LA Thieves beat Atlanta FaZe to become Call of Duty League champions

Alec Mullins
Octane and Drazah celebrating CDL win

CDL Champs is officially over, with LA Thieves putting in a dominant performance in the final tournament of the 2022 Vanguard season, beating Atlanta FaZe 5-2 in the grand final.

  • LA Thieves win organization’s first Call of Duty Championship
  • Octane, Kenny, Drazah, and Envoy join elite group of CoD Champs winners
  • Atlanta FaZe lose second Champs grand final in three seasons

In a year with four different Major tournament winners, LA Thieves became the only team to win multiple championships with back-to-back victories.

Here’s the full rundown of what went down on Championship Weekend, including prize pool breakdown, daily results and a full recap.

CDL Champs final placements

1LA Thieves$1,200,000
2Atlanta FaZe$650,000
3Seattle Surge$320,000
4OpTic Texas$160,000
5/6Toronto Ultra$80,000
5/6New York Subliners$80,000
7/8Boston Breach$30,000
7/8London Royal Ravens$30,000

CDL Champs 2022 bracket & fixtures

The bracket heading into Sunday was as follows:

Call of Duty League Championship Sunday bracket
The story of Champs 2022 so far.

CDL Champs 2022 Results & recap

Day 1 — Thursday, August 4

Round Match Time
Winners Round 1 London Royal Ravens 2-3 Seattle Surge 12PM 3PM 8PM
Winners Round 1 LA Thieves 3-2 Boston Breach 1.30PM 4.30PM 9.30PM
Winners Round 1 OpTic Texas 3-2 Toronto Ultra 3PM 6PM 11PM
Winners Round 1 New York Subliners 2-3 Atlanta FaZe 4.30PM 7.30PM 12.30AM

Day 2 – Friday, August 5

Round Match Time
Losers Round 1 London Royal Ravens 2-3 New York Subliners 12PM 3PM 8PM
Losers Round 1 Boston Breach 1-3 Toronto Ultra 1.30PM 4.30PM 9.30PM
Winners Round 2 Seattle Surge 2-3 Atlanta FaZe 3PM 6PM 11PM
Winners Round 2 LA Thieves 3-0 OpTic Texas 4.30PM 7.30PM 12.30AM

Day 3 — Saturday, August 6

Round Match Time
Losers Round 2 Seattle Surge 3-1 Toronto Ultra 10.30AM 1.30PM 6.30PM
Losers Round 2 OpTic Texas 3-0 New York Subliners 12PM 3PM 8PM
Winners Final LA Thieves 3-1 Atlanta FaZe 1.30PM 4.30PM 9.30PM
Losers Round 3 OpTic Texas 1-3 Seattle Surge 3PM 6PM 11PM
Losers Final Seattle Surge 1-3 Atlanta FaZe 4.30PM 7.30PM 12.30AM

Day 4 — Sunday, August 7

Round Match Time
Grand Final LA Thieves 5-2 Atlanta FaZe 12PM 3PM 8PM

The 2022 Call of Duty Championship weekend started with a bang. All four opening matchups went the distance, two of which ended with round 11 showdowns.

A server outage delayed the second match between the Boston Breach and the Los Angeles Thieves for more than an hour but once the action got underway, it proved to be worth the wait.

Friday’s matches didn’t offer as much in the way of close games, with Toronto Ultra comfortably seeing off Boston, while LA Thieves backed up their “overrated” comments and destroyed a lackluster OpTic.

Elsewhere, FaZe rose to knock Seattle into the Losers bracket and London Royal Ravens went home following a narrow defeat to NYSL.

After Seattle dispatched of Toronto in a quickfire 3-1, another delay affected the highly-anticipated OpTic vs NYSL matchup after the GreenWall took a 2-0 lead. Once things got ironed out, OpTic sent the Subliners packing with a swift 3-0.

FaZe suffered a setback in their bid to repeat as Champs, failing into the losers bracket after losing 3-1 to LA Thieves. They’d ultimately play Seattle in the Losers Bracket finals after the Surge dominated OpTic in a 3-1 series.

Atlanta held strong against the Surge’s tidal wave, winning 3-1 and securing a rematch with LA in the Grand Finals.

Their momentum was shortlived, however. They went 4-0 down in the Grand Final to LA Thieves, struggling to get anything going and simply being outclassed by Thieves, even in the hardpoint maps where they got off to much stronger starts.

The foundations of a comeback started, bringing it back to 4-2 in the series, before they failed to close out on Tuscan Search and Destroy, failing to close out the map from a 5-3 lead and handing LA Thieves the map and series wins, as well as the Championship trophy.

With the 2022 season now over, be sure to keep your ears and eyes peeled for any news on the 2023 Modern Warfare 2 season!

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