5 factors that make a difference to take into account during phase III of the Call of Duty League

5 factors that make a difference to take into account during phase III of the Call of Duty League

The Call of Duty League season passed the halfway point with the conclusion of the Pro-Am. Every match from this point gets closer to the champions.

There is no better time for outstanding performances.

With Stage III kicking off this weekend, there are players who could be the difference between championship contention and the mix in the middle of the standings. There has been a different champion in all four tournaments this season.

Can OpTic Texas, which plays Friday at 3:30 CST against the Los Angeles Guerillas and Saturday at 5 pm CST against the Florida Mutineers, buck that trend?

OpTic are not the only team trying to get the most out of their squad. Here are five factors that make a difference for Stage III of the Call of Duty League:


OpTic Texas placed in the top four in the Pro-Am without Indervir “iLLeY” Dhaliwal. Well, something like that. Dhaliwal played in OpTic’s first pool match before cutting his own tournament run short with a nagging thumb injury.

General Jordon “General” intervened.

General gave OpTic all he could ask for under the circumstances. He had less than a week to practice with Texas and was not the same type of player as iLLeY, the leader in the game and OpTic’s chief strategist.

OpTic’s great achievement was defeating Atlanta FaZe. If OpTic was that good without its pitcher, then a big Stage III from iLLeY could make OpTic the first CDL team to win two tournaments this season.

OpTic was a good team without iLLeY, but they can’t be a champion team unless their leader is in his final form.


It’s been a rough year for Atlanta FaZe’s Tyler “aBeZy” Pharris. Realistically, a kill-to-death ratio of .98 is nothing to scoff at for a beginning SMG player. aBeZy is tasked with the dirty work of being the first player to participate: Call of Duty: Vanguard It’s not an easy game to do that.

For Atlanta FaZe to win a championship this season, it’s going to take an annoying aBeZy to do it. Chris “Simp” Lehr is still in the conversation about the best player in the world and McArthur “Cellium” Jovel is a serious contender for MVP.

He is the third member of the “little terrors” that could return FaZe to top dog status, especially if he was more efficient in respawn modes.


Adding Matthew “KiSMET” Tinsley probably wasn’t the only adjustment the New York Subliners made on their way to a Pro-Am title, but it couldn’t be ignored.

The Subliners only lost three maps in six matches in the Pro-Am, with Ian “Crimsix” Porter and Paco “HyDra” Rusiewiez both posting a kill-to-kill ratio of 1.17. KiSMET’s .88 K/d wasn’t overly impressive, but it did the little things New York needed to escape the CDL moat. New York was possibly the worst team in the league during the first two stages.

Now they are contenders. If KiSMET improves as a killer, let alone continues to suck up rise time and rotations, the Subliners could be awfully good.

Porter is already the player with the most wins in the history of the game. He has been known to make the most of his teammates. A fourth ring is not out of the question.


It was almost a bad weekend for the Los Angeles Thieves in the Pro-Am. The team was already under scrutiny for its poor performance after the Kickoff Classic in January. Then the Thieves were swept away by the Subliners, who knew New York was going to destroy everyone?

But the Thieves pulled off a four-game winning streak with Kenneth “Kenny” Williams in his newly assigned SMG role. Kenny posted a .965 kill-to-kill ratio over the weekend as the Thieves finished in second place behind the Subliners.

The Thieves have more to prove, along with the Subliners, before being in the same conversation as FaZe and OpTic, but they can make a splash with Kenny’s constant SMG play.


It’s strange that the Toronto Ultra have placed in the top four in two different tournaments this season, considering it’s been a disappointing campaign for them. Ultra was expected to be one of the top three teams in the league after retaining their roster, which was the only group to actually challenge FaZe in 2021.

Instead, Toronto was one of the worst hard-point teams in the game for the first half of the season. The Ultra broke even on 10 fixed point maps in the Pro-Am, which was enough to get them into Sunday.

Now how do the Ultras do more in stage III? That could depend on Cameron “Cammy” McKilligan. Cammy was one of the best Call of Duty League players in 2021, but has struggled to replicate that success at Vanguard.

If Cammy can get back into 2021 form, the Ultra could be in the headline conversation.

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