Jordan ‘ProoF’ Cannon has announced his intention to return to competition for the Black Ops 4 season.
A legend of the game, ProoF hasn’t been as present at the highest level of Call of Duty in recent years, competing at only three events in total over the past two seasons.
While away from the stage ProoF focused primarily on building his brand as a content creator, joining OpTic Gaming in that capacity for some time, and also appeared as a guest analyst for some major tournaments. For the upcoming season, however, ProoF will return to competition.
This won’t be the first time that ProoF has attempted to return to professional play after an absence. He originally stepped away from competing at the start of the Infinite Warfare season, but returned at the start of WWII. After two unsuccessful open events, ProoF once again took a break from the game.
ProoF would not be the first veteran to successfully make a come-back after a period of absence, however. Most notably, James ‘Replays’ Crowder returned from coaching FaZe Clan to competing for them in a season highlighted by a victory in the CWL Pro League Stage 1 and a third-place CWL Championship placement, while Doug ‘Censor’ Martin also reached the CWL Pro League in his return this season.
Black Ops 4 releases on October 12, with the first event of the new season, CWL Las Vegas, taking place December 7-9. With the WWII season concluded, teams are already starting to consider their options for the upcoming year, with both compLexity and 100Thieves already expressing interest in starting roster negotiations.
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.
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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.
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.