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Esports: Call Of Duty League Championship Thursday preview

This weekend the Call Of Duty League season reaches its climax with the Call Of Duty League Championship 2023 starting at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas from Thursday.

The event will crown the overall champions of this season's Call of Duty League with the winners set to scoop $1 million in prize money.

It comes after five Majors and will determine the very best of the best, with the eight teams involved competing in a double-elimination bracket and matches played in a best-of-five format. The Grand Final will be best-of-nine.

The first batch of matches in the event get underway in the upper bracket on Thursday. 

Here is a look at New York Subliners vs Minnesota ROKKR, Atlanta FaZe vs Seattle Surge and OpTic Texas vs Boston Breach.

Subliners can show their class in opener with Minnesota ROKKR

WhatNew York Subliners vs Minnesota ROKKR
WhereThomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas
When15:00, Thursday June 15th, 2023
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming, Twitch / Youtube
OddsNew York Subliners -400, Minnesota ROKKR +275

At +450, New York Subliners could offer a bit of value in the outright market for this year's Call of Duty League Championship and they are fancied to open with a win over Minnesota ROKKR.

The Subliners sit third in the overall Call of Duty League standings this year, level on points with second-placed OpTic Texas heading into the end-of-season Championship, and they have been one of the circuit's most consistent performers.

Indeed, New York Subliners are the only Call of Duty League team to have won more than one Major in 2023, prevailing in Major One and Major Five.

They clashed with Minnesota ROKKR in the lower-bracket final on their way to the Major Five title and cruised to a 3-0 win. 

A repeat of that scoreline looks worth a bet at +250.

Red-hot favorites FaZe should ease to victory over Seattle

WhatAtlanta FaZe vs Seattle Surge
WhereThomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas
When16:30, Thursday June 15th, 2023
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming, Twitch / Youtube
OddsAtlanta FaZe -600, Seattle Surge +350

As +200 favorites to win this year's Call of Duty League Championship, there is a lot of buzz around Atlanta FaZe heading into their opening match with Seattle Surge.

FaZe reached the Grand Final of last year's Championship, only to lose to Los Angeles Thieves, and they will be out for revenge this week.

They claimed the Major Two title earlier this season, are top of the overall season standings with 385 points - 55 more than at this stage last year - and they were runners-up at the final Major of the season.

It is bold to oppose them in the tournament overall, let alone in their opening clash with Seattle Surge, and anything other than a comprehensive victory for Atlanta FaZe would be a surprise.

Back them at -1.5 on the match handicap at -163.

Boston could spring a surprise against wounded OpTic Texas

WhatOpTic Texas vs Boston Breach
WhereThomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas
When18:00, Thursday June 15th, 2023
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming, Twitch / Youtube
OddsOpTic Texas -450, Boston Breach +300

OpTic Texas have been the best team in this year's Call of Duty League not to win a Major but their collapse at Major Five last time out will raise plenty of questions heading into the end-of-season Championship.

Texas have been known to impress in qualifying but falter when the pressure's on in the main events this season and that was the case last time out at Major Five.

After topping the qualifying standings with a 5-0 record, they fell apart in the Major itself, losing 3-0 to a struggling Florida Mutineers side in their opener and then falling to a 3-0 defeat against LA Thieves in the lower bracket.

That will not inspire much confidence as they head into the Championship and punters may not want to rush to back them in the main event.

Boston Breach are one of the outsiders in the Championship, rated +2500 to win the title, but they will feel they can make an impact in this match and they could be worth chancing at +1.5 on the match handicap at +120.

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