Empire pounce on Ultra for 1st place at CDL Stage 5

The Dallas Empire pounced on the previously unbeaten Toronto Ultra Sunday to claim first place in Group B on the final day of group-stage play at the Call of Duty League’s Stage 5.

The Empire (4-1) powered their way to a 3-1 victory over the Ultra (4-1), giving Dallas the top seed in the group by virtue of the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Dallas started by taking the first two maps, winning 250-231 on Raid Control and 6-4 on Express Search and Destroy. Toronto responded with a 3-2 win on Raid Control, but the Empire clinched the match with a 250-216 decision on Garrison Hardpoint.

The other Group B match saw the Seattle Surge (1-4) earn their only win of the stage, sweeping to a 3-0 win over the winless Los Angeles Guerillas (0-5).

The Surge won decisively in each map, conquering Apocalypse Hardpoint (250-108), Moscow Search and Destroy (6-2) and Garrison Control (3-0) in one-sided scores.

In the final Group A battle, the Atlanta FaZe (4-1) put up a 3-0 sweep against the New York Subliners (1-4). The FaZe ended group play as the second seed in the group, having previously fallen to OpticChicago — who also sport a 4-1 mark.

Atlanta tore through New York all match long, with wins on Checkmate Hardpoint (250-107), Express Search and Destroy (6-1) and Garrison Control (3-0).

The league’s 12 teams are split into two groups of six across three weeks of action to determine seeding for the Stage 5 major, which begins Thursday. All group-stage matches and playoff matches are best-of-five except for the Aug. 1 grand final, which will be best-of-nine.

The schedule for the Stage 5 major has yet to be released.

Call of Duty League Stage 5 group standings, with match win-loss record, map win-loss record and map differential:
Group A
1. OpTic Chicago, 4-1, 14-5, +9
2. Atlanta FaZe, 4-1, 14-4, +10
3. Los Angeles Thieves, 3-2, 11-11, 0
4. London Royal Ravens, 2-3, 7-13, -6
5. New York Subliners, 1-4, 7-14, -7
6. Paris Legion, 1-4, 7-13, -6
Group B
1. Dallas Empire, 4-1, 13-5, +8
2. Toronto Ultra, 4-1, 13-5, +8
3. Minnesota Rokkr, 3-2, 11-7, +4
4. Florida Mutineers, 3-2, 10-9, +1
5. Seattle Surge, 1-4, 4-12, -8
6. Los Angeles Guerrillas, 0-5, 2-15, -13

–Field Level Media

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