Call of Duty League Stage 4 Groups Announced
The Call of Duty League is far from over as we are now about to enter the fourth stage of the 2021 season. This stage comes with its own CDL Stage 4 groups participating in the first three weeks of the competition and has now been formally revealed.
CDL Stage 4 Groups Revealed
It hasn’t even been a week since the end of the third stage of the competition with the Stage 3 Major. Activision has already revealed what the CDL Stage 4 groups would be. As always, the next stage of the competition will follow the same general formula that we have done for three months now.
The first three weeks of the stage will have the two groups compete against one another, with every team battling against the other five squads in their respective group. At the end of the group stage, the top three teams will be determined from the groups and be in the fourth major’s upper bracket.
Meanwhile, the bottom three teams in the group will start in the eliminations bracket of the tournament, where a single loss there will end up with them taken out of the event. That is why the groups and the five matches are so important to the teams as possible advancements and points.
As for the CDL Stage 4 groups, they were initially determined by the two leading teams from the previous Major: Atlanta FaZe, who won the event, and the New York Subliners, who came in second. They each had the chance to pick one team for the other group to have.
This back-and-forth continued with each team that was chosen then having the chance to select someone else for the other group until all 12 teams were divided into these two groups. Here are the two groups and what you need to know about each of them.
Breaking Down Group A
The first group is the group that includes the current Major 3 winner and the overall best team in the league right now: Atlanta FaZe. FaZe is joined by OpTic Chicago, LA Thieves, Minnesota Rokkr, Paris Legion, and Seattle Surge. Overall, I would say that this is the more stacked group this time around.
It is very similar to the group that Atlanta was in the last stage, with New York Subliners and London Royal Ravens switching out for Minnesota and Paris, respectively. Overall, though, this is the crazier group as you have some juggernaut teams competing for the top spot.
However, this is another group where, fortunately for Atlanta, they can dominate all of these teams. Their main weaknesses are Dallas, Toronto, New York, and even LA Guerrillas, but they are all in the other team. As such, this seems like an easy win for Atlanta for now.
On the other hand, it will be an intense battle between Minnesota, Chicago, and the Thieves for the other two top bracket spots. Given that this is the second-to-last stage of the season, we expect to see all three teams giving it their all for some insane results.
It is also worth noting that both Paris and Seattle are the bottom teams on the leaderboard, so this is their chance to beat the other one out and slowly climb their way through the ranks to, hopefully, make it to the top eight teams in the league.
Group B Breakdown
Group B might not be as insanely packed as the first group, but it is nothing to sniff at either. Led by the New York Subliners, this group includes the Toronto Ultra, Dallas Empire, Florida Mutineers, Los Angeles Guerrillas, and London Royal Ravens.
I do think that this group is stacked as well, but differently. New York, Dallas, and Toronto are three of the best teams, while Florida is finally making a comeback, with London likely doing the same. As for the Guerrillas, it is hard to say where this team is currently.
While this group is just slightly less stacked in terms of star power, this is the group where I think we will get the most surprises. Both Florida and London are getting too good places finally, and we could see some great upsets from either of them against teams like Dallas, Toronto, and New York.
Then there are the Guerrillas, a team that is so inconsistent at times but has been capable of taking down the giants randomly. Overall, we could see some surprising results in this group. I would not be shocked to see a team like Florida come out in the top three again here in the end.
The same could dare I say it even happen for the London Royal Ravens as they seem to be finally hitting their groove with their team, even though the recent roster changes, like releasing Zaptius, are a bit controversial to me. And then there is the subject of Toronto and New York.
Toronto is the only other team in the league to have a Major win, and they are an insane group. Though they did not do quite as well as some hoped in the Major, they were a top team, and New York, arguably the second-best team in the business.
It will be interesting to see them fight over this group against one another and see which one comes out on top. Or will the Dallas Empire finally pick itself back up and remind us why they are the current reigning champs? That would be equally intriguing, and welcome to see from a team that is currently struggling some.