FaZe Wins 2021 CDL Champs, Claims $1.2m Prize

Posted on August 23, 2021

The most dramatic weekend in the Call of Duty League 2021 season has now come to an end. As we look down upon the smoking wreckage, we see one team standing victorious, amidst the husks of seven unsuccessful combatants. This year, it was Atlanta FaZe that claimed the ultimate prize, with the organisation landing its first Call of Duty World Championship win. Now, Atlanta FaZe sits pretty, $1.2 million richer, and boasting one of the best season records in COD history.

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Throughout the entire regular season, Atlanta FaZe was almost unstoppable, ending the 2021 season with a 34 – 7 w/l record. Ultimately, the combination of AbeZy, Simp, Arcitys, and Cellium proved to be an overwhelming force. Not only did Atlanta FaZe claim the grand prize at Call of Duty Champs, but the team also picked up a massive three Major Tournament victories. It was a performance like no other, but how did every other team fare during the final event?

Second Place With First Rate Performance

Toronto Ultra took home the second-place prize, a princely sum of $650,000. In the Call of Duty League 2021 season, Ultra was one of just three teams to claim a Major Tournament victory, and as the season progressed, the squad became immeasurably powerful. The all-EU side proved that the European Region is something to be feared, giving Atlanta FaZe an incredible run for its money in the closing series.

As the final match of the season wrapped up, the scoreline stood at 5 – 3 to FaZe. However, Toronto had chased the dominant side every step of the way, showing incredible tenacity. In one mind-blowing turn of events, Cammy (Ultra) was able to show why he’s one of the highest-rated players from the EU region. Check out the below clip:

The Fall Of An Empire

Dallas Empire started the 2021 CDL season with a relatively clean streak, falling somewhat towards the end of the year. The (now ex-) reigning champions had something to prove, but they often failed to hit the mark, especially when the roster began inexplicably switching back and forth. Although, at the final post, the team didn’t do all that badly.

Empire picked up a third-place finish, snatching a $300k prize and walking away with their heads held high. For the leading veteran of the squad, Crimsix, only time will tell what happens next and whether he’ll remain with Empire as the 2022 season approaches is up for debate. One thing is for sure, he was definitely not happy with the overall result:

Picking Up The Pieces

For the five other teams in the Call of Duty 2021 Champs event, success was short-lived. Ultimately, OpTic Chicago, NYSL, LA Thieves, Rokkr, and Florida were left with consolation prizes, falling far short of the top spots this season. It was LA Thieves and Florida Mutineers that fell out of the eliminations without a single win, closely followed by New York, and then OpTic Chicago.

Rokkr hung on a little longer, landing the fourth spot in the competition following an intense Major Tournament win at the close of the regular season. It was a relatively strong finish for a team that hasn’t really gained much traction this season.

All-in-all, it seems that the tournament wrapped up exactly as everybody expected. There were no real surprises, despite the Call of Duty League being infamous for dealing out huge upsets.

Now, we await the 2022 season and all the fun and games that it will undoubtedly bring on Call of Duty Vanguard.

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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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