Atlanta FaZe Wins Call of Duty League Florida Home Series


by in Call of Duty | May, 11th 2020

Wow, just wow. There are a lot of wild events in esports leagues and competitions, but then there are events like the Call of Duty League Home Series Weekend Florida Mutineers. Happening this past weekend, this event was unlike any other in the entire league thus far.

Call of Duty League Home Series Weekend Changes Everything


For the most part, looking back especially, the Call of Duty League has had more or less a pretty standard and predictable season thus far. It took some time but the metagame was eventually ironed out and the top teams were parsed from among the rest of the league.

You had your Atlanta FaZe, Chicago Huntsmen, and Dallas Empire. These were the best of the best with others around. Over time, there were upsets and crazy moments that none of us expected, but the league has mostly stuck to the status quo when things come down to it.

That said, there is nothing else like the event that just happened this weekend hosted by Florida Mutineers. Go ahead and take a look at our predictions from the past weekend to see what we mean. We’ll give you a little spoiler from it: we were right about the overall winner.

But you want to know what we weren’t right about? Every single thing that happened leading up to that team winning the entire event. Not only did matches not go as planned, but the teams that made it to the finals except Atlanta FaZe are all unexpected. Every single one of them.

Not only does the results of the Home Series Weekend Florida event change everything about the league, but it widely changed the standings as well. This is no longer a league that is only about five teams and that’s about it. This is an event where anything can happen as we move into the second half of the inaugural season of the league.

Florida Home Series Weekend Teams and Groups


But before I get too ahead of myself, eight teams competed this past weekend. Three of them were among the top five teams in the league, including Minnesota and the hosts Florida. But the others were middle of the road or bottom of the barrel teams. Well, until now.

Here are the eight teams that competed this past weekend online and in the remote format only:

  • Atlanta FaZe
  • Paris Legion
  • London Royal Ravens
  • OpTic Gaming Los Angeles
  • New York Subliners
  • Toronto Ultra
  • Minnesota Rokkr
  • Florida Mutineers: Hosts of the event

These eight teams competed in one of the most exciting and intense competitions we have ever seen for the league. If this is what we can come to expect as the league enters the second half of the normal season, we are more than excited for what’s to come and the eventual playoffs.

The eight teams, like previous events, were divided into two groups of four teams each. Group A consisted of New York Subliners, Toronto Ultra, Minnesota Rokkr, and Florida Mutineers. Meanwhile, Group B consisted of Atlanta FaZe, Paris Legion, London Royal Ravens, and OpTic Gaming LA.

Day 1 Results: Group Stage Is Predicted With Minor Upsets


Everything started on day one with the group stage of the event and it mostly went how we expected it. It wasn’t until day two that things went haywire and everything we knew about the league changed. The first match happened on Friday, May 8 to kick off the weekend series.

The first match was from Group B and featured Atlanta FaZe versus Paris Legion. As our expected winner of this match and the event as a whole, FaZe didn’t fail to disappoint us. They were able to get a mostly easy victory three rounds to one against the Legion.

The second match of the day went mostly as planned as well; we hoped that OpTic Gaming Los Angeles would be able to make the necessary changes to beat London Royal Ravens but this wasn’t the case. They did well, though, making it a close three to two rounds win for London.

The third match is where things started to get a little bit crazier with New York Subliners versus Toronto Ultra. Technically, both teams are not that great, or at least hadn’t been up until this point. The only exception being New York defeating Chicago Huntsmen once in the last event.

But Toronto showed up, even though we thought they were perhaps the most forgettable and uninteresting team thus far in the league. They were able to win against New York three rounds to one. However, it took another shift in the next match.

The marquee match of the night was the hosts of the event Florida Mutineers versus Minnesota Rokkr. We thought with the home advantage, that Florida would win or at least give Minnesota a hard time, but that wasn’t the case and Rokkr won easily three rounds to none.

Day 2 Results: Everything Goes Out the Window


With all of that done, we moved into the second day of the group stage on day two. This is where everything changed and we have no idea where the Call of Duty League is going from here. The first match was the next one for the group stage where Atlanta took on London Royal Ravens.

This was another simple and easy win for FaZe, winning three rounds to one and taking the first spot in the finals round. This was expected, but the other three teams who took the finals spots were anything but expected. Next up was Toronto Ultra versus Minnesota Rokkr.

Both teams won their respective first matches and any other day, Rokkr would probably be the winner. But high of its win against New York, Toronto Ultra was somehow able to muster up another win and nearly destroy Rokkr three rounds to one.

If you’re keeping count, that was Toronto’s second win and, therefore, they were the actual winners of Group A, despite two amazing teams being part of it. They moved onto the finals to be the other group winner alongside Atlanta FaZe.

From there, we had OpTic Gaming LA versus Paris Legion. Both teams lost their first matches, but the changes that OpTic made were enough to propel them past Paris to beat them in a relatively easy match three rounds to nothing.

Then, it was time for New York Subliners versus Florida Mutineers; another two teams that lost their first matches. Again, any other day, we would have put money on Florida to win this, but New York pulled together its momentum from beating Chicago last event to win against Florida in a devastating three to nothing win.

Suddenly, one of the top teams in the league wasn’t even able to get a single win in their Home Series Weekend. With all of that done, still no one was able to claim the second spots in each group. So, more tiebreakers had to happen to determine the finals.

This next one was a rematch of OpTic Gaming LA versus London Royal Ravens. The close call in the previous match between the two was confirmed here as OpTic was able to pull through and get an impressive three rounds to nothing win over London to secure the third spot in the finals.

And lastly, New York Subliners took on Minnesota Rokkr. After devastating the hosts of the event, we would have guessed that Rokkr wouldn’t back down and take them out for good. But this wasn’t the case at all, New York was able to get an unbelievable three to nothing nonstop win.

Day 3 Results: Finals Are the Craziest Ever


So, with all of that said and done, we make it to the final day of the weekend. Sunday was the finals day as always, but with the added craziness that no one except Atlanta were expected to be there. We hoped that OpTic would able to get better, but this was unbelievable.

The four teams in the finals were OpTic Gaming LA, Toronto Ultra, New York Subliners, and Atlanta FaZe. The first match of the finals was OpTic versus Toronto and, boy, did all four teams in the finals put up a strong fight after working so hard to get to this point.

The battle between the two underdog teams was impressive, but ultimately, OpTic Gaming LA was able to overcome its defeats to take down the group leader Toronto Ultra three rounds to two in a very close match. The second match of the finals was New York Subliners versus Atlanta FaZe.

Though the outcome was expected in this match, New York did not let its momentum slow down one bit. It held its ground very well and did its best to nearly overcome Atlanta. FaZe was barely able to get a win in this case, beating the improving New York Subliners three rounds to two.

This led to an amazing grand finals match where Atlanta FaZe wasn’t met with Florida or Minnesota, but OpTic Gaming LA. They made it to their first finals match ever and did their best against the nearly unstoppable Atlanta, which they should be commended for.

They ultimately lost three rounds to one, but it was a victory for OpTic Gaming LA that the recent changes and losses have paid off. Here’s hoping that the team does its best to keep this going into the next event that they are in.

Atlanta FaZe Reins In Absolutely Wild Tournament


In the end, though, the Home Series Weekend Florida results were simple: Atlanta FaZe took the win for the event. They are undeniably the champions of the event and the number one team in the league per our expectations. But everyone else did the best they could.

Throughout it all, Atlanta FaZe remained the one constant through the absolutely off the rails weekend. The same could be mostly said for the team as a whole for the entire league, yes, having some losses thus far overall, but remaining the most consistent team otherwise.

There is no doubt that Atlanta FaZe could be the winning team of the entire league and we would likely put our money on them at this point and every point up until now, but the playoffs and standings could end up very different from now by the end of the first season.

For instance, just take a look at the standings in the league currently as they are vastly different from what they were before. All 12 teams have participated in the same number of events and the placements are as follows from first place to last place:

  • Atlanta FaZe
  • Dallas Empire
  • Chicago Huntsmen
  • Minnesota Rokkr
  • Florida Mutineers
  • Paris Legion
  • OpTic Gaming Los Angeles
  • London Royal Ravens
  • Toronto Ultra
  • Seattle Surge
  • New York Subliners
  • Los Angeles Guerrillas

The ranks are fairly close in several different areas, so there is no telling how the standings could change in the future with our next tournament.

Call of Duty League Takes a Digital Trip to Seattle Next Time


Speaking of the next event in the Call of Duty League, the next tournament will be in two weeks. It will take place Friday, May 22 through Sunday, May 24. It will be the Seattle Surge Home Series Weekend, one of the first events to be hosted by one of the teams that isn’t doing the best currently.

Also, it features a lot of the middle of the road teams like in the recent Florida event. Because of that, there is no telling who will come out on top when the dust settles in two weeks. The eight teams who will compete there include:

  • Chicago Huntsmen
  • Paris Legion
  • Los Angeles Guerrillas
  • London Royal Ravens
  • OpTic Gaming LA
  • Minnesota Rokkr
  • New York Subliners
  • Seattle Surge: Hosts of the event

Group A consists of London Royal Ravens, Los Angeles Guerrillas, Seattle Surge, and New York Subliners. Meanwhile Group B is Paris Legion, Chicago Huntsmen, Minnesota Rokkr, and OpTic Gaming Los Angeles.

With OpTic Gaming LA and New York Subliners hot off of some wins and impressive moves from the Call of Duty League Home Series Weekend Florida, we are interested to see how this upcoming, likely also unpredictable event will pay off.

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