Call of Duty League Stage 4 Florida Home Series Preview and Predictions
Activision is hosting the next part of the Call of Duty League 2021 season this week, with the second week of matches in the group portion of the current Stage 4. This event will be known as the CDL Florida Home Series, with one of the hottest teams is headlining the event.
Stage 4 Week 2 Will Be the CDL Florida Home Series
The current 2021 season is starting to get intense as the season nears the beginning of the end. Stage 4 is the second-to-last stage of the year, and it is right in the middle of it this week. The group stage only has three weeks of matches, like always, and this week marks the second one.
Like the OpTic Chicago Home Series to kick off the fourth stage, this week is going to be hosted by a team, too. It seems that every normal week of group play in the fourth and fifth stages will be a Home Series for one of the teams, from what we can tell.
And the team that has the honor this week of having its spotlight week is none other than the Florida Mutineers. The Mutineers will have their own CDL Florida Home Series this week as the name for the second week of the current Stage 4 of the competition.
There is honestly no better time than now to focus on the Florida Mutineers in the CDL Florida Home Series since this is one of the most popular teams in the league currently. There is currently no other team that is lower on the standings worth keeping an eye on than Florida.
This may seem like a bold statement, but after the amazing performance that the Mutineers were able to put on last week during the OpTic Chicago Home Series to kick off Stage 4, I have no doubt in my mind that we are finally seeing the return of the great Mutineers team we had last year. We may even be seeing the start of a team that is better than that one was.
Given that this is the CDL Florida Home Series, you are guaranteed to have two matches featuring the Mutineers this week, which is interesting since the team already had two last week. The pressure and all eyes will be on the Mutineers this week to see if they can make good on their special week.
If you want to watch any of the action in the CDL Florida Home Series as it happens, you can do that on the official Call of Duty League YouTube channel as always. For those who miss out on any matches, they will be posted on the same YouTube channel after the fact for on-demand viewing at any point.
Current Call of Duty League Standings
Before we hop into the CDL Florida Home Series preview and my predictions for what will happen there, it is important to go over the current standings at this point. The Call of Duty League leaderboard is ever-changing. It has already changed some since last week.
You can find the full standings at this time below, ranked from the first place team to the bottom team, including all of their points:
- Atlanta FaZe: 360 points
- New York Subliners: 250 points
- Dallas Empire: 240
- Toronto Ultra: 235
- OpTic Chicago: 210
- Los Angeles Thieves: 180
- Minnesota Rokkr: 150
- Florida Mutineers: 140
- Los Angeles Guerrillas: 90
- London Royal Ravens: 70
- Paris Legion: 60
- Seattle Surge: 50
As you can see, the divide between the Atlanta FaZe and the other 11 teams on the standings grows more and more every week. They are untouchable at this point in terms of the first place spot on the leaderboards, but that does not mean that there are no changes.
For one, New York continues to be the second-place team in the league (but just barely at this time) while the battle between them, Dallas, and Toronto are pretty intense. Chicago seems to be making a comeback, so we expect some battles in the standings between them, Los Angeles, and even Minnesota and Florida.
And then there is the whole mess with the bottom four teams. They are close to one another in the points, so their spots could change at any time. When it comes to the group standings in Stage 4, only the first week has happened, so it is hard to say who the top teams will be.
However, Atlanta and Florida have overwhelming leads, with FaZe, in particular, probably going to win its group yet again. That said, we imagine that there will be interesting changes in the placements this week, especially with both New York and the LA Thieves having two matches to play in their groups.
Day 1 Preview and Predictions
The CDL Florida Home Series will happen from Thursday, June 3, through Sunday, June 6. Day one will begin on Thursday with only two matches for players to check out. That is not a lot of matches in total, and the worst part is that I do not expect them to be that entertaining.
Day one will kick off with the Group A match of the Seattle Surge taking on the Atlanta FaZe. It is the battle of the first-place team in the Call of Duty League currently and the last place one. Seattle really needs a win as the team’s changes have not yet proved fruitful in this stage, and I do not see it happening here, either.
A Seattle Surge upset would probably be the greatest one in the whole season if that happened, but I would not place a bet on it personally. I think that this win is easily going to go to Atlanta who will then have three wins in its group at this point.
The other match this week might be a little bit more interesting overall, but not by much. It will be the Dallas Empire versus the Los Angeles Guerrillas. Dallas is a team that is struggling for sure still in the season, but that does not ignore the fact that we have four amazing players on the roster; it’s more of a possible leadership issue, honestly.
What is intriguing about this matchup is that Vivid is the latest member to join the Dallas Empire team, so he will be taking on his former team that he was the star of for so long: the Los Angeles Guerrillas. I think that the Guerrillas should not have dropped Vivid in the first place.
The Guerrillas still have talent left on their roster, but I expect this one to be a pretty easy win for Dallas to boost the team some in the rankings and potentially stop Toronto from overtaking them just yet.
Day 2 Preview
From there, we come to the second day of the CDL Florida Home Series matches, where we will have at least one really exciting fight. The first one, though, will not necessarily be that interesting. It will see the Paris Legion take on the Los Angeles Thieves.
Paris Legion had a great roster change with Zaptius, who I think is a great young player, but he is not enough to pick up this team struggling that match. And neither is the case for Temp, former starting player for the LA Thieves from earlier this season.
Meanwhile, we have the LA Thieves who brought Huke onboard, then moved him to the bench and brought back TJHaLy. This was probably a good reverse move for the team, considering how well they were doing before bringing Huke on with their tight teamwork.
However, they still have some work to do to get back to that place again, as seen in the fact that the match against the Seattle Surge last week was a little bit closer than it should have been, even with Seattle’s changes to its roster recently.
It could indicate a problem, so this match might be a little bit closer than it should be. That said, I’m predicting that the LA Thieves will win this match and potentially in dominant fashion once again.
The second match, though, is probably going to be a fun one. This one will see the New York Subliners take on the Florida Mutineers. This is the first match with the Mutineers as the hosts of this week’s Stage 4 group play matches.
Both Florida and New York are the only teams left in their group that are currently undefeated in this stage, though New York has only had two matches, whereas Florida has had two. They are essentially the leaders of the group. One of them will likely win it in the end.
This will be a fun match because it will be a true test of how far Florida has come since the return of Havok and a true return to form for this squad. In the end, though, I think this Cinderella team will meet its match and ultimately lose to the power of the New York Subliners here, but I hope it is a close and exhilarating fight at least.
Day 3 Preview
The third day is where the CDL Florida Home Series matches increase to three instead of just two. However, that does not help that the matches this week are not that exciting overall, with only a few exceptions to that.
The first match of the day will be the London Royal Ravens versus the Toronto Ultra. London is in a problematic state, even with the recent changes to it, and it does feel like the changes that happened have made the team possibly worse.
I want to be proven wrong on that as it did seem for a bit that London was the underdog team that would rise again, but that honor is seemingly going to Florida instead. Meanwhile, we have Toronto, which is still the powerful force in Stage 2; it just settled into a more reasonable position.
Honestly, I expect this match to be a blowout with Toronto dominating it and getting one step closer to overtaking Dallas in the leaderboards. The next match on Saturday is marked as a marquee bout, but that does not seem like it.
It will feature the Paris Legion taking on OpTic Chicago. Chicago is in a great place right now, really rising once more and returning to the powerhouse that it once was. If the team can keep it up, this will be a breeze of a match for OpTic with a possible easy sweep here.
And the third and final match of the day is going to be Seattle Surge and Minnesota Rokkr. As mentioned before, I am a fan of Rokkr, but they are honestly the most inconsistent team around. That said, this is a battle that has to be won for the team, so I expect a win from Minnesota here, or else we have bigger problems on our hands than I realized for Rokkr.
Day 4 Preview
From there, we come to the fourth and final day of the CDL Florida Home Series. This day is easily the most exciting one as it features two really exciting matches and one that is moderately interesting. First up is the least intriguing, with the Los Angeles Guerrillas taking on the Florida Mutineers.
Even still, this one has the potential to be good. Let’s say that the Guerrillas can do moderately well against Dallas earlier in the week: if this is the case, we could see a closer match than expected with the Guerrillas improving and feeding off of that momentum.
The same can be said for Florida, though, as this is their Home Series. They will likely be coming off of a loss. As such, I think that Florida will come out on top as the winners of this match.
Next up, we will have the match between the Los Angeles Thieves and Atlanta FaZe. This is a battle for which team will potentially come out on top of this group, so it will be very important to watch. It will also be the true test of the Thieves against a team that has historically been unstoppable for them.
Honestly, I think it will be a fun match to watch, but I do not see the Thieves capable of stopping Atlanta at this time. Some teams can beat Atlanta, but they are all pretty much in the other group. With this win, Atlanta will likely secure the win of this group and a one-round bye in the next Major.
The final match of the CDL Home Series will be the Dallas Empire taking on the New York Subliners. This is probably the most anticipated match of the week, hence why it is a marquee one. We have the two teams with world champs on their starting rosters and New York, who has surpassed Dallas on the leaderboards.
This will be the final test for both teams as we head into the fourth Major soon and LAN play once more. They have battled against one another only three times this season, and each ended with Dallas winning the match.
However, the catch is that they were done during the prime of Dallas’ time, whereas the Empire is taking on a very different team this time. That said, I think it could still go either way, but I’m going to give this one to the New York Subliners.
This is the single most important battle for the New York Subliners of the season thus far. If they can win this one, they will prove once and for all that they are the team that is worthy of being the world champs this year.
But I can all but guarantee that it will not be easy for Clayster and the Subliners to accomplish that feat since Dallas Empire understands how important this match is to them. The Empire needs to win this one, too, to prove that they are still the championship-worthy team that they can be. Regardless, I imagine that this could be the must-watch match of the week right here, be it live or on-demand after the fact.