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Operated by Activision, Call of Duty League 2022 is a 12-team event that has four stages. All teams attend each event over three weeks of online group play per stage to determine seedings for the Major. The Major is played with a double-elimination bracket.
First up on Sunday, we’ve got toppers Atlanta FaZe against the Los Angeles Guerrillas. FaZe have a 17-6 record across the series so far, having won 60 maps in all. Guerrillas in comparison lie fifth on the table with a 12-10 win-loss ratio. They have had a propensity to concede maps immediately in the aftermath of winning one, well explained by their maps win-loss ratio of 47-44.
On the basis of proficiency and current form, FaZe start as overwhelming favourites. Guerrillas are so far behind that they could deliver 5x returns if they upset FaZe. Such a possibility at this stage is just a pipe dream, though.
All said and done, FaZe will have to quickly bounce back from a 3-1 loss to second-placed OpTic Texas. They kept pace with FaZe right through the game and kept things tight in the opening two maps. Texas struck first with a 250-205 score line on the Gavatu Hardpoint map. That no one in their team had a KD of below 1.26 told you of the control they managed to wrest right through the map.
FaZe bounced back to win the next set to level things, but Texas roared back on the Berlin Control with a clean 3-1 win, outgunning FaZe at every corner. Byron “Prolute” Vera was the difference-maker for them, dropping a 2.55 KD with close to 30 kills on the map to help complete a terrific victory.
The Rebirth Island tournament proved LA Guerrillas are on the right path. They began with a loss and went into the losers’ round from where they turned around their campaign sensational to win seven in a row. One of their wins was against title favourites FaZe.
It wasn’t just a win but a massive statement of intent. The 5-2 scoreline in the end suggested the gap between the two sides was narrower than ever before. Yet, there’s a sense that it was a one-off result and not often can you expect such a possibility.
It’s for them to try and draw inspiration from that game as they try and start once again on a level footing. That is easier said than done.
London Royal Ravens
London Royal Ravens are placed third on the table with a 12-8 win-loss record, but the gap between them and second-placed OpTic Texas is so huge that even a succession of wins here is unlikely to narrow down that gap anytime soon. When you’re in a position such as this, all you can do is take it one game at a time and ensure you close out games that favour you without much hiccups because you have everything to lose.
A 41-38 win-loss on the maps tells you how they haven’t exactly been able to capitalise on winning maps. They may just be able to breathe a bit easy against Toronto Ultra, who are struggling and are grappling with issues of their own. They are 10th currently, having lost more than they have won. This is far from ideal as they try and salvage a campaign that has already gone pear-shaped. All that’s left to play for is pride.
Back Royal Ravens to win this hands down. The addition of Harry, alongside Zer0, Nastie, and Afro only added more heft to their line-up. Harry had been playing for the Toronto Ultra Academy EU since March. He may know a few tricks Ultra may have.
In many ways, Royal Ravens are looking to bounce back strongly following their eighth-placed finish at Major Two. So far, the signs are promising.
Toronto Ultra has had one major issue. In the games they’ve fallen behind, they haven’t even given an inkling of a fight. It’s one thing going down, another going down with a fight. This is something they’d want to correct quickly. That’s not all. They haven’t been able to seize the advantage even when they’ve been ahead.
Take their recent game against Minnesota RØKKR for example. After falling behind 2-0, Minnesota roared back in style, winning three straight map wins to clinch the series in reverse sweep fashion. That loss would have hurt them big.
In what is a mid-table clash, Boston Breach hold the aces as they go up against Los Angeles Thieves, who have fallen behind after a good start. Breach are currently fourth with a 11-10 record, Thieves have a slightly inferior record, and are currently 8-11, hot on the heels of sixth-placed Minnesota and seventh-placed Seattle Surge.
A win here will help them rise two places up the charts. Breach are the favourites, though, ever-so-slightly, but on the back of their recent matches, don’t expect Thieves to bow out without a fight. This is going to be really tough to predict, because it is a clash of equals on so many levels.
LA Thieves made a run to the finals at the Pro-Am Classic earlier this month, but they have failed to replicate the same success at the qualifying stage. They started off with a 3-0 win over favourites London Royal Ravens, but have now been swept in back-to-back matches to fall to 1-2. One of them was against the Seattle Surge who seemed to have had the wood over them from start to finish. This game is an opportunity for them to hit back again.
This is a giant mismatch on paper. The might of OpTic Texas, sitting pretty at No. 2, with an overall 17-4 win-loss in the series up against NY Subliners, who are 11th, with a underwhelming 6-11 record. They have lost an astounding 39 maps, while being able to pocket just 27.
On current form it’s hard to see how they’d be able to add to that, because they’re playing one of the more clinical teams who barely gave an inch to the opponent. With just one more week of stage-3 remaining, Optic are unquestionably the top side having beaten Atlanta FaZe for the fifth time recently. Brydos “Prolute” Vera was part of an intimidating line-up that emerged winners; it helped them surge up the rankings charts.
Subliners have made wholesome roster changes. Among the latest is the addition of ex-Paris legion player KisMET. He linked up with the squad during the Pro-Am Classic in Ohio. He comes in for Neptune, who was one of the top targets of New York during the trials and trained with the team during the majority of the mid-season break.
With results hardly the way they would’ve envisaged, the franchise has experimented with all their roster players as well as KiSMET to see how they can mix and match. Eventually, they went with Crimsix, HyDra, PaulEhx, and KiSMET as the starters while Clayster was initially consigned to the bench. For the moment, this line-up is yet to deliver on their promise, and it remains to be seen how long the current arrangement will continue.
|COD League 2022 Information
|Atlanta FaZe vs Los Angeles Guerrillas, London Royal Ravens vs Toronto Ultra, Los Angeles Thieves vs Boston Breach, New York Subliners vs OpTic Texas
|May 28 at 3 PM ET
|How to watch
|Official Twitch channel
With an interest in strategy and mathematics, applying that to sports writing was the natural progression. A writer at night and the founder of a gaming company, Nikhil’s previous experience includes working with ESPN for five years. His specialization includes soccer, basketball, tennis, and esports betting. Email: [email protected]More info on Nikhil Kalro
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