After stage 4 groups finalised the major bracket seedings, the stage was set for a long awaited return to LAN. As expected all teams performed to an elite level, and despite not having a crowd in the stadium, the standard was high. It is clear that all teams thrive outside of the online environment, which sets up the final CDL stage and playoffs tournament perfectly.
CDL stage 4 major final
Both Dallas Empire and Atlanta FaZe had no easy route to the grand final. The FaZe squad defeated arch-rivals Toronto Ultra 3-1 to book their place in the grand final. Meanwhile Dallas Empire defeated a rejuvenated OpTic Chicago 3-1 and then Toronto Ultra 3-2. A majority percentage believed Atlanta FaZe would roll through their opposition to claim another title. In a final that lasted three hours, both sides pushed each other to the limit.
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Dallas Empire started off hot as they took the first Hardpoint map on Garrison 250-202. It was clear all previous form went out the window as this had only been their second Hardpoint win over Atlanta FaZe this entire year. It had been looking even better for Ian “C6” Porter and his Empire side after they led 4-3 on Standoff, Search and Destroy. Unfortunately, they could not stop Chris “Simp” Lehr which allowed the team in red to rack up three rounds in a row to level the series.
They would then go on to win Control and lead the series. The question had been could Dallas strike back, and they did. Firstly they claimed Hardpoint, Moscow with all four players having over one minute of hill time. They then took the series lead by claiming Search and Destroy, Moscow. To continue the back and forth final, Atlanta FaZe took Control, Raid, and in round five had only lost seven lives and used just 20 seconds of the in-game round timer.
Dallas claimed tournament point after a convincing 6-1 Search and Destroy, Express victory. This did not deter Atlanta as they crushed their opposition 250-98 in Hardpoint, Apocalypse. This had been the first time in CDL history that all nine maps had to be played to determine a winner. In a battle of attrition Atlanta FaZe clinched a 6-4 Search and Destroy, Raid win. Although they have won yet another title, all teams will be fancying their chances after what had been the most competitive tournament thus far.
Atlanta FaZe vs Dallas Empire final results
- Hardpoint (Garrison) 202-250
- Search and Destroy (Standoff) 6-4
- Control (Garrison) 3-0
- Hardpoint (Moscow) 216-250
- Search and Destroy (Moscow) 3-6
- Control (Raid) 3-2
- Search and Destroy (Express) 1-6
- Hardpoint (Apocalypse) 250-98
- Search and Destroy (Raid) 6-4
Final Result: (ATL) 5-4 (DAL)
CDL stage 4 major results
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- 1st Atlanta FaZe - $200,000
- 2nd Dallas Empire - $120,000
- 3rd Toronto Ultra - $80,000
- 4th OpTic Chicago - $40,000
- 5th-6th New York Subliners $20,000
- 5th-6th Minnesota Rokkr $20,000
- 7th-8th Seattle Surge $10,000
- 7th-8th Florida Mutineers $10,000
- 9th-10th LA Guerrillas $0
- 9th-10th Paris Legion $0
- 11th-12th LA Thieves $0
- 11th-12th London Royal Ravens $0
Player of the Stage: Mcarthur “Cellium” Jovel
When does CDL stage 5 start ?
Play for the final stage of the entire year will begin on 1st July. This will give all teams time to regroup and recoup before the final fight for points begins.
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