Well, that didn’t take long.
It only took the first day of the last Major in the 2021 Call Of Duty League season for a mind-blowing upset to happen. You know exactly which one I’m talking about as well, who would have thought the New York Subliners would beat the Los Angeles Guerillas? Just joking, although they did go a bit too far in the victory tweet-
— NYSL (@Subliners) July 29, 2021
Here’s a few takeaways from Day I, a long with a few thoughts on THAT match.
- Faze DOWN. This was probably the hardest to predict, especially because while Atlanta Faze didn’t play up to their own standards. Even so, they didn’t get destroyed, bringing back the opening Checkmate Hardpoint to make it a respectable 250-211 and losing the Express S&D in a round 11 (both of which aren’t good maps for them). The only game mode that wasn’t close was Control, and Faze won two offenses again, showing off their dominance in the mode. The real question will be if they can manage a full losers bracket run, as from here on out every game is an elimination match.
- For all the people wanting to talk about Faze choking it away, not enough are giving the Minnesota Rokkr the credit for coming out fast versus them. Rokkr were absolutely on point, sucker punching Faze in the opening Hardpoint and outlasting them in the S&D. Sure, that Control was bad, but they have to be happy about how they are working as a team. Player to watch? Priestahh, who had his former teammates number and posted a 1.21 KD through the series.
- Toronto Ultra have a lot of heart, but they have to play better. Yes, they dominated the Los Angeles Thieves in S&D, but they were arguably bullied in the Hardpoints. It’s hard to come away feeling like Ultra still aren’t the better team as they won their 3 maps handily, but all it takes is one off map to end up in the losers bracket.
- Which Friday matchup will be the most exciting? While many will point to Toronto Ultra vs Chicago Optic, I get the feeling the Florida Mutineers vs the New York Subliners is going to be a banger. The Subliners have something to prove with Clayster still missing in action, but the Mutineers feel like a wounded tiger after losing badly versus the hot Rokkr. This has the makings of a classic Game 5 Round 11 to me.
For those who want to keep up with today’s matches, we’ve attached the video below. We hope you’ll watch this one with us and we can’t wait to talk about it tomorrow! The matches are as follows-
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