Call of Duty League Champs 2022 is just a few days away, and fans are eager for the action to begin. This is the culmination of the 2022 season and the end of Vanguard in a competitive sense. Regardless of how players and fans feel about Vanguard, it has laid the groundwork for a wildly entertaining season full of surprises, multiple event winners, and awesome/hilarious moments.
As always, there are several stories that will come to a head in Champs. The 100-plus matches of the last four majors were certainly not in vain and laid the groundwork for the conclusion of the 2022 season. From potential upsets to renewed rivalries, Champs should be an event for the ages. Below, fans can see which storylines could culminate at Champs 2022.
1. OpTic vs. LA Thieves
The OpTic/LAT rivalry is just a rivalry for the owners of the two teams. Matt “Nadeshot” Haag, owner of the LA Thieves, was a leading figure in OpTic Gaming during the first half of the 2010s. He helped grow the brand to what it is today and helped OpTic win multiple Call of Duty Championships. Duty on the road. When Nadeshot formed his organization, 100 Thieves, and secured a spot in the CDL, everyone knew that the LA Thieves and OpTic would always have a rivalry.
That rivalry could see one last showdown on Champs; OpTic Texas and the LA Thieves have to win their first round matchups to meet in the second round. Both teams are favorites to win their respective matches. LA is coming off a big win at Major IV, while Texas looks to bounce back from a rocky couple of months. If the two teams end up playing against each other, one team will drop to the losing bracket. That is often the kiss of death at Champs, as few teams that come from the losing bracket end up winning the event.
2. Seattle Surge’s constant bounce
While most teams in the CDL have had an up-and-down year, no team has experienced that roller coaster ride more than the Seattle Surge. They went from winning Major III to not winning a single match at the next major. This was preceded by the team finishing second in the Kickoff Classic and performing terribly in Major I, where they lost to Paris.
Throughout his year of inconsistency, one thing has remained constant: his ability to bounce back after a poor performance. Seattle did not win a single match at Major IV as they started in the losing bracket. This came directly after they won Major III. If Surge continues their trend of bouncing back after poor performances, then they have a real chance to win Champs 2022. However, the rest of the roster will need to match the high-octane pace set by Amer “Pred” Zulbeari. If the team can’t act around Pred, they can kiss their chances of going deep goodbye.
3. Crimsix on champions
There is some debate about who is the best Call of Duty player of all time. It’s worth arguing with Seth “Scump” Abner, Damon “Karma” Barlow, and James “Clayster” Eubanks. However, based on event wins alone, then Ian “Crimsix” Porter is the GOAT hands down. Crimsix has more event wins than any other player. He has also made it a point in his career to show up when it matters most. New York needed to place second or higher in Major IV to make it to the champions. Crimsix made sure it happened.
Now NYSL faces the favorites to win Champs, Atlanta FaZe, in the first round. Crimsix hasn’t dropped below third place on the Champs since WWII and always seems to perform well on the biggest stage. The Subliners’ matchup with FaZe will likely determine if Crimsix has another Champs run in him. Of course, even if New York falls to the losing bracket, we wouldn’t rule them out from making a miraculous run to the grand finals. You can simply never count Crimsix out on Champs.