The host Atlanta FaZe and Chicago Huntsmen each won two matches on Saturday to reach the semifinals in Week 3 of the Call of Duty League.
In front of a home crowd at Gateway Center Arena in College Park, Ga., the FaZe swept Optic Gaming Los Angeles 3-0 and then downed the London Royal Ravens 3-1 in the best-of-five format to win Group A.
This weekend marks the second of 12 hosted eight-team tournaments during the league's inaugural regular season. Each eight-team tournament features two double-elimination groups, with the top two teams from each group advancing to Sunday's single-elimination playoff bracket.
Each of the league's 12 franchises will host a weekend tournament once, except London, which hosted last week and will host again in the penultimate week. The two Los Angeles franchises will host jointly on March 7-8.
Atlanta made quick work of OpTic L.A., taking Ahzir Cave Hardpoint 250-121, Arklov Peak Search and Destroy 6-3 and St. Petrograd Domination 162-143. Against the Ravens, the FaZe jumped out to a 2-0 lead by taking Hackney Yard Hardpoint 250-195 and Arklov Peak Search and Destroy 6-3. London stayed alive with a 146-132 win on St. Petrograd Domination, but Atlanta closed it with a 250-189 win on Gun Runner Hardpoint.
The Ravens had beaten the Florida Mutineers 3-1 in Group A's other opening match. The Mutineers downed Optic L.A. 3-1 in the lower bracket.
In Group B, the Huntsmen opened by seesawing past the Toronto Ultra 3-2, winning the first (250-203 on Hackney Yard Hardpoint), third (204-114 on St. Petrograd Domination) and fifth (6-5 on Gun Runner Search and Destroy) games despite dropping Piccadilly Search and Destroy 6-1 and Gun Runner Hardpoint 250-162.
The Week 2 champion, Chicago then took down the Minnesota ROslash;KKR 3-1. The ROslash;KKR dominated St. Petrograd Hardpoint 250-107 in the first game, but the Huntsmen rallied to win Gun Runner Search and Destroy 6-3, Hackney Yard Domination 153-145 and Gun Runner Hardpoint 250-189.
Minnesota had beaten the Paris Legion, last week's runners-up, 3-1 in the other Group B opening match. Paris recovered to beat Toronto 3-1 in the lower bracket.
The Ravens and Mutineers will battle Sunday for the right to face the Huntsmen in one semifinal, while the FaZe await the winner of the ROslash;KKR's battle with the Legion.
The Grand Final, which is also best-of-five, will be Sunday evening. The victor will claim 50 league points, with the runner-up earning 30 and the other semifinalists earning 20 apiece. Fifth and sixth place will earn 10 points apiece, with the Ultra and Optic L.A. coming up empty.
--Field Level Media