Following a disappointing run at CDL Major IV, it’s no secret that Boston Breach have their work cut out for them in order to end their inaugural season with a championship.
Shortly after a heartbreaking map 5 against the lowly Florida Mutineers, Boston was quickly bounced from Major IV competition by OpTic Texas in the lower bracket, ending their New York trip early on Friday afternoon. Though they did still clinch a spot in the CDL Championship bracket and have ended fifth overall in the CDL’s 2022 standings, the path to hoisting the championship trophy is anything but easy.
Boston will face off against the surging LA Thieves in their own house on August 4th, who are coming hot off the heels of winning the whole enchilada at Major IV last weekend. The sophomore campaign for Los Angeles has been solid, and Boston has yet to take a map off of them all year (unless you count the Pro-Am Classic, in which Boston won a single map to avoid being completely winless against Thieves for the year).
While the Breach are surely underdogs to make a deep run in Los Angeles’ Galen Center, they have absolutely had one hell of an inaugural outing in 2022, garnering new fans at every turn. Breach ownership is absolutely aware of this, and have been rightfully optimistic about the team’s success so far in their freshman run in the Call of Duty League. “First year in the CDL I’ll accept this, we’re just about everybody’s second-favorite team.” said team president and co-founder Murph Vandervelde at Boston’s home base – Helix Esports in Foxboro, MA just a few weeks ago. “Unless we’re playing OpTic [Texas], everyone’s usually in our corner. That, to us, as a six-month old brand? We’ll take that.”
Especially with the recent call-up of former Florida Mutineer Reece “Vivid” Drost, Boston absolutely has a shot at taking home the CDL trophy. They’ve taken Toronto Ultra and OpTic Texas the distance and came out with a win in their most recent matchups prior to Major IV, and even heavy favorite teams like Atlanta Faze looked particularly mortal in New York last weekend. In the words of former California governor: If it bleeds… We can kill it.
Boston has earned the right to fear no man or map at Champs, and I’m looking forward to them making one hell of a run in Los Angeles.
Call of Duty League Championship Weekend runs from August 4 – 7 live from the Galen Center in Los Angeles, California. Tickets and more info on the event are available here.
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