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The Dallas Home Series kicked off with a bang, as the New York Subliners took down OpTic Chicago 3-1. New York has been hot as of late but going up against OpTic is always a great test for any team. The Subliners rose to the occasion and snagged a decisive victory.

Both of these Stage 3 Group B teams needed a win in this match to help secure a winner’s bracket spot for the upcoming major. Each squad sat at 2-1 heading into the series, and both face tough opponents in their other matches at the Dallas Home Series.

The hotter team won out though, as New York continued their impressive run. They now sit in a prime spot heading into the rest of Stage 3. With this win, they secured a winner’s bracket spot in the major.

OpTic Chicago fails to get going against New York

OpTic’s biggest enemy this year, consistency, bit them once again against the Subliners. The Greenwall failed to show any kind of life until the third map of the series, where they barely won the Control. New York capitalized off this by winning both Hardpoints and the Search and Destroy.

Paco “HyDra” Rusiewiez was the star of the show for the Subliners. The French phenom often carried some of his teammates on the map, especially in the map one Hardpoint. HyDra finished with 29 kills, while James “Clayster” Eubanks only needed 11 to 100-point club OpTic.

This trend continued in the other maps, with HyDra finishing the series at an impressive 1.58 KD. While the rest of the Subliners looked solid, no one could keep up with the rookie.

On the side of OpTic, another average series for each player has led to another loss. Like in almost every other loss, no member of Chicago played overly poorly. Brandon “Dashy” Otell had the lowest KD in the series (0.82), but it wasn’t too noticeable on the map.

Perhaps the return to LAN will do Chicago the best out of anyone in the CDL. However, for right now, they don’t seem capable of making any kind of a run at the Stage 3 Major. New York, on the other hand, looks primed and ready to upset some top teams.

Both squads will have one more chance to secure major seeding at the Dallas Home Series. New York plays the LA Thieves on Saturday, May 8, while Chicago finally plays Atlanta FaZe on Sunday, May 9.


Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.


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