Call of Duty League Chicago Home Series Preview


by in Call of Duty | Apr, 24th 2020

It is that time again where we are gearing up for the latest event in the Call of Duty League. After its triumphant return a couple of weeks ago, it is time for the league to get back into its groove as it hosts the second main event since its switch to the online-only format with the Call of Duty League Chicago event.

Call of Duty League Is Unpredictable Right Now

The Call of Duty League is quite unpredictable right now, as we saw in the Dallas Empire-hosted event that kicked off a couple of weekends ago as well as the last event that happened before the brief delay, which occurred as Activision made changes behind the scenes to switch to the online format.

Both of those events had some surprising results as there were several underdog teams that no one expected to do as well as they did, that showed up and took down several of the juggernaut teams that were previously regarded as the best like Chicago Huntsmen and Atlanta FaZe.

Given that the past two events were super shocking and exciting in their outcomes, we hope (and expect) that this weekend will be the same as one of the aforementioned best teams in the league, Chicago Huntsmen, takes over as the host for the new Home Series Weekend.

Chicago Home Series Event Kicks Off This Weekend

The Call of Duty League Chicago Home Series Weekend event is happening this weekend over three days. The event will be the fifth Home Series Weekend tournament that we have seen in the league thus far while being the sixth event total when you include the launch weekend back in January.

The Call of Duty League Chicago weekend event marks nearly the halfway point for the inaugural season of the league, so it is here that the leaderboard should start to even out and show us who will be the true top competitors for the remainder of the season.

As such, we highly recommend that fans of the league show up to watch this weekend as it will likely be one of the most exciting and unexpected events of the season. Chicago Huntsmen is one of the best teams in the league and there is no telling how they will do, considering they have experienced a few upsets recently.

Chicago Home Series Start Date and How to Watch

The Call of Duty League Chicago Huntsmen event will kick off later today, Friday, April 24 and run through Sunday, April 26. Unlike the previous schedules for the events, the new format of doing everything online means that the tournaments will start on Friday, instead of Saturday.

Also, this means that the events will last for three days instead of just two. For those who are interested in checking out the event for yourself, you will be able to watch it live as it happens on the official Call of Duty League YouTube channel.

The first round of matches will kick off later today at 1 pm PT and will last throughout the day and into the evening. Then it will continue tomorrow and Sunday with the group stage and finals, respectively. Unfortunately, the only way to watch the event in its new remote format is to see it on the YouTube channel as live stage matches are no longer happening.

Chicago Tournament Competitors and Groups

As always, there are only eight of the 12 teams who will be competing in the upcoming Call of Duty League Chicago Huntsmen Home Series Weekend event. Four of the teams will get a break this weekend to rest up, recharge, and train for the next event in a couple of weeks.

In the meantime, here are the eight teams who will be competing this weekend online (and not actually in Chicago as teased):

  • Atlanta FaZe
  • London Royal Ravens
  • Los Angeles Guerrillas
  • Seattle Surge
  • OpTic Gaming LA
  • Dallas Empire
  • New York Subliners
  • Chicago Huntsmen

Those eight teams will have the chance to earn points towards moving up or down the leaderboard while the four other teams (Minnesota Rokkr, Paris Legion, Florida Mutineers, and Toronto Ultra) will have a nice little break. The eight teams are broken down into two groups of four each.

Group A consists of Atlanta FaZe, London Royal Ravens, New York Subliners, and the current hosts of this weekend’s event, Chicago Huntsmen. Meanwhile, Group B consists of Los Angeles Guerrillas, Seattle Surge, OpTic Gaming Los Angeles, and the hosts of the previous event a couple of weeks ago, Dallas Empire.

Call of Duty League Current Standings

Moving into the Chicago Huntsmen event this weekend, it is important to keep in mind where we stand currently. The leaderboard standings for the event are crazy right now with numerous ties and teams that are vying for the top spots in hopes of making it to the championships.

You can find the current Call of Duty League standings below with all 12 teams included from the current first place to last place:

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

The 12 teams are in some very different places than they were after the first couple of tournaments earlier this year. With how crazy the season has been thus far, there is no telling how it will change in the coming days as this event concludes.

This is especially so since the top five teams are within 20 points of each other, so there really is no predicting how each team will move up and down the ranks after the Chicago event. After all, three of the top five teams are competing this weekend.

Current Match Schedule

The current match schedule is still mostly in the air as we only have the details for the first day of the competition. As for what will happen on the second day and the finals on the third day, that is solely up to how the events play out later today.

As for day one, though, the matches kick off at 1 pm PT with the first match of the tournament as Group A launches with Atlanta FaZe taking on London Royal Ravens. This will be followed by the second match of the tournament as Group B kicks off its group stage with Los Angeles Guerrillas battling against Seattle Surge at approximately 3:30 pm PT.

This will be followed by the third match of the event as OpTic Gaming Los Angeles of Group B takes on the former hosts of the previous Home Series Weekend, Dallas Empire at approximately 4 pm PT. The fourth and final match of Friday, April 24 will be the marquee match of the night: Chicago Huntsmen versus New York Subliners at 5:30 pm PT.

That match will finish off the Group A matches for day one and also conclude the first round of matches in the group stage. The group stage will continue and finish off on the second day. Those match lineups are all determined by how the first day goes, so we don’t know them at this time.

Match Results and Winner Predictions

While we don’t know what the matches will be on the second and third days, we can certainly predict what happens on day one. This will affect the rest of the weekend and how those matches will play out. We are going to give you our predictions for each match and the overall winner of the tournament.

Of course, this is solely based on everything that we have seen thus far and that has told us anything, it is that this league is unpredictable. There could be a team that shows up big this weekend and proves that it deserves to be part of the conversation for the top tier teams.

But we are going to do our best to give you our thoughts on what will happen this weekend. Starting with the first match of the day, we have Atlanta FaZe versus London Royal Ravens. The Ravens aren’t a bad team by any means as they are middle of the road.

As such, nothing tells us that they will do anything to stop FaZe, which is one of the most talented teams in the league. Because of this, we think that the FaZe will take down the Royal Ravens in a potentially competitive match.

This will be followed by Los Angeles versus Seattle Surge, which is one of the most intriguing matches in our opinion in the event. Both teams are some of the worst in the league thus far and this is their chance to prove who is better.

The Guerrillas have made some changes thus far but are they enough to take down Seattle, a team that has won at least some matches? We don’t think so but this is one match that could truly go either way. This is followed by the third match of OpTic Gaming LA versus Dallas Empire.

This is another great matchup that is exciting because of the possibilities. OpTic Gaming LA has become one of my favorite teams in the league just from their previous tournament and I believe they can truly carve a place in the middle of the leaderboard.

Dallas Empire has been upset by not as good teams before, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see them lose to OpTic. That would be an excellent upset and a great way to kick off the weekend, especially after OpTic’s loss against Dallas in the finals of the LA tournament. That said, we would still put our predictions on Dallas Empire for this match.

Finally, the fourth and final match that we do know about at this time is the New York Subliners versus Chicago Huntsmen. This one is about as standard as it comes: we do expect Huntsmen to get an easy win out of this. With this done, this sets up the second round of matches.

In round two on Saturday, the matchups should be something like Atlanta FaZe versus New York Subliners or Chicago Huntsmen and so on. This is key here as we have never gotten to see Huntsmen and FaZe, arguably the two best teams in the league, square off against one another.

Really, the entire tournament comes down to if they do battle one another on the second day. If they do, we are placing our bets on Atlanta being the winning team, though, it could go either way. On the other side of things, we think London Royal Ravens will beat New York Subliners.

However, if it doesn’t go this route and, instead, New York battles Atlanta and London faces off against Chicago, we think that Atlanta and Chicago will win their respective matches. Regardless of what happens, though, we think that Atlanta and Chicago will be the winners from Group A.

Group B, on the other hand, has an even more intriguing prospect as Dallas is the only true, clear leading team from it. As such, we think that Dallas will face off against either Seattle or the Guerrillas in the second round and defeat either of them to move onto the finals.

The dark horse is then OpTic Gaming LA. Coming off of a potential defeat in the first round, it will have a long way to go towards making it to the finals again. This means battling against either Seattle or Los Angeles Guerrillas, more than likely the winner of those two.

We believe that OpTic has it in them to win the match but then this will drag it out for a tiebreaker match to see which is the second team to move on. It will be a tough road but we are placing our hopes in OpTic Gaming LA to move on as the second-place team from Group B.

This would leave Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, and OpTic Gaming as the four teams in the finals of the event. Based on our predictions, this would make the finals matchups be Atlanta FaZe versus OpTic Gaming LA and Chicago Huntsmen versus Dallas Empire.

OpTic is a solid team on the potential upturn but we don’t think that they could take down Atlanta or Chicago, but we would love to see it happen. As such, we expect to see Atlanta in the grand finals match. On the other hand, Dallas and Chicago are an intriguing matchup.

It would be awesome to see Dallas defeat Chicago but we aren’t sure they can at this time. They lost in previous matches, but that was at the beginning of the season. Things could have changed but, ultimately, we would predict that Chicago would still win.

This would end up with a possible rematch, depending on how things go, of Atlanta and Chicago in the grand finals. This is another match that could go either way, but we are going to place our bets on Atlanta FaZe coming out on top as the winner of the Chicago event. But maybe the host will be able to use its home field advantage well and win it all.

What’s Next for the Call of Duty League?

After the upcoming Call of Duty League Chicago Huntsmen tournament, fans have two weeks to go until the next event. This one will be hosted by the Florida Mutineers, a team that has surprised everyone and climbed through the ranks to be one of the best around. Their event will be hosted May 8-10.

The eight teams that will compete there will be:

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

Group A will consist of Toronto Ultra, New York Subliners, the hosts of the event, Florida Mutineers, and Minnesota Rokkr. Meanwhile, Group B will be Paris Legion, Atlanta FaZe, OpTic Gaming Los Angeles, and London Royal Ravens.

Overall, this event is a little bit more underwhelming compared to others, but this is good as it allows the middle tier teams to shine as they compete with other great teams like Rokkr, Florida, and Atlanta. It will be interesting to see how this turns out soon.

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