New York Subliners advance to ‘next level’ in CDL Major 1 2023 win Dexerto

New York Subliners advance to 'next level' in CDL Major 1 2023 win Dexerto

Published: 2022-12-19T05:28:34

Updated: 2022-12-19T05:28:56

The new New York Subliners are firing on all cylinders, defeating the Seattle Surge in dominant fashion to win CDL Major 1. It’s a big turnaround for the NYSL, which was forced to rebuild in a dramatic offseason but found all the right pieces.

The New York Subliners had a spectacular finish to the 2022 season. On the brink of missing out on the CDL Champions, The Subliners rose from 11th to 8th place after a heroic Major 4 second-place finish in front of their hometown crowd. It was the bright spot in a disappointing year.

Things were looking up, but then the roster dramatically imploded in the off-season.

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The organization immediately turned a new leaf: Matthew ‘Kismet’ Tinsley and Paco ‘HyDra’ Rusiewiez returned for CDL 2023, reinvigorated by fresh faces around them. Preston ‘priestahh’ Greiner and Cesar ‘Skyz’ Bueno proved to be the missing links, joining from the Minnesota ROKKR and Florida Mutineers.

All four players entered 2023 with something to prove, and it all came together perfectly in CDL Major 1.

If you told anyone before the start of the CDL 2023 season that the New York Subliners would win Major 1, you may have received a strange look. But this isn’t the same shaky NYSL team you knew before.

Skyz, HyDra, Kismet, and Priestahh aren’t just great players. They make a cohesive unit with good chemistry on and off the battlefield. Whether it’s Skyz and Kismet singing on stage during a match, or Skyz showing off their dance moves between matches, the “vibes” are different in 2023.

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“If you knew me last year, you probably wouldn’t even know me,” HyDra told Dexerto. “Last year, I wasn’t even talking, and the vibes were so off.

“Right now, I can be myself, be more confident and have a normal conversation with my teammate without it being weird. Like, no one is going to yell at me if I do something wrong in the game. As if someone said something but with respect.

NYSL struggled to find consistency in the Major 1 qualifiers, placing ninth, but that all changed on the main stage. They were seemingly unstoppable: they swept ROKKR and the LA Guerrillas on Day 1 and then dispatched Florida on Day 2. The Seattle Surge ended their fast-paced start, but they broke through the bottom group to prove themselves in their first event since the implosion.

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They advanced through the Vegas Legion and Atlanta FaZe, before getting their comeuppance against Seattle in the grand final.

On the second day, New York finally dropped a map, but still dispatched Florida 3-1. Seattle sent the Subliners to the losing side of the pack, but HyDra and company would have the last laugh.

Kismet couldn’t be stopped in the final series, going 93-87 and winning the MVP award.

“I am very confident in what I do. I know that I am one of the best players to do what I do,” she said. “The thing that separates me is that I can do that, but I also do the dirty work and do everything I can to set up my teammates.”

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HyDra showed why they earned the nickname “French Phenomenon” with a 1.14 KD performance against Seattle. Priestahh had received backlash on social media for his performances over the past two seasons, but Kismet came to his defense after his strong performance in Major 1.

“I keep listening to it and it bothers me a little bit,” he said. “I was one of the biggest supporters of Preston’s addition to the team.

“I played with him in BO4 and I thought he was one of the best players. I played against him last year and I thought he was crazy, but he wasn’t a good fit.”

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Skyz finished with the best KD in Major 1 and fully assumed his role as the main AR. He played with a level of confidence that made him impossible to take down.

“I feel like I was okay, but these trainers unblocked me. They are taking me to the next level where I need to be as the main AR.”

It was clear in the second half of 2022 that the NYSL had the potential to be a top team. New York shook up their coaching staff by promoting Ehsan “DREAL” Javed and bringing in Kismet. Both changes were instrumental in the team making their qualifying run to the Champions.

New York kept the momentum going into 2023. Troy ‘Sender’ Michaels has been in the Call of Duty community since 2008 and spent the last season as a coach at OpTic Texas. He was inducted into the NYSL coaching staff and is hungry for success with his new team.

“My goal is a ring, I want a ring. I’ve been doing this for too long playing and training and I really want to win Champs.”

NYSL took the first step in making that championship dream come true and entered the Stage 2 qualifiers with the belief that they can take on anyone. After all, they did make miracles happen last year, and this new roster of Subliners is proving to be the complete package few expected.

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