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The Call of Duty League Major IV qualifiers have started off with a bang. A few new-look rosters have been on full display, including that of Florida, Boston, and LAG; however, it was Boston who saw an immediate return on their investment to begin Major IV. The Breach went up against OpTic Texas to begin the stage, which is never an easy road to victory. OpTic recently learned that substitute Byron “Prolute” Vera would be staying on their roster for the time being. Boston, on the other hand, benched rookie player Kenyen “Capsidal” Sutton for their new signing, Reece “Vivid” Drost. While fans protested the move, Vivid and the new-look Breach looked quite strong in their opening match, pulling off a reverse sweep against Texas.
OpTic falls to Boston Breach to open Major IV
The series started off as well as it could for OpTic. They got one of their favorite Hardpoint maps, Gavutu, and showed up in full force, taking the map by just under 50 points. OpTic’s Seth “Scump” Abner went off for 29 kills and a 1.61 KD, while Boston’s Anthony “Methodz” Zinni finished the map with an abysmal 0.44 KD.
Things didn’t look up for Methodz on the next map, Bocage Search and Destroy, as he lost a 1v1 in round 11 to Prolute. Prolute finished at 12-7 while Breach’s only remaining rookie, Dylan “Nero” Koch, went 3-10. At this point, it seemed over for Boston, who seemed to still be adjusting to their new roster with Vivid.
Then, in a shocking turn of events, the Breach went nuclear. They swept OpTic Texas on their best Control map, Tuscan, thanks to Nero redeeming himself with a 25-kill performance. The next map was Bocage Hardpoint and, at one point, Boston was up by over 120 points. While Texas fought back, the Breach held strong to take things to a map five on Berlin S&D. Nero was the top performer for Boston once again, going off for nearly 50 kills.
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This is where the wheels fell off for OpTic — or, at least, where they started to make confusing and questionable plays. Classic mistakes, from not checking common spots, like the roof over B bomb, to letting Vivid get out a 1v2 by hiding behind a crate, this was one to forget for Texas. Meanwhile, Major IV starts off perfectly for Boston, who needed momentum in order to solidify their place in the CDL standings. In the end, Nero was Boston’s MVP, finishing with a 1.19 KD, while Prolute only managed 72 kills and a 0.73 KD.
Both teams are back in action tomorrow, June 25. OpTic takes on Minnesota while Boston battles against the LA Thieves. Fans can watch all the action at the Major IV qualifiers on the Call of Duty League’s YouTube channel.
Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.