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The LA Thieves pulled out a surprisingly narrow victory against the Boston Breach on Thursday at Call of Duty League Champs.
Coming into CDL Champs, the match between the LA Thieves and Boston Breach was the least talked about. It was a David vs. Goliath situation, as Boston was arguably the worst-looking team at Champs while LA just won Major IV. Boston had also only won one map against LA this entire season (1-9 total map count).
Of course, as we all know, this has been the season of upsets, and no team can ever be considered truly out of it. That didn’t quite work out for Boston, though, as the LA Thieves turned around their series for a win.
Before the match even started, the map set seemed to heavily favor the Thieves. They got their two Berlin maps (Control and Hardpoint) and their favorite Search and Destroy (Desert Siege). Boston seemed willing to give LA those maps, though, as they didn’t veto them.
That decision came back to bite Boston, as the Thieves took the series in part thanks to winning a decisive Map 4 on Berlin Hardpoint.
LA Thieves stop Boston’s underdog story
The series began with a huge surprise on Tuscan Hardpoint. The Boston Breach came out swinging and thoroughly dominated the second half of the map. The whole squad performed well, but TJ “TJHaLy” Haly stood out and led the team in slaying and kills/deaths ratio. The Thieves didn’t perform badly but had a tough time getting consistent objective time.
LA couldn’t feel too down, though, as the next map was Desert Siege S&D. This is the Thieves’ bread and butter, and it showed once again. Zack “Drazah” Jordan dominated the Breach on Desert Siege and finished with 12 kills. Reece “Vivid” Drost had a nice map for Boston, but it wasn’t enough in the end as the Thieves won 6-4.
Once again, LA had to be feeling good as they went into Berlin Control for Map 3. This has been their best map and mode all season long, and it was a key part of the Thieves’ Major IV victory. However, after one of the best individual Control maps of the season, the Breach emerged victorious. It looked like Boston had no chance during Round 4, as they were on offense and only had nine lives remaining to capture the A point. In a display of sheer will, the Breach got a few kills in the last few seconds, stacked the point and secured a Round 5. They also won that round on offense, shocking the LA Thieves. Vivid absolutely annihilated the Thieves on this map, going off for 41 kills.
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Boston went up 2-1 in the series and tried to secure the match victory on Berlin Hardpoint. Lightning didn’t strike twice, though, as the Thieves reestablished their Berlin dominance with a huge Hardpoint win. The Breach never really stood a shot to win the map, as every LA player locked down objectives and spawns for a majority of the map.
In classic Vanguard style, we went to a Map 5 on Tuscan S&D to close things out. Boston has been shaky in S&D since dropping Kenyen “Capsidal” Sutton earlier this season, and while they made it close, they couldn’t pull out a win against the Thieves.
The decisive Map 5 went to Round 11, but LA took the series by a score of 3-2. Kenny “Kenny” Williams and Drazah stepped up huge on Tuscan S&D, sending Boston to the loser’s bracket. The LA Thieves move on in the winners bracket to face the winner of OpTic Texas and Toronto Ultra.
We’ll be recapping every CDL Champs match throughout the weekend on Upcomer, so stay tuned for more action.
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.