We’ve made it through several weeks of online warfare, now it’s time again to take it to the arena! The Call Of Duty League Major II Tournament, hosted by the Minnesota Rokkr and sponsored by Mountain Dew, is going to be a crazy one. We’ve got some great matchups to begin the week and a rematch that was a bit skewed the last time we saw it. What will happen? I don’t know, but let’s try to think about it for a second.
Florida Mutineers vs London Royal Ravens
- Why Florida Mutineers will win: They capture what propelled them in the first two qualifiers of this Major. Florida is at their best when you have to play to their terms, and there are some similarities in the aggressive style these two play at. I’m not saying there’s going to be a first game upset, but if there ever was a match for that to happen…
- Why London Royal Ravens will win: They’re back to form. Whatever was going on with Gismo, it clearly affected the Royal Ravens, and we hope he’s well. I’m sure he wants to show everyone how flukey the previous LAN was, so he’s going to go hard in this one along with the rest of his team. They’ve looked good in the last few matches, and they don’t want to go down easily.
- X-Factor: Gismo. I know we more or less just said it, but he’s got something to prove. He didn’t play up to par in his last tournament, and the best way to get rid of any notions of him faltering in the spotlight is to shine right now.
- Prediction: 3-1 London Royal Ravens
Los Angeles Guerrillas vs Boston Breach
- Why Los Angeles Guerrillas will win: For Big P. We certainly wish Gunless the best, I wouldn’t wish the medical issues he’s having on anyone. Unfortunately because of the circumstances his team has to play without him, and the squad can certainly use him as a rallying cry throughout the tournament. It’ll be an uphill battle, but it’s doable.
- Why Boston Breach will win: They carry the momentum into Minnesota. Sure, that wasn’t a great last showing versus the Royal Ravens, but Boston was on a tear right beforehand. Even if we slot them behind London as the fourth best team in the tournament, that still leaves them better than 8 other teams, and I think they can beat all of them.
- X-Factor: Spart. He looked out of place versus Optic, which, almost unfair to throw a guy in like that. He’s had some time to practice with the starters now, so if they’ve built some chemistry perhaps they turn some heads.
- Prediction: 3-1 Boston Breach
Atlanta Faze vs New York Subliners
- Why Atlanta Faze will win: They still have that chip on their shoulder. They are coming in at the lowest seed they’ve been in awhile, 5th. This team has always felt like people overlook how good they are, even if we don’t. They feel slighted and disrespected, especially watching Optic be praised over this win streak after doing nothing for a few seasons. They want this win, and especially the possibility of a rematch versus Optic to keep them from breaking their previous 13 win streak record.
- Why New York Subliners will win: They’re humming together. We saw what happened when a bunch of players didn’t like playing with each other. That was the Major I Subliners. These Subliners are vibing, they’re having fun, and even better, they’re winning. If they can continue to display the teamwork we’ve seen from them, they could walk out of this one with a win.
- X-Factor: Hardpoint. It seems like a silly one to call, with New York’s previous woes, but they have won 6 straight and haven’t dropped one since the team change. They’re playing it well, but they have to face one of the best teams in the game at it in Faze. Whoever takes the Hardpoints probably wins, and even splitting them helps New York.
- Prediction: 3-2 Atlanta Faze
Seattle Surge vs Optic Texas
- Why Seattle Surge will win: Luck. I don’t mean this as a slight to Seattle, but in the online matchup this last stage it seemed like everything swung Optic’s way. Whether Seattle made a mistake and couldn’t recover or Optic made a big play, it was closer than it looked but they still lost. If the COD gods can hand them a few gimmes, maybe this is their game to win.
- Why Optic Texas will win: They’ve done nothing to show us they’ll lose… and that’s speaking for the entire tournament. This team is the best in Vanguard right now. They aren’t making mistakes, and Scump is frying right now. Until those two things end, there’s a good chance they hoist the championship shield.
- X-Factor: Control. Optic gets to pick, and it’ll be really interesting to see where they play. That being said, if Seattle can win the Control, you keep them from breaking the record, and that could allow the Surge to get in Optic’s heads.
- Prediction: 3-1 Optic Texas
Stay tuned to Gaming Trend for our takeaways as Major II continues, and we’ll do our best to bring you content here and on our YouTube channel! You can follow the league both live and after hours on the official Call Of Duty League YouTube channel right here. If you want to jump into the game, check out CallOfDuty.com, and if you want to know more about it first, check out our review right here.
David Burdette is a gamer/writer/content creator from TN and Lead Editor for Gaming Trend. He loves Playstation, Star Wars, Marvel, and many other fandoms. He also plays way too much Call Of Duty. You can chat with him on Twitter @SplitEnd89.