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The LA Guerrillas tried to show up in a major way to the Call of Duty League Major IV qualifiers, but the Toronto Ultra stood in their way. LAG made a couple of changes to their roster during the break after Major III — following a disappointing stage after winning Major II, the team felt it was time for a new look. This decision didn’t quite make the impact LA was hoping for, as they were reverse swept by Toronto.

The LA roster reshuffle started with re-promoting Major II MVP Kris “Spart” Cervante in place of Pierce “Gunless” Hillman. Gunless didn’t perform particularly well in his time back with the team during Major III, which likely led to his benching. After that move, the team signed former NYSL SMG Travis “Neptune” McCloud to replace Obaid “Asim” Asim. Most felt that Asim was too valuable to drop, but Neptune tried to prove those doubters wrong against Toronto. While he and the team put forth a valiant effort, the Ultra’s poise and teamwork were the Guerrillas’ downfall.

LA Guerrillas fail to close out Toronto Ultra

LAG came out of the gate hot, winning the opening Hardpoint on Gavutu by 75 points. Spart may have been off his game here, but his teammates picked up the slack, each finishing with a KD above 1.50. On the Ultra’s side, only Jamie “Insight” Craven was able to achieve a KD above 0.70. The momentum from that opening map win was enough to catapult LA into a map two win on Desert Siege Search and Destroy. This map was the Spart show, as he hit a number of terrific snipes to clutch multiple rounds for the Guerrillas.

Toronto didn’t go gently into the night, though, as they stormed back on Berlin Control to secure their first map win. Insight once again led the way for the Ultra, dropping 27 kills and a 1.42 KD. Insight was instrumental in keeping LAG off the A point on defense, which led to a 3-1 map win. On map four Tuscan Hardpoint, it looked like LA would walk away with the victory, as they went up huge through the first rotation of hills. The Ultra stood strong, though, roaring back to take the lead and held it all the way up until they hit the 250-point mark. Ben “Bance” Bance was mostly to thank for that, as he came up with numerous clutch kills to lock down spawns and hold hills.

This led to a map five on Berlin Search and Destroy. This match went back and forth the whole time, but the Ultra eventually pulled away to secure the reverse sweep. LAG will look to rebound with their new roster while Toronto has started off Major IV strong.