FAZE DOWN! OpTic Texas defeats FaZe to win $200,000 in the most perfect competitive Call of Duty Major

This Major 1 was the perfect scenario and the best possible outcome for the Competitive Call of Duty League.

So let’s step back for a second and let me set the scene: OpTic Texas is the most notorious team in competitive Call of Duty. Like FaZe Clan, they’ve been around since the dawn of time (compared to Call of Duty) and have one of the most loyal fan bases. Like many others, I got into competitive Call of Duty watching YouTube content from Seth Abner, aka “Scump.”

He’s known as the king of competitive Call of Duty because he’s been playing at such a high level for almost a second. Besides that, he grinds content which helps the fan to get to know him even better.

Over the past few years, OpTic hasn’t been as successful as they would have hoped. The past few years have been filled with struggles and constantly failing. Even to start this competitive year of Call of Duty, OpTic lost their first two matchups and didn’t look like a well-rounded team. Scump tweeted this on February 6:

Then they got into that Major 1 and proved EVERYONE wrong.

Not only was it the first major event of the 2022 Call of Duty competitive season, it was also the major home of OpTic Texas. So the venue was set at Arlington and the #GreenWall (OpTic’s fanbase) – showed up in full force.

From Game 1 against Seattle Surge, OpTic looked like a completely different team than the previous year. Their teamwork was on point, the strategies were working perfectly and everything seemed to be going their way.

After beating Seattle, they faced Atlanta FaZe in the second round of the winners’ bracket – each series is a best of 5, so whichever team wins 3 maps first, wins the series. FaZe lost 0-2 and were looking to sweep OpTic which really would have been a huge momentum killer besides being knocked down in the losing group. In an incredible turn of events, OpTic won 3 straight maps, 6-0 FaZe on Search & Destroy Map 5 and completed the “reverse sweep”. Think of it like hockey – FaZe leading 2-0 is the most dangerous lead in competitive Call of Duty and OpTic has made the comeback of a lifetime.

OpTic then defeats the London Royals Ravens and ends up facing Atlanta FaZe in the Grand Finals. It’s the best rivalry in all competitive Call of Duty – it’s your Yankees versus the Red Sox and the series didn’t disappoint. There have been some wild moments throughout the series, with OpTic defeating FaZe 5-2 to secure the $200,000 prize pool and the Major 1 championship (the Grand Finals is always best of 9).

All in all, Major 1 couldn’t have been smoother for teams, CDL production or as a spectator. Even though I don’t like playing Vanguard, it’s a phenomenal game to watch in competition. Sure, there are a few bugs and glitches even in today’s game, but Vanguard is nice to look at.

As a competitive Call of Duty fan, the whole weekend couldn’t have been better. Watching OpTic return to the throne, in front of its local fans with 150,000 people watching on YouTube, really showed just how competitive Call of Duty can be as an esport. Even if you relaunch this tournament, there isn’t a single adjustment I would make to improve the Major 1 storyline. Everything just went perfectly as planned and sets the rest of the CDL 2022 season up for absolute chaos .

For the rest of the year, we have (3) more Majors and then a CoD Championship to end the year. Major 2 will be in Minnesota from March 31 to April 3. We’ll see each other there.

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