Hello there eSports DFS enthusiasts, and welcome back to RotoBaller’s coverage of Call of Duty DFS contests for DraftKings! The Major 2 is upon us! It feels good to be at another LAN event and it should be a good one. With the home crowd behind Minnesota this time, could they make a run at the championship or will Optic hold their crown and run it back? Either way, it should be an absolute banger of a weekend with plenty of money to be made!
This is easily one of my favorite sports to cover here at Rotoballer because I play a ton of COD myself and I like to think I’m pretty good at it as well. I have been following the COD League for about five years now and I finally get to put all this knowledge to the test! We are starting with the winner’s bracket and each team that loses will fall into the losers bracket that will start tomorrow! First things first we have London Royal Ravens taking on the Florida Mutineers, then we have a surging Boston Breach team taking on the LA Guerrillas, next we have the Atlanta FaZe against a new and improved New York Subliners, and lastly, we have the red hot Optic Texas taking on the Seattle Surge. Let’s get into it, shall we?
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Call of Duty: Major 2
Best of 5
- London Royal Ravens (-225) vs. Florida Mutineers (+172)
- Boston Breach (-450) vs. LA Guerrillas (+265)
- NYSL (+500)vs. Atlanta FaZe (-900)
- Optic Texas (-455) vs. Seattle Surge (+300)
I’m surprised to see London at such low odds against Florida here. London had an amazing Winners bracket run before running into the brick wall that is Optic and FaZe. So to see them here at only -225 is very intriguing, to say the least. Florida started the qualifiers very well getting a couple of 3-0 wins but after that, they seemed to slump over and lose the next three. Granted two of those were against Optic and FaZe but the last one seemed to just fall apart and they lost by way of a sweep to Boston. London is by far the better hardpoint team and just based on that I see them at worst getting a 3-1 win. If Florida has a chance it is in SnD but they will need to pull off something on another map to pull out a win.
Boston Breach might be my sleeper team coming into this tournament. They ended up winning four of their 5 qualifiers and they looked great doing it. Methodz has been on an absolute tear recently and overall this team is vibing insanely well together. LA Guerillas, unfortunately, lost one of their stars in Gunless for this tournament due to an illness. Sparta will be replacing him until he is back. Unfortunately, he has only one match played with them and it came against Texas who smacked them around for three maps straight. Losing Gunless was a big loss for this team and I think it hurts them a lot. I’ve got Boston in this one, they are by far the better hardpoint team and I think they are the better Control team as well. Gunless was a big part of this team as an SnD player as well. I think there is a good chance we could see a Boston sweep tomorrow.
This new NYSL team is dangerous and I don’t think they can be slept on. Unfortunately, they got a bad draw and ended up getting FaZe in their first match. This is a tough match, might gut instinct is to immediately go with FaZe but I think NYSL has a decent chance to pull off at least one or two maps. The odds indicate this is going to be a sweep and the way NYSL is playing I just don’t see that. NYSL definitely is a threat in the hardpoint as they have won all 6 hardpoint maps they have played on since the roster change. Atlanta has struggled at SnD recently as well and I’m really only confident that Atlanta wins in Control. This has all the makings of a potential upset.
Optic is the hottest team in the CDL right now and I don’t think it is even close. They have won 12 straight matches dating back to the third match of the major 1 qualifiers. They are the best team in Control at 15-1 and have been insanely good in SnD and Hardpoint as well. They most recently played Seattle during the qualifiers and won 3-1. They also played them in their first round of the Major 1 tourney and 3-0 them there. I expect a similar result with Seattle more than likely losing by a sweep. Wouldn’t be surprised though to see Seattle win one map as they do have a sneaky good team that is always viable for a map or two.
COD DFS Basics
- Like in CSGO, players receive two points for a kill and are penalized -1 for dying. Therefore, the simplest stat to look at here is the K/D ratio.
- You need to roster a team slot on both sites. Teams accrue fantasy points for games won (+4), matches won (+10), and Search and Destroy/Control rounds won (+.5).
- Teams will be playing best-of-five matches on a rotation of various game modes. Those modes and the order in which they are played are as follows: Hardpoint, Search & Destroy, Control, Hardpoint, Search & Destroy.
- In hardpoint rounds, players with positive K/D ratios are usually the highest scorers and these rounds are often the bloodiest.
- They also have changed a game mode from Domination to Control for League play. This is going to be a lot different in gameplay as it’s round-based and not the first one to 200. They play first one to 3 round wins. You win by capturing both points or killing the enemy team until they run out of their lives. One team defends and the other attacks.
- There is a sweep bonus this year as teams and players both can get a 20 point player sweep and a 5 point team sweep. In the chance, they do sweep they also get granted a bonus of 20 points for not playing hardpoint and a bonus of 5 points for not playing the final Search and Destroy map. So that adds up in a sweep to a total of 45 extra points which are going to be very crucial this year.
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COD DFS Captain Considerations
Dashy: I think I have to ride with the Major one MVP here. He has been a bit underwhelming in his last few games but I think he rebounds tremendously on LAN and gets back into that form he was in the last Major. During their tournament run, he averaged a 1.14 K/D in Hardpoint, a 1.53 in SnD, and an insane 1.49 K/D in Control. I also really love the discount we get on him compared to Shotzzy because I do believe we get similar output from Dashy at a cheaper price. Over his last 10 games on DK, he has scored at least 111 in 9 of them and has 130+ in 4 of those.
Methodz: These last 4 games for Methodz have been insane, he was the highest-scoring Fantasy player during the Major 2 qualifiers. I have scored 136, 141, 127, and 140 in his most recent games of his. In both games that they swept in, he had 140+. I really could see him scoring something similar and the fact we can get him so cheap once again at only $8,400 I think is an absolute steal! During the qualifiers, I have averaged a 1.34 K/D in Hardpoint, a 1.61 in SnD, and 1.36 in Control. He is firing on all cylinders right now and I’ll grab him at this cheap until it fails.
Other captain plays: Cellium, Shotzzy, Capsidal, Afro, Nastie, Simp
COD DFS Value Plays
Afro: I’m surprised to see him at this price. $7,600 for London’s best respawn player is great value. He has a team-leading 1.12 K/D in Hardpoint and a 1.19 in Control. He also has scored very well during the Major 2 qualifiers in all their games they won he scored 96+ with two games of 130+ as well. He is much better value than Zero is and yet somehow Afro is cheaper. I won’t complain though as I will take it where I can. London should be able to handle Florida as well so we could see a sweep here or an extra respawn game mode for the beast that Afro is. Either way, I see it as a win/win situation here.
Neptune: I’m not going to lie. This feels a bit disrespectful to Neptune at minimum price. The dude in this new roster has been absolutely frying, he has scored 121, 128, and 116. I think NYSL can keep it close with Atlanta in the respawn game modes if not even take a map. They beat Toronto Ultra and Minnesota 3-1 and looked great doing that. There is some very good value in Neptune. Could it bust? Yes, absolutely but at that price, how do you not take a shot on that. At 6k it really helps you fit whatever you want in your lineup elsewhere and Neptune could still easily score 90+ in a loss. With the new roster, he has a 1.32 K/D in Hardpoint, a 1.53 in SnD, and a .83 in Control.
Other value plays: Pred(GPP), Illey, Owakening, TJ Haly
COD DFS Stacks
Boston Breach: Safe pick is definitely to go with the red hot Optic team but I like Boston in this spot. They are playing insanely good COD right now and I want to ride that while they are still viable on DK. All stacks though start with Methodz right now and at a middle of the pack price, which makes it very doable to start with. Capsidal is my next favorite spot but is priced at $10,000, but other than the last game he has had 110+ in all 4 other Qualifying games. Nero definitely can pop off and has a very high ceiling but at his price, he is a bit too volatile to be grabbing too much off. His floor is very low and his scoring during qualifying is all over the place ranging from 58 DKP to 149 DKP. TJ Haly has been a much better player during the qualifiers and scored 90+ in all 4 games that Boston won.
Other Team Plays: Optic Texas, London Royal Ravens, Atlanta FaZe
- TLDR: London 3-1, Boston 3-0, Atlanta 3-1, Optic 3-0
- London: Afro, Nastie, Gismo
- Florida: Wakening
- Boston: Methodz, Capsidal, T. J. Haly.
- LAG: Huke
- Atlanta: Simp, Cellium, Abezy
- NYSL: Neptune, Hydra
- Optic: Dashy, Scump, Shotzzy, Illey
- Seattle: Bb, Pred
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