Call of Duty League Major III is here, with games starting Thursday in Toronto – OpTic Texas takes on the Florida Mutineers at 6:30 p.m.

While teams like OpTic Texas, Atlanta FaZe and the Minnesota Rokkr are among the favorites to win the tournament, much of CDL competition has been unpredictable this season on Avant-garde.

Naturally, The Dallas Morning News asked CDL caster Clint “Maven” Evans to make some predictions and preview CDL’s Major III.

Here is what he had to say:

What was your biggest lesson from the first half of the season?

Evans: “I think what I take away most from the first half of the season is that FaZe doesn’t seem invulnerable. The league is more up in the air right now with who might be able to win more than she never was. I think it probably comes down to finding and destroying FaZe. They’re not the dominant force they’ve been since this team was formed.

“Usually they have a 70% win rate and that hasn’t clicked in this title. I think the fact that they’re not that tight at the top and expect to win every tournament, this changed the scope of the league.

Do you have confidence in a team that will win the championship in this way?

Evans: “No, there really isn’t [any]. And that probably goes back to what I said. It’s hard to go against FaZe. It’s hard to go against the way OpTic is playing right now. ROKKR, I’m really happy with how they solved their pacing issues and they have a chance to do something special.

“But no. I don’t feel confident at all.”

OpTic Texas stumbled a bit at Major II, then recovered with Byron “Prolute” Vera in the roster. Are there any other moments in your years of broadcasting that remind you of this OpTic season?

Evans: “I’m sure at some point there was something similar to that. It’s hard to think over the past decade who has been in this position. But it’s just interesting to me because Optic has been on top for a long time in the history of this organization. The last years? They really weren’t and I think the fans really want them to come back to that position.

“Now that you’re finally there, you win the first tournament but you have a little hiccup in Major II, [Indervir “iLLeY” Dhaliwal] has an injury and you need to bring in two different replacements now. They fight through it. But on the face of it, good or bad, their bad is better than it has been in recent years.

Atlanta FaZe looks good, but not great. Do you think it’s a product of catching up with the competition?

Evans: “I think FaZe’s struggles are on them. I still think they have the most talented roster we’ve seen in Call of Duty history. I think it has less to do with teams and something just doesn’t click on this particular title. But it left an opening.

“The rhythm just wasn’t there for some other teams, or it didn’t go the way they envisioned. Now you add someone like a [Colt “Havoc” McLendon] at ROKKR, a [Matthew “KiSMET” Tinsley] in New York and you see these rapid improvements.

“It was really cool to see their success and I hope they make some noise. I’ve always firmly believed that if you play online, it goes LAN. Whether people want to argue or not is my experience. So we can see some wild stuff this weekend.

As usual, I’m going to ask you to make a bold prediction. Give me a Major III champion and a dark horse:

Evans: “It’s tough because I said FaZe was vulnerable. My pick to win the title would always be FaZe. Why? I just know they can make it to a final. And then what happens From there? We’ll have to wait and see.

“My dark horse, as weird as it is to call them a dark horse because of their stadium, is the ROKKR. It was great to see their rapid improvement. I still think it’s safe to call them that just because I don’t know if many expect them to win. But I love Dillon “Attach” Price, man. That kid is the man. I’d love to see him come back there. -up and earn a victory.

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