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Los Angeles Thieves (LA Thieves) and OpTic Texas are two of the strongest teams in the CDL; this should be a fantastic match.
Los Angeles Thieves are sitting in fifth place on the CDL standings with 16 wins, 13 losses, and 150 points. They’re the defending CDL Champs and Major 4 champions.
OpTic Texas are sitting in third place on the CDL standings with 17 wins, 11 losses, and 170 points. They’re in good form with three wins in their last four matches.
Pick: Los Angeles Thieves to win.
Two of the biggest teams in the CDL will be locking horns this weekend. Los Angeles Thieves went up a level towards the end of last season by winning the Major 4 and CDL Champs. OpTic Texas, on the other hand, showed a lot of promise in the league but couldn’t show the same form in the biggest Major matches and CDL champs tournament.
The two sides faced each other six times last season, with both sides coming on top on three occasions. The last big meeting between the two sides occurred in the CDL Champs Winner Round 2, where Los Angeles Thieves won 3-0. However, OpTic Texas have beaten them twice this year; both games were quite tight.
The odds have OpTic Texas winning this match, but we think Los Angeles Thieves are strong enough to get a win, and the rewards for picking them are great. OpTic Texas aren’t a safe enough bet for the odds listed in the table.
LA Thieves didn’t have the best start to last month, with losses to Boston and Atlanta FaZe, but have recovered since with a win against Minnesota ROKKR. After ending last season with some silverware, they were expected to keep up the momentum in the league, but that hasn’t been the case.
One of the issues has been their form in the Search & Destroy game mode; they’ve won 33 and lost 34 of their matches in this mode, which highlights an apparent weakness. In contrast, OpTic Texas are excellent in this game mode, so it’ll be fascinating to see what Los Angeles Thieves do to remedy this weakness.
One of their players, Kenny, seems more vulnerable here than in the other game modes. He averages a KD of 0.90 in this game mode. He averages 0.99 and 1.03 KD in the other modes, which is quite a big difference.
Los Angeles Thieves should ideally switch their tactics for this game mode to accommodate him. They’re a better team when he’s free to cause havoc, and teams seem to have found a way to nullify his impact on this game mode. Too much is asked of Envoy, who averages 1.10 KD on Search & Destroy.
On the positive side, Los Angeles Thieves’ record on Hardpoint (50 wins and 34 losses) is incredibly impressive. If they engage OpTic Texas in this mode, they’ll almost certainly come out on top. Their record on Control is average at best; they’ve won 28 and lost 23 matches in this mode.
Besides the loss to Toronto Ultra last month, OpTic Texas haven’t really made a false step in a while. They were inconsistent for most of February but got five wins on the bounce in March to remind everyone that they’re one of the top sides in the CDL; the 3-1 win against Atlanta FaZe was the highlight.
After winning the Major 1 last year, OpTic Texas went on a bit of a decline last season, but it looks like they’ve rediscovered their old form now; this match against the LA Thieves will be a great way to put that to the test.
There aren’t any obvious weaknesses in this side. They have a positive record on all the game modes but could improve their record on Hardpoint (41 wins and 36 losses). They also have two formidable forces in Shotzzy and Dashy to call upon, unlike most teams, who rely on one star.
The former is a killing machine with 25.2 kills and 19 kills per minute on Hardpoint and Control, respectively. He also averages 0.82 kills per round on Search & Destroy. Dashy, on the other hand, is a defensive genius with an overall KD of 1.18, 1.20, and 1.24 on the three game modes.
OpTic Texas have all the stats to back them. This is an excellent opportunity to show they can be up for the big occasion.
Teams: Los Angeles Thieves vs OpTic Texas
Location: United States of America
Time: Sunday, April 9, 2023
How to watch: Twitch
With an interest in strategy and mathematics, applying that to sports writing was the natural progression. A writer at night and the founder of a gaming company, Nikhil’s previous experience includes working with ESPN for five years. His specialization includes soccer, basketball, tennis, and esports betting. Email: [email protected]More info on Nikhil Kalro
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