Call of Duty League: Flordia Home Series Preview

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Call of Duty League: Flordia Home Series Preview

Get ready for everything about the Florida Home Series.

Today marks the start of the Call of Duty League Florida Home Series. Let’s take a look at who's competing, and some ones to watch.

Group A

  • Toronto Ultra
  • New York Subliners
  • Florida Mutineers
  • Minnesota Rokkr

Group A is a tough group. Before last weekend's CDL Chicago event, Florida and Minnesota would be clear favorites to make it out of this group. However, after the Subliners’ incredible performance in Chicago which saw them defeat the hosts and take Atlanta FaZe to a game five. This group becomes extremely contested with our 5th and 4th placed teams in our power rankings battling it out in Round One. Toronto Ultra becomes the only outliers in this group. With only 20 CDL points, they’re yet to perform well this year. But taking down one of the teams in this group would be a perfect opportunity.

Being the underdog allows them to gain mass momentum and confidence if they can make it out of this group. However, if Toronto Ultra fails to win a game this weekend, they may see themselves falling behind near the bottom of the CDL Standings. They’ve beaten the Florida Mutineers once. Can they do it again?

As for the Minnesota Rokkr, they are yet to win an event. The Rokkr have reached back to back finals in their last two events but fell short both times. First to the Dallas Empire on LAN and second to the Florida Mutineers in the first Online event of the season. Minnesota is a team that plays the game well, they play organized and each player knows their job. Adam ‘GodRx’ Brown has been a standout player all season, with James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks calling him the “best player in the game” recently on the CodCast. If GodRx or as fans call him ‘GoatRx’ can perform at his best this weekend. The Minnesota Rokkr will be looking to reach their third Final in a row, and take the victory this time.

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Hopefully, they’ll still have the support of this lot.

Call of Duty League dogs
Photo via @CODLeague.

Group B

  • Atlanta FaZe
  • Paris Legion
  • London Royal Ravens
  • OpTic Gaming Los Angeles

Group B has a clear favourite, The Atlanta FaZe. FaZe are a Top 2 team in the game. They take on Paris Legion in Round One, a team with some underwhelming results since the start of the season. They sit with 60 CDL points with 20 of them coming at Launch Weekend, and 20 more at CDL London. Their highest performing player all year, Denholm ‘Denz’ Taylor sits with a 1.20 overall K/D. His closest competitor is Zed with 0.96. According to Obaid ‘Asim’ Asim and GodRx, Denz and Luke ‘Louqa’ Rigas have switched roles. This is a confusing swap considering Denz has excelled as a Main AR player this year. We won't have to wait long to find out if this works, as Atlanta vs Paris is the first match of the day.

The London Royal Ravens finished CDL Chicago with 0 CDL points. They battled hard against Atlanta FaZe in three very close games and nearly made an impossible comeback against The Chicago Huntsmen. Playing against a new OpTic roster which includes Martin ‘Chino’ Chino instead of Jordan ‘JKap’ Kaplan means that London may not know what to expect. With this being their first matchup of the season, it will be interesting to see how these teams compete. London is definitely the favorites, and OpTic seem to have lost their heads. But with the talented roster they have, we could be surprised.

Players to Watch

Here we will be taking a look at some standout players who will be ones to watch at the Florida home series.

Maurice ‘Fero’ Henriquez

Call of Duty League Florida Mutineers Winners
Photo via @CODLeague.

After joining the Florida Mutineers in place of Preston ‘Prestinni’ Sanderson. Fero has been a stand out player. His overall K/D of 1.14 is exceptional considering he was playing in the CDL Challengers earlier in the year. The Florida Mutineers three AR setup on maps such as Azhir Cave allows Fero to play aggressively with the M4. This results in them usually dominating the map. After winning their first event in Dallas, Florida and Fero will look to defend this title at their own Home Series. Fero dropped a 1.24 overall K/D at Dallas, only second behind GodRx with a 1.25. The battle between these players this weekend will definitely be one to watch.

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Chris ‘Simp’ Lehr

Simp is the best player in the Call of Duty League. After winning Console Rookie of the Year at the Esports Awards 2019 it is clear that Simp is an amazing player. In a meta dominated by AR’s. Simp continues to dominate as a sub for the Atlanta FaZe. Simp proved his dominance at CDL Chicago, dropping 49 kills in game one against The London Royal Ravens. A new kill record. Simp decided that 49 kills wasn’t enough. He achieved 50 kills against The Seattle Surge and broke his own kill record. Simp is definitely one to watch this weekend.

The Marshall Twins

Marshall Twins Call of Duty League
Photo via @Wuskinz.

Matthew ‘Skrapz’ Marshall and his twin brother Bradley ‘Wuskin’ Marshall have been in great form this season. Wuskin currently holds the highest overall K/D in the league at 1.34. Although he had a poor performance at CDL Chicago he could count on his brother Skrapz to turn it up. Skrapz dropped a 1.22 overall K/D at CDL Chicago, the third-highest. Back on the same team, the Marshall twins feel at home. Their chemistry is outstanding and their play styles compliment each other well. If both Wuskin & Skrapz can turn it up at the Florida Mutineers Home Series. London Royal Ravens could find themselves in their second semi-final of the season.

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Charlie Cater
Charlie "MiniTates" Cater has been an esports writer since May 2020, specialising in Call of Duty. He is also a University Student studying esports.