After eight months of competition, the 2021 Call of Duty League (CDL) season has come to an end with the top eight teams battling it out for the opportunity to be crowned the second CDL Champion. Heading into the finals, 2020 runners-up Atlanta FaZe faced off against the Toronto Ultra, one of the very few teams that have managed to defeat them over the course of Black Ops Cold War.
After a thrilling final, the FaZe eventually overcame their opponents to be crowned champions, avenging their 2020 defeat and cementing their place as one of the very best Call of Duty teams in the history of the esport.
Redemption For Atlanta
From the outset, Atlanta was one of the teams to beat heading into Champs after winning three out of five Majors that took place over the course of the regular season. The FaZe kicked off the event with a convincing 3-0 sweep against the New York Subliners before dominating the Dallas Empire with another 3-0 win to book their place in the grand finals.
Joining them in the finals would be the Toronto Ultra, arguably the closest competition that FaZe has had during the season. The all-European roster dropped into the elimination bracket after a defeat to Dallas but managed to overcome OpTic Chicago, Minnesota Rokkr, and a win over the Empire to set up a highly-anticipated clash against Atlanta.
Toronto didn't go down without a fight, managing to bring the series to 4-3 but game eight saw Atlanta manage to overcome a hot start from the Ultra in order to secure the series and the championship. The victory is the second world championship ring for Arcitys, aBeZy, and Simp while Cellium picks up his first after another standout season in the flex role.
CDL Champs 2021 Results
With Atlanta and Toronto taking the top two spots, here's where the rest of the teams placed:
- 1st - Atlanta FaZe - $1,200,000
- 2nd - Toronto Ultra - $650,000
- 3rd - Dallas Empire - $300,000
- 4th - Minnesota ROKKR - $150,000
- 5th/6th - OpTic Chicago - $75,000
- 5th/6th - New York Subliners - $75,000
- 7th/8th - Florida Mutineers - $25,000
- 7th/8th - Los Angeles Thieves - $25,000
With the Black Ops Cold War season done and dusted, all eyes are on the alpha for Call of Duty: Vanguard taking place from August 27th until the 29th. After that, fans will get an in-depth look at multiplayer during the worldwide reveal happening on September 7th.