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The LA Thieves hadn’t won a single match since the Major I qualifiers. The New York Subliners suffered their first loss in two weeks yesterday against Atlanta FaZe in the winner’s bracket. LA had anything but momentum coming into this loser’s bracket match, while NYSL was hoping to ride the momentum they gained throughout the qualifiers. In the end, the Thieves took a wild series in reverse sweep fashion, knocking out the Subliners at Major II.

NYSL get reverse swept by LA Thieves

The match couldn’t have started any stronger for New York. They took the first Hardpoint on Berlin with every member of the roster going positive. Once again, Paco “HyDra” Rusiewiez was the leading KD member for the Subliners. LA looked rough, but they were able to keep the map close.

However, it seemed like the Thieves were toast after map two. They made some clutch plays in Search and Destroy on Tuscan, with Zack “Drazah” Jordan clutching a 1v2 to keep LA’s hopes alive and get the match to round 11. This is where things fell apart, though, as LA made a perplexing play call to not plant the bomb and wrap through their spawn. This cost them the round and saw them go down 0-2.

LA turned on the gas after this point, however. They became the comeback kids on Tuscan Control, winning 3-2 after going down 0-2 early. They put a miraculous performance together in round five to send the series to a map four. Once again, they won the map in comeback fashion on Tuscan Hardpoint. Kenny “Kenny” Williams took over for LA, finishing with a 1.36 KD.

This led to a final map five Search and Destroy, where New York and LA traded rounds up until the very end. It didn’t go to round 11, but the Thieves managed to secure the series in a 10-round S&D. Statistically, the Subliners played better but choked one too many times in order to survive at Major II.

The LA Thieves move on in the loser’s bracket while the Subliners will head home with zero dollars in winnings.

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