Toronto Ultra claimed the CDL Major 3 title after overcoming home favorites OpTic Texas.
Weeks of Call of Duty (CDL) storylines came to a head in Arlington, Texas, this past weekend at CDL Major 3. Fresh off of Atlanta FaZe’s unprecedented win last month in Boston, it was time to see who would rise to the occasion on OpTic Texas’ turf. This time, the Toronto Ultra walked over every opponent en route to victory.
Toronto Ultra coast through the Winner’s Bracket
Ultra confidently entered the tournament, going 3-2 through the online qualifiers. Their run at CDL Major 3 began with a 3-1 victory over Major 1 winners, the New York Subliners. Next, Scrappy and company took down the up-and-coming Boston Breach squad 3-2. Ultra then squared up against Major 2 winners, the Atlanta FaZe.
In the series, the Toronto Ultra broke FaZe’s 15-game Search and Destroy win streak and dethroned the defending Champions in a 3-1 victory. To round out CDL Major 3, Ultra had to stand toe-to-toe with OpTic Texas and the entire Greenwall.
Ultra stops the OpTic Texas train, wins CDL Major 3
After falling to the Boston Breach 3-0 on day one, OpTic Texas was in a tough spot. No one could have predicted what would unfold over the next three days. OpTic went on a Loser’s Bracket run a la the Los Angeles Thieves at Major 2.
OpTic dispatched the London Royal Ravens, Florida Mutineers, Seattle Surge, Boston Breach, and Atlanta FaZe on their path of destruction through the Loser's Bracket. Their performance led to a clash against Toronto Ultra in the Grand Finals. However, Ultra stood up, turning away their opponents and the electric crowd.
Ultra won the first game out of the gate before OpTic rallied back with wins in games two and three. However, OpTic’s gas tank seemingly ran out. Led by Scrappy’s outstanding gameplay, Ultra defeated OpTic in game four Hardpoint and overcame a 4-1 round deficit in game five Search and Destroy.
Despite a valiant effort, OpTic fell short to the Toronto Ultra in game six, and Ultra was crowned CDL Major 3 Champions in an impressive fashion.
Final Map Scores
- Hardpoint on Breenbergh Hotel 250-152 Toronto Ultra
- Search and Destroy on Al Bagra Fortress 6-3 OpTic Texas
- Control on Breenbergh Hotel 3-2 OpTic Texas
- Hardpoint on Zarqwa Hydroelectric 250-170 Toronto Ultra
- Control on El Asilo 3-2 Toronto Ultra
Scrappy earns MVP with a 1.20 tournament K/D
Each member of the Toronto Ultra pulled their weight throughout CDL Major 3, especially rookie player Charlie “Hicksy” Hicks. The new Ultra member shined in various moments despite joining the main roster just a few weeks ago. Although all Ultra players held their own, Thomas “Scrappy” Ernst put up an MVP-caliber performance in the Grand Finals.
Scrappy’s 1.33 KD in the Grand Finals trounced all others. He helped close out maps when needed and showed his true star power. In his post-tournament, Scrappy called the CDL Major 3 victory “insane” and said that, with more practice, more championships are coming to Toronto.
The stage now turns to CDL Major 4 and the impending Rostermania that could unfold.