Despite a third place finish at the CWL Stage 2 Playoffs, the Red Reserve squad looks confident going into this year’s CWL Championship.
The European side failed to make it to the Grand Final of the tournament on July 29, after losing 3-1 to Rise Nation for the second time over the weekend. The same Rise team also defeated Red in both the Winners Bracket Final and Grand Final at CWL Anaheim.
Although the players were understandably disappointed with their final result, it hasn’t put a dampener on their spirits for the CWL Championship, which takes place at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus from August 15 to 19.
The biggest competition of the year will see one of 32 teams crowned the winner and take a share of the $1.5 million prize pool, as well as an all-important championship ring each.
Rhys ‘Rated’ Price believes the European roster has a good of taking the title, with strengths in every game mode and map. Though mistakes have been made at previous tournaments, like struggling to adapt mid-round, he says the same thing will not happen at the CWL Championship.
Probably the best chance myself or any of my team are ever going to get to get a ring,need to just polish everything up for Champs, we are good at literally every map and mode which makes us super scary we've been sloppy in a different mode each event, that won't happen at Champs
Matthew ‘Skrapz’ Marshall commented on the high placings the squad has had during its two events together since he joined at the beginning of May, as well as the fact that Rise are the only team to have defeated it so far.
He hasn’t been put off though, showing his confidence for the biggest tournament of the year by saying he can’t wait.
GGs Rise, lost 3-1 finished 3rd, been to 2 events as a team & they are the only team that have beat us. Champs it is, I can’t wait :punch:⏳
It’s not just the players who are looking forward to the CWL Championship, as Red Reserve’s CEO, Patrik Andersson, also joined the conversation, saying the team would be gaining even more focus ahead of the event.
The Call of Duty League has combined Weeks 2 and 3 of Stage 1 into one massive Super Week of matches, and everything you need to watch and follow the event live can be found below.
Empire take on struggling Royal Ravens looking to get back into win column.
Surge hoping to play spoiler to Thieves’ dreams of perfect 3-0 start.
OpTic face stiff test in Ultra – both teams searching for second win of 2021.
Due to the inclement weather in Texas and other parts of the United States causing power outages for a lot of pro players, the CDL opted to combine the Week 2 and 3 matches into Super Week.
Seven straight days of matches will see all 12 teams in action at least three times, and with the Stage 1 Major looming around the corner, this will be the final opportunity for teams to improve their seeding for the $500,000 tournament.
CDL Super Week: Stream
The CDL streams all of its matches exclusively on YouTube, which is where you can also find replays of matches that have already been completed.
Mutineers get first win of 2021, FaZe stay unbeaten
After losing their season-opener at CDL Opening Weekend, Florida Mutineers’ new-look lineup got their first win of 2021 with a 3-1 victory over LA Guerrillas, who now sit at 1-2. LAG won the first map in dominant fashion before the Mutineers ripped off three straight maps to secure the series.
The second match of the day was a battle of the unbeatens as Atlanta FaZe took on Toronto Ultra. The series started back-and-forth, and if it wasn’t for a clutch break at the end of the Raid Hardpoint, Atlanta may have found themselves down 0-2 early.
But things settled down after the second map as FaZe took games three and four quite comfortably to secure the 3-1 victory. The win now gives the boys in red a league-leading three wins, against just zero losses, while Ultra drop to 1-1.
Legion & Subliners sweep their way to first wins, ROKKR stay hot vs Surge
After going 0-2 in the Opening Weekend, Paris Legion finally got their first win of 2021 at Super Week, and what a win it was. Despite being underdogs to the Mutineers, Legion pulled off a shocking sweep that featured a rare Hardpoint ending on time.
Following Paris’ script, the New York Subliners also notched their first one in the win column after sweeping London Royal Ravens in perhaps the most dominant performance we’ve seen so far in 2021.
None of the three maps were close, especially the Control, which saw NYSL shred their opponents from start to finish and not give them even a chance at making any sort of comeback. With the loss, Royal Ravens now sit at 0-2 early on in the season.
Rounding off a trio of Day 2 sweeps was Minnesota ROKKR grabbing their second win in a row after taking apart Seattle Surge 3-0. The series was closer than the final scoreline would suggest as Surge did make solid comebacks in both the S&D and Control, only to fall just short in both.
Matches are best-of-five (HP, S&D, Control, HP, S&D)
CDL Super Week: Teams & Rosters
CDL roster spotlight: Minnesota ROKKR’s new-look lineup delivered an upset victory over Dallas Empire at Opening Weekend.
All 12 teams are participating in the Week 2 event, split into the two groups that were drawn at the start of Stage 1. All teams within the same group play each other once during the Stage, for a total of five matches.
Crimsix, Shotzzy, Huke, iLLeY
London Royal Ravens
Alexx, Dylan, Seany, Zer0
Los Angeles Thieves
Kenny, SlasheR, TJHaLy, Temp
Accuracy, Attach, Priestahh, MajorManiak
New York Subliners
Clayster, Asim, Diamondcon, Mack
Octane, Gunless, Prestinni, Loony
Simp, Cellium, aBeZy, Arcitys
Skyz, Owakening, Slacked, Neptune
Los Angeles Guerrillas
SiLLY, Assault, Apathy, Vivid
Scump, FormaL, Envoy, Dashy
AquA, Classic, Fire, Skrapz
Methodz, Bance, Cammy, CleanX
Make sure to check out our CDL 2021 Season hub for the latest standings, full schedule of all events, a breakdown of the season format, and more.