Call of Duty League: Can Dallas Empire Regain Second Place?

Posted on June 3, 2021 - Last Updated on September 18, 2021

Aside from FaZe’s position at the top of the table, the Call of Duty League is generally becoming too close to call. The Atlanta side is more than 100 points clear of second place, but that’s where things start to really heat up. The reigning champions, Dallas Empire, currently sit just ten points behind the New York Subliners, the current second-place side.

This season’s Ultimate Underdogs, NYSL, have relentlessly ascended up the table, and they’re now just one good Major streak outside of first place. However, that fact could change this week, depending on the performance both NYSL and Dallas Empire put out.

At the end of the week, two of the most experienced veterans in the Call of Duty League will do battle. It could be the decider for second place, and both teams will have already played a match in the days leading up to it. Dallas Empire has a rather forgiving fixture against LAG, but NYSL must fight a seriously capable Florida Mutineers side.

Could the reigning champions sneak into second place?

Call of Duty League: Redemption Required

There are several teams across the board looking for a redemption of sorts this week. It’s an unfortunate fact, but someone always has to lose – but some teams are a little better at that than others. In recent weeks, teams such as Paris Legion, London Royal Ravens, and Seattle Surge have really found it hard to gain any kind of traction.

Paris Legion, in particular, hasn’t won a match since a surprise victory over the Florida Mutineers on May 2nd, during Stage Three. It’s a fact that’s taking its toll on the team.

Although, Seattle Surge is having a much harder time of it, having won nothing since its mid-Major victory on the 9th of April. Currently, at the bottom of the Call of Duty League table, Seattle Surge, Paris Legion, and London Royal Ravens are all separated by just ten points apiece.

Seattle Surge
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However, if there’s a Stage during which Seattle will regain, it’s unlikely to be this one. This week, the Surge must compete against Atlanta FaZe and Minnesota Rokkr… Ouch.

LAN is on the Horizon

Let’s end on a truly high note – LAN is set to return to the Call of Duty League as of the 17th of June. The League is all too happy to be putting on a serious show for Major IV, which will be played locally at a site in Dallas. It’s a huge win for the League, as LAN removes any imbalances created by internet-based competition.

Furthermore, we’ll be treated to all the trash-talking, hyping, and exhilaration that comes with a LAN event.

OpTic (we see you, Scump) has been considerably inconsistent in recent weeks. However, there’s a general understanding that the team does perform better at LAN – could this move herald a comeback for the somewhat crumbling Greenwall?

Perhaps – get those Call of Duty bets in when it kicks off on the 17th.

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Grant is a freelance writer and gamer from Surrey, England. He is an avid 'omnigamer' but plays primarily on PC, enjoying a diverse collection of games. His favourite esports title is Call of Duty, and he backs Dallas Empire in the CDL.

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