OpTic Texas soar past the London Royal Ravens at Major III
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OpTic Texas soar past the London Royal Ravens at Major III

OpTic takes their second win of the day at Major 3

OpTic Texas have continued their hot streak at Major III after dropping the ball in their opening winner’s bracket match on Thursday. On Friday, OpTic took down the defending Major II champions, the LA Guerrillas, in an easy 3-0 sweep. This allowed them to move on to the second round against the London Royal Ravens, who had previously defeated the Pro-Am Classic champion New York Subliners by a score of 3-1. Texas entered as the clear favorite, and London had some upset potential in the past, but that upset just wasn’t in the cards tonight.

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The first map of the series was Hardpoint on Gavutu, a map both teams are strong on. As can be expected knowing that, it was a back-and-forth affair; with neither team getting too much of a lead. OpTic did end up pulling ahead at the end thanks to the work of Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas-Castro. Shotzzy continually flanked around London’s entire team, garnering 30 kills in the process. Byron “Prolute” Vera also played a key role, securing spawns for his team at P5 during the middle of the map.

In map two, Bocage Search and Destroy, things seemed to be looking up for the Ravens. They started with a commanding 5-1 lead, with Marcus “Afro” Reid putting up an unstoppable performance. But even with that lead, OpTic crawled back round by round and rattled off four straight rounds to get to a round 11. Texas played smartly in that final round and traded strategic kills to secure the map win and end up 2-0. OpTic’s Seth “Scump” Abner went off for 10 kills in the S&D to lead his team, a feat that’s proving to be a common trend in this Major.

The final map of the series was Control on Tuscan; and based on their performance, London might as well have stayed in the hotel. Texas swiftly swept through the Ravens, winning three straight rounds. Brandon “Dashy” Otell continued his stellar performance, finishing with a 2.60 KD. Texas has yet to drop a map or a Control round since their loss to Florida in the winner’s bracket so far.

London is now out of Major III, and OpTic Texas will move on to face the losers of the Florida Mutineers and Seattle Surge on Saturday afternoon.

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