The Call of Duty League is officially back after a break that seems like it lasted an eternity. It’s finally time to get stuck into the qualifiers for Major 3.
There’s been plenty of changes in and around the league since the pro teams last took to main stage.
There are plenty of new rosters in and around the league heading into the Stage 3 qualifiers.
KiSMET is now on the New York Subliners roster. He managed to provide such a huge boost to his team that they even went on to win the Pro-Am.
Prolute is filling in on the OpTic Texas roster with iLLeY continuing to nurse a thumb injury. General had stepped into the lineup during the Pro-Am but “issues with roles” mean that Prolute steps into the starting team for the Major 3 qualifiers.
Havok is also returning to the league, another member of the former Texas Nation squad. He’s now on the Minnesota Rokkr squad. He replaced MajorManiak on the team, a move that caused a bit of backlash from fans on twitter.
Major has responded very well to being dropped, finishing the first week of the Challengers Elite Season 3 with a 3-1 record.
London are another team that have made a change in the midseason break. Gismo has returned home to be closer to his family and will be playing from home with the Toronto Ultra Academy EU team.
Harry has been moved up to the main roster in his place and will be looking to make an impression after the team had a disappointing Pro-Am run. Also on the London team, Trei will now move to the SMG role.
Finally, the Los Angeles Guerrillas have made Spart a permanent member of their starting lineup, with Gunless still recovering from surgery that he had in the week of Major 2.
You can see all of the current CDL rosters on our roster page here.
The Pro-Am threw up a huge surprise. The New York Subliners came away with the tournament win.
Heading into the event, nobody expected NYSL to come away with the victory but they managed to circumvent all expectations with a fantastic victory.
Another couple of teams that had very impressive outings at the Pro-Am were the LA Thieves and Toronto Ultra.
Thieves managed to make it all the way through to the Grand Finals before being beaten by NYSL for the title. That was a shock considering they didn’t win a single match in Stage 2 qualifiers.
Ultra made it all the way through to the semi-finals of the bracket before being eliminated, a huge change for them after being rounded at Major 2.
Some teams had poor performances in Columbus. Current Champions, LAG, ended up getting knocked out at the pool play stage. They didn’t win a single series.
They were even reverse swept by the Toronto Ultra Academy NA team.
The only other pro team to not win a series at the Pro-Am were Seattle. They continued their up and down season with a poor outing.
They seem a far cry from the team that managed to get all the way to the Grand Finals of the Kick-Off classic.
First week of action
Action gets underway tonight (May 13).
This weekend’s fixtures are:
Friday, May 13
LA Thieves vs London Royal Ravens
OpTic Texas vs LA Guerrillas
New York Subliners vs Atlant FaZe
Saturday, May 14
Paris Legion vs London Royal Ravens
Seattle Surge vs Toronto Ultra
OpTic Texas vs Florida Mutineers
Minnesota Rokkr vs LA Guerrillas
Sunday, May 15
Seattle Surge vs Paris Legion
LA Thieves vs Minnesota Rokkr
New York Subliners vs Boston Breach
Each day’s action gets started at 8pm BST, (3pm EST).
There’s definitely some very interesting matchups to look forward to this weekend.
Most notably perhaps will be OpTic taking on Florida. The two teams met at the Pro-Am with Florida taking a surprise 3-0 victory.
Will they be able to do the same again?
Call of Duty Major 3 is in Toronto with the tournament running from June 2-5, 2022.
It’s the first time that a Call of Duty Major will be hosted outside the US since Franchising came into action at the start of Modern Warfare.
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