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The Major III qualifier matches have kicked off in the CDL. After the Pro-Am Classic last weekend, the landscape of the league has shifted. The LA Thieves look much stronger thanks to a role swap, the New York Subliners are possible title contenders and OpTic Texas are playing the majority of Major III with a substitute. However, even with Byron “Prolute” Vera now on OpTic’s roster, the Major I champs didn’t miss a beat in their first match against the LA Guerrillas.
The defending Major II champion Guerrillas were thoroughly outclassed by Texas. This was Prolute’s debut match in the CDL but it certainly didn’t look like it. While he didn’t put up massive numbers, he did his job and allowed OpTic to slay around him while he played the objective. This works out perfectly for Texas, as that’s what Indervir “iLLeY” Dhaliwal does on a consistent basis. Thanks to this seamless transition of players, OpTic showed that they’re still arguably the best team in the CDL as they easily swept through LAG.
Map one on Bocage Hardpoint wasn’t all that easy, though. OpTic and LAG were neck and neck for the majority of the match. Texas managed to pull away at the end thanks to key objective kills inside of P1 and P2. Prolute also came through with a couple of double kills on the point to keep OpTic ahead.
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— OpTic Texas (@OpTicTexas) May 13, 2022
Heading into map two, Berlin Search and Destroy, it seemed like LAG had a great shot to tie the match up. LA went on an unprecedented winning streak in Search and Destroy at Major II and OpTic was playing with a substitute. However, after a slow start, Texas rattled off four straight rounds to capture the map two win. Brandon “Dashy” Otell was the MVP in S&D, securing multiple multi-kills and clutching up with the bomb down more than once.
The final map was Berlin Control. OpTic didn’t look great on this map at the Pro-Am but proved they’re still the best Control team in the game with a 3-1 map win over the Guerrillas. They out-slayed the Guerrillas in nearly every round and almost won 3-0. Every member of the Texas roster had clutch kills in the Control but Prolute was the one to finish LAG off thanks to some clutch kills inside of the B point to secure the win.
— Call of Duty League (@CODLeague) May 13, 2022
OpTic Texas moves to 1-0 in the Major III qualifiers while LAG falls to 0-1. The Guerrillas play the Minnesota ROKKR tomorrow while OpTic will have to wait until next weekend.
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.