In what felt like the longest Call of Duty League match in history, OpTic Texas has finally swept the New York Subliners at CDL Champs. OpTic started the series with a hot 2-0; they looked incredibly sharp, especially after yesterday’s devastating loss against the LA Thieves. It was an impressive bounce-back from Texas, but their momentum was halted when a two-hour delay occurred before map three. While many fans thought this could be the catalyst for an NYSL reverse sweep, OpTic stood firm and won the series.
Before getting into the lengthy delay, Texas were storming through the Subliners’ defenses. On Tuscan Hardpoint, a map that has been NYSL’s bread and butter since Stage IV, we got to see vintage Seth “Scump” Abner. Scump and Indervir “iLLeY” Dhaliwal lit up the scoreboard; they made numerous plays and ensuring that OpTic remained in — or broke into — the objective. Scump finished with 34 kills while iLLeY dropped 31. On New York’s side, Ian “Crimsix” Porter had a rough map, a trend that continued throughout the series.
That includes map two, Tuscan Search and Destroy; while NYSL got a couple of rounds early, few teams can beat Texas on Tuscan S&D. With Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas-Castro leading the charge as always, Texas pulled away, winning four consecutive rounds to go up 2-0. Shotzzy finished with nine kills and over 1,000 damage.
This is where every fan and player simply wanted this series to end. According to the CDL, an audio issue plagued Crimsix’s setup, causing a nearly two-hour delay to occur in order to fix the problem. When the action finally started back up on Gavutu Control, fans thought that NYSL was going to come out swinging with OpTic Texas losing all of their momentum.
That didn’t happen, though, as Texas was able to win their first Control map of CDL Champs. Scump had more great plays, including one to stay on the B point and lock it down for OpTic. Once again, Crimsix didn’t have a strong map, only finishing with 11 kills. This loss marks the end of the cinderella story for the Subliners, as they weren’t supposed to be at Champs, but made it through an incredible Major IV.
OMG @SCUMP pic.twitter.com/75ag2HSFHw
— OpTic Texas (@OpTicTexas) August 6, 2022
As for OpTic Texas, they live to fight another match, which they’ll do later today against the Seattle Surge.
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.