The Atlanta FaZe dominated the winners’ bracket final while the Toronto Ultra made their way through the losers’ bracket with a pair of victories Saturday, setting up Sunday’s grand final between the two at the Call of Duty League Championship at Galen Center in Los Angeles.
The FaZe smothered the Dallas Empire in a 3-0 sweep, forcing Dallas to the lower bracket. Meanwhile, the Ultra first won a back-and-forth 3-2 battle over the Minnesota Rokkr before ousting the Empire in another 3-2 thriller.
The $2.5 million tournament features a $1.2 million prize for the winning team. All matches in the double-elimination event are best-of-five.
The FaZe and Ultra were the top two teams from the Call of Duty League regular season, and each earned first-round byes when they opened play Friday.
The teams that finished third through sixth in the regular season opened play Thursday in the winners bracket, while the seventh- and eighth-place squads began Thursday in the losers bracket.
Atlanta wasted no time in decimating Dallas, blowing out the Empire 250-118 on Garrison Hardpoint before taking Raid Search and Destroy 6-5 and Raid Control 3-1 to take the match.
Toronto and Minnesota alternated map wins throughout their contest. The Ultra began with a 250-83 rout on Checkmate Hardpoint, but lost 6-5 on Standoff Search and Destroy to tie the match 1-1. Toronto rebounded to win 3-2 on Raid Control, but fell 250-188 on Raid Hardpoint to even things up 2-2.
The Ultra secured the win with a 6-4 triumph on Moscow Search and Destroy to advance.
Toronto then had to come from behind to record their second five-map victory of the day. Dallas, which had dumped Toronto 3-2 a day earlier to drop the Ultra to the losers’ bracket, won the opening map 250-141 on Garrison Hardpoint. The Ultra responded by conquering Standoff Search and Destroy (6-3) and Raid Control (3-2) for a 2-1 advantage. Dallas stayed alive with a 250-248 edge on Raid Hardpoint.
The Ultra then scored a pivotal 6-3 decision on Express Search and Destroy to move on to Sunday’s final.
Call of Duty League Championship prize pool:
3. $300,000 — Dallas Empire
4. $150,000 — Minnesota Rokkr
5-6. $75,000 — OpTic Chicago, New York Subliners
7-8. $25,000 — Florida Mutineers, Los Angeles Thieves
–Field Level Media