It’s a mercilessly cold day in Boston, Massachusetts – but the hometown Boston Breach can’t seem to get any hotter.
Oxygen Esports’ CDL side host their very first Call of Duty League major this weekend inside the MGM Music Hall at Fenway Park, which shares a wall and name with one of the world’s most legendary venues. Boston Breach may be playing from the elimination bracket, but they seem to be settling in just fine in the shadow of Boston’s nine MLB championship pennants.
After a heartbreaking, yet somehow still predictable first round loss against Atlanta FaZe, Boston’s backs were truly against the wall versus a rock-solid Seattle Surge that couldn’t quite keep the hometown boys at bay. Boston sent Seattle packing after map 4, and looked like a completely different side this morning versus Los Angeles Guerillas.
Has the hometown crowd been a factor? You bet your ass they have. As someone writing this blog from the comfort of a bar seat at Cask & Flagon in between matches (as any good Boston sports fan would), I can confidently say that the amount of black-and-neon green Boston Breach hoodies and shirts floating around Landsdowne Street is truly a sight to see. Sure, there’s plenty of OpTic and FaZe representation in the crowd, but I’ve never seen a home team juiced by their own crowd quite like this, especially not in the esports world.
Don’t believe me? Hear it from Reece “Vivid” Drost and Joe “Owakening” Conley themselves:
As I type this with one hand and deal with ice cold beer condensation and burger juices running down the other, I feel quite comfortable saying that Oxygen Esports and Boston Breach have created an absolutely electrifying home field atmosphere that can (and should) give opposing teams pause when they take the stage. Arrowhead, Lambeau, Estadio Azteca… MGM Music Hall at Fenway Park. Mention them in the same sentence the next time you talk about tough home fields to play on and in.
At the time of publishing this blog, OpTic and Minnesota Rokkr are about to take the stage to see who advances in the winners’ bracket, and who will be tasked with standing in front of Boston’s red hot lower bracket run later tonight.
Let’s fucking go, Breach.
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