Los Angeles Thieves vs Atlanta FaZe Preview and Predictions: Call of Duty League 2023 Stage 4 Major

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Los Angeles Thieves vs Atlanta FaZe Preview and Predictions: Call of Duty League 2023 Stage 4 Major

Both FaZe and the Thieves have managed to stay in the Upper Bracket, but who will advance to the Winners Final?

The Upper Bracket of the Call of Duty League Stage 4 Major continues Saturday, with only four teams remaining: OpTic Texas, who will face New York Subliners in the second match of the day, and Los Angeles Thieves, who are clashing with Atlanta FaZe to decide who the best “red” team is – oh, and who can proceed to the Winners Final!

Los Angeles Thieves vs Atlanta FaZe Preview

Los Angeles Thieves

The Champions of the 2022 Call of Duty League are playing in a dominant fashion again, getting back up after the Stage 3 Major. Kenneth “Kenny” Williams and his teammates have been a bit quiet as reigning Champs, but they got the Finals of the Stage 2 Major, only to be defeated by Atlanta FaZe – but now, payback time has arrived.

Los Angeles Thieves vs Atlanta FaZe The team of LAT against Minnesota
Source: @LAThieves

With a 4-1 finish in the Qualifiers, where they only lost to OpTic Texas and beat teams such as Seattle Surge and Minnesota RØKKR, they were already considered as a contender team. After knocking down RØKKR by beating them 3-1 (which could’ve been a 3-0 if not for the Minnesotan team clutching the last round of Expo Control) they solidified their place in the Upper Bracket but must face their greatest rival of the 2023 season.

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Atlanta FaZe

The Tiny Terrors, Austin “SlasheR” Liddicoat and McArthur “Cellium” Jovel have surprised everyone in the Qualifiers, and not in a positive way: they finished 6th with a 3-2 scoreline, which is their weakest performance tied with the Stage 2 Major Qualifiers. But after the first half of Stage 2, they went on to win the whole thing, so their 6th place finish in the Major 4 Qualifiers might be a good omen for the team.

Los Angeles Thieves vs Atlanta FaZe The team of Atlanta FaZe
Source: @FaZeClan

That, along with the fact that SlasheR became a LiddiGOAT from a Liddicoat yesterday could put FaZe in the running for the title again. While Atlanta lost the first Hardpoint against Seattle Surge by 21 points, they won the SnD round 6-2, and with exceptional play from the high ground by SlasheR, they broke the spirits of Surge with a 3-0 victory on El Asilo Control, after which it was easy to get an over 100 points win in the second Hardpoint.

Los Angeles Thieves vs Atlanta FaZe Predictions

While both teams are in great form, I think that Atlanta FaZe has the edge in this matchup. While they lost to LAT in the Stage 3 Major Qualifiers, they beat them in the Stage 2 Major Finals 4-2, and 3-0-d them in the first round of the Stage 3 Major. Kenny and his team might have beaten FaZe in last season's Grand Final, but the Modern Warfare 2 era seems to be more of FaZe’s playground than the Vanguard year.

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How to watch Los Angeles Thieves vs Atlanta FaZe

You can catch two of the most famous CDL teams in the official Call of Duty League broadcast on Twitch and YouTube on Saturday at 6PM ET or Sunday 00:00 CEST! Don’t forget to follow ESTNN for the latest Previews and Predictions!

Los Angeles Thieves vs Atlanta FaZe Preview and Predictions: Call of Duty League 2023 Stage 4 Major
Bence Loksa
Bence "Atreus" Loksa is a freelance journalist and League of Legends shoutcaster, covering all things esports and gaming, also yelling loudly at big plays happening on the Summoner's Rift. While his main focus is Riot Games' hit MOBA, he also dabbles in Call of Duty, VALORANT, and as of recent, the tabletop wargame Warhammer 40,000 - where he looks to make some grudges with his Leagues of Votann army.