Call of Duty League Stage 3 Major Preview and Predictions

by in Call of Duty | May, 12th 2021

The Call of Duty League 2021 season is getting ready for one of the most important parts of the entire year: the CDL Stage 3 Major. This next Major is the third one to happen this season. It is quite possibly the most crucial competition thus far for the 12 teams involved. 

CDL Stage 3 Major Details and How to Watch

The CDL Stage 3 Major will represent the culmination of the current stage in the 2021 season. Every stage, there are three weeks of normal group play with every team divided into two groups. Then the fourth week has the Major, based on the results of the previous three weeks. 

In this case, the third stage has been the wildest, with some unexpected turns for some teams, mistakes for others, and shocking upsets. The CDL Stage 3 Major will likely continue what the group play had, so fans will not want to miss out on this tournament. 

If you are interested in watching any of the matches live as they happen, the CDL Stage 3 Major will begin on Thursday, May 13, at noon PT with the first set of matches and go until the final match on that day at 4:30 p.m. PT. Matches will happen daily from May 13 until the winner is decided on Sunday, May 16. 

All of the matches will broadcast live as they happen on the usual Call of Duty League YouTube channel. If you happen to miss out on any of them, especially since a vast majority of the Thursday and Friday ones are during the workday, they will also be available on-demand after for viewing. 

Teams will compete in a double-elimination bracket-style tournament in the Major, where there is an upper and bottom bracket. The upper bracket teams are the best from the past stage. Losing there doesn’t mean it is over, as they can keep playing in the bottom eliminations bracket. 

But teams that end up in the bottom bracket are immediately eliminated if they lose there. This is where the bottom half of the teams from the third stage are found, so every team must do their best to earn a share of the prize money and the valuable league points. 

Current League Standings

Given that this is the CDL Stage 3 Major right in the middle of the 2021 season, there are only two more stages after this. Then it is the playoffs to conclude the year. The third stage is perhaps the most important one of them all, given its middle position. 

If a team wants to turn everything around and start doing well, now is the time to do it as the fourth and fifth stages might be too late at that point. For the bottom teams, this is their chance to turn around and make their way to the top eight. 

For teams stuck in the middle, now is the time to cement their claim as one of the championship-worthy teams. For teams in the top half, this is their chance to move through the ranks and challenge the giants at the top, like Dallas Empire and Atlanta FaZe. 

That is why the current league standings are crucial to examine right now ahead of the start of the Major. You can find the current leaderboard in terms of match points below, starting from first place and going down to the last place team:

  • Atlanta FaZe: 265 points
  • Dallas Empire: 210 points
  • New York Subliners: 180
  • Toronto Ultra: 175
  • OpTic Chicago: 160
  • Los Angeles Thieves: 140
  • Minnesota Rokkr: 120
  • Florida Mutineers: 90
  • Los Angeles Guerrillas: 80
  • Paris Legion: 60
  • London Royal Ravens: 50
  • Seattle Surge: 50

There is a huge disparity in this between the top and the ones at the bottom that is unbelievable. Atlanta FaZe is so far ahead of the other teams, too, that it is a bit early to say this, but I think it may be impossible to dethrone FaZe at the top of the leaderboard (now the championship is another thing entirely, though).

The top eight teams are what matters as they can compete in the playoffs this year. The points are close in the bottom half, so it is possible for anyone still. When it comes to the CDL Stage 3 Major, half of the teams are in the top bracket and the other half are in the bottom bracket. 

The top half teams are Dallas Empire, Atlanta FaZe, Los Angeles Thieves, Florida Mutineers (what a comeback!), Toronto Ultra, and New York Subliners; the latter have one-round bye. We have Paris Legion, London Royal Ravens, Seattle Surge, and Los Angeles Guerrillas on the chopping block in the bottom half. Meanwhile, Minnesota Rokkr and OpTic Chicago have a one-round bye here. 

Day 1 Preview and Predictions

Get in your predictions now as it is time to go over the match schedule for the CDL Stage 3 Major and give my predictions. These are just my own opinions on the matter, so feel free to disagree with me and possibly earn some rewards through the CDL official website if your prediction bracket is correct. 

The first day of the Stage 3 Major will see the first rounds of both the upper and bottom brackets, starting with the latter. First up are Paris Legion and London Royal Ravens, with one of these rival teams moving on with the other being knocked out of the tournament. 

Both teams showed some interesting results this past stage with some surprising wins, like Paris beating Florida, while London had two huge wins against Seattle (expected at this point) and the winners of their group: the New York Subliners. 

Paris is alright at this point, but I’m going to be honest in that I think London is the better team (finally!) right now. The Royal Ravens have finally found their groove, possibly, and I think we will see some more of that here in the Major. I predict a close match but a nice win for London, eliminating Paris from the Major. 

Next up, we have Seattle Surge and the LA Guerrillas. The Guerrillas are no longer the team that I root for, with the removal of Vivid, and their performance has greatly suffered since then. Meanwhile, Seattle Surge is falling back into the last place spot in last year, even with a different roster. 

Both teams are seemingly repeating the failures of last year, so this match could go either way. I still hold out hope for the Guerrillas as I do like Silly and Cheen, so I will say that the Guerrillas will win this match, eliminating the Seattle Surge. 

From there, we hop to the winners bracket and see some of the star teams in action. In a shocking move, neither of the current top two teams, Dallas and Atlanta, won their groups. They will fight against one another in the first match of the winners bracket. 

This is sure to be a fun one to watch, but I will go ahead and hand this victory to Atlanta. Dallas was once the bane of FaZe’s existence, but that is just no longer the case with the recent moves, like removing Huke from the starting lineup and the gradual decline even before that. 

The day’s final match will be the LA Thieves against the shocking upper team this time around Florida Mutineers. I like both of these teams a lot, and I have said it time and time again that I want to see the Mutineers finally become the team it once was after the tragedies that have befallen them. 

For the first time this year, they are in the upper bracket, and for good reason, after some impressive wins against Dallas Empire, the Guerrillas, and Rokkr to be here. If there is a team that I want to see turn everything around and do great for the rest of the season, it’s the Mutineers. 

However, when it comes to predictions, I don’t think that Florida will win against the amazing Thieves, so I think they will lose this match and be bumped down to the bottom bracket. 

Day 2 Preview and Predictions

The second day will feature the next bit of matches, and the final ones, we have actual schedules. The teams with round byes will go up against the teams that won the preceding matches from the first day. 

First up is the loser bracket, where the first match winner will go up against Minnesota Rokkr. From here, we will have my predictions come out as this is my idea of what will happen in the next three days. As such, your bracket and predictions may look different than mine, which is fine as I’m not guaranteed to be right at all. If my predictions are correct, the first match will see Rokkr take on the Royal Ravens with only one of these teams moving on. 

I predict that, though I expect some fight from London, this is where Rokkr needs to make a comeback after going from a group winner to being in the eliminations bracket. I believe that Minnesota will win this match and move to the next round, eliminating London in the process. 

The other bottom bracket match, based on my predictions, will be OpTic Chicago vs. the LA Guerrillas. Chicago needs a win here, like Rokkr, with this upsetting starting position in the CDL Stage 3 Major. Realistically, this match will go to Chicago, but we have had some disappointing results from OpTic lately; it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to see an upset here. 

From there, we come to the upper bracket with the unstoppable Toronto Ultra taking on Atlanta FaZe. The question here remains: will Atlanta, or anyone for that matter, be able to stop this team on a huge undefeated streak? Toronto is the team to beat right now. I believe that Atlanta is the only team right now that can defeat them with this momentum. Once that momentum is gone, anyone can likely do it, similar to what happened with FaZe in the past. 

I will go out on a limb here and say that Atlanta will stop the undefeated streak for Toronto and bump them to the bottom bracket. The other match in the upper bracket will be a showdown between the Thieves and the group winners here: New York Subliners. 

Both teams are getting to the point of finalizing their rosters for this year and finding that synergy. Furthermore, they are the only two teams now, besides Dallas, that have champions on them. This will be a match to watch, for sure, and it can go to either team. My pick is LA, but that is predicated on Huke settling in with the team. 

Day 3 Predictions

Saturday will feature more matches and more teams eliminated, starting with the bottom bracket once more. If my predictions are correct, we will see the Dallas Empire take on the OpTic Chicago. Both teams have made mistakes lately and are on a steady decline. 

This one could go either way, but I still think that Dallas is the much better team overall and will move on here, eliminating Chicago with only one win under their belt in the Major. Next up will be Florida and Rokkr in what is sure to be a really good match. 

Florida dealt a hefty blow to Rokkr earlier in this stage. We could see that again here. Regardless, I think it will be a close one, for sure, but my pick will be Minnesota narrowly winning this one to move on and eliminate Florida. 

Saturday is a huge day. We will get further eliminations right after those with New York Subliners taking on the Dallas Empire. This is a true test for both teams moving forward and could go either way. I’m predicting a shocker once more with New York winning this match to keep going. 

The other elimination match will be Toronto Ultra and Minnesota Rokkr. This is a rematch for the ages, as Minnesota was almost the team to stop Toronto’s run last stage. It will be a close one, but I think that Atlanta winning could weaken Toronto some, predicting that it will be enough for Minnesota to nab the win. 

And the third day will conclude with the winners finals, where Atlanta FaZe will take on the LA Thieves. I want to see something spectacular from the Thieves, but I’m not sure they’re ready for this sort of giant just yet; they need more time to learn to work together better with the very recent roster change. As such, I give this one to Atlanta to move to the grand finals. 

Day 4 Predictions

Day four will see four teams left in the competition. I believe those will be the New York Subliners, Minnesota Rokkr, LA Thieves, and Atlanta FaZe. Will we get a third winner, or will it be Atlanta for the second time now? That is something that I can’t wait to see.

Based on my predictions, the first match will be New York vs. Rokkr. I think that Rokkr will try its best but, ultimately, be defeated by New York here and eliminated. This will lead to the eliminations finals with a rematch of New York and the Thieves. 

It will go differently this time around with some momentum built up by New York, with the Subliners narrowly getting the win here and eliminating the Thieves. This will lead to the Subliners in the grand finals for the first time this season.

I think we could very well see the Subliners come out on top and be the winners of the third stage, but I think it is fairly unlikely if they are up against Atlanta. I think that it could be a decently close finals match, but I believe that Atlanta will come out on top with the five-round wins necessary to get the Major win. 


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