OpTic Texas eliminate Minnesota ROKKR from Call of Duty League major with comeback victory

OpTic were down 2-1 before winning the final two maps.

In a win or go home situation, OpTic Texas showed their mettle in a come-from-behind victory over the Minnesota ROKKR, eliminating Minnesota from the Call of Duty League New York Major in 3-2 fashion. 

After a narrow defeat in the series third map, Tuscan Control, OpTic faced a 2-1 deficit and started map four slowly. They were down to Minnesota 69-12 in the Gavutu Hardpoint after the games second hill, and were getting outplayed at every turn. But iLLeY went on a tear to give the Green Wall nearly 60 seconds of Hardpoint time, bringing the score nearly even. From that point on, Texas played extremely well, sending the series to a fifth and final map with a 250-204 win. 

The slow starts would remain a theme in the decisive map five, Bocage Search and Destroy, with ROKKRs Havok starting off a perfect 6-0 to lead Minnesota to a 2-0 lead. After Priestahh brought a one-vs-three to a one-vs-one, OpTics veteran captain, Scump, made a massive play to down Preistahh, defuse the bomb, and finally get Texas on the board. At that moment, a switch was flipped. Shotzzy picked up an ace in the fourth round to even the game at two rounds apiece, and all momentum had shifted to the Green Wall. Four nearly-perfect rounds later and OpTic found itself moving onto Saturdays action with the 3-2 series win. 

Were feeling good. It all starts with one, OpTics superstar AR Dashy said in the postgame interview. So were just going to take it one match at a time and hopefully we can pull through with [the championship]. 

Dashy led the way in slaying for Texas with a 1.22 K/D over the series five maps. ILLeY played his best match since returning from injury, posting a 1.02 series K/D. His impact was felt beyond the statistics as OpTics in-game leader, and his importance was evident in how much better OpTics decision-making looked at times. 

In the elimination round, a loss for OpTic would send them packing ahead of next months CDL Championship. While the team has already qualified for a playoff spot, the injury that has plagued iLLeY since the seasons second major has reduced the number of reps the team would have normally gotten. The win was huge for OpTic in its own right, but iLLeY getting more live action with his teammates is a massive victory for Texas CDL Championship hopes. 

Minnesota are on the outside looking in with this loss, five points behind the Los Angeles Guerrillas, who sit in the final spot for next months CDL Championship. The team will miss out on the seasons biggest prize as their attention shifts to the 2023 CDL season. 

OpTic will take on the Boston Breach tomorrow at 12:30pm CST with a chance to get to the third round of the elimination bracket.

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