Call of Duty League Stage 3 Groups Announced
The second stage of the Call of Duty League 2021 season ended this past weekend with the triumphant win of Toronto Ultra in the second Major. With that event now over, Activision is not wasting any time at all. We are now gearing up for the next stage with the Call of Duty League Stage 3 groups.
Call of Duty League Stage 3 Groups Revealed
Activision has revealed the Call of Duty League Stage 3 groups just in time to lead up to the next competition to begin. This next stage will always follow the same general formula as the other ones did with two main parts: the normal weekly stage and the Major.
There were four weeks of competition in total, with the first three weeks comprised of the normal weekly matches. Each week, every team will compete in one to two matches against the other teams in their groups until they have battled against all five of them.
Once that is over, the Major will begin with the upper and lower brackets populated with the teams who did the best in their respective groups. As such, the Call of Duty League Stage 3 groups are key to the performance of every team. Some might have an easier time than others, depending on who is in their set this stage.
The Call of Duty League Stage 3 groups were determined by the top two teams from the past Major. In this case, because of the upset from Toronto Ultra against, well, almost everyone could pick the first team for the other group.
It went to the second-place team, Atlanta FaZe, to pick the first team for Toronto’s group and so on until the two sets were decided. You can find Group A below, led by the current Major winners Toronto Ultra:
- Toronto Ultra
- Dallas Empire
- Minnesota Rokkr
- Los Angeles Guerrillas
- Florida Mutineers
- Paris Legion
Then there is the other group led by Atlanta FaZe, which is the only team thus far to have led three different groups. Group B consists of these teams:
- Atlanta FaZe
- Optic Chicago
- New York Subliners
- Los Angeles Thieves
- Seattle Surge
- London Royal Ravens
Those are the two Call of Duty League Stage 3 groups that you will see compete in the next stage of the 2021 season. With that in mind, here are the groups and teams to watch in this upcoming season.
What to Watch for in Group A
When it comes to the first group led by the current winners of the last Major tournament, Toronto Ultra, this group will be a pretty tough one, for sure. I would argue that the second group is wilder, but this one is pretty close behind it.
Unlike the past two stages, where I feel like there was one group that was notably better than the other one, this stage is a bit more even in terms of the groups. As we have seen thus far, you really can’t predict what will happen in a group like the last stage with Minnesota dominating a group full of death.
Speaking of Minnesota, that is one of the teams that are in this group. It and Atlanta FaZe won their respective groups last time around. Rokkr will be one to watch here. They did quite well in the Major and the past stage, showing that they are improving consistently and becoming one of the best teams this year.
Then there is the group leader Toronto Ultra. The world is watching right now to see how this team will do after its Cinderella story run in the past Major. Ultra had a fantastic finish in the 2020 season and is getting back to that place once again.
It remains to be seen if the team can keep it going or if this will come and go for the team. But as a new leader in the league, that is a lot of pressure. Hopefully, they can live up to that.
Then there is Dallas Empire. They are the world champions and a force to be reckoned with. They have slipped quite a bit lately in some surprising matches, but they are still the second-best in the league for a reason.
Then there is Los Angeles Guerrillas. They had an amazing run in the first stage and some moments of greatness in the second stage. I want to see more from this team because they are among the best at making the game fun and communicating well with one another.
When it comes to Florida, it is a wait-and-see approach. This team has had a lot of tragedy in the past, and the return of Havok is, hopefully, what this team needs right now, like how Drazah’s return helped the Thieves. And then Paris Legion, who, hopefully, can do better than it has been.
What to Watch for in Group B
Group B is, arguably, the crazier group this time but only by a little bit. At least four teams are ones to watch, with the other two being interesting as well. Atlanta FaZe has only lost two matches. Both of those teams are in the other group, so we expect them to dominate here again.
New York Subliners is a team that has been fantastic this season, but it does go back and forth at times. They are not quite where I think this team can be in, so here’s hoping they can find their footing here as they will need it against some of these crazy teams.
From there, we have OpTic Chicago. I have been concerned about this problematic team. My concerns deepen with each stage. Chicago needs to acknowledge its weaknesses and tackle them now before more teams pass them up in the standings.
Then there are the LA Thieves. This team had a fantastic first stage, a lame second stage, and a great run in the recent Major with the return of Drazah. Drazah’s return has given this team the boost it needed, but this can’t stop here. It needs to continue. But if it does, I think we could be looking at the second-best or at least third-best team in this group.
Then there is Seattle Surge and London Royal Ravens. Both teams have moments of greatness, so it will be interesting to see how they will fare in this group of death. The Royal Ravens, in particular, are the ones I’m looking forward to as they have had some solid moments since the addition of PaulEhx. I hope they can achieve that here again.