The LA Thieves pulled off a surprisingly close victory against Boston Breach on Thursday at Call of Duty League Champs.
Going into CDL Champs, the matchup between the LA Thieves and Boston Breach was the least talked about. It was a David vs. Goliath situation as Boston was arguably the worst looking team on Champs while LA had just won Major IV. Boston had also won just one map against LA this entire season (1-9 total map count).
Of course, as we all know, this has been the season for surprises, and no team can truly consider themselves outside of it. That didn’t work out for Boston though, as the LA Thieves turned their series around to win.
Even before the match started, the map pool seemed to heavily favor Thieves. They got their two Berlin maps (Control and Hardpoint) and their favorite search and destroy (Desert Siege). However, Boston seemed willing to give those maps to Los Angeles, since they didn’t veto them.
That decision came back to bite Boston, as the Thieves took the series in part thanks to winning a decisive Map 4 at Berlin Hardpoint.
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The series kicked off with a big surprise at Tuscan Hardpoint. The Boston Breach came out strong and completely dominated the second half of the map. The entire squad performed well, but TJ “TJHaLy” Haly stood out and led the team in kills and kill/death ratio. The Thieves didn’t perform poorly, but they struggled to get a consistent target time.
However, LA couldn’t feel too depressed, as the next map was Desert Siege S&D. This is the bread and butter of thieves, and it was proven once again. Zack “Drazah” Jordan dominated the Breach in Desert Siege and finished with 12 kills. Reece “Vivid” Drost had a good map for Boston, but in the end it wasn’t enough as the Thieves won 6-4.
Once again, LA had to feel good when they entered Berlin Control for Map 3. This has been their best map and mode all season, and was a key part of Thieves’ victory at Major IV. However, after one of the best Solo Control maps of the season, the Rift emerged victorious. It looked like Boston didn’t stand a chance during Round 4 as they were on the offensive and only had nine lives left to capture point A. In a show of sheer will, the Gap got some kills in the closing seconds, racked up point and secured a Round 5. They also won that round on offense, surprising the LA Thieves. Vivid completely annihilated the thieves on this map, scoring 41 kills.
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Boston went up 2-1 in the series and tried to secure the match win at Berlin Hardpoint. Lightning didn’t go down twice though, as the Thieves re-established their dominance of Berlin with a big win at Hardpoint. The Breach never really stood a chance of winning the map, as every LA player locked down objectives and spawns for the majority of the map.
In classic Vanguard style, we went to a Map 5 in Tuscan S&D to wrap things up. Boston has been shaky in S&D since eliminating Kenyen “Capsidal” Sutton earlier this season, and while they came close, they couldn’t pull off a win against the Thieves.
The deciding Map 5 moved on to Round 11, but LA took the series 3-2. Kenny “Kenny” Williams and Drazah took a big step forward in Tuscan S&D, sending Boston to the losing bracket. The LA Thieves advance up the winners bracket to face the winner of OpTic Texas and Toronto Ultra.
We’ll be recapping every CDL Champs game over the weekend on Upcomer, so stay tuned for more action.