CDL Championship Weekend 2022 – Day 1 Recap and Exclusive Interviews – ESTNN | Esports News Network | Region & Cash

Here’s a recap, along with some exclusive comments from players on day one of CDL Championship Weekend.


The Call of Duty League returns for one final event this year as we travel to Los Angeles for the CDL Champs. With the top eight teams from the entire season taking part in the Champs, here we’ll get the best of the best as they compete for a prize pool in excess of $2.5 million.

Seattle Surge 3-2 London Royal Ravens

Seattle Surge came into the Champs after a disappointing Major 4. Since Pred and Sib were both announced as all-star players prior to this match, they let everyone know that the map one spot was well deserved. Pred laid down a 34/15 card while Sib went 27/20. Pred started the map with full streaks when he found 10/2 after the first two mounds, while Sib later earned his own streaks. Surge finished the map 250-148 and took a 1-0 lead in the series.

The London Royal Ravens fought their way back into the series through what they know best, a Desert Siege Search and Destroy. Afro was incredible on this map, going 7/4 after a perfectly timed two-piece to start the series of five straight rounds. London clinched a 6-1 win to tie the series 1-1. London took a 2-1 lead in the series after a 3-0 win by Berlin Control, an extremely rare occurrence for the Ravens in recent games. Afro was once again a dominant force on this map, racking up 24 kills alongside 1.60 K/D.

Map four went to the wire, and Seattle Surge eventually closed it out 250-247. In the post-game press conference, Sib told ESTNN that the Royal Ravens were “certainly 100% blown away that they lost that and that helped us on map five.” It did just that as Seattle Surge pulled off a 6-3 win in map five, winning the series 3-2 and immediately improving its performance in Major 4.

LA Thieves 3-2 Boston Breach

Boston Breach enters the CDL Champs as possibly the event’s biggest underdog. With a generally positive year, Breach was looking good, but not great. They’ve struggled to get to a level where they look like championship contenders, but they came out hot on map one. That Tuscan hard point saw Breach take a 1-0 lead through a 250-181 win. Boston looked like London Royal Ravens early in the year as they smashed through every single hill with ease, collecting streaks and eventually closing the map.

LA Thieves tied the series with a 6-4 Desert Siege Search and Destroy, with their two Search and Destroy specialists appearing on this map. Octane and Drazah led the lobby, with Drazah towering over them with his 2.40 K/D in map two. Octane hit the Snipes while the rest of the team cleaned up, leading to a tie streak as we progressed to Berlin Control. Here Boston Breach held on immensely. LA Thieves led the entire map, taking a 2-1 lead and looking poised to close the map. Boston Breach didn’t let that happen, however, as Vivid went massive and racked up a massive string of kills to even the control at 2-2. Boston closed out the map and took a 2-1 lead.

The Thieves came back with a 250-166 Berlin Hardpoint before LA Thieves emerged victorious in an incredible five round 11 game and advanced to the winning group. With a one-hour technical delay ahead of this game, you might be wondering what CDL pros are doing to keep warm during this time?

“We actually spent a lot of time talking to the guys from Boston,” Drazah told ESTNN, “it all boils down to instinct so you don’t really have to go over things again because you know what you’re doing.” “

OpTic Texas 3-2 Toronto Ultra

We first saw Bocage at the 2022 CDL Champs in the first map of this series. A surprising choice as both teams have struggled with it this year. However, OpTic prevailed in this bocage, with Scump emerging with 37 kills and a 1.37 K/D as OpTic took a 1-0 lead in the series. Map two also went OpTic’s way as they continued their Bocage winning streak. With that 6-3 win, OpTic took a 2-0 lead in the series and seemed ever closer to ending the streak with a quick 3-0.

However, as always, Toronto Ultra hit back. Gavutu Control went the distance for both teams and it depended on the wire, but it was Toronto Ultra’s European squad that held on and extended the streak. CleanX was a big problem for OpTic on this map as he executed multiple crosses, allowing him to surprise OpTic from multiple angles. Map four offered more excellent Call of Duty, with Toronto Ultra forcing a game five here. This Tuscan hardpoint had the usual finish of P5 to P1, with Ultra rotating perfectly to pull off a 250-225 win and send us into the third game five of the day.

OpTic Texas ended the streak with a 6-5 Berlin Search and Destroy win to advance to the Champs. When asked about Scumps Map One’s performance, Shotzzy told ESTNN, “It makes the game easier when one of your teammates fries,” while Dashy ended it with “Shoutout Seth bro.”

Atlanta FaZe 3-2 New York Subliners

The New York Subliners looked great coming into the champs, and they may be hitting the road at just the right time. Gavutu Hardpoint came close, but NYSL closed the map 250-243 for a 1-0 lead. NYSL then went 2-0 up before Atlanta FaZe hit back to end the streak in reverse.

In her post-game interview, Arcitys said that FaZe “lost confidence” in the first two maps of the series, but then realized, “we’re Atlanta FaZe, we’re the best team in the game.”

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