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The final home series of the 2021 Call of Duty League is here. Stage 5 is wrapping up with the Seattle Surge Home Series as teams fight for seeding for the major on July 29. This is the last time players will compete online in 2021, and hopefully for the foreseeable future. With all of these elements in place, this should make the event a thrilling experience.

However, there are some matches that promise to be more entertaining than others.

1. Florida Mutineers vs. Toronto Ultra

Two of the hottest teams in the CDL are the Mutineers and Ultra. Both are 3-0 in Stage 5 and playing terrific Call of Duty as of late. The steady duo of Toronto, Jamie “Insight” Craven and Cameron “Cammy” McKilligan, are still dominating matches. And the recent surge of rookie Travis “Neptune” McCloud has Florida on the rise.

These teams clash at the Seattle Surge Home Series in what should be one of the best matches of the weekend. Both squads need the win to likely lock up the first seed in Group B for the major. Most expect Toronto to walk away with the win, but it’s impossible to count out the plucky Florida roster in any matchup.

2. OpTic Chicago vs. LA Thieves

One of the best rivalries in the CDL is renewed for possibly the last time in 2021. OpTic Chicago is playing their best Call of Duty of the season but LA can always surprise any team they face. While they sit at 2-2, the Thieves have looked strong at various points throughout Stage 5.

They’ll need to be at their best when facing OpTic, however. Chicago is a sparkling 3-0 and coming off a win against Atlanta FaZe. The Thieves will have their hands full but they’ve pulled off upsets before. Can they spoil OpTic’s chances at the no. 1 seed in Group A or will Chicago finally cement itself as one of the best rosters in the league? The Seattle Surge Home Series will reveal all.

3. Paris Legion vs. New York Subliners

This is the first time the Paris Legion have been featured in one of these articles. While Paris might be out of champs, they’re still playing great as of late. They defeated the LA Thieves last weekend and now matchup against a spiraling New York team.

As if the 0-3 record in Stage 5 wasn’t enough for the Subliners, they also just lost their captain James “Clayster” Eubanks. With Conor “Diamondcon” Johst now in the lineup, there’s no telling how the Subliners will play. It will be interesting to see if New York can remain a top team with Clayster out of the lineup. Their first test comes against Paris at the Seattle Surge Home Series.

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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