It’s been over a month since OpTic Texas last lost a match in the CDL. Coming into Major II, they were riding a 12-game overall win streak and a 14-game Control win streak. Those both ended Thursday after they were swept by the Seattle Surge in round one of the Major II winner’s bracket.
Seattle came out red-hot in this match. They had a combined map count of 1-6 against OpTic previously, and seemed determined to turn the tide in their favor. Each member of the roster contributed in a major way, shutting down the Texas players in every facet. This secures Seattle’s place in round two of the winner’s bracket, while OpTic fall to the loser’s bracket for the first time this year.
OpTic Texas swept by Seattle Surge
The Seattle Surge came out the gate swinging. The mapset favored them from the start, with a Bocage Hardpoint kicking things off. The Surge never let OpTic get comfortable on the map. Mackenzie “Mack” Kelley had a huge map, going 35-26. He consistently shut down Texas’ Indervir “iLLeY” Dhaliwal, who finished the map with an abysmal .60 KD.
After Seattle bested OpTic on Bocage, the teams headed to Search and Destroy on Tuscan. This map was much more competitive, with the two rosters trading blows round after round. However, the Surge got some momentum in the later rounds and eventually won 6-4. It was Amer “Pred” Zulbeari’s map this time around. The rookie secured several first bloods and finished the map with 11 kills. On the side of OpTic, Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas-Castro did all he could to keep his team in it, going for 10 kills, but in the end, it wasn’t enough.
With OpTic down 0-2, they turned to their best map and mode: Tuscan Control. Texas rarely lose in Control, especially on Tuscan. Once again, though, Seattle came out aggressive and caught OpTic off-guard. This was especially evident in the final round, where Seattle was attacking. They took the A point with no problem and eventually whittled Texas’ life count down to nothing to take the map and the series.
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Rookie Daunte “Sib” Gray had the highest KD for Seattle, finishing with a 1.17. On the side of OpTic, no one played particularly well, with iLLeY doing the worst out of the four. OpTic Texas now drops to the loser’s bracket, where they’ll play Minnesota ROKKR Friday at 5:30 pm ET.