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The curse of the major championship has followed the Seattle Surge into CDL Major IV; like OpTic Texas and LAG before them, Seattle goes home extremely early at Major IV, losing to the Boston Breach in round one of the loser’s bracket. Seattle only plays one match at Major IV, leaving their Champs spot up to fate. Boston, on the other hand, continues their pursuit for a Major IV championship but also strengthens their spot for Champs. While the Breach haven’t secured their spot yet, they’re certainly in the driver’s seat.

For whatever reason, Boston seems to have Seattle’s number this year. In 2022, the Breach are 3-1 against the Surge, including a clean 2-0 during Major IV. The Major III champion Surge simply couldn’t keep up with Boston in Search and Destroy today, despite playing some of their stronger maps. The Breach also finally vetoed the Gavutu modes, which certainly helped in Control and the second Hardpoint. Boston still has a long road to go at Major IV but they look strong heading into loser’s round two.

Seattle leaves empty-handed at the hands of Boston Breach

The series began with a Bocage Hardpoint, which most Call of Duty fans know was likely going Seattle’s way. The Surge dominate Bocage on a regular basis, thanks to Amer “Pred” Zulbeari’s stellar SMG play. In classic Pred fashion, the Major III MVP went off for 44 kills en route to a dominant map win. Dylan “Nero” Koch also dropped a 40-bomb for Boston, but it didn’t matter in the long run.

The next map was Tuscan Search and Destroy and, despite 11 kills from Mackenzie “Mack” Kelly, the Surge fell to Boston’s strong teamwork. This moved the series to Tuscan Control, which is a strong map for both teams. However, Seattle is a bit better in Control and that was on full display as they took the map in relatively easy fashion. Pred was once again the leading slayer for the Surge, while Reece “Vivid” Drost had a nice map for Boston.

With Seattle leading 2-1, we went to a Berlin Hardpoint. In a truly terrific game, the Breach managed to hang on for the win, ending the game at 250-248. Anthony “Methodz” Zinni had a huge kill at P2 to give Boston a chance to hold the hill, and hold they did; the Breach then took things to a map five on Berlin S&D.

This time it was TJ “TJHaLy” Haly who had to step up for Boston — TJ made numerous clutches and secured several key kills to lead the Breach to a map win, clinching the series.

Seattle heads home — presumably to get ready for a Champs run — while the Boston Breach remains in the tournament and will play the winner of OpTic Texas vs. Minnesota ROKKR.