The L.A. Thieves will have to go back to the CDL drawing board.
The New York Subliners have won their first Call of Duty event of the 2022 season, defeating the L.A. Thieves to lift the Pro-Am Classic trophy.
New York had struggled to find themselves as a team throughout the Vanguard season but bounced back after bringing on Paul “PaulEhx” Avila and Matthew “KiSMET” Tinsley. These two additions have been the piece that was missing for the New York Subliners to propel them to a grand finals win against the Thieves.
The best-of-five series started with the Thieves taking Berlin Hardpoint in near-flawless fashion. They handed New York an invitation to the 100-point club after taking the first map 25085. Everyone on the Thieves stayed hot after their win against OpTic Texas earlier on in the day, especially Dylan Envoy Hannon, who went on a nine killstreak to end the map with a 1.25 KD.
However, despite a one-sided first map, the New York Subliners answered back with a map win of their own by taking Tuscan Search and Destroy 63 to tie the series up, 11. Los Angeles struggled against New York earlier on in the tournament in Search and Destroy when the Thieves got full sailed by New York who won six rounds in a row despite L.A. being on match point.
New York answered back with yet another map win on Gavutu Control which saw the Thieves struggle throughout to keep composure. Meanwhile, the Subliners were in the driver’s seat throughout, earning more ticks to grant them defense in the final round.
A 32 win on Control brought them to 21 and one map away from winning.
A Tuscan Hardpoint would be the final map of the series and saw the New York Subliners keep their momentum from the two previous map wins. The team may have started out slow on the first Hardpoint, but made up for it, in the end, by winning the series on the second, 250237.