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Florida Mutineers win CDL Dallas: final placements, highlights, recap

by Albert Petrosyan
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Florida Mutineers claimed victory at the Dallas Empire Home Series on April 12, taking down Minnesota ROKKR 3-1 in the Grand Final to win their first-ever Call of Duty League event.

After making it to the Grand Final and losing at the CDL Atlanta event in February, Mutineers got a chance at redemption in Dallas and fully seized the opportunity.

Their road to victory wasn't easy by any means; a day one loss to Toronto Ultra meant they had to win four elimination matches in a row, which they did, including an impressive 3-1 upset over Chicago Huntsmen in the semifinals.

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Florida Mutineers are the fourth team to win a CDL event his year, joining Huntsmen, FaZe, and Empire.

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Florida will feel as though this victory dispels any doubts about their in-season decision to bring in F3rocitys in place of Prestinni, who has stepped away from competing for the time being.

The championship effort earned them a massive 50 CDL points, keeping them in the top-five in the 2020 standings.

ROKKR, who have now lost back-to-back Grand Final appearances, gained 30 points, and the top-four was rounded off by Empire and Huntsmen, who earned 20 points apiece.

CDL Dallas Empire Home Series final placements

Placement Team CDL Points Roster
1 Florida Mutineers 50 Maux, Havok, Skyz, F3ro, Frosty
2 Minnesota ROKKR 30 SiLLY, GodRx, Asim, Alexx, Assault
3/4 Dallas Empire 20 Crimsix, Clayster, Huke, Shotzzy, iLLeY
3/4 Chicago Huntsmen 20 Scump, FormaL, Arcitys, Envoy, Gunless
5/6 Paris Legion 10 Louqa, Shockz, Denz, KiSMET, Zed
5/6 Toronto Ultra 10 MeTTalZ, Methodz, Bance, Classic, Cammy
7/8 Seattle Surge 0 Karma, Octane, Apathy, Pandur, Slacked
7/8 Los Angeles Guerrillas 0 Blazt, AquA, Decemate, Spart, Vivid

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CDL Dallas Grand Final recap & highlights

Both coming off upset victories in the semifinal round, ROKKR and Mutineers began their Grand Final battle on Azhir Cave Hardpoint, which Minnesota took 250-241 thanks a late comeback and a nice triple-kill from SiLLY.

Not wanting to let the series get out of hand early, Mutineers came out hot in the Search & Destroy on Picadilly, winning 6-2 to tie up the match at one map apiece.

Florida's offensive muscle really dictated this SnD, as shown in this relentless push that wiped out ROKKR's defensive hold in round seven.

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Using their newfound momentum, Florida continued their recent streak of strong Domination performances with a 194-117 dismantling on St. Petrograd, which came on the back of their equally one-sided effort on the same mode against Huntsmen the round before.

Whatever they've been doing in Dom has been working to perfection, and the map victory put them up 2-1 with a chance to close things out on Gun Runner Hardpoint.

At this point, Mutineers were looking like the better side in this series, and with a chance to win it all in map four, they were never going to let Minnesota force a winner-take-all game five.

Right from the first sequence, Florida looked flawless in their execution, and by the time the Hardpoint had reached its halfway point, their victory was a foregone conclusion. The finally tally read 250-115, a fitting end to what ended up being a pretty one-sided Grand Final.

CDL Dallas scores and brackets

Group A

Group B

Playoffs

Friday, April 10

Round Match
Group B R1 Seattle Surge 2-3 Paris Legion
Group A R1 Florida Mutineers 2-3 Toronto Ultra
Group B R1 Chicago Huntsmen 3-0 Minnesota RØKKR
Group A R1 Dallas Empire 3-1 Los Angeles Guerrillas

Saturday, April 11

Round Match
Group B WR2 Paris Legion 1-3 Chicago Huntsmen
Group A WR2 Toronto Ultra 2-3 Dallas Empire
Group B LR1 Seattle Surge 2-3 Minnesota RØKKR
Group A LR1 Florida Mutineers 3-2 Los Angeles Guerrillas
Group B LR2 Paris Legion 1-3 Minnesota ROKKR
Group A LR2 Toronto Ultra 1-3 Florida Mutineers

Sunday, April 12

Round Match
Semifinal 1 Chicago Huntsmen 1-3 Florida Mutineers
Semifinal 2 Dallas Empire 1-3 Minnesota ROKKR
Grand Final Florida Mutineers 3-1 Minnesota ROKKR

Event coverage & recaps

With the Dallas Empire Home Series now wrapped up, the attention flips to Chicago Huntsmen's own event, which will be taking place April 24-26, again using the new online format.

The teams that will be participating are: Huntsmen, FaZe, Empire, Royal Ravens, Guerrillas, Sublines, OpTic Gaming, and Surge. As always, we will bring you full coverage of the tournament, so make sure to follow us on Twitter @DexertoINTEL for the latest updates.