Call of Duty League: FaZe Wins Major III

Posted on May 18, 2021

They’re now saying that every team in the Call of Duty League has the ability to win. It’s so hard to predict what might happen week in, week out, and that fact remained true throughout Major III. As fans, we bore witness to some incredible gameplay over the weekend – but did it wrap as we expected?

Atlanta FaZe has secured another Major victory, meaning the team has now claimed $400,000 in prize money. Furthermore, they’ve picked up another 75 CDL points, creating an unimaginable gulf between first and second place on the table.

Right now, FaZe has 340 CDL points, and the New York Subliners, who sit in second place, has 240. It’s such an overwhelming lead that nothing short of a miracle will take FaZe out of the running for the regular season. In other areas, Dallas Empire has fallen to third place, with Toronto Ultra claiming the number four spot, and OpTic Chicago sitting in fifth.

At the bottom of the table remains Seattle Surge, which is immediately followed by Paris Legion. The Royal Ravens have climbed up and now sit in tenth place.

Major Call of Duty League Action

There wasn’t a single day across the Major III Tournament that went without exhilarating action and gameplay. Before we’d even reached the weekend proper, we saw blistering gameplay from the Royal Ravens, which decimated both Paris Legion and Minnesota Rokkr.

The dominant run was ended by the LA Thieves, who in turn fell short against a still-powerful Toronto Ultra. Since winning the second Major Tournament, Toronto Ultra remained unbeaten until they met Atlanta FaZe on Friday.

However, the northernmost team in the Call of Duty League regained, coming up to push OpTic out of the Major, and claiming third place in the tournament overall. Once again, it was Atlanta FaZe that pushed Ultra out of the running.

Overwhelming Competitive Spirit

Can you even call the Subliners an underdog side at this point? From the moment they entered the Major, NYSL looked remarkable, dashing the hopes of the Florida Mutineers in one swift movement. The team then set its sights on Atlanta FaZe, handing the top-table side a decisive 3 – 2 loss and securing a spot in the Grand Final.

However, when it came down to it, FaZe’s momentum was just too strong, and NYSL fell to a 2 – 5 defeat. Although, the combination of Clayster, Mack, HydrA, and Asim was an incredible one, and the team performed impeccably across the Tournament.

Welcoming The Return To Form

Finally, something has to be said about OpTic Chicago, which put on a fair spectacle for Major III. While the team has been experiencing some inconsistent gameplay recently, it seemed to regain massively for the tournament.

It all started with a 3 – 1 victory over the Los Angeles Guerrillas, followed by an awe-inspiring 3 – 0 defeat over Dallas Empire. That trend continued in earnest as the Greenwall stood strong against the Florida Mutineers, pulling another 3 – 0 win.

Unfortunately, the momentum was dashed in an extremely close five-map match against Toronto Ultra. However, fans cannot be disappointed, as it came down to the final round of an eleven-part SnD game, and the OpTic boys gave it their all.

What Happens Now?

As the third Major wraps up, so too does the third stage, and now, we move into the fourth stage. This regular stage commences on the 27th of May and pushes onwards until the fourth Major kicks off towards the middle of June.

We can expect the groups for stage four, as well as the matches, to be picked and placed shortly. Until then, it’s a case of sitting back and enjoying the inevitable Call of Duty League rostermania that should kick in any day now.

Who will move from team to team? We’ll have all the latest news as it drops.

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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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