1.
Match 2: Thieves edge out Surge in TJHaLy’s return
After a wild back-and-forth affair, the Thieves capped off TJHaLy’s return with a win. Despite Seattle looking stronger with Classic replacing Decemate in the lineup, the Surge simply couldn’t get over their Raid struggles.
Match 3: Subliners stay hot vs LAG in first match of Stage 4
While LAG mixed things up by fielding a QBZ and FFAR, NYSL was unbothered and kept up their Stage 3 momentum. The Guerrillas kept things competitive early, but New York dominated the last two maps for an easy win.
DAY 2 – FRIDAY, MAY 28
|B||Royal Ravens 2-3 Empire||LDN 250-209 (Apocalypse)||DAL 6-5 (Express)||LDN 3-0 (Garrison)||DAL 250-244 (Garrison)||DAL 6-2 (Standoff)|
|A||OpTic 3-0 ROKKR||CHI 250-238 (Moscow)||CHI 6-2 (Standoff)||CHI 3-0 (Raid)||N/A||N/A|
Match 1: Empire get clutch win in Vivid’s debut
Both the Royal Ravens and Empire came into Stage 4 with revamped rosters, but — despite Afro and Alexx helping London to a lead — the reigning champion Empire regained and clutched up a win in Vivid’s debut.
Match 2: OpTic kick off Home Series by dominating ROKKR
After a day full of delays, OpTic made up for lost time by quickly sweeping the ROKKR. While Hardpoint was close, big plays from Envoy and Chicago made the rest of the series a speedy affair and a comfortable start to their Home Series.
DAY 1 – THURSDAY, MAY 27
|A||FaZe 3-1 Legion||ATL 250-211 (Garrison)||PAR 6-1 (Standoff)||ATL 3-1 (Raid)||ATL 250-228 (Raid)||N/A|
|B||Ultra 2-3 Mutineers||FLA 250-182 (Raid)||FLA 6-2 (Standoff)||TOR 3-0 (Raid)||TOR 250-209 (Moscow)||FLA 6-3 (Miami)|
Match 1: FaZe start Stage 4 off with win over new-look Legion
Legion’s decision to replace Classic with Zaptius may pay off down the line, but it fell short of helping them beat the league’s top team to kick off Stage 4 and the Chicago Home Series. While Paris did look very good on the season’s first Standoff S&D, FaZe’s respawn ability was just too much for them to handle.
Match 2: Mutineers clutch up for big upset over Ultra
Mutineers came out strong in their opening match of Stage 4, winning the first two maps convincingly. However, a big Control win for Toronto got them back in the series, and the reverse sweep looked inevitable when they went up 3-0 in the game five S&D. That’s when Florida kicked it up a gear and stunningly won six straight rounds to seal the big upset over the Stage 2 Major champs.
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CDL OpTic 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)
*Standoff replaces Checkmate in S&D rotation for Stage 4
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CDL OpTic Home Series teams & lineups
Despite it already being past the midway point of the 2021 season, several teams have still made roster moves heading into Stage 4. Surge have replaced Decemate with former Legion player Classic, while Empire opted to bring on benched Guerrillas pro Vivid in place of FeLo.
|Team (Record coming in)||Lineup|
|Atlanta FaZe (22-4)||Simp, Cellium, aBeZy, Arcitys|
|OpTic Chicago (15-11)||Scump, FormaL, Envoy, Dashy|
|Los Angeles Thieves (13-12)||Kenny, TJHaLy, Venom, Drazah|
|Minnesota RØKKR (9-11)||MajorManiak, Attach, Priestahh, Standy|
|Paris Legion (5-13)||AquA, Skrapz, Temp, Zaptius|
|Seattle Surge (4-15)||Octane, Gunless, Prestinni, Classic|
|Team (Record coming in)||Lineup|
|New York Subliners (16-9)||Clayster, Asim, Mack, HyDra|
|Toronto Ultra (17-11)||Insight, Bance, Cammy, CleanX|
|Dallas Empire (14-11)||Crimsix, Shotzzy, Vivid, iLLeY|
|Florida Mutineers (10-13)||Skyz, Owakening, Havok, Neptune|
|Los Angeles Guerrillas (7-14)||SiLLY, Assault, Apathy, Cheen|
|London Royal Ravens (6-14)||Seany, Alexx, Afro, PaulEhx|
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