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CDL Florida Day 1 recap & highlights: ROKKR dominate, OpTic lose again

Published: 9/May/2020 3:14 Updated: 23/May/2020 0:00

by Albert Petrosyan


The Call of Duty League’s Florida Home Series kicked off on May 8 with four intense matches, setting the stage for what should be an exciting final two days of competition.

The first day at a CDL event can be a tricky affair; while teams go in knowing they can’t get eliminated, how they play in their lone match of the day determines the type of pressure they’ll face the rest of the way.

Atlanta FaZe, who came into CDL Florida as heavy favorites, won their first-round match, putting them just one more win away from yet another semifinal appearance. The same could not be said for hosts Florida Mutineers, however, who got spanked by Minnesota ROKKR 3-0 and fell to the Losers Bracket at their own Home Series.

Group A

Toronto Ultra 3-1 New York Subliners

Following their addition of Mack into the starting lineup, Subliners looked massively improved at CDL Chicago. However, they didn’t experience similar success in their first round matchup versus Ultra, who looked very strong despite coming in with just two wins on the season.

After falling behind 1-0 in New York’s 250-214 win on Gun Runner Hardpoint, Toronto reeled off three straight map victories: 6-2 on Arklov Peak Search & Destroy, 156-154 on Hackney Yard Domination, and 250-182 on St. Petrograd Hardpoint.

The Dom was definitely too close for comfort; the score was still tied with as little as six seconds left, but the northerners pulled off the last-second win to seal the series.

Minnesota ROKKR 3-0 Florida Mutineers

The most highly-anticipated powerhouse matchup of the day turned out to also be the most one-sided, as ROKKR dealt Mutineers a dominant 3-0 blow that sent the hosts down to the Losers Bracket.

The warning signs were there from the beginning as Minnesota took the Ramazza Hardpoint 250-210 followed by a 6-2 win on St Petrograd S&D, taking a commanding 2-0 lead.

Florida looked like they were going to try and mount a comeback but the Hackney Yard Domination slipped through their fingers at the last moment, ultimately going the way of their opponents 162-154.

Group B

Atlanta FaZe 3-1 Paris Legion

Coming off of a rare loss in the semifinals of CDL Chicago, FaZe looked to regain in their first-round matchup against Legion, which they did in 3-1 fashion.

Despite the scoreline, however, the series was far from one-sided, as the first three maps were very close; Atlanta took the first two maps – 250-212 on Azhir Cave Hardpoint and 6-5 on St. Petrograd SnD – before Paris clawed back with a tight 148-145 win on Gun Runner Domination.

However, the European side couldn’t keep up on St Petrograd Hardpoint, falling 250-117 to their North American counterparts. This victory means that FaZe have yet to lose a group play match this season.

London Royal Ravens 3-2 OpTic Gaming LA

With both Royal Ravens and OpTic Gaming coming off 0-2 duds at CDL Chicago, something had to give in their first-round matchup, which came just days after OGLA decided to drop JKap from the starting lineup in favor of Chino.

The series was tied 2-2 after four maps; London took the two Hardpoints 250-194 and 250-185, on Hackney Yard and Gun Runner respectively, while OpTic won the Rammaza S&D 6-2 and Gun Runner Domination 185-136.

Seany, Royal Ravens’ newest addition after Rated was dropped, pulled off a tough 1v2 clutch in round 10 of the game five S&D on Piccadilly, a fitting way to end what was a thrilling, back-and-forth match.

For the Green Wall, it was another disappointing result – their fourth loss in a row dating back to CDL LA. They’ll look to survive elimination tomorrow when they take on Paris Legion in the Losers Bracket.

Looking ahead to Day 2

Elimination will come into play on day two of the Florida Home Series as four of the eight teams will find themselves on the outside looking in once the dust settles.

Group A will be decided between Toronto Ultra and Minnesota ROKKR, while New York Subliners and hosts Florida Mutineers will both kick off their Losers Bracket runs against each other.

On the other side of the bracket, Atlanta FaZe and London Royal Ravens will battle in the Group B final, with the loser having to face the winner of Paris Legion vs OpTic Gaming LA in the Losers Bracket.

Group A Bracket

Group B Bracket

Day 2 Schedule

Round Match PST EST BST (May 9/10) AEST (May 10)
Group B WR2 Atlanta FaZe vs London Royal Ravens 10:00 AM 1:00 PM 6:00 PM 3:00 AM
Group A WR2 Toronto Ultra vs Minnesota ROKKR 11:30 AM 2:30 PM 7:30 PM 4:30 AM
Group B LR1 Paris Legion vs OpTic Gaming LA 1:00 PM 4:00 PM 9:00 PM 6:00 AM
Group A LR1 New York Subliners vs Florida Mutineers 2:30 PM 5:30 PM 10:30 PM 7:30 AM
Group B LR2 TBD vs TBD 4:00 PM 7:00 PM 12:00 AM 9:00 AM
Group A LR2 TBD vs TBD 5:30 PM 8:30 PM 1:30 AM 10:30 PM

Remember, you can watch these matches live and keep up with all of the Call of Duty action via our CDL Florida hub, which includes streams, updated scores, brackets, and more.

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CDL Kickoff Classic 2021 – Mutineers make surprise comeback against FaZe

Published: 24/Jan/2021 0:30 Updated: 24/Jan/2021 2:10

by Albert Petrosyan


The Call of Duty League’s 2021 campaign is just around the corner, but before the Black Ops Cold War professional season starts, the preseason has kicked off with the Kickoff Classic – where fans finally get to see the league’s best compete.

  • Skyz and Mutineers come back from 2-1 to beat FaZe 3-2
  • Guerrillas outlast Surge in year’s first Map 5
  • iLLeY’s clutch plays ruin Clayster’s grudge match in 3-0 win vs. Subliners

CDL Kickoff Classic: Stream

CDL Kickoff Classic: Schedule & scores

Sunday, January 24

London Royal Ravens vs Paris Legion 12:00 PM 3:00 PM 8:00 PM 7:00 AM (Jan 25)
Toronto Ultra vs Minnesota ROKKR 1:30 PM 4:30 PM 9:30 PM 8:30 AM (Jan 25)
OpTic Chicago vs LA Thieves 3:00 PM 6:00 PM 11:00 PM 10:00 AM (Jan 25)

Saturday, January 23

Dallas Empire 3-0 New York Subliners 12:00 PM 3:00 PM 8:00 PM 7:00 AM (Jan 24)
LA Guerrillas 3-2 Seattle Surge 1:30 PM 4:30 PM 9:30 PM 8:30 AM (Jan 24)
Atlanta FaZe 2-3 Florida Mutineers 3:00 PM 6:00 PM 11:00 PM 10:00 AM (Jan 24)

Empire continue championship form, FaZe (and Surge) falter

The Dallas Empire were the best Call of Duty team in 2020 and that form has lasted into 2021. The day started with 2020 MVP Anthony ‘Shotzzy’ Cuevas-Castro racking up 35 kills and just 17 deaths with almost two minutes of hill time on Map 1, but then it became the Indervir ‘iLLeY’ Dhaliwal show as the upsurging player hit star form with some huge clutches.

With Empire cleaning up their former teammate James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks’ New York Subliners, the day moved on with two tight Map 5’s. First, Bryan ‘Apathy’ Zhelyazkov and the Los Angeles Guerrillas outdueled a revamped Seattle Surge 3-2 and then, in a twist few saw coming, the Florida Mutineers came back against the Atlanta FaZe.

As Cesar ‘Skyz’ Bueno returned to the form that earned him MVP candidacy in 2020, the Mutineers flew back from a 2-1 deficit and eventually clinched the 3-2 victory against a FaZe team who stood near the top of most standings for this season.

Sunday, January 24

CDL Kickoff Classic: Teams & players

With this being the first official CDL matches in Black Ops Cold War, a lot of eyes are watching how the new rosters perform. All 12 teams had to make at least one change due to the switch to a 4v4 format, with some opting to completely revamp their squads.

Former Huntsman, Arcitys, will make his debut for Atlanta FaZe against the new-look Florida Mutineers, one of the top teams from the 2020 season, while Toronto Ultra and Minnesota ROKKR will add another installment to their “Battle of the North” rivalry.

Team Players
Atlanta FaZe Simp, aBeZy, Cellium, Arcitys
Dallas Empire Crimsix, Shotzzy, Huke, iLLeY
Florida Mutineers Skyz, Havok, Owakening, Slacked
London Royal Ravens Seany, Alexx, Dylan, Zer0
Los Angeles Guerrillas SiLLY, Assault, Vivid, Apathy
Los Angeles Thieves SlasheR, Kenny, TJHaLy, Temp
Minnesota ROKKR Attach, Accuracy, Priestahh, MajorManiak
New York Subliners ZooMaa, Clayster, Mack, HyDra
OpTic Chicago Scump, FormaL, Envoy, Dashy
Paris Legion Skrapz, Classic, AquA, Fire
Seattle Surge Octane, Gunless, Prestinni, Loony
Toronto Ultra Methodz, Bance, CleanX, Cammy