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7 players to watch during CDL London

Published: 15/Jul/2020 18:23

by Andy Williams

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London Royal Ravens will host their second Call of Duty League event of the year as we edge ever closer to the final event of the inaugural season.

New York Subliners came out on top during their Home Series event, despite a stacked roster of teams participating. With the likes of Dallas Empire and Florida Mutineers entering the fold, CDL London is shaping up to be another jam-packed weekend of action. Here are the seven players you’ll want to keep an eye on this weekend.

Bradley ‘wuskin’ Marshall (London Royal Ravens)

London Royal Ravens' wuskin.
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Can wuskin continue his hot streak for the Royal Ravens?

Wuskin spearheaded the London Royal Ravens’ early success during the first part of the season. But despite being one of the most consistent ARs in the league, his team has had a turbulent time since the CDL shifted to an online format.

Given that we’re at the business end of the season and that the Royal Ravens will be looking to climb up the CDL standings as much as possible, expect wuskin to humbling his opposite number in respawn while making a nuisance of himself with his flagship sniper plays.

Cesar ‘Skyz’ Bueno (Florida Mutineers)

Florida Mutineers' Skyz.
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Will the new meta take Skyz’ game to even greater heights?

A player who certainly seems unaffected by the switch to online play, is the Mutineers’ Skyz. While he has posted some unbelievable stats on LAN, he seems to have just gone from strength-to-strength throughout the season.

During Florida Mutineers’ win at CDL Paris, Skyz clocked out with a staggering 1.42 K/D across all game modes… And all this was before the recent meta change, which is more suited to ARs.

Florida will be looking to secure a record third CDL event this weekend, which will propel them to joint top of the league. If Skyz is in form, it will be hard for any team to get in their way.

Cuyler ‘Huke’ Garland (Dallas Empire)

Dallas Empire's Huke.
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Huke has been a rock for the Dallas Empire this season, but will he continue his dominant run at CDL London?

Mr. Consistent. While Huke isn’t considered a veteran of the scene, he is certainly accustomed to being at the very top, given his successes in both Halo and Call of Duty. And he has been a pivotal part of Empire’s shift in form throughout the latter portions of the season.

Huke is leading the way as the best slayer in the league, with a whopping 2056 kills to-date — edging past last year’s CWL World Champs MVP, Chris ‘Lehr’ Simp, who sits on 2044 having played one event more than Garland.

With an average of 294 kills per event, Huke is an asset to Dallas Empire, who at this stage of the season, can’t afford any slip-ups if they plan on closing the gap between them and Atlanta FaZe at the top of the pile.

Thomas ‘ZooMaa’ Paparatto (New York Subliners)

New York Subliners' ZooMaa.
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ZooMaa is finally finding his stride in Modern Warfare.

There’s no doubt that New York Subliners have been a different animal after Makenzie ‘Mack’ Kelley joined the ranks. And while the new meta displayed at CDL New York doesn’t necessarily support ZooMaa’s run-and-gun playstyle, he seemed to thrive under the pressure.

After chalking up the most kills during CDL New York with 360 frags (a season’s best for the New York squad), ZooMaa seems to have stepped up his game as the season has progressed. Together with Dylan ‘Attach’ Price, the pair have created the perfect environment for Mack to flourish.

Darien ‘Hollow’ Chverchko (OpTic Gaming Los Angeles)

OpTic Gaming LA's Hollow and Drazah.
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Hollow (left) is one of the hottest amateur talent on the scene, but how will he fare against the pros?

OpTic’s new kid on the block will be looking to hit the ground running, after being signed from top amateur team, uYu. Having consistently placed well at all of the CDC events throughout the year, Hollow will be keen on maintaining his record with OGLA.

Hollow’s playstyle revolves around putting the team first, and using his extensive game knowledge to put him in favorable positions around the map. While Hollow is yet to compete at the highest level, it will certainly be interesting to see if the 22-year-old can step-up to the plate and go toe-to-toe with the very best the game has to offer.

Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter (Dallas Empire)

Dallas Empire's Crimsix.
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C6 will be among the players benefiting the most from the recent meta change.

One player who’s certainly familiar with being at the highest level, is Dallas Empire’s Crimsix. As the winningest player in Call of Duty history, Crim knows exactly what it takes to win. After a shaky start to the season, the 27-year-old will have no doubt been part of the Empire’s recent good run.

While on paper, Porter has had a hard time during Modern Warfare, the change in meta naturally lends itself to his more calculated and passive style of play. If Crimsix is able to adapt, expect to see the veteran at the top of the scoreboard game after game.

Joseph ‘Owakening’ Conley (Florida Mutineers)

Florida Mutineers' Owakening.
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Owakening has been posting some incredible numbers for Florida Mutineers.

Owakening’s impact since joining the Mutineers’ is undeniable. Since replacing Chance ‘Maux’ Moncivaez on the starting lineup, Florida has won both of the events they have competed at.

While each player will have had an impact in some way or another, it looks like Owakening was the missing piece to the puzzle. Should the 19-year-old continue on the same pub-stomping form displayed in recent events, teams will be hoping to avoid Mutineers in any capacity.


With plenty on the line during London Royal Raven’s online event, the weekend is shaping up to be one of the most action-filled of the season.

Be sure to stay tuned into our Call of Duty League coverage to ensure that you don’t miss beat during CDL London.

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NICKMERCS rates the best Warzone players from to Scump to HusKerrs

Published: 24/Oct/2020 1:06

by Theo Salaun

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Tasked with drafting a team for a Call of Duty: Warzone tournament, NICKMERCS went through some of the game’s biggest names, ranking them while determining who he would most want to duo with.

To start Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards’ $10,000 “Cracked Creators” Warzone tournament, 16 creators were tasked with drafting their duo from 16 “cracked” streamers.

As one of the creators allowed to select their tandem, NICKMERCS sifted through 16 of the game’s best to determine who he would prefer to play with.

Ultimately, the FaZe streamer ended up putting his decision to a poll among his fans. But, before doing so, he originally went through all 16 and gave thoughts on how each of them ranks. And the options were varied, but all shared one thing in common: talent.

With professional Call of Duty League players like Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper and Seth ‘Scump’ Abner available, as well as Warzone streamers like Aydan and HusKerrs, the candidates were excellent. Still, NICKMERCS sifted through and broke down who he truly believes ranks as the battle royale’s best.

Segment begins at 00:20:45.

NICKMERCS starts by going through the list and just expressing what an absolute struggle it will be to pick from such a talented crop of peers: “Oh, it’s going to be so hard to pick man … No matter what, everybody that I would pick from is cracked.” But, after going through and complimenting practically everybody, he starts the process of elimination.

Since Nick chooses second after DrDisrespect, he immediately eliminates Zlaner as Doc’s likely first pick. Then, he eliminates JoeWo with two simple reasons: “I’ve never played with him and every time I play against him, I beat that little ass.”

Then, BobbyPoff is gone: “BobbyPoff, I love the guy, but take him off the list.” And the “Scarf Lord” is followed quickly by the Chicago Huntsmen’s FormaL and Scump: “Love ‘em, love ‘em. But I feel like there’s better BR players.” After that, things start getting complicated.

Cracked Creators Warzone
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The list of “cracked” players in Hitch’s Cracked Creators Warzone tournament.

Similar to Zlaner, Nick decides to sacrifice Merk so that he can play with his longtime duo, Maven. Then, recognizing that all of these remaining players are absolute menaces on Verdansk, he goes with two simple metrics to determine his personal preference. He immediately prioritizes controller players and the highest earners in Warzone tournaments.

That eliminates stars like HusKerrs and Symfuhny for their mouse and keyboard usage, while also eliminating Crowder and DougIsRaw for their low earnings. Finally, he eliminates Jukeyz because of his struggles understanding the UK maestro’s accent and decides to put the decision to a poll.

 

Ultimately, it’s between Aydan and Tommey, with Cloakzy popping on to let NICKMERCS know that Aydan’s been playing some Fortnite recently. That leaves the FaZe star choosing Tommey, noting that “he’s got great communication, phenomenal player, guaranteed to get some chopper kills off rip.”

Despite going through full rankings for his options and landing upon an excellent duo, the decision-making process proved to be futile. NICKMERCS and Tommey could only end in the Top 12 for the tournament, while the easily dismissed BobbyPoff actually came in first place.