The first tournament of the 2022 Call Of Duty League is here! Major I kicks off on Thursday, March 3rd, and we’ve got all the info for you below!
Where is it?
The 2022 Call Of Duty League Major I presented by Mountain Dew will be taking place at the Esports Stadium Arlington in Texas.
When is it?
This event will take place over a weekend as per most Call Of Duty League matches. It will be March 3rd through the 6th, with the games beginning at 3pm EST, except for Sunday’s at 4:30pm EST.
What is the format?
This will be a double and single elimination tournament, with the top eight teams starting in the winner’s bracket (double elimination), and the bottom four teams starting in the loser’s bracket (single elimination). The winner will be the last team standing after the smoke clears on Sunday.
Can I get tickets? Where?
You can buy tickets here. If you aren’t able to attend, you can also watch all of the matches on the Call Of Duty League YouTube channel. What’s really cool is rewards are back for watching them there, so definitely link your accounts via YouTube (instructions here).
- Yeah, I’m an Atlanta Faze fan, but I do think they’re the most likely to win the tournament. They’re the only undefeated team so far, going 5-0 in the online qualifying matches, and even though you could point to Optic Texas’s resurgence in their final three matches, or Los Angeles Thieves looking really good in their 4-1 start, Faze continued to look better and better as the qualifiers went on. Not to mention, Simp isn’t even playing his strongest, and you have two MVP candidates in Cellium and aBeZy who have looked insane in Vanguard. They’re hard to bet against, and unless LAN proves their weakness I don’t see them missing championship Sunday.
- Optic Texas are going to be a really tough out in this one. They’re hitting their stride at the perfect time, 3-0 since dropping two separate Game 5 Round 11s. The question they’ll face all Major, however, is can they clutch up when it matters? It’s one thing to thrash Paris Legion or Boston Breach (although the 3-0 against slumping Toronto was impressive, whether or not the F8 Stabilizer helped), but if you’re facing Faze or Thieves in a win or go home match? This Major is important in showing us Optics real progress, given they haven’t won an event in quite some time.
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- For the Los Angeles teams you see two different sides of a coin, but with the same goal in their focuses. The Thieves rocked out, especially with the 3-1 Toronto win, and they’re definitely a threat to win it all with the second seed secured. The Guerrillas might not have played things nearly as cleanly, and they certainly have a tough match to win against the London Royal Ravens, but they’ve beaten them already this season. Both teams have the same goal, but also have a similar build, they both are relying on veteran talent to cross the finish line. Envoy and Huke are keys to both of these teams getting dubs this event, because if they can string together some consistency the rest of their teams will fry.
- Toronto is a really interesting team to watch. They could destroy everything in their path (like they did at the Kickoff Classic), or they could fall out of the tournament quicker than we expect. The opening matchup is a tough ask, versus a Thieves squad that eviscerated them after the opening Bocage beatdown. Is this just a slump, or have teams found the chink in their armor?
- Can the sensational London and Seattle squads figure a few things out and make a run? They’re both heading in different directions, with London closing out a 4-1 stage with a win over Seattle, and Seattle dropping two unfortunate losses to finish 3-2. But on LAN we saw two completely different teams, with London getting rolled over by Seattle in a 3-0, and Seattle reaching the Grand Finals. I think both can do well, but I’m not sure what they do if they drop into losers in the first round.
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- The last of our winner’s bracket has the unfortunate task of facing Atlanta Faze, who beat them in a convincing 3-1. Boston Breach are more or less what we expected, better than most but not better than the best. I think there’s a lot of fight in this team to prove themselves though, and even if they go down quickly versus Faze they have the ability to make it a game or two further into the bracket.
- There’s not a lot to say about the teams in losers, so let’s make it quick. Florida Mutineers probably scare teams the most because of their upset potential. Minnesota Rokkr just aren’t inspiring much confidence, and they have to face either the Royal Ravens or Guerrillas. New York Subliners are somewhat of a dumpster fire, but the veteran presence on this roster could carry them further than expected (see Kickoff Classic). Paris Legion… I mean, it’s exciting to see GRVTY get a spot, but I don’t know that it changes much, especially when Decemate wasn’t the only problem on this roster. All four are probably quick outs in losers, I just don’t see any of them rising to the occasion.
Stay tuned to Gaming Trend for our takeaways as this week’s Major tournament takes place, 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.