It would be an understatement to say that this weekend of Call of Duty is the most anticipated of the year.
It’s hard to recall a Major with as many storylines as the one we are all about to witness.
From player beef to drug controversy, redemption stories to proving grounds. Lucky for you this preview has it all. Buckle in.
Huke and Adderall use
It would be remiss to write a preview for this weekend and not mention the recent Huke drama.
The greater problem of Adderall use in the competitive Call of Duty community deserves its own in depth story (so stay tuned), so we won’t go too in depth here.
Safe to say that after the back and forth between Huke’s Adderall admission video, Crimsix’s subsequent Twitch comments (in which he called out Huke for being dishonest about how Dallas’ players and organisation handled his problems) and the fact that the LA Thieves will have a point to prove following their multiple roster moves, collective mouths are watering for a potential Dallas/Theives match up in the loser’s bracket.
Dallas will be hoping to avoid that scenario as they take on fan favourite and (so far this season) underperforming OpTic Chicago in the first round of the winner’s bracket.
Team by team
Dallas themselves have been reasonably underwhelming this year after reaching the pinnacle of the sport just last year at CoD Champs. Dallas has looked to have improved since picking up Vivid – time will tell if that change will make the difference for them.
OpTic are hoping a return to LAN will see a reversal in their fortunes so far this season. Not one fan can argue that the OpTic squad are not top four on paper, time for them to prove it with a good result.
The New York Subliners will have an uphill battle getting a result this weekend with key sub player Asim not able to make the major due to travel restrictions from Canada.
Decemate will be filling in for them in a brave move to recover some of his stock after his disastrous short stint with Seattle.
Look for them to still be competent because Hydra is an animal. They will start against the Minnesota Rokkr in the winner’s bracket.
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Loser’s bracket is a toss up at the moment, but if one thing is certain it’s that the LA Thieves need a good result here to steady the ship.
The Thieves administration has been dealing with some serious heat from the Twitter timeline for their roster uncertainty, but if there is one player you cannot count out on LAN, it’s Slasher. Look for a great redemption arc from a good loser’s bracket run.
Seattle just need to win a game. Please. The CoD community demands it.
If they don’t – it’s time to move on anyone not called Octane and start again. Someone please get this man some help.
It’s also time for the Florida Mutineers to front up. Promising beginnings into some underwhelming results, a poor finish here could lead to some serious roster speculation and quite rightly.
Realistically, we believe the winner of the tournament will come out of Winner’s Bracket Round Two – either Atlanta Faze or the Toronto Ultra. The two best teams will likely battle it out in Grand Finals. Our money is on Faze with AbeZy continuing his stellar season by being made MVP.
Tournament coverage begins at 5am AEST. See you all there.
So much in the air, nothing at all is certain. The game changes on LAN and we cannot wait.
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