Call of Duty League Opening Weekend 2021 Atlanta FaZe Event Preview and Predictions
It is finally time for the start of the Call of Duty League 2021 season. We have waited more than a year since the start of the inaugural season to see how the league will do in its second iteration. We are almost ready to start with the upcoming Call of Duty League Opening Weekend 2021.
Call of Duty League 2021 Season Finally Starts Soon
The original 2020 season began in January of last year. It seems that a slight delay made the 2021 season begin in February, instead, though we had the Kickoff Classic event to warm everyone up last month. With the start of the Call of Duty League Opening Weekend 2021, the season will truly begin.
This long-awaited second season is going to prove what the Call of Duty League is capable of. Last year was a crazy year for everyone due to the pandemic. It greatly affected the league, making it switch to an online format and damaging much of the competition and talent in the process.
But this year, we know a little bit more of what to expect from everything that is going on globally, and Activision is likely more prepared for any current pandemic problems. As such, this year will likely be a more consistently strong year for the esports league.
And not to mention, some “new” teams are playing this year in the form of OpTic Chicago and LA Thieves. Sure, they are both rebrands of past teams, but they are new in a sense. There is a lot to like about this upcoming season, and it is just about to get started.
The Call of Duty League Opening Weekend 2021 is hosted by the Atlanta FaZe, runner-ups of the 2020 season, and will kick off the year with the first string of matches and points to be given out. Players will be able to watch all of the action online as it happens live this weekend.
Players will be able to watch on the official Call of Duty League website and the official YouTube channel for the duration of the season. Also, if you sign in to your Call of Duty account and connect it, you will be able to earn some in-game rewards for watching the action live possibly.
If you miss out on the action, though, be sure to check back early next week for our full recap of the action and/or watch any of the matches on-demand after they are broadcasted when posted to the YouTube channel for viewing anytime. Here’s everything that you need to know about the Call of Duty League Opening Weekend 2021.
All Teams Will Participate
This is beginning the new form of Home Series Weekends that we had all last year, for starters. This new form is more like a standard weekly match format used by physical sports like the NBA and the NFL. Because of this, it will not feature the more restricted nature of last year’s style.
Last year in the 2020 season, only eight of the 12 teams would compete in each of the main Home Series events. This year, it is different and will allow all 12 teams to compete every week to not miss out on any action and gameplay.
So, if you have a favorite team, you can rest assured that you will be able to tune in and see them every single week that there is an event happening in the Call of Duty League season. This should help stabilize the community and the competition and make it suitable for everyone in the process.
Here is the full list of the 12 teams this year, including the changed ones that are rebranding with a new style:
- Atlanta FaZe
- Dallas Empire
- OpTic Chicago
- London Royal Ravens
- New York Subliners
- Paris Legion
- LA Thieves
- Los Angeles Guerrillas
- Florida Mutineers
- Minnesota Rokkr
- Seattle Surge
- Toronto Ultra
All 12 of these exciting groups will be competing every week this year, using the new format for the 2020 season. It is both a welcome and controversial one that we will have to see in action to get a grasp on.
Call of Duty League Opening Weekend Format Explained
The Call of Duty League Opening Weekend 2021 will follow the new format used for the entire year and give us an excellent idea of coming in 2021. How the general format works is that, yes, every team will compete and play in one to two matches a week.
Instead of switching back and forth where four teams will rest and not compete for a Home Series event like last year, it is switching back and forth where specific teams each week will not be able to play two matches but just one for that week.
The 12 teams are divided into two groups of six teams, each for the first of five stages to come this year. They will only play against the teams in their division for the weekly matches until they reach the Major tournament in the fourth week of the stage.
Teams will play against every one of the five other teams in their group before the end of the stage to ensure that we see some excellent matchups each week. For this week, each team will either have their first match or their first two matches happen.
Either way, it will also be their first chance to get some points on the leaderboard, which is necessary for qualifying for the Major tournament in a good seed and, eventually, having a chance to qualify for the world championship at the end of the season.
Call of Duty League Opening Weekend Day 1 and 2 Preview and Predictions
The Call of Duty League Opening Weekend 2021 is four days, and there are only a couple of matches on each day. It will start, Thursday, Feb. 11, and go through Sunday, Feb. 14, where it will end.
Ten matches in total will happen this first week, so players will have an assortment of content to look forward to this weekend. Starting with day one and two, since they are the smaller days, the matchups’ full schedule and our predictions are for them.
There are only two matches that will happen on day one. The first one is a real doozy when you think about it. At noon PT, the first match will kick off with Minnesota Rokkr versus the Los Angeles Thieves. The LA Thieves had their first match of the season against the also rebranded OpTic Chicago at the Kickoff Classic and lost there terribly.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Rokkr were able to win their first match at the Classic warm-ups but barely. Both teams are ones to watch this season since they have some solid rosters. I loved the now-former OpTic Gaming LA team last year, and I am a fan this year of the LA Thieves.
But I think they need some work as the changes that have happened to them could have started them on uneven footing. Meanwhile, the Rokkr have a fantastic new roster with players that I am fans of and have shown that they can generally work together.
Given that Minnesota has shown that they might work together a little bit better at the start of this season than LA Thieves, I will give them the close win right here. Following up on that match is the Seattle Surge versus the Dallas Empire.
Seattle once again has a strong lineup, but will they work together this year and not be the possibly worst team in the league like they were last year? We will have to wait and see, but I think that Dallas’s reigning champs will win this one pretty quickly.
On day two, we have two more matches. First up is Paris Legion versus OpTic Chicago. I am a much bigger fan of the Paris team this year and think they could do much better in 2021 overall. However, OpTic Chicago is on a whole new level this year. I think they will do even better, so I have to hand this one to OpTic.
The second match of day two is the Los Angeles Guerrillas versus the Atlanta FaZe. The Guerrillas have a new and young lineup that is unproven but could be fantastic this year if they are the rookies we hope they are. At the same time, Atlanta FaZe is the second-place team that was No. 1 for almost the whole year.
While an upset would be interesting here, I think that Atlanta has this one in the bag for sure, despite their loss to Florida in the warm-ups.
Day 3 Preview and Predictions
Days three and four are going to have three matches each this weekend and be much longer overall. First up on day three is Paris Legion versus Los Angeles Guerrillas. This is by far one of the most exciting matches since both teams have a lot to prove this year, so I think it could go either way.
I am going to go on a limb here and say that I think that the Los Angeles Guerrillas could come out on top. Following up on that is Toronto Ultra versus Florida Mutineers. Toronto is a team that improved a lot at the end of the season and then fumbled a bit in the postseason.
Meanwhile, Florida is looking stronger than ever before, despite the tragic loss of Fero. They are a team fighting with his spirit and support behind them. I think they are a beast that everyone should be keeping an eye on this season. The Florida Mutineers will win this match.
Finally, on day three, we have the New York Subliners versus the Los Angeles Thieves as one of the weekend marquee matches. Marquee matches are unique this year as the winner of the match will earn double points for winning this seemingly difficult matchup.
This is probably my second most anticipated match of the weekend. It comes down to the fact that I was a fan of both teams last year, but they have underperformed thus far. It could go either way, but I will go ahead and hand this one to the LA Thieves, given their experience together.
Day 4 Preview and Predictions
And then we come to the last day of the Call of Duty League Opening Weekend 2021. Three matches will happen here. The last two, in particular, are some of the most exciting matchups of the weekend. First up, though, is a more dark horse match with Seattle Surge versus London Royal Ravens.
As I already mentioned, Seattle has a solid roster and one that might do well this season. But I’ll be honest: I can’t say the same for the London Royal Ravens. I think dropping everyone from its team except one was a mistake. I don’t have confidence in this new roster that much. I think Seattle will come out on top here but in a close race to the finish.
Remember how I said that the New York and LA match was my second most anticipated one? Well, the most exciting one to me is the next match with Minnesota Rokkr and Dallas Empire. This may shock you, but I think that the Rokkr lineup is a champ-worthy one. They will show us how true that is here.
In the end, I do think that Dallas will win this match, but I think that it will be a surprisingly difficult one for the team and that the Rokkr will give them a run for their money in a way that many would not expect.
And the final match of the weekend is the other marquee one with Atlanta FaZe versus OpTic Chicago. This is a rivalry that was proven last year that Atlanta is the better team. However, Chicago has a roster that seems to have more synergy than Atlanta, which is concerning for the top team.
However, for now, I will say that Atlanta FaZe will win this match and get double points to take an early lead in the leaderboard, but with the caveat that this is, honestly, my least confident prediction on this list. While the competition ends on Sunday, it will be back next Thursday with even more action in the second week of Stage 1 that will follow a similar pattern.