Call of Duty League Stage 3: Ravens Win Big; Was OpTic Cheated?

Posted on May 10, 2021

Before the Call of Duty League Stage 3 kicked off last week, I predicted a specific set of events. I suggested that if Seattle Surge lost both of its matches in a certain way, it would replace London at the bottom of the Call of Duty League standings.

Lo and behold, that’s what happened last week, with Surge falling against both Atlanta FaZe and the London Royal Ravens. Throughout their Sunday series, the Ravens were dominant against Surge, comprehensively shaming the team over three maps.

Although Seattle battled back with a great Search and Destroy victory, it wasn’t enough. In the final game, a Hardpoint on Apocalypse, Ravens won by a massive 250 – 75.

Was OpTic Chicago Cheated Out of a Win?

It was a tough week for OpTic Chicago, a team that still seems unable to gain traction, even at this stage. The party of Scump, FormaL, Dashy, and Envoy were overwhelmed by the New York Subliners earlier in the week.

That massive loss was followed by a 0 – 3 defeat, handed to the Greenwall by the ever-dominant Atlanta FaZe. However, there was more than meets the eye in this match-up…

According to insiders (including players themselves), the CDL hosts picked the wrong server, owing to a typo in an email. This unfortunately led to OpTic playing against FaZe on an Atlanta server – giving the latter team a clear advantage.

It was a source of incredible aggravation for the OpTic team, and once again, it left them open to slaughtering by fans. Of course, as this is competitive Call of Duty, plenty of fans claimed that OpTic was just scrabbling for excuses.

It just goes to show how unpredictable Call of Duty betting can be – you can’t know that these mistakes can happen.

Call of Duty League: It’s Major Time

As we roll into the third Major of the Call of Duty League 2021 season, the board is well and truly set. Toronto Ultra finished the third Stage with a massive 6 – 0 record, securing a hugely advantageous seed over the majority of the table.

There were some surprises this week that helped changed the landscape somewhat ahead of the Major. For example, the Florida Mutineers dealt Dallas Empire a massive blow by storming ahead with a 3 – 0 victory.

Dallas, the reigning champions, were slipping all over the map, totally unable to gain traction. However, they did recuperate somewhat at the end of the week, beating Minnesota Rokkr 3 – 1.

The Subliners brought home two big wins, as did FaZe, but other teams didn’t fare so well. It’s a morale game now, and there are teams going into this Major Tournament with a desperate need for points.

Who will claim that $200,000 grand prize and the 75 CDL points that go along with it? The action commences on Thursday, May 13th.

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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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