The CDL Major II qualifiers concluded on Sunday, and the bracket is now complete. Every Call of Duty League squad will travel to Minnesota in four days to participate in Major II.
The tournament is being hosted by the Minnesota ROKKR at the Mystic Lake Center, and the winning team will receive a cash prize of $200,000 and a custom made trophy by the host.
Following the conclusion of the qualifiers, the official bracket and day one schedule for the major is now available.
Let’s take a fresh look at how the teams stand for the Major 2.
The format contains eight teams from the winners bracket and four teams from the losers bracket, exactly like in Major I.
As in previous years, the first overall seed does not get a bye. Instead, the eight teams in the winners bracket will compete against one another depending on their finish in the qualification rankings.
The action kicks off on Thursday/Friday depending on where you live, March 31 with the first four winner's bracket matchups.
Format and a new trophy for the winners
Before we delve into the format of the tournament, Minnesota ROKKR designed an awesome trophy for the tournament they are hosting which will be awarded to the winner:
When OpTic Texas won their own major a few weeks ago, they celebrated on stage without a trophy. While OpTic member Davis "Hitch" Edwards stated that one was being built for OpTic but come the ending of the tournament, there was no trophy on stage. Winners just stood on the stage and celebrated their victory.
It is claimed that the CDL has not given away trophies at key events in order to make the CDL Champs trophy at the end of the year more “meaningful”.
However, since the start of last season, fans and players alike have been demanding for a big trophy to be awarded. It seems like Minnesota kickstarted the habit of giving out trophies for the end of every CDL Major, which is only befitting considering the huge amount of cash prize ($500,000).
The format of 2022 Major 2 will follow along these lines:
- Double-Elimination bracket
- Teams are seeded by Stage 2's placement:
- Group 1st - 8th: Winners Round 1
- Group 9th - 12th: Losers Round 1
- All matches (excl. Grand Finals) are Bo5
- Grand Final is Bo9
Schedule & betting odds
Here's the matchup schedule, you can click on the match dates to take yourself directly to the detailed match page and watch the match live. You can also follow the CDL matches on their official Youtube page and website.
Winner's Round 1
Teams that are highlighted in bold have the odds in favour.
- LDN London Royal Ravens vs. Florida Mutineers FLA (March 31, 2022 - 22:00 UTC+3) 1.40 vs. 2.70
- BOS Boston Breach vs. Los Angeles Guerrillas LAG (March 31, 2022 - 23:30 UTC+3) 1.25 vs. 3.60
- NYSL New York Subliners vs. Atlanta FaZe ATL (April 1, 2022 - 01:00 UTC+3) 5.50 vs. 1.12
- OPTX OpTic Texas vs. Seattle Surge SEA (April 1, 2022 - 02:30 UTC+3) 1.20 vs. 4.20
CDL Major II bracket
Major II's bracket is as tense as it has always been.
OpTic Texas is the top seed after winning all five of their Stage 2 qualification matchups. They have since established themselves on a winning streak with a 5-0 perfect score at the end of the group stage. In round one, they meet the Seattle Surge, matching Major I's bracket.
The remaining games in the winner's bracket are intriguing and may go any way. There are also some unexpected loser bracket teams, like LA Thieves and Toronto Ultra, that might make a run at Major II if they continue to play as well as they did in Stage 1.
What to watch for at CDL 2022 Major 2
Optic comes out with a winning streak
The OpTic Texas squad crushed the Major II qualifications. They finished 5-0, and while facing two teams with subs, OpTic are the overwhelming favourite moving into Major II.
Aside from the $200,000 main prize, the Texas are competing for a place in CDL history. OpTic currently has a 12-game winning streak. That's one fewer than Atlanta FaZe's CDL-record winning run of 13 games.
Rebirth of New York Subliners.
New York has gone through more roster changes in the first two stages of the season than most teams would in the whole season. They have Paul "PaulEhx" Avila in place of James "Clayster" Eubanks and Travis "Neptune" McCloud back on the roster for Major II.
New York went 3-0 in the qualifications with their new roster. Despite the fact that all of these victories came against losers from the lower brackets, NYSL looked excellent. In round one of the winners bracket, they'll face a huge challenge against Atlanta FaZe. With this match, we'll find out if this fresh roster has what it takes to compete in the CDL.
Don’t forget to check out our news page for a recap of CDL Major 2 Group Stage, and for more esports news and encounters.