FaZe haven’t exactly been at the top of their game since kicking off the season, but won’t really doubt their abilities when they come up against the Legion.
FaZe were dealt a heavy blow in their opening game of the season, when they went down 1-3 to Boston Breach, a drastic, difficult loss for the 2021 champions. Still, they managed to salvage things the next day when they came up against Los Angeles Thieves, who defeated them three months ago in the CDL 2022 Grand Final.
Cellium was ferocious, taking 93 kills with a KD ratio of 1.52, and dealt 11005 in damage while also managing to capture one zone and planting one bomb. Their most valuable player on Search & Destroy was Simp, with five plants and one defusion.
After two games, the Legion are in tenth place with a 3-6 record and no series wins to their name. They’re still waiting for something to give, but it doesn’t look likely against these opponents at any rate. They need wins, and convincing wins at that, to break into the top eight but given that their upcoming matches are against FaZe and Minnesota, this is easier said than done.
The Legion put up a decent fight against the Florida Mutineers before they went down 2-3. TJHaLy did well on Control Mode with three zones and six tiers captured, while Temp took 94 kills while dealing 12046 in damage.
The Ravens have come charging into the season, winning both their series last week. Optic Texas have looked a formidable unit as well, and will look to break into the top four.
Optic falling to Minnesota ROKKR was another shock result on the league’s opening day, along with Faze’s loss to Boston Breach. They won the first map Hydro before losing the following maps on S&D and Control.
A controversial play from Cammy right when Optic were on the verge of winning map four forced a replay, but Optic weren’t having any of that - it was a messy situation overall, and they had to forfeit the map, and the series 3-1. Optic came back swinging with a 3-0 sweep over Florida Mutineers the next day so they’re still well-placed, tied for fourth place with the LA Thieves.
The Ravens kicked off their season opener with an impressive 3-0 sweep over the New York Subliners, followed by a 3-2 result against the Los Angeles Guerrillas. As a result they’re perched right at the top alongside Boston Breach and Minnesota ROKKR, with a 6-2 record and two undefeated series.
Nastie made 66 kills and did 7350 in damage against the Subliners, the best by either team, and also planted two bombs on the Breenbergh Hotel map on S&D mode. In the next game, PaulEhx took 73 at 1.38 KD and dealt 9127 damage.
The Subliners looked very troubled last weekend. The Boston Breach, at the top of the table heading into the contest, will fancy their chances here.
The Subliners have nowhere to go but up from here. They’ve had a morale-crushing first week with two big losses, and now have very slim chances of breaking into the top eight. The first of the losses was a 3-0 sweep by London Royal Ravens, and they lost again the next to Toronto Ultra, 3-1.
They’ve only won one map so far, Mercado Las Almas on Hardpoint against Toronto, but floundered in the next three games and conceded the series. Priestahh inflicted 27 kills there, and dea;t 2828 in damage.
The Breach have done everything right so far. Their incredible 3-1 win over FaZe on the opening day set the tone for the weekend, it seemed, because they produced an identical result over Seattle Surge the next day. Nerd took 91 kills during their Sunday battle against Seattle Surge, and was by far the most aggressive player with 11624 dealt in damage.
He was also responsible for three bomb plants on Hardpoint, while planting three bombs on S&D. In the first, and most remarkable series victory against FaZe, Owakening took 68 kills along with three zone captures.
Los Angeles Thieves
Defending champions LA Thieves won’t be too troubled by the prospect of coming up against the Mutineers, who have looked patchy despite their new roster.
The Mutineers managed to beat the Las Vegas Legion 3-2 in their opening game. It was always going to be a close call - Legion took both the maps on Hardpoint, but the Mutineers beat them on S&D and Control.
Brack was responsible for six zones and 16 tiers on Control, while also dealing 10,197 in damage. Majormaniak and Havok both took over 90 kills each in the series, while Vikul planted six bombs and defused one. But they were taken apart by Optic in the next game, losing 0-3 to slide down to number nine on the standings.
The LA Thieves find themselves at quite a favorable position at number four, with a 5-4 record after winning one series out of two so far. Their opening game against Las Vegas Legions was easy enough, and brought them a comfortable 3-1 victory even after they had lost their first map. Drazah took 71 kills with a 1.18 KD ratio, while also dealing 8446 in damage and capturing two zones.
However, FaZe didn’t let them go as easily - it was practically a rematch of last season’s final, but it wasn’t the Thieves’ turn to shine this time. Kenny, Octane and Envoy planted two bombs each while Kenny defused two. All four players got in over 70 kills and dealt more than 9k in damage, but it wasn’t enough in the end.
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