In the third online event of the year (after the COVID-19 outbreak), the Call of Duty League “travelled” to Florida to engage in the Mutineers Home Series in an event comprised of the London Royal Ravens, Paris Legion, OpTic Gaming LA, Atlanta FaZe, Minnesota Røkkr, New York Subliners, Toronto Ultra and, of course, Florida Mutineers.
The first day of the Florida Home Series kicked off with a 3-1 victory from Atlanta FaZe over Paris Legion in dominant fashion, being the S&D (5-6 for ATL) and the Domination (148-145 for PAR) the closest maps.
The second match was a back-and-forth battle between the London Royal Ravens and OpTic Gaming LA which went the distance, with the former ultimately taking the 3-2 victory. The third match was an interesting one between two of the four tied-last teams of the league, the Toronto Ultra and the New York Subliners. Despite the latter having had an impressive performance in the Chicago Huntsmen Home Series (defeating the hosts and going the distance with FaZe, among other things), Ultra showed their prowess and defeated them 3-1 to conquer their third win of the season.
The closing match of the day was, probably, the most unexpected result. Hosts Florida Mutineers faced heavyweight contenders Minnesota Røkkr. The former were already Home Series champions (back in Dallas) while the latter were tied with them at fourth. One might have expected the Mutineers, already champions and hosts this time (albeit online), to take the win, but the Røkkr were not having any of it; having already proved to be among the best in the game (with GodRx being considered “the best in the game” by Clayster) they swept Florida in a 3-0 smack which sent the Mutineers to the Losers bracket straightaway where they will have to face the NY Subliners first and the loser of Toronto VS Minnesota second if they want to keep progressing in their own Home Series.
Highlight of the day:
London Royal Raven’s Seany clutched an incredible 1v2 to seal the 3-2 victory over OGLA.
The second day of the event brought elimination matches with it, though two teams had first to clinch their spot in the semifinals. The first match pitched Atlanta FaZe against the London Royal Ravens, and was nothing short of controversial. Skrapz, due to advertising problems, could not get in time to start the match, but the Ravens were forced to game on, taking a crushing defeat in the first Hardpoint. Despite their 6-1 S&D bounceback, they ended up falling short and handed Atlanta the first spot in the semifinals. The second match had to live up to the controversy of the previous series, and boy it did. Toronto Ultra, the 10-man roster who many have considered to be one of the biggest disappointments of the season, had to face giant killers Minnesota Røkkr. The result: it seems like the Battle of the North has a new winner. Ultra, even with an S&D loss, were able to close the series with a 3-1 result and punch their way into Sunday.
The first of the four elimination matches saw OpTic Gaming LA matched up against one of the two European teams, Paris Legion. The former sat (tied) bottom-low in the standings with only two wins, while the latter stood 6th after a good season start, but losing their initial form. OGLA, despite not having won a match since their Home Series, made quick work of the Legion and moved onto the second elimination match with a 3-0 result.
The second do-or-die match was the last chance hosts Mutineers had to prove they weren’t done. The New York Subliners had different ideas, though: a strong 3-0 showing proved too much for the Florida squad, who made an early exit of their own Home Series.
Moving on to the battles for the semifinals, OpTic Gaming LA faced the London Royal Ravens, and again they proved their worth with a dominating 3-0 win to kick the Ravens out of the Florida Home Series and secure their spot in the semifinals (their second this year).
The last semifinal contender would be decided in a Minnesota VS New York match in which the Røkkr needed a win in order to keep their hopes of finally winning a Home Series. No luck for them: the Subliners swept them in dominant, 3-0 fashion (despite Minnesota nearly taking a 6-5 S&D) to grab the last semifinal spot.
Highlight of the day:
NY Subliners surprised Minnesota Røkkr (and the world) by winning a 1-point Hardpoint in their way to a 3-0 victory.
IT DOESN’T GET CLOSER THAN THAT! 😱
In a 250-249 result, New York @Subliners claim the opening Hardpoint over the Minnesota @ROKKR!
Toronto Ultra and New York Subliners make their way into the semifinals for the first time ever (both defeating the Minnesota Røkkr) and OpTic Gaming LA joined them for their second semifinal of the year, ensuring one of the two teams in the final will be doing so for the first time.
Championship Sunday kicked off with a battle between OpTic Gaming LA and Toronto Ultra, both on Cinderella runs, in their way to the final. The series was everything we expected and more, with both teams going the distance to a Game 5, Round 11 and leaving some insane moments (such as an Ultra 1-point Domination win) on the way. OGLA ended up taking the series 3-2, but the Ultra can be proud of their impressive run in the tournament and the fantastic series the first semifinal was.
The second semifinal saw Atlanta FaZe face the New York Subliners yet again, after having gone the distance with them (and having gotten 100-point-clubbed) in the Chicago Home Series. The series lived up to the hype and kept it going from the previous match: FaZe opened up the match with a Hardpoint win and both teams traded blows, with Atlanta finally taking the series in their way to the final.
The final was a half-expected series: no one doubted FaZe were one of the heavy favourites, but it is equally true no one expected OpTic Gaming to get this far (especially after dropping to the Losers bracket with a streak of four losses). However, OGLA set out to prove their doubters wrong and came out with a hot Hardpoint win. After the loss, Atlanta set their sights on winning the S&D, which should be their strongest mode. OpTic Gaming LA, though, had come to play, and they brought FaZe to their knees, taking them to a Round 11. Nevertheless, what many (including myself) think was an “ego chall” (from “ego challenge”; engaging in an unnecessary gunfight to prove one’s prowess) from TJHaly, gave Atlanta the map and the momentum swing they needed. From that moment on, OGLA had nothing to do but watch as FaZe took the match 3-1 and won the Florida Mutineers Home Series, becoming the second team (after Dallas Empire) to win multiple Home Series. One positive aspect of this tournament for OpTic is that, if they find the consistency they’ve been lacking as of lately, they can achieve that “powerhouse” status the names on the team suggest they should have.