The Call of Duty League Major V kicked off Thursday with the Florida Mutineers, Minnesota Rokkr, Atlanta FaZe and host Toronto Ultra winning their first-round matches.
That quartet moved on to Round 2 of the winners bracket, while the four losing teams moved into the elimination bracket and willplay again Friday.
The Mutineers pulled the big surprise of the day by sweeping top-seeded OpTic Texas 3-0. Eighth-seeded Florida won 250-134 on Al Bagra Fortress, 6-2 on Mercado Las Almas Search and Destroy and 3-2 on Himmelmatt Expo Control. Kenyen "Capsidal" Sutton had a match-high 73 kills for Florida with a plus-1.33 kills-to-deaths ratio.
Texas was the only team to go a perfect 5-0 during qualifying.
The fifth-seeded Rokkr came from behind to defeat the fourth-seeded Boston Breach 3-2. Minnesota opened with a 250-193 win on Embassy Hardpoint before Boston vaulted ahead with wins of 6-4 on Mercado Las Almas Search and Destroy and 3-1 on El Asilo Control.
The Rokkr drew level with a 250-230 result on Al Bagra Fortress Hardpoint, then clinched the match by taking Breenbergh Hotel Search and Destroy 6-5. Kevin "Fame" Bonanno had 84 kills and Englishman Ben "Bance" Bance added 83 kills for the winning team.
The second-seeded FaZe cruised past the seventh-seeded Vegas Legion 3-0, winning 250-179 on Embassy Hardpoint, 6-1 on El Asilo Search and Destroy and 3-1 on El Asilo Control. Austin "SlasheR" Liddicoat had 60 kills on a whopping plus-1.88 K/D ratio for Atlanta.
Third-seeded Toronto enjoyed the comforts of home and won 3-2 over the sixth-seeded New York Subliners. Toronto opened with a 250-156 win on Mercado Las Almas Hardpoint, but New York answered 6-3 on Breenbergh Hotel Search and Destroy. The Ultra led again with a 3-2 win on Breenbergh Hotel Control, but the Subliners tied it back up, 250-138 on Embassy Hardpoint. Toronto's 6-3 triumph on Embassy Search and Destroy clinched the match.
Charlie "Hicksy" Hicks of England had 95 kills and the only positive K/D ratio for Toronto (plus-1.13). All four Subliners players finished with ratios in the green despite the loss, with Paco "HyDra" Rusiewiez of France going for a match-high 101 kills.
The tournament continues Friday with five matches:
--OpTic Texas vs. Los Angeles Thieves (elimination Round 1)
--Boston Breach vs. London Royal Ravens (elimination Round 1)
--Vegas Legion vs. Seattle Surge (elimination Round 1)
--New York Subliners vs. Los Angeles Guerrillas (elimination Round 1)
--Legion-Surge winner vs. Subliners-Guerrillas winner (elimination Round 2)
Call of Duty League Major V 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
9-12. no money, no CDL points
--Field Level Media