Hello DFS eSports enthusiasts and welcome back to RotoBaller’s coverage of the Call of Duty DFS Contests for DraftKings! Welcome to the final Major of the year! The only thing left is champions early next month and that will be it for this year’s COD season! Last weekend wasn’t our best, so I’m hoping to recover for the last few weekends we have left! Only Atlanta FaZe and Optic Texas have secured their spots on the Champs, so anyone can take a shot at the final six spots. All except the Paris Legion anyway, who will be looking to play spoilsport and ruin a team’s year.
This is easily one of my favorite sports to cover here at Rotoballer because I play a lot of COD myself and like to think I’m pretty good at it too. I’ve been following the COD League for about five years now and I can finally put all this knowledge to the test! We’ve got some great games to get you started with the winner’s bracket side. First up, we have the London Royal Ravens looking to continue their hot streak against a struggling Toronto side. Boston Breach takes on the Florida Mutineers who are fighting for their lives in the bracket and this game will be a critical victory for one of these teams. The subliners are looking to earn their first Major victory this season against a Minnesota Rokkr team that has been all over the place. And lastly we have the Atlanta FaZe taking on the LA Thieves who need all the wins they can get, let’s see if they can pull off an early upset.
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Call of Duty: Major 4 Qualifiers
best of 5
- London Royal Ravens (-130) vs Toronto Ultra (+100)
- Boston Breach (-145) vs. Florida Rioters (+110)
- NY Subliners (-190) vs. Minnesota Rokkr (+145)
- LA Thieves (+245) vs. Atlanta FaZe (-375)
I hope this first matchup resembles their most recent matchup. London has yet to sweep anyone because they have been terrible at Control. Lucky for them they have been elite in HP and SnD. Where they only have one loss in each of those modes during the playoffs. Toronto, on the other hand, had a bizarre qualifying stage that only managed the winner’s bracket by the skin of their teeth. They beat Optic, but Optic has also looked pretty bad at this stage. I think London take this 3-1 one more time and go to the next stage.
I feel like I was a bit wrong in saying that the entry of Vivid instead of Capsidal was a mistake. I still feel like it was, but it seems to have worked for the time being for Boston Breach as they went 4-1 during the playoffs with the only loss coming in another brutal blowout from the LA Thieves. Florida won the games they needed even if they were as close as they could get. 3-2 wins over Paris and LA Thieves gave them a place in the winners’ bracket and now they have a tough task at Boston Breach, whom they have lost twice in previous Majors. Florida likes to play spoiler, but they may have to do it in the underdog bracket because Boston is playing excellent COD right now. I think this ends in a 3-1 for Boston, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in all 5 games either. Also, DK says that Davpadie is back in the lineup, I haven’t seen any news of this, so he would be safe and not take it if he chooses to go the Florida route.
NYSL had a fantastic qualifying run as they almost went undefeated before falling short against the LA Thieves on the final map. My only problem with this team is that they always look great during ranked games and then completely fall apart at the Major. They don’t have a single Major win this season! They get a struggling team for their first matchup against the Minnesota Rokkr, who are also still fighting for a playoff spot. Both teams’ weakness has been Control by far and I think NYSL is the better HP team. It all comes down to SnD, I really think Minnesota can pull off the upset and NYSL has been very hard to trust LAN this season. I’m going to say Minnesota 3-2 with little confidence. Also, DK has Clayster on the NYSL team roster, but Hydra is playing after a brief stint with Covid. So don’t play Clayster.
I want to pick the upset and think the LA Thieves can pull it off and they almost did at the start of the playoffs, but this is LAN and Atlanta is built differently on LAN. They’ve reached three major finals in a row, so it’s hard to predict the upset. I won’t say they will, but I don’t think the LA Thieves will go down without a fight. The odds seemed a bit skewed. They’ve played well in SnD lately so I think if they can pull off the first SnD map they can at least force a game 5. Atlanta 3-2 but the upset is live LA Thieves still have a lot to play for being in the bubble.
COD DFS Basics
- Just like in CSGO, players receive two points for kills and are penalized -1 for dying. Therefore, the easiest stat to look at here is the K/D ratio.
- You need to include a team post on both sites. Teams accumulate fantasy points for games won (+4), matches won (+10), and search and destroy/control rounds won (+.5).
- Teams will play best-of-five matches in a rotation of various game modes. Those modes and the order in which they are played are as follows: Hardpoint, Search & Destroy, Control, Hardpoint, Search & Destroy.
- In hardpoint rounds, players with positive K/D ratios are usually the ones with the highest score and these rounds are usually the bloodiest.
- They have also changed a game mode from Domination to Control for League play. This will be very different in the game as it is based on rounds and not first in 200. They play first to win 3 rounds. You win by capturing both points or by killing the enemy team until they run out of life. One team defends and the other attacks.
- There is a sweep bonus this year as both teams and players can get a 20 point player sweep and a 5 point team sweep. In the event that they sweep, they are also awarded a 20 point bonus for not playing the hard spot and a 5 point bonus for not playing the final Search and Destroy map. That adds up to a sweep of 45 extra points that are going to be very crucial this year.
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Captain COD DFS Considerations
Celio: It seems that he is back after some performances that are not up to his usual game. The last two games he has dominated scoring 148 and 125 in those games. He’s a good $9,200, so nothing to completely break the bank for you. Unlike Simp at the top for about 10.6k price. Cellium has led his team through the Stage 4 qualifiers with 1.22 K/D in HP, a 1.58! in SnD, and 1.23 in Control. If there’s anyone you should put on the list in Atlanta, it’s this man right here! In his most recent two games with LAT, he had scored 132 and 105. Both are good scores for me. He is a lock-in 9/10 lineup.
Gismo: We all saw how London played without this man. He turned this team around overnight. Leading them to a 4-1 record during stage 4. He’s a bit pricey at 10k, but I think the value on this list is good enough to get him there and still feel good with the rest of his lineup. Gismo has averaged a solid start during Stage 4 with 1.15 K/D HP, 1.17 SnD and .82 Control as London has struggled for a win throughout the stage. However, what he lacks in control he has made up for in Hardpoint. Along with Afro he is one of my favorite stacks on this board.
Other Captain Plays: Nero, Attach, Octane(GPP), PaulEhx, Owakening(GPP)
COD DFS Value Plays
TJ Haly: TJ has been playing extremely well during Stage 4 scoring over 100 in his 4 wins. He had 62 against LAT but we don’t need to talk about that, they smoked. This is a great price for a great player in what should be a bloodbath in a matchup. He gets a lot of points up the hill averaging nearly 15.7 bonus points per match during his Stage 4 wins. TJ is averaging .96 K/D in HP, 1.22 in SnD, and a solid 1.10 in Control. This team is playing well together and it looks like TJ has benefited from the roster change. $6,800 is cheap, especially for being on the favored team.
Afro: I’ve been on and off with Afro this year. The opposite seems to happen, whether you promote it or not. If you believe the superstition take the opposite, but if you don’t and want the stats then Afro is being duped. He has been decent in hardpoint with a 1.00 K/D during qualifiers, as well as having a 1.09 in SnD and a team-leading 1.09 in Control. Toronto has struggled and if London can work out their Control issues then Afro looks like a solid play at just 7k. Value is light on this board, take him where he can.
Other Value Plays: Havok, Abezy, CleanX, Drazah (punt)
Batteries COD DFS
London Royal Ravens: I think a lot of people will automatically go to FaZe as their main stack, so I’m moving away from that and going straight to London. I hope they don’t bite my ass, but if they can continue their game from Stage 4, then I think they have what it takes to take down Toronto. They did it once in 3-1 form due to how poor their Control play has been. However, HP and SnD only have two losses between the two game modes. They are an elite HP team and have been a solid SnD team. Gismo’s return has elevated this team into a contender again and if they want to continue running, they need to show they got what it takes in Round 1 here against Toronto. Gismo and Afro are my best plays since London with Zero following right behind. Nastie is a little too expensive for me because of his inconsistent play, but he has a high ceiling and I don’t mind trying him in a couple of lineups here and there.
Other team plays: Atlanta FaZe, Boston Breach, Minnesota Rokkr
- TLDR: London 3-1, Boston 3-1, Minnesota 3-2, Atlanta 3-2
- London: Gismo, Afro, Zero
- Toronto: Cammy, CleanX
- Boston: Nero, TJ Haly, Methodz
- Florida: Awakening, Skyz
- Minnesota: Deputy, Havok
- NYSL: Paul Ehx, KisMET
- Atlanta: Cellium, Abezy, Simp (although quite expensive)
- LAT: octane
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