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The last home series of the 2021 Call of Duty League has wrapped up and the Stage 5 Major Groups are set. Following the conclusion of the Seattle Surge Home Series, the seeding for the Stage 5 Major was finalized.

All throughout Stage 5, there were twists and turns amongst the teams. There were some truly underperforming squads that didn’t impress in the group stage. Others turned heads and seem to be peaking at the right time before the Stage 5 Major and CDL Champs.

CDL Stage 5 Major seeding

There were some teams in Stage 5 that absolutely needed to blow the door off the competition for top seeding. Not only did they need to secure seeding for the Major but for CDL Champs as well. The Stage 5 Major will determine the final standings for the league and the seeding for Champs.

Some teams pulled through on this front while others fell flat on their face. Below, fans can see the full seeding for the Major and the bracket.

CDL stage 5 Major groups
The final group standings from Stage 5 of the CDL. | Provided by CDL

There are a couple of aspects about the bracket that jump right off the screen. First, the New York Subliners have suffered perhaps the biggest fall from grace in 2021. They went a measly 1-4 in Stage 5 and ended up in the first round of the loser’s bracket. While losing James “Clayster” Eubanks didn’t help, they were 0-3 before he even benched himself. The Subliners have a gauntlet ahead of them at the Major.

On the winner’s bracket side, it’s Dallas and Chicago in the first seed spots. Chicago dethroned Atlanta FaZe from the first seed after an impressive 4-1 showing in the stage while Dallas controlled their own destiny with a win over Toronto. The winner’s bracket could feature some powerhouse matchups like LA Thieves vs. OpTic Chicago and Atlanta FaZe vs. Dallas Empire.

The Stage 5 Major kicks off on July 29 live from the Esports Stadium in Arlington, Texas.


Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.


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