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Fundamentally sound and methodical, OpTic Texas didn’t show up in 3-0 loss to Seattle Surge

PRIOR LAKE, Minn. — OpTic Texas entered Major II as the most dominant team in the Call of Duty League by far. A Major I title, 12-game winning streak and 14-game control win streak suggested OpTic could break through the Seattle Surge and be on their way to another championship on Sunday.

It wasn’t that easy.

Call of Duty is day to day, as Texas head coach Ray “Rambo” Lussier put it. Seattle beat Texas on three maps, with only the Tuscan Search and Destroy coming close.

The fundamentally solid and methodical OpTic Texas, which sits at the top of the CDL standings, didn’t make an appearance Thursday in a 3-0 loss to the Seattle Surge at Mystic Lake Center. And the Surge played its best Call of Duty of the season.

“Seattle came out shooting today and we didn’t play our best at all,” Lussier said. The Dallas Morning News. “Analytically, we weren’t really playing as a team and it showed.”

Lussier felt that OpTic did not have an abnormal first two days in Minnesota. The scrimmages happened well before the game and the communications against Seattle weren’t bad either.

But instead of a 12-game winning streak for OpTic, it was Seattle’s Amer “Pred” Zulbeari and Daunta “Sib” Gray who expressed their confidence in the postgame press conference and Texas diving deep in his own mistakes.

Seattle was the reverse. Surge veteran Lamar “Accuracy” Abedi said Seattle took a deep dive into their fundamentals, and Zulbeari added that Seattle didn’t need to overhaul OpTic’s gameplay too much due to their two previous meetings this season. .

OpTic was the best control team in the game, and Sib dropped by a 1.62 kill-to-death ratio on the Tuscan control. OpTic had one of the best kill powers in the league, with all four players having kill-death ratios of 1.00 or better. On Thursday, only Brandon “Dashy” Otell tested positive.

“I wasn’t losing anymore,” Zulbeari said. “We know the trends (of OpTic).”

While OpTic Texas still has a losing streak, with a game with event host Minnesota Rokkr at 6:30 p.m. Friday, they are examining their own process.

Texas didn’t hesitate to adjust its tactics. Whether it was in-game adaptation, post-game chat, or coaching style, Lussier welcomed anything that would benefit OpTic Texas. It was a contributing factor in winning a championship. However, Texas won’t change its identity after just one loss.

OpTic wasn’t going to go undefeated all season, it would have been miraculous. Seattle was the better team on Thursday and Lussier could live with that.

“Everyone has to remember that CoD is day-to-day,” Lussier said. “There are always days when you don’t have the right timing, you don’t shoot your best. There are tiny nuances that make consistency extremely difficult.

To Texas’ credit, they were the most consistent team in the game through the first half of the season and still have a favorable path through the losing pool ahead of Major II. Lussier said that although OpTic had a long winning streak, there were still games that looked more like losses for them because of the mistakes they made.

When playing well, Texas is composed and methodical. Highlight coins look bright on the YouTube stream, but OpTic Texas won a Major I title due to clear communication, strong fundamentals, and a deep card pool.

Lussier felt that OpTic still had those things, but did not post them on Thursday. It was similar to some of the narrow wins, but this match was also a loss on the books.

“Individually we didn’t play so badly and our communications were good,” Lussier said. “Nothing was really bad, the Surge played very well today and our team didn’t.”

The last time OpTic Texas lost, it sparked a winning streak and the first tournament title in more than three years for the organization. Lussier saw no reason why this loss should not be significant either.

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