Legion avoid elimination with two wins at CDL Major III

The Vegas Legion were the big winners in elimination-round action Friday as they pulled off a pair of wins at the Call of Duty League’s Major III in Arlington, Texas.

Vegas recorded 3-1 victories while ousting both Los Angeles teams — first taking care of the Guerrillas in the opening round of the elimination bracket before also dusting the Thieves in the next round. The Thieves had swept the Minnesota Rokkr 3-0 in their first match of the day.

In other Round 1 elimination play, host OpTic Texas sent the London Royal Ravens home by virtue of their 3-2 comeback win, and the Florida Mutineers downed the New York Subliners 3-1.

Major III began with all 12 Call of Duty League teams, and the double-elimination event continues through Sunday.

The Legion built a 2-0 lead over the Guerrillas by taking wins on Embassy Hardpoint 250-124 and Breenbergh Hotel Search & Destroy 6-0. L.A. responded with a 3-1 win on Al Bagra Fortress Control, but Vegas clinched with a 250-213 win on Mercado Las Almas Hardpoint.

The Thieves won their first-round elimination match over Minnesota thanks to successive map wins on Zarqwa Hydroelectric Hardpoint (250-236), Breenbergh Hotel Search & Destroy (6-2) and Breenbergh Hotel Control (3-1).

That led to Vegas following the same formula it used in taking out the Guerrillas, starting with a 2-0 map edge in winning Breenbergh Hotel Hardpoint 250-233 and El Asilo Search & Destroy 6-5. After L.A. hung around via a 3-0 triumph on El Asilo Control, the Legion finished the job with a 250-229 win on Mercado Las Almas Hardpoint.

OpTic fell behind when the Royal Ravens claimed the opening map 250-244 on Zarqwa Hydroelectric Hardpoint. OpTic evened things by winning 6-4 on Al Bagra Fortress Search & Destroy, but London again moved ahead with a 3-2 win on Al Bagra Fortress Control. OpTic pushed back, conquering maps on Mercado Las Almas Hardpoint (250-203) and Mercado Las Almas Search & Destroy (6-4).

Florida won its first two maps against New York — 250-244 on Breenbergh Hotel Hardpoint and 6-1 on Al Bagra Fortress Search & Destroy — until the Subliners stayed alive with a 3-0 win on Al Bagra Fortress Control. The Mutineers ended the match by winning 250-235 on Mercado Las Almas Hardpoint.

The tournament continues Saturday with five matches:
–Seattle Surge vs. Atlanta FaZe (winners bracket, Round 2)
–Boston Breach vs. Toronto Ultra (winners bracket, Round 2)
–OpTic Texas vs. Florida Mutineers (elimination bracket, Round 2)
–Vegas Legion vs. TBD (elimination bracket, Round 3)
–OpTic-Mutineers winner vs. TBD (elimination bracket, Round 3)

Call of Duty League Major III prize pool and points distribution
1. $200,000 + 65 CDL points
2. $120,000 + 50 CDL points
3. $80,000 + 40 CDL points
4. $40,000 + 30 CDL points
5-6. $20,000 + 20 CDL points
7-8. $10,000 + 10 CDL points — Los Angeles Thieves, TBD
9-12. No money or CDL points — New York Subliners, London Royal Ravens, Minnesota Rokkr, Los Angeles Guerrillas

–Field Level Media

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