After a year of so much inconsistency, the end of the 2022 Call of Duty League season ends with a back-to-back champion. The LA Thieves have defeated Atlanta FaZe in the grand final of CDL Champs, winning their first world championship as an organization. The Thieves won Major IV a few weeks ago and followed that up with one of the most dominant Champs performances in recent years. LA ran through the bracket at Champs, not dropping a single series the entire way.
This is the first ring for the entire starting roster, which includes Octane, Kenny, Envoy, and Drazah. Kenny also was awarded the CDL Postseason MVP for his steady performance throughout the tournament. This is Kenny’s second straight MVP, as he also won the Major IV MVP award. Kenny had one of the best turnarounds of the 2022 season, which included a role change from AR to SMG mid-season.
THE TROPHY STAYS HOME IN LA!!! pic.twitter.com/hUVyhrtF7R
— LA Thieves (@LAThieves) August 7, 2022
The LA Thieves were among the only teams in 2022 to not make a roster change. This was in spite of the entire community and their own fanbase calling for a complete wipe of the roster. In all fairness, the Thieves didn’t perform well at all through the first three stages. They were knocked out first at Major III, but then managed to figure things out in Stage IV. Whatever they discovered worked in spades, as LA was absolutely dominant for the past month and a half. They were especially dominant over Atlanta FaZe in the last two events, which ultimately made the difference in their Champs win.
The grand final was somewhat of a snooze fest up until the final few maps. LA went up 4-0 over Atlanta in a relatively easy fashion. While Atlanta made things interesting with two map wins, the Thieves clutched up in round 11 on Tuscan Search and Destroy to win the event. The team’s S&D play was a major factor in their midseason turnaround. However, their Hardpoint and Control carried them throughout the entire Champs bracket.
LA and the rest of the CDL now look ahead to the offseason and the Modern Warfare II season. Rostermania should start up in a couple of weeks’ time, and we’ll be tracking every move here on Upcomer.
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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.