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After suffering one of the worst losses in Call of Duty history, OpTic Chicago have started off Stage 3 hot. The Greenwall went 2-0 at the London Royal Ravens Home Series, defeating the Ravens April 23 and sweeping the Seattle Surge April 24.

While the home team Ravens put up somewhat of a fight, Seattle didn’t stand much of a chance. The Surge came out flat after a crushing reverse sweep loss against the LA Thieves earlier in the event. That recipe doesn’t work against the likes of a hungry OpTic Chicago, who looked to be on a mission this weekend.

Seattle fails to win a map against OpTic Chicago

The Surge are one of the stranger teams in the 2021 Call of Duty League. While they possess the pedigree of a top roster, they can’t seem to put it together at the same time. Inconsistent play this year has been Seattle’s mantra and has continued at the London Home Series.

They showed flashes of great play against LA in their first match, but failed to close the series out. Then, against OpTic, their individual maps were inconsistent from the start. Pierce “Gunless” Hillman and Sam “Octane” Larew led the roster in stats as per usual but this didn’t translate into any map wins.

OpTic was too strong in all three game modes. The first Hardpoint was close, finishing in a 250-240 score, but the rest of the series was Chicago all the way. The Control map was where the Greenwall shined, winning in dominant fashion.

Matt “FormaL” Piper was the main slayer for OpTic today, finishing Hardpoint with 23 kills and Control with 31 kills. However, consistent clutch plays from Dylan “Envoy” Hannon was the difference maker in a couple of maps.

If Seattle wants to improve, they need to clean up their Control play, which has been abysmal throughout the season, and find a way to be more consistent across the board. They have the talent necessary to be a contender, but it’s not on display in most of their matches. They’ll have a chance to show any improvements at the Paris Home Series on April 29.

OpTic Chicago, on the other hand, look dangerous after losing at the Stage 2 Major. Of course, their matches in Stage 3 haven’t been against the best of opponents, so nothing can be determined yet. Their opponent’s difficulty increases when they take on the LA Thieves at the Paris Home Series.


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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