The LA Thieves continue to stay alive at the Call of Duty League Stage 2 Major, defeating the London Royal Ravens 3-2. It was a reverse sweep win for the Thieves, who looked seriously off in the first maps of the series. However, the newly formed roster came together when it mattered and advanced in the loser’s bracket.
After promoting Zack “Drazah” Jordan to the starting roster in place of Austin “SlasheR” Liddicoat, fans weren’t sure what to expect. Although, with two match wins now under their belts, the Thieves might finally have a roster that can compete on a consistent basis.
The beginning of the series looked rough for LA, to say the least. Only Drazah finished with K/D above 1.0 and the Thieves looked out of sorts on Apocalypse Hardpoint.
This trend followed suit in the Search and Destroy, where London took LA by a score of 6-2. Three players on LA finished with below a .60 K/D and the situation looked dire heading into the map three Control.
However, the roster found some semblance of hope when they rattled off some round wins against the Ravens. This may or may not have been aided by TJ “TJHaLy” Haly lagging out after the first round, causing a restart. From there on out, it was all Thieves.
LA defeated London 3-1 in Control, 250-189 in Hardpoint and finally 6-4 in the final Search and Destroy. Like in the match itself, the Thieves needed to come back from a big deficit in the final map. Luckily, with the continued efforts of Drazah, who posted a 1.75 K/D, LA managed to secure the reverse sweep and keep their Major hopes alive for another day.
This loss knocks London out of the Major, while the LA Thieves will play another loser’s bracket match tomorrow Friday, April 9, against the New York Subliners at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time.