The Atlanta FaZe have gone back to back and won the Call of Duty League’s 2021 Stage 4 Major. It was LAN and the penultimate CDL tournament ahead of Champs, so here are all the recaps, highlights, and results from a wild event.
- FaZe go back-to-back, winning Stage 4’s $200K.
- Impressive Empire run jumped them to No. 2 in the standings.
- OpTic made Loser’s Bracket push, but fell short.
The Stage 4 Major had $500,000 up for grabs as well as a ton of valuable CDL Points. While all 12 teams qualify for each Major, only eight will be invited to the $2.5 million CDL Champs — making those CDL Points more valuable than ever.
Last week, the LA Thieves Home Series, saw new rosters struggle in debuts while others bounced back. The Stage 4 Major saw even newer rosters struggle, while the dominant FaZe maintained their form.
CDL Stage 4 Major: results, recaps, and highlights
DAY 1 – THURSDAY, JUNE 17
|LR1||Surge 3-1 Royal Ravens||SEA 250-142 (Apocalypse)||LDN 6-4 (Raid)||SEA 3-1 (Checkmate)||SEA 250-89 (Checkmate)||N/A|
|LR1||Guerrillas 3-2 Thieves||LAT 250-141 (Garrison)||LAG 6-5 (Raid)||LAG 3-1 (Garrison)||LAT 250-114 (Raid)||LAG 6-5 (Miami)|
|WR1||Empire 3-0 OpTic||DAL 250-160 (Garrison)||DAL 6-1 (Standoff)||DAL 3-1 (Checkmate)||N/A||N/A|
|WR1||ROKKR 3-0 Subliners||MIN 250-196 (Garrison)||MIN 6-0 (Raid)||MIN 3-1 (Garrison)||N/A||N/A|
Match 1: Surge ruin London’s LAN debuts
The Royal Ravens came in with two highly touted rookies making their LAN debuts. Unfortunately, the Surge has some vets who have been dying to get back on LAN and one of those, Octane, was way too much for London to handle.
Match 2: Guerrillas upset new-new-look Thieves
Just before the Battle for LA, the Thieves revealed that Huke would be missing the contest and replaced by Drazah due to some… miscellaneous difficulties. While Drazah had some big plays, the Guerrillas cohesion ultimately earned them a win.
Match 3: Dallas dismantle OpTic
After a week of anticipation, this premium grudge match ended in the blink of an eye. Thanks to a nasty 1.32 K/D from Vivid, the Empire absolutely demolished an OpTic club, sending many’s tourney favorite to the loser’s bracket.
Match 4: ROKKR sweep undermanned Subliners
High expectations dimmed for New York when it was revealed that Asim wouldn’t be playing in the Stage 4 Major due to visa issues. Then the ROKKR quickly snuffed out remaining hopes, with Standy excelling in his LAN debut.
DAY 2 – FRIDAY, JUNE 18
|LR2||Seattle 3-0 Legion||SEA 250-241 (Checkmate)||SEA 6-2 (Express)||SEA 3-1 (Garrison)||N/A||N/A|
|LR2||Guerrillas 0-3 Mutineers||FLA 250-202 (Moscow)||FLA 6-2 (Miami)||FLA 3-1 (Raid)||N/A||N/A|
|WR2||Empire 2-3 Ultra||TOR 250-247 (Checkmate)||DAL 6-0 (Miami)||DAL 3-2 (Garrison)||TOR 250-185 (Apocalypse)||TOR 6-5 (Moscow)|
|WR2||ROKKR 0-3 FaZe||ATL 250-152 (Garrison)||ATL 6-5 (Raid)||ATL 3-0 (Garrison)||N/A||N/A|
Match 1: Surge continue their LAN dominance
Was Seattle’s LAN dominance on Day 1 a fluke? If this game was any indication, then nope. LAN ‘Octane’ Larew continued to feast as he and the Surge earned a trip to loser’s Round 3.
Match 2: Mutineers prove they’re no “onliners”
Many wondered if Florida’s Owakening and Neptune could maintain momentum in their CDL LAN debuts — and they most certainly did. The Mutineers quickly eliminated an upsurging Guerrillas roster.
Match 3: Ultra clutch up vs Empire
What a series this was, back and forth with multiple comebacks. Eventually, it all came down to the last second, as Cammy went under a bus to spot Vivid’s defuse attempt and give Ultra the win.
Match 4: FaZe dominate ROKKR
The ROKKR looked great against a suddenly changed Subliners lineup, but Atlanta simply look like an All-Star team. The S&D was close, but FaZe absolutely crushed Minnesota and sent them down to the loser’s bracket.
DAY 3 – SATURDAY, JUNE 19
|LR3||Mutineers 2-3 Subliners||FLA 250-217 (Checkmate)||NY 6-3 (Moscow)||NY 3-1 (Raid)||FLA 250-243 (Moscow)||NY 6-4 (Express)|
|LR3||Surge 2-3 OpTic||CHI 250-175 (Checkmate)||CHI 6-4 (Express)||SEA 3-2 (Checkmate)||SEA 250-217 (Apocalypse)||CHI 6-3 (Moscow)|
|LR4||Subliners 1-3 Empire||DAL 250-211 (Garrison)||NY 6-2 (Miami)||DAL 3-0 (Garrison)||DAL 250-154 (Checkmate)||N/A|
|LR4||OpTic 3-1 ROKKR||CHI 250-180 (Checkmate)||MIN 6-4 (Raid)||CHI 3-1 (Checkmate)||CHI 250-215 (Garrison)||N/A|
|Winners Finals||Ultra 1-3 FaZe||ATL 250-91 (Raid)||TOR 6-1 (Standoff)||ATL 3-2 (Raid)||ATL 250-220 (Moscow)||N/A|
Match 1: Subliners outduel Mutineers
Quickly meshing, New York proved they may be a pick-up team — but they’re still a team to be reckoned with. As Decemate popped off on S&D, Subliners eliminated Florida and moved into the next round.
Match 2: OpTic survive Surge
Seattle looked fantastic on LAN, but OpTic regained and made sure the Surge would have to work for a W. With huge plays from Envoy, the Green Wall eked out the win and drowned the Surge.
Match 3: Empire ruin New York’s Cinderella run
The Clayster grudge match, the pick-up team vs the home team — whatever narrative you chose, this matchup was spicy. Unfortunately for New York, Dallas was too cohesive to slip up (again) in their home arena.
Match 4: OpTic regain and knock out ROKKR
There needed to be a proper regain for OpTic to make a loser’s bracket run and regain they did. With huge numbers from a rejuvenated FormaL, OpTic earned their spot on Championship Sunday.
Match 5: FaZe punish Ultra
FaZe are a Call of Duty team that is good at Call of Duty. First, Simp almost put up a 3.0 K/D in the first Hardpoint. Then, Cell was squad wiping by his lonesome on the last Hardpoint. FaZe were filthy here.
DAY 4 – SUNDAY, JUNE 20
|LR5||OpTic 1-3 Empire||DAL 250-244 (Garrison)||DAL 6-3 (Express)||CHI 3-2 (Checkmate)||DAL 250-176 (Moscow)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Losers Finals||Empire 3-2 Ultra||TOR 250-69 (Checkmate)||TOR 6-2 (Standoff)||DAL 3-1 (Garrison)||DAL 250-229 (Moscow)||DAL 6-4 (Moscow)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Grand Finals||Empire 4-5 FaZe||DAL 250-202 (Garrison)||ATL 6-4 (Standoff)||ATL 3-0 (Garrison)||DAL 250-216 (Moscow)||DAL 6-3 (Moscow)||ATL 3-2 (Raid)||DAL 6-1 (Express)||ATL 250-98 (Apocalypse)||ATL 6-4 (Raid)|
Match 1: Empire dismantle OpTic
A wild start to Championship Sunday, OpTic’s form was put to the test by a rejuvenated Empire squad and that form failed under pressure.
Match 2: Empire reverse sweep Ultra
Toronto immediately put a red-hot Empire in the blender to start this match before Dallas regained, stormed back, and flew toward a reverse sweep.
Match 3: FaZe survive scare, beat Empire in Map 9
It wasn’t going to be easy, but FaZe got it done. Coming in cold against a warmed-up Empire, FaZe needed hero plays from everywhere to get the win in the CDL’s first-ever Map 9.
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CDL Stage 4 Major placement & prizing
|5-6||New York Subliners||$20,000||30|
|9-10||Los Angeles Guerrillas||—||10|
|11-12||Los Angeles Thieves||—||—|
|London Royal Ravens||—||—|
CDL Stage 4 Major format & details
- Location: Dallas
- Prize pool: $500,000
- Format: Double-elimination bracket
- Seeding determined by Stage 3 standings:
- 1st place teams start in Winners Round 2
- 2nd & 3rd place teams start in Winners Round 1
- 4th place teams start in Losers R2
- 5th & 6th place teams start in Losers R1
- CDL Points: Based on placement (see placements section above for breakdown)
- Series are best-of-five (HP, S&D, Control, HP, S&D)
- Grand finals is best-of-nine (HP, S&D, Control, HP, S&D, Control, S&D, Hardpoint, S&D)
- Maps & Modes:
- Hardpoint: Apocalypse, Checkmate, Garrison, Moscow, Raid
- Search & Destroy: Express, Miami, Moscow, Raid, Standoff
- Control: Checkmate, Garrison, Raid
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CDL Stage 4 Major teams & lineups
A bunch of lineups were different from Stage 3’s Major, and multiple changed just ahead of Stage 4 — as visa issues forced the Subliners to sub in Decemate for Asim and a name misspell forced the Thieves to sub in Drazah for Huke.
|Atlanta FaZe||Simp, Cellium, aBeZy, Arcitys|
|Dallas Empire||Crimsix, Shotzzy, Vivid, iLLeY|
|Florida Mutineers||Skyz, Owakening, Havok, Neptune|
|London Royal Ravens||Afro, Alexx, Seany, PaulEhx|
|Los Angeles Guerrillas||SiLLY, Assault, Apathy, Cheen|
|Los Angeles Thieves||Kenny, SlasheR, Drazah, TJHaLy|
|Minnesota RØKKR||MajorManiak, Attach, Priestahh, Standy|
|New York Subliners||Clayster, Decemate, HyDra, Mack|
|OpTic Chicago||Scump, FormaL, Envoy, Dashy|
|Paris Legion||AquA, Zaptius, Temp, Skrapz|
|Seattle Surge||Octane, Gunless, Prestinni, Classic|
|Toronto Ultra||Bance, Cammy, CleanX, Insight|
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.