The final event of the Call of Duty League regular season, the Toronto Home Series, went all the way to a Game 5, Round 11, in what defined matches all weekend: Search and Destroy. Upending a stacked bracket, topped by the league's best four teams, the hometown, middle-tier Toronto Ultra shocked everyone and clutched out a chip.
Not only do the Ultra win their first event, not only did caster Maven have to douse himself in maple syrup to commemorate the win, but this also caps off a three-event run that pushed Toronto up from 12th in the standings to seventh—cementing a seed in the winners' bracket for the CDL Playoffs.
That's huge, as now the Ultra are granted a safety blanket in the event of a loss this postseason. Being in winners' means that, should they lose a match before the CDL Championship, they'll move to the losers' bracket instead of being eliminated, essentially granting an extra life in their quest for the league's $1.5 million, first-place prize purse.
Friday, July 24
Minnesota Rokkr 0-3 Atlanta FaZe
Dallas Empire 3-2 Florida Mutineers
Seattle Surge 1-3 Chicago Huntsmen
OpTic Gaming Los Angeles 2-3 Toronto Ultra
Saturday, July 25
Dallas Empire 0-3 Atlanta FaZe
Toronto Ultra 3-2 Chicago Huntsmen
Florida Mutineers 3-1 Minnesota Rokkr
OpTic Gaming Los Angeles 3-0 Seattle Surge
Florida Mutineers 0-3 Dallas Empire
OpTic Gaming Los Angeles 3-1 Chicago Huntsmen
Sunday, July 26
Toronto Ultra 3-1 Dallas Empire
OpTic Gaming Los Angeles 0-3 Atlanta FaZe
Atlanta FaZe 2-3 Toronto Ultra
All weekend, it was Cammy who set Toronto's tone. An absolute menace on the sniper, the Scottish professional dominated every SND for the Ultra and granted his team unrelenting confidence.
And that confidence granted by Cammy's play segued directly into success, as evidenced by one specific play from the event's Grand Finals. Facing the league's strongest team and No. 1 seed, Atlanta, at 2-2 of a first-to-six tiebreaking Game 5 SND round, Toronto's veteran, Methodz, played with ice in his veins and pulled off the notorious ninja defuse against all odds.
Of course, FaZe rallied back and pushed it to Round 11, where majormaniak and Priestahh negated a scary 2 v. 3 in Toronto's favor and turned it into a 2 v. 1 for themselves. Unbothered, Methodz clutched it out for Toronto.
Now, Toronto has until August 20 to prepare for the first round of the CDL Playoffs. With millions of dollars on the line and every other team in the league now scouting their gameplay, the Ultra have a chance to prove this shocking weekend was no fluke.