Here’s the teams whose stock rose, and fell following the first Major of the season.
The first Major of the 2021 Call of Duty League season was dominated by Atlanta FaZe. Their 5-2 win in the finals cemented their spot as the best team in the game, and puts them 8-0 for the year so far. With some teams performing better than expected, and some suffering, here’s our winners and losers of the Major.
Los Angeles Guerrillas
The Los Angeles Guerrillas surprised many with their 3-0 victory over local rivals, LA Thieves in the Major. This was a great performance from the squad, and while losses to Atlanta FaZe and New York Subliners saw them exit the Major, they put up more of a fight than many expected.
The Guerrillas seem to be one of the best teams in the game when it comes to fundamentals. Their gameplay is excellent, and with a few tweaks they could be challenging the best.
New York Subliners
New York Subliners took 3rd place in the Major. With HyDra unable to reach the US to start the season and ZooMaa’s retirement, the Subliners have been through a lot already. However, the squad has pulled through and put up some great performances in the first Major of the year. Asim and Diamondcon have been the bright sparks in this Subliners roster, with the rookie performing especially well.
Following their 3-0 loss to the LA Guerrillas and a 3-1 loss to OpTic Chicago, the Thieves had an underwhelming Major. Their Search and Destroy looked especially shaky, dropping a 5-2 lead to the Guerrillas, and nearly doing the same against OpTic. While the talent is there, this team didn’t show it at the Major, and will need to return to their 4-1 group stage form for Stage 2.
Minnesota Rokkr took a 3-2 loss to Toronto Ultra in their only match at the Stage 1 Major. This was disappointing for Rokkr, especially to see them lose in a game five, their strongest mode. Their Hardpoint has been a real issue, and they will need to play at a faster pace, or find a way to slow other teams down if they are to challenge in the top 4 this year.
Call of Duty League action returns next week on March 18 with the start of Stage 2.