Charlie Cater
Charlie Cater
Charlie "MiniTates" Cater is a college student from England with a passion for esports gaming especially Call of Duty. He has followed the competitive scene since Black Ops 2. He hopes to pursue this passion through a university esports degree.

CoD: CDL 2021 Stage 1 Major Preview

Cesar "Skyz" Bueno and Sam "Octane" Larew stand side by side in their team hoodies. Between them the CDL logo appears alongside the words "Major Tournament 1" in bold silver lettering
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The seeding for the first Major of the season has been announced.


Stage one of the 2021 Call of Duty league season is coming to a close. But before we move on to stage two, we have the Major to get through. The Major sees all 12 teams compete for a prize pool of $500K. The group pool matches have decided the seeds, so here’s the matchups and our predicted winner.

Schedule

Wed, March 3

  • London Royal Ravens vs Toronto Ultra (3PM ET)
  • Florida Mutineers vs Seattle Surge (4:30PM ET)

Thurs, March 4

  • Los Angeles Guerrillas vs Los Angeles Thieves (3PM ET)
  • New York Subliners vs OpTic Chicago (4:30PM ET)
  • Paris Legion vs Florida/Seattle (6PM ET)
  • Minnesota Rokkr vs London/Toronto (7:30PM ET)

Friday will then feature four more matches, with three on Saturday before the Winners Finals, Losers Finals and Best of 9 Grand Finals are played on Sunday.

Our Winner

This Major will be the hardest to predict of the year. With each team only playing five matches so far, it’s hard to determine where everyone ranks up against each other. However, we’re looking at Atlanta FaZe to take the victory. Currently undefeated, FaZe have looked great and although they were taken to a game five by Paris Legion, they used that series to broaden their map pool.

FaZe undoubtedly look like the best team in the league right now, and we expect them to win the first Major of the season, and take home the $200K first place prize. However, there’s not just cash on the line. The Major also gives a large amount of CDL points, which are essential for teams looking to make that top 8 for Champs at the end of the season.

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