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Esports: Call of Duty League Major Three qualifiers

The Call of Duty League season is in full flow with two Majors already completed and qualifying for the third having continued this weekend.

It was the New York Subliners who came out on top in Major One in Raleigh, while Major Two went the way of Atlanta FaZe in Boston.

And the third Major of the Call of Duty League season is set to take place in Arlington next month and will be hosted by OpTic Texas.

For now, though, focus is on qualifying and, although all 12 teams competing are guaranteed a spot at Major Three, this qualifying campaign determines which teams will begin in the winners' bracket and the losers' bracket, while there are also key Call of Duty League points up for grabs.

There are three weeks of qualifiers in total and the second comes to an end on Sunday night with another triple header as London Royal Ravens take on LA Guerrillas, Minnesota ROKKR clash with OpTic Texas and Florida Mutineers take on Seattle Surge.

Strugglers could push one another close

WhatLondon Royal Ravens v LA Guerrillas
WhereNorth America
WhenSunday 26th February 2023
How to watchbet365 Live Streaming / Call of Duty League YouTube
OddsLondon Royal Ravens 10/11, LA Guerrillas 4/5

The first qualifier of the day is a tough one to call, not because both sides are excelling but because both have struggled to pick up points in 2023.

London Royal Ravens are bottom of the overall Call of Duty League standings this year with only 30 points collected but LA Guerrillas are only just above them in 11th spot with 50 points.

And that poor form has carried into qualifying for Major Three with both sides on 0-2 win-loss records.

Both look set to start Major Three in the losers' bracket but both will recognise the importance of getting a win under their belt, for confidence purposes if not anything else, so a competitive match is expected.

Punters should look at backing over 4.5 maps in this one at 13/8.

OpTic Texas can pick up key win in qualifying for home Major

WhatMinnesota ROKKR v OpTic Texas
WhereNorth America
WhenSunday 26th February 2023
How to watchbet365 Live Streaming / Call of Duty League YouTube
OddsMinnesota ROKKR 6/5, OpTic Texas 8/13

As hosts of Major Three, OpTic Texas will be desperate for this qualifying campaign to go well but it hangs in the balance as it stands with the team having picked up one win and one defeat from their first two matches.

Their win came against strugglers LA Guerrillas and their defeat came against highflyers Toronto Ultra, so not a lot can be drawn from either of those results but they should have enough in their locker to beat Minnesota ROKKR.

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Minnesota have a 0-2 record in qualifying for Major Three, having lost 3-2 to New York Subliners and 3-0 against Seattle Surge last time out.

They made the elimination finals of Major Two in Boston but were easily undone by LA Thieves and, in fairness to OpTic Texas, they only fell one round before Minnesota in that competition.

OpTic Texas are the best bet here based on recent form.

Seattle can show their class against Florida

WhatFlorida Mutineers v Seattle Surge
WhereNorth America
WhenSunday 26th February 2023
How to watchbet365 Live Streaming/Call of Duty League Youtube
OddsFlorida Mutineers 12/5, Seattle Surge 3/10

Not a lot separates Florida Mutineers and Seattle Surge in the overall Call of Duty League standings this season with the teams eighth and ninth respectively.

Playing a part in that price could well be Seattle’s fine performance in the first Major of the season in which they made the Grand Final, losing out to New York Subliners, but punters should not read too much into that.

Qualifying results and performances in Majors do not always align and with a 1-1 record, Seattle have not exactly been steamrolling their opponents in qualifying for Major Three.

With that in mind, punters should adopt a different betting angle.

Over 3.5 maps looks likely but offers little value at, as does Florida Mutineers to win at least a map.

Instead, back the second map of the contest to be a close one and opt for over 9.5 rounds at 10/11.

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