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Call Of Duty League 2022 Major II/Week 1/Day 1 takeaways — Ice melts

We’ve only just started the first round of qualifiers for the Call Of Duty League Major II, and it already feels like we know so much about the teams that competed today. Sure, there’s plenty of Call Of Duty: Vanguard left to play, but some of our suspicions coming out of the first Major seem to be confirmed, if ever so slightly. Don’t just take my word for it though. Or do, especially since I put a lot of words below.

New York Subliners vs London Royal Ravens

  • Just drop another two Hardpoint losses in there. Poor New York still has yet to win one ALL SEASON. They sit at 0-12. At least Tuscan was close.
  • Where in the heck was that offensive Control round all season? New York showed the potential they have with a 21-2 blasting of the Royal Ravens. It somewhat made up for their previous gaffe on the opening defensive round, but it reminds you that they could have and should have closed this one out sooner.
  • This isn’t just a one person problem. This roster is clearly flawed and I’m not sure where you point fingers. They aren’t playing together, they aren’t getting kills, and they’re breaking down in moments they have the advantage. It’s mind boggling.
@New York Subliners vs @London Royal Ravens | Major II Qualifiers Week 1 | Day 1

  • Turns out dropping PaulEhx in doesn’t really hurt the Royal Ravens that much, although we have to take it with a grain of salt since they’re playing the Subliners. Paul was rocking early, securing the opening P1 at ring on Gavutu and dropping a 1.35 KD.
  • London’s Hardpoint dominance continued on, with a 250-130 beatdown on Gavutu, although New York put up a much better fight in the Tuscan Hardpoint. Gavutu was never close, and the way they constantly broke New York’s rotations and setups was just immaculate Call Of Duty.
  • Every time London makes you think they’re the best out there, they do something that reminds you they still have kinks to iron out. This one should have been a 3-0, with London up 2-0 in the Control after New York imploded in the opening round. After that it was 3 straight rounds to New York, including the 21-2 life implosion by London on a defense of all things.

Seattle Surge vs Boston Breach

  • The opening two rounds of the Desert Siege Search and Destroy featured opportunities for Accuracy to be that Ice Man we know he can be. Unfortunately, both times he was caught out, once by a stellar read by Capsidal, and secondly when he tried a stealth defuse he got quite close too. After those went Boston’s way, it just felt like the momentum was all theirs.
  • Oh my word Mack ate his Wheaties right before that Control round. He went 32/19 and 23 non-traded kills. Not to be outdone, Pred went on a ridiculous spree that clutched what looked to be an unwinnable offense, leading to a 3-1 win.
  • Seattle drops yet another match, and they’re just not playing well after everyone was picking them as this year’s surprise. As Velly called out on the broadcast, they have two wins this season, and both of those required Game 5 Round 11 clutches by Accuracy. Unless they can turn it around quickly, they’ll be looking at losers bracket in Major II, and Faze are up next.
@Seattle Surge vs Boston Breach | Major II Qualifiers Week 1 | Day 1

  • Boston looked composed and ready for the Gavutu Hardpoint. They were in Seattle’s face, keeping them uncomfortable and punching them in the face. It may have ended with a 250-159 scoreline, but it was never really close.
  • The Desert Siege S&D looked really good as well, but Boston has to clean up the Control. They’re now 2-8 in the mode, and they should not have chalked the 5-2 defense.
  • What in the world was that?!?!?! Capsidal busted the kill record wide open with 54 kills and only 31 deaths. It was an insane Bocage Hardpoint, as per usual, but this one was extra mixy, leading to a 250-245 win with only 36 seconds left.

Florida Mutineers vs Los Angeles Guerrillas

  • Florida can be very up and down, but tonight they were on the up and up. They were rotating right, setting up, breaking hills, and doing what they needed to to win the Bocage. Even if it was a little too close for comfort, but that’s this team’s life motto at this point.
  • Davpadie and Vivid must have had a bet going on who would make the splashiest play in Search and Destroy. Vivid had not one, but two aces, and then dropped two more players after the second. Not to be outdone, Davpadie picked up and MP-40 in the same round, ripped apart Gunless, then pulled out the sniper to crack an unsuspecting SlasheR in the head. Go and listen to that clip, Studyy couldn’t contain his glee.
  • Watching the Mutineers attack on a Control offense can be a thing of beauty. They were constantly swarming in, getting multiple players down, and grabbing the ticks to make for easy captures in the long run. Florida’s record might be spotty, but their Control play makes them dangerous and a team that could play spoiler if they stay out of their own way.
@Florida Mutineers vs @LA Guerrillas | Major II Qualifiers Week 1 | Day 1

  • Los Angeles is in a spiral. They were competitive in the opening round of Major I, then fell 3-0 to Minnesota. Now, they start their qualifiers down one with a 0-3 loss to the Mutineers. Sure, Florida can get hot any day, and the map selection favored them, but a team of vets like LAG should have at least taken a map off them. I’ll at least give them credit for a mixy Bocage and battling back down 5-1 to make Tuscan S&D a round 11, but
  • The ARs have got to step it up. Asim and Huke didn’t perform as well as you’d like, but Gunless and Slasher were -23 kills and a .82 KD. Both have had their moments, but neither has been the difference maker this team needs.
  • It really falls back to consistency. I haven’t seen one player on this roster have a streak of brilliance, besides maybe that one run by Asim, and even he’s cooled off. They need to find the next level or they’ll be sitting down with New York wondering how the roster got there.

Stay tuned to Gaming Trend for our takeaways as Major II qualifiers continue, and we’ll do our best to bring you content here and on our YouTube channel! You can follow the league both live and after hours on the official Call Of Duty League YouTube channel right here. If you want to jump into the game, check out CallOfDuty.com, and if you want to know more about it first, check out our review right here.

David Burdette is a gamer/writer/content creator from TN and Lead Editor for Gaming Trend. He loves Playstation, Star Wars, Marvel, and many other fandoms. He also plays way too much Call Of Duty. You can chat with him on Twitter @SplitEnd89.

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