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- 4:00 p.m. Atlanta FaZe vs. Minnesota Rokkr
- 5:30 p.m. Florida Mutineers vs. Dallas Empire
- 7:00 p.m. Chicago Huntsmen vs. Seattle Surge
- 8:30 p.m. Toronto Ultra vs. OpTic Gaming Los Angeles
ATL (23-6) vs. MIN (12-14)
It's the final tournament of the Call of Duty World League "regular" season, and while it's possible teams could keep some strategies close to the vest in this final tournament of the year before the all-important Call of Duty World Championships, which takes place in the middle of August, there's still enough incentive, at least on Day 1, for many of these teams to try and chase a last-minute rise up the standings.
The FaZe vs. Rokkr matchup might be a perfect example of this conundrum, as Atlanta could fall out of the top two seeds in the standings with a bad showing during this home stand, thus losing an opportunity at a two-round bye to begin the $4.6 million finale. On the flip side, Minnesota sits precipitously on the edge of starting Champs on the loser's bracket side, with a Day 1 loss against FaZe likely sending them cratering into the lower-bracket Champs abyss.
The Rokkr simply cannot afford to lose this series, but I have a hard time seeing how they win. I feel fairly confident Minnesota will at least push the game to a fourth map, if only because they have been relatively successful at Domination despite their dreadful showing over the past couple of tournaments. FaZe almost seem content