The 2022 Call of Duty League season comes to a close this weekend with the Call of Duty League Championship, also known as the Champs. The top eight teams in the league will compete for the chance to be crowned CDL Season 3 champions and win a share of the $2.55 million prize pool, the second largest in Call of Duty tournament history. To prepare for the biggest Call of Duty tournament of the year, here’s a rundown of qualified teams, schedule, format, and must-see stories.
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- Los Angeles Thieves
- Royal Ravens of London
- seattle surge
- boston gap
- toronto ultra
- New York Subliners
Schedule and format
The double elimination tournament will take place from August 4-7 at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, California. On Thursday, there will be four upper bracket quarter-final clashes:
- Atlanta FaZe vs. New York Subliners
- London Royal Ravens vs. Seattle Surge
- OpTic Texas vs. Toronto Ultra
- Los Angeles Thieves vs. Boston Breach
The top two semi-finals and the first two lower group matches will take place on Friday. There will be five matches on Saturday, including four lower group matches and the senior final. The final will take place on championship Sunday, of course, and it will be best of nine. The rest of the matches will be the best of five.
stories to watch
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Atlanta FaZe about to do something historic
It is notable that the Atlanta FaZe has not won any Majors this year. They have the best series win percentage (68%) and the second best map win percentage (59%) this season. They are the only team to have reached multiple Major finals this season, but have finished second all three times they have reached the final. All of that won’t matter if they can defend their Champions title and win the biggest trophy in the Call of Duty League in consecutive seasons. They would be the first team to win back-to-back championships and cement this list as one of the best of all time.
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Tyler “aBeZy” Pharris, McArthur “Cellium” Jovel, Chris “Simp” Lehr and Alec “Arcitys” Sanderson have been a tight-knit group since last season, and there’s no reason to think they can’t win Champs again. There has been hype heading into Champs that Ian “Crimsix” Porter could win a record fourth ring, but Simp, aBeZy and Arcitys are going for their third, which would tie Crimsix, James “Clayster” Eubanks and Damon “Karma” Barlow. for the most ever. In addition to winning Champs 2021, Simp, aBeZy, and Arcitys all won Champs 2019 with eUnited. Winning Champs 2022 would make the trio the winningest group of teammates in Call of Duty Champs history. But don’t forget Cellium, who’s on his second ring and could be the team’s MVP this season with a league-leading K/D of 1.22, according to the Call of Duty stats site. BreakingPoint.GG.
Can any of the Major winners add Champions to their trophy case?
Three of the four Major winners will compete in Champs: OpTic Texas, Seattle Surge and Los Angeles Thieves. OpTic Texas’ win seems like a long time ago, but they could have won another if Indervir “iLLeY” Dhaliwal hadn’t been out of the team for some time to attend to an injury. They finished fourth at the last Major and had the best map win percentage (62%) this year. The Seattle Surge had a Major 4 slump, but is a threat if they can find their Major 3 form. And the Los Angeles Thieves are coming into heat after winning Major 4 in New York. Plus, they might get a hometown benefit with Champs in Los Angeles.
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Looking at the bracket, Surge is on the same side as FaZe, which is bad news for Seattle if FaZe is on their game. Meanwhile, OpTic and the crooks are on the opposite side. OpTic might be the team other than FaZe that has the best chance to run, but they have the toughest draw having to face the Toronto Ultra first and then potentially the LA Thieves. The good thing for OpTic is that the Florida Mutineers did not qualify for the Champions. They are the only team to have beaten OpTic more than twice this season.
Which of the teams without Major titles has the best chance of winning?
Of the other four teams in the Champs, the Toronto Ultra probably has the best chance of winning the tournament. Despite finishing seventh in the season points, they have steadily improved their performance in LAN. In addition to Major 2, the Ultra has finished in at least the top six in the other three Majors and in the top four in two of them. Toronto was one of the top teams last season, and their roster hasn’t changed since finishing second at Champs 2021. Their standout player has been Tobias “CleanX” Juul Jønsson, who was fifth in the league this year in hard-spot damage. for 10 minutes and a quarter. in Search and destroy the first rate of blood, according to BreakingPoint.GG.
The Boston Breach and London Royal Ravens each have a third-place finish in the Major this season, but haven’t been as consistent over the course of the season. The Subliners were runners-up in the Major 4 they hosted in New York. That performance was likely fueled by the support of the local crowd and the leadership of Crimsix. The Subliners needed all the wins they could get in that tournament just to qualify for the Champions. Otherwise, they have had a very disappointing season that started off with so much promise with veterans Crimsix and Clayster anchoring the team. Crim is the most winning COD player in historyso as long as you’re acting on and off the server, you can’t rule this team out.
Main photo credit: Atlanta FaZe