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CDL pros Clayster, Octane and more demand changes to Major format following Stage 1

Published: 8/Mar/2021 11:54

by Jacob Hale


The CDL Stage 1 Major is over, and Atlanta FaZe once again see themselves atop the Call of Duty universe having beaten Dallas Empire. But the Stage 2 Major could look very different if the community, including some pros, get their way.

The first Major of the 2021 CDL season was full of as many incredible storylines and cracking matches as fans could muster.

New York Subliners had an incredible run through the tournament, including sweeping OpTic Chicago 3-0 to knock them out of the tournament, while the Dallas v Atlanta Champs rematch seemed only fitting.

There was, though, one notable change between this event and the countless previous, and that’s the format. Or, more specifically, the grand final format.


Atlanta FaZe CDL Stage 1 Major champions
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Atlanta FaZe dismantled Dallas Empire to become Stage 1 Major champions.

For the Stage 1 Major, while it was double elimination, the grand final was a best-of-9 matchup, with the side coming from Winners Bracket having no discernible advantage despite not losing throughout the entire tournament.

Best-of-9s aren’t unheard of in CoD esports. CDL Champs 2020 was a best-of-9  series, with Dallas Empire starting with a 1-0 map advantage over the Atlanta side. Now, with no map advantage for the winning team, a number of pros are calling out the system.

Seattle Surge’s Sam ‘Octane’ Larew called out the issue while the match was on, simply saying that best-of-9 grand finals are “simply not it.”


Similarly, James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks said that he fought against the change when it was announced, saying that “winners bracket teams should have a significant advantage.”

100 Thieves coach Jordan ‘Jkap’ Kaplan and two-time world champion Patrick ‘Aches’ Price shared similar sentiments.

Jkap said it was “wild” that Atlanta go into the final without any advantage, while Aches argued it’s almost a disadvantage because the Loser’s Bracket team are “fresh off a big win.”

Obviously, there was a lot of discussion around the new format, but whether we see changes going forward remains to be seen.

Some suggestions were bandied about, including going back to a best-of-9 with a 1 map advantage, a bracket reset with two best-of-5s, or even a best-of-11 series.


No matter what, the pros have all had their say, so now we wait to see how the Majors look from Stage 2 and beyond.