Ultra snag #2 seed for CDL Major 3

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The Toronto Ultra secured second place for the Call of Duty League’s Stage 3 Major by defeating the New York Subliners 3-1 on Sunday as qualifying action came to a close.

Toronto was one of three teams entering the final day of qualifying with a 5-1 record. The other two teams, OpTic Texas and the Los Angeles Thieves, faced off, meaning only one could improve to 6-1.

That ultimately became OpTic, which defeated Los Angeles 3-1.

Although Texas and the Ultra both finished qualifying at 6-1, Toronto had a one-card lead in the win-loss differential (plus-12 to plus-11), allowing it to come away with the second seed.

The Atlanta FaZe had already secured the No. 1 ranking on Saturday, finishing qualifying with a perfect 7-0 record.

In Sunday’s other match, the Miami Heretics won 3-0 against the Los Angeles Guerrillas.

All twelve CDL teams played seven qualifying matches ahead of the Stage 3 Major, which begins Thursday in Toronto. Each team advances to the double-elimination tournament and the qualifying matches determine seeding. Each qualifying victory was worth 10 points.

Whichever team wins the major will receive $150,000 and 100 CDL points. The total prize pool is $375,000, with the top eight teams at the event splitting this money.

Toronto won the Stage 1 Major in January. Atlanta won the Stage 2 Major in March.

On Sunday, the Ultra and Subliners split the first two maps before Toronto prevailed 3-2 over Invasion Control and 250-158 over Karachi Hardpoint.

OpTic and Los Angeles saw their match play out the same way. The teams were tied 1-1 before Texas pulled away with a 3-2 win over Invasion Control and a 250-86 blowout over Vista Hardpoint.

Miami was never threatened by the Guerrillas and completed the sweep with a 3-0 loss to Karachi Control.

As for the big game, the top eight seeds will start in the Winners’ Round, where four first-round matches will be played. Losers of those matches will be sent to the elimination bracket to face a bottom four seed.

The placement for the Stage 3 Major is as follows:

1. Atlanta FaZe

2. Toronto Ultra

3. Optical Texas

4. Los Angeles thieves

5. Subliners from New York

6. Carolina Royal Ravens

7. Seattle Golf

8. Miami Heretics

9. Vegas Legion

10. Minnesota Rokkr

11. Los Angeles guerrillas

12. Boston Fracture

–Field-level media