Consistency is hard to come by in the Call of Duty League. Winning a world championship will require some form of consistency in Call of Duty: Vanguardand no team has really been able to pull that off.
The Atlanta FaZe might be the most consistent team in the game, and they fell short with three consecutive second-place finishes. Each Major was won by a different team: OpTic Texas, Los Angeles Guerrillas, and Seattle Surge each got a championship, that’s great for your individual rankings and poor for understanding how the top teams really stack up against each other.
OpTic had a blazing start to the season. He won Major I and had a 12-fight win streak in Major II. OpTic Texas is still tied with FaZe for the most Call of Duty League wins with 18, and comfortably holds the #2 spot in the rankings.
But can Texas keep winning champions? Here are three ways you can do it.
Make the most of that pretty seed
OpTic Texas gets the job done in qualifying matches. That is undeniable. OpTic Texas is 12-3 in qualifying matches this season and has yet to lose a spot in the winners’ bracket. That included a 4-1 run in the Major III qualifiers with Byron “Prolute” Vera replacing Indervir “iLLeY” Dhaliwal.
What good is that if OpTic’s winner’s pool advantage is wasted? Texas lost their first match of Major II and Major III. It’s not that teams can’t make a group of losers run as much as OpTic is giving up their lead so quickly. That mulligan would be put to better use later in the tournament.
Texas didn’t lose in Major I. That’s an obvious recipe for winning a tournament. But let’s just say that OpTic lost their first meeting with Atlanta FaZe during that streak, because it was a tight 3-2 reverse sweep. Even if OpTic Texas were to lose that, they would have a clear path to a rematch with a win already under their belt during the tournament.
If OpTic wants to win Champs, or even Major IV, he needs to win the first few matches in these tournaments.
bring out the secrets
Call of Duty League players engage in custom matches to find weird and crafty places to stand and routes to take to gain an advantage over their opponents. OpTic’s Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas-Castro and Dhaliwal did that all along with the Dallas Empire and they still do it with OpTic Texas.
Shotzzy used a spot like that in Major I and got the victory over Atlanta FaZe in search and destroy. These are techniques that are saved for the big tournaments. It’s safe to assume that the top contending teams have some strategies they haven’t used yet, aiming to unleash them on Champs.
OpTic Texas may have some good strategies, as do teams like the Atlanta FaZe and Seattle Surge. Using them at the right time could be the difference in winning a close series at Champs and starting the offseason early.
Don’t worry too much about Major IV
This does not mean mailing it. OpTic Texas still needs to win games to keep that No. 2 seed – that’s probably the best seed OpTic Texas (225) can get with Atlanta FaZe (260) holding a 35-point lead in the standings.
And a Major IV win would look good for years to come as OpTic looks back on this season to see two Major wins and a winning streak.
But no one will care who won Major IV if OpTic Texas wins. The Dallas Empire did not win the last home series of 2020 before winning the Champions. Do you remember who won it? (It was the Toronto Ultra).
Texas should be a sponge during this time. Absorb as much knowledge as possible about the game and the competition. OpTic doesn’t have to worry about talent. Only FaZe can truly compete with the talent OpTic Texas has from top to bottom.
And really, OpTic Texas would need all three of these ways to win champions to do it. Winning champions is hard. Even harder than being consistent in Vanguard. But OpTic Texas can still do it.
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