Call of Duty League Seattle Home Series Preview


by in Call of Duty | May, 22nd 2020

It is that time yet again when the Call of Duty League teams and players gear up for the next event to happen in the league. This weekend will mark the start of the next Home Series Weekend event. This time around, it will be the Call of Duty League Seattle Surge-hosted tournament.

Call of Duty League Moves Into the Second Half of the Season


What is interesting about the upcoming Call of Duty League Seattle Home Series Weekend event is that it will mark a turning point for the entire league as it moves into the second half of the first season. This is a momentous occasion as we get ever closer to the championship.

We have five major Home Series Weekends behind us, plus the launch weekend back in January that was hosted by Minnesota Rokkr, and there are still more weekends ahead of us. Activision has made some major changes in recent times to accompany this major milestone for the first season.

There are plenty of changes that are on the way for the league soon, including how the championship series will even work. We already detailed all of the changes in a recent post, but the gist of it is that the championship will now feature all 12 teams participating together.

But the start of the Call of Duty League Seattle Home Series Weekend isn’t just marked by the release of new changes for the league, but it follows up on the craziest and most exciting event of the entire season thus far. Two weeks ago, we had the last Home Series Weekend and it was a blast.

The previous league tournament was hosted by Florida Mutineers, a team that has been regularly in the top five of the standings and has taken down some of the best teams around as well. Its first hosted event turned out to be the wildest and most unpredictable one thus far.

For the most part, the teams that participated in the event were some of the lowest-ranked teams in the league currently. As such, no one expected many of them to do well when up against other great teams like Minnesota Rokkr, Florida Mutineers, and Atlanta FaZe.

But the teams like New York Subliners, Toronto Ultra, and OpTic Gaming Los Angeles showed out in their best form ever and all three made it to the finals round of the competition. And the craziest part is that they got there by defeating teams like the Rokkr and the Mutineers.

Though none of the teams were ultimately able to defeat the unbelievable Atlanta FaZe in the end, that event proved that nothing is impossible when it comes to the Call of Duty League. And given that the Seattle Surge event is similar in makeup, this is something that could happen again.

Seattle Home Series Weekend Start Date and How to Watch


If you are interested in being there live as the Call of Duty League Seattle Home Series Weekend event happens, you can do just that. The event kicks off later today, Friday, May 22 and will last through the weekend with the finals taking place on Sunday, May 24.

If you have been following the last couple of Home Series Weekends since the move to the online format, then you will know what to expect in this regard. You will be able to watch all of the action live as it happens by heading to the official Call of Duty League YouTube channel.

That is the only place to watch the matches live as Activision signed an exclusive deal with YouTube for the streaming of the league’s first season. That said, if you do miss out on the action live as it happens, you will be able to watch the matches on-demand anytime you want on the YouTube channel as well.

Call of Duty League Seattle Tournament Teams and Groups


Like previous Home Series Weekend events, there are a total of eight teams that will be competing in the upcoming Seattle Surge event. While those eight compete, four of the teams will sit out this event in favor of resting up for the next one that will follow in a couple of weeks.

Here are the eight teams that will be competing this weekend for some league points and a chance to move up the ranks:

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

Like always, two groups will be the centerpiece of the first round of matches in the tournament this weekend. Each of the two groups have four teams assigned to them. Group A is London Royal Ravens, Los Angeles Guerrillas, event hosts Seattle Surge, and New York Subliners.

Meanwhile, Group B has Paris Legion, Chicago Huntsmen, Minnesota Rokkr, and OpTic Gaming LA. Overall, it is easy to say that Group B is the more complex group where the better teams overall are at. This means that Group A is free to go as crazy and unpredictable as possible.

League Standings Prior to the Seattle Event


Before we jump into our predictions for the upcoming Call of Duty League Seattle Home Series Weekend event, it is important to know where we are coming from. As such, here are the league standings at this point as we lead into the sixth main weekend tournament, going from first place to last place.

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

As you can see, the league standings are quite a bit different than they were just a few weeks ago. Given how wild the most recent event was, there is no telling if these standings will be similar after this weekend. That said, they are an important way of predicting what could happen this weekend with the various matches.

Current Match Schedule for the Weekend


To kick off our predictions, let us go over the current match schedule that we know about for the upcoming Seattle Surge event. The event will kick off on Friday, May 22, 2020 with the first round of matches. This will be the beginning but not the end of the group stage portion of the event.

Group B will kick things off with the first match at approximately 1 p.m. PT (4 p.m. ET) with the Chicago Huntsmen taking on the Paris Legion. This will be followed by the first Group A match of the tournament with Los Angeles Guerrillas facing off against London Royal Ravens at 2:30 p.m. PT.

The third match of the first day will be OpTic Gaming LA facing off against Minnesota Rokkr at 4 p.m. PT. And then last but not least, the final match of day one will be the marquee match of New York Subliners versus the hosts of the event, Seattle Surge, at 5:30 p.m.

That will conclude day one of the event and the only matches that we know about at this time. Though some of the day two matches could have been revealed, they are unknown at this time. Day two will continue the competition in the group stage and complete it.

Meanwhile, day three will see the top four teams with two moving on from each of the two groups there are. Those four teams will battle it out until there is only one team remaining as the winner of the overall Seattle Surge Home Series Weekend tournament.

Match Expectations and Winner Predictions


Now knowing just some of the matches that will happen this weekend, we can form our predictions for how those matches will turn out and who the overall winner of the event will be. For the record, we were right about the winner of the previous event, but everything leading to that point was completely unexpected.

That said, a similar situation may happen here at the Seattle Surge tournament. The first match of the event is the Chicago Huntsmen versus Paris Legion one. The Huntsmen have been in a weird place lately with some losses, but they have made necessary changes lately.

As such, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the Huntsmen come out swinging in this event, even though there are only a few really good teams that are competing here. With that said, we do think that given the recent changes, it should be no problem for Chicago to beat Paris in the first match.

The second match is an interesting one where Los Angeles Guerrillas will take on London Royal Ravens. The Guerrillas don’t have the best track record out of any of the teams, sitting in dead last. That said, maybe they have been practicing and trying to improve their game thus far?

For now, though, we are going to go with our prediction that London will win this first match of Group A. This will lead to the third match of the event where OpTic Gaming LA will take on Minnesota Rokkr. This is another crazy match that is rather hard to predict.

Based purely on stats alone, it would certainly seem like Minnesota would easily win this match against OpTic. But then there is the most recent event where OpTic was able to overcome an early defeat and win every single following match to make it to the finals where they lost to Atlanta.

Because of this, we have to say that anything is possible. In the end, it comes down to if Minnesota has recovered from its devastating losses two weeks ago or not. Given that OpTic has defeated Minnesota before, we are going to go on a limb and say that OpTic will be the winners here.

And last but not least, the final match we know about is the marquee match of New York Subliners versus Seattle Surge. This is a strange matchup where we have two teams that are relatively close to one another in the standings. The problem is that Seattle is still unproven.

Though we haven’t seen them duke it out, Seattle’s wins are all against the same team basically: Los Angeles Guerrillas. Whereas New York Subliners has a more varied portfolio of wins and is coming off of the high it had at the most recent event.

As such, though Seattle Surge is the hosting team this weekend, we are going to give it to New York Subliners for this marquee match result. This leads into the second day where the rest of the event is determined by how the matchups are decided.

We think that OpTic and Chicago will be the leads from their group, so it comes down to who fights who. If OpTic takes on Chicago, we could see Chicago win but OpTic could certainly defeat Paris Legion for sure. When it comes to Minnesota, they are not Florida, so I think they would lose to Chicago as well.

No matter what, we do think that the leading team out of Group B will be Chicago Huntsmen. As for the second team, I think the other team may be OpTic Gaming LA. This would be insane and yet another trip to the finals for the rising team.

When it comes to Group A, though, things get a bit more complicated. All four of these teams are relatively unproven and it could go any way. With London and New York leading the pack, if they face off against one another, we see the Subliners coming out on top and winning the group.

But if New York faces Los Angeles Guerrillas, we see a similar situation happen and them winning to be the overall winner of Group A. If Seattle Surge faces off against the Guerrillas, they are sure to win and then have to likely face London for the tie-breaker. Here, we would put our prediction on London winning, but Seattle could pull through to the finals.

This would most likely result in a finals round of Chicago facing off against London or possibly Seattle while OpTic Gaming LA faces off against New York Subliners. In this way, Chicago would easily win against either team and make it to the final match while OpTic would likely beat New York Subliners.

This would end up with OpTic Gaming LA taking on Chicago Huntsmen where Chicago would most likely beat OpTic to be the overall winners of the event. Alternatively, it could be Minnesota Rokkr in the finals against Chicago but the result would be the same.

What Comes After the Seattle Home Series Weekend?


With all of that said and done now, what is next for the Call of Duty League after this weekend’s Seattle Surge event? Well, speaking of Minnesota Rokkr, they will host the next weekend and be the first and one of only two teams in the league to host two events in Season 1.

The Minnesota Rokkr event is stacked with some of the best players in the game and some exciting matchups that we can’t wait to see play out. Here are the eight teams that will compete there:

  • Toronto Ultra
  • Los Angeles Guerrillas
  • Atlanta FaZe
  • Seattle Surge
  • Florida Mutineers
  • Chicago Huntsmen
  • Dallas Empire
  • Minnesota Rokkr

That’s right, the top five teams in the entire league will be competing against one another at the Minnesota event. This could be the fated place for fans to finally witness the long-awaited Atlanta FaZe and Chicago Huntsmen that we have been robbed of time and time again. Until then, stay tuned for the results of the Seattle Surge event this weekend where the standings could change considerably ahead of the next Home Series Weekend.

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