The Florida Mutineers overrun the Seattle Surge to give them their first loss of the Call of Duty League 2022 season during the final weekend of matches before the OpTic Texas Major.
Seattle Surge became the new Atlanta FaZe during the Vanguard season after making it to the finals of the Kickoff Classic and starting the regular season off 3-0 after defeating the Minnesota RØKKR, Toronto Ultra and New York Subliners. However, an unexpected loss to the Florida Mutineers days before the Stage 1 Major has many fans scratching their heads.
The star rookies for the Seattle Surge, Daunte “Sib” Gray and Amer “Pred” Zulbeari, had an off day against Florida. Sib dropped a 0.68 Kill/Death ratio while Pred dragged behind with a 0.84. The Seattle Surge powerhouses that the fans had come to know following the Kickoff Classic were nowhere to be seen. Meanwhile, Florida was having a game to remember with everyone on the team dropping over a 0.95 KD and Joseph “Owakening” Conley stealing the show with a 1.35.
Florida drown the Seattle Surge in all three maps
Seattle, who had been undefeated going into their match against the Mutineers, were expected shoo-ins to win against Florida who were sitting with a single win in the last four matches. Seattle first began to lose track of the series when they failed to close out a Hardpoint against Florida on Bocage to start the match. It was a close battle between the two teams, but again the rookies could not get anything going. The Surge went on to lose the Bocage 200-250 after Owakening ran around the map causing problems.
The Search and Destroy was no better for the team as they looked disjointed and like they weren’t working together as a team on Berlin. Seattle had shown promise on both Search and Control in the past, so a 6-1 loss to Florida was troubling to see. David “Davpadie” Maslowski was able to do whatever he wanted in the S&D as he was killed only once in the entire series. The Control was the nail in the coffin for Seattle, who looked the best on Control in Vanguard so far. The two previous map losses weighed too heavily on the nearly formed team and ended up costing them the series.
“It was just from the start of the day,” Davpadie said in a post-match interview. “Everyone being focused, everyone warming up in practice, giving their best, giving their hardest coms. The preparation into the match the day of I think matters the most.”
Danny Appleford is an esports journalist for Upcomer that started writing for Daily Esports in 2020. He now specializes in articles surrounding League of Legends, Call of Duty, VALORANT and Halo.