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CDL New York: Who will win first-ever Huntsmen vs FaZe match?

Published: 12/Jul/2020 16:53 Updated: 12/Jul/2020 16:57

by Andy Williams



With only two Home Series events left in the Call of Duty League season, Huntsmen are about to face-off against FaZe for the time. Here’s everything you need to know before the highly anticipated matchup.

Despite both being in contention to finish the CDL season in pole position, Huntsmen and FaZe are yet to lock horns.

On paper, both squads have arguably the most talented rosters in Call of Duty history. The FaZe squad have the Tiny Terrors in Chris ‘Simp’ Lehr and Tyler ‘aBeZy’ Pharris – both of which were considered by many to last season’s best players – alongside one of the most mechanically gifted players to ever touch the sticks, in McArthur ‘Cellium’ Jovel.

On the flip side, Huntsmen have the perfect balance of experience and fresh blood. With four world championship rings between them, there’s no doubt that the squad knows how to win. Combine that with the tenacity and raw skill of Dylan ‘Envoy’ Hannon, and it’s easy to see why Huntsmen are always a threat on the server.

Chicago Huntsmen at CDL London.
The Chicago Huntsmen have a versatile squad on paper.

Huntsmen vs FaZe: Team stats

Despite being evenly matched on paper, the Chicago Huntsmen squad find themselves 40 points adrift from their rivals. While both squads have two CDL event wins under their belt, Atlanta FaZe have chalked up a better record (21 wins, 4 losses) when compared to Huntsmen (17 wins, 6 losses).

Although with that said, the Chicago squad have the best win rate in the league, winning 65.93% of their matches — narrowly edging out FaZe’s 64.42% game win rate. It’s worth noting that this will have changed slightly following some of the CDL New York matches.

But when comparing the players head-to-head, Atlanta FaZe are seemingly more comfortable, with both Simp and Cellium notching up K/D ratios that most ARs would be proud of. Below are the season stats for both squads, before CDL New York started.

Atlanta FaZe
Chicago Huntsmen
Player Role K/D Slayer raing Player Role K/D Slayer raing
Tyler ‘aBeZy’ Pharris SMG 1.01 89.4 Alec ‘Arcitys’ Sanderson Flex 1.06 87.3
McArthur ‘Cellium’ Jovel Flex 1.15 92.6 Dylan ‘Envoy’ Hannan SMG 1.02 93.6
Michael ‘MajorManiak’ Szymaniak AR 1.11 76.3 Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper AR 1.11 87.4
Preston ‘Priestahh’ Greiner SMG 0.97 87.4 Preston ‘Prestinni’ Sanderson SMG 0.88 86.2
Chris ‘Simp’ Lehr SMG 1.15 95.1 Seth ‘Scump’ Abner SMG 1.00 89.9

Huntsmen vs FaZe: Key duels

While the stats paint one picture, these only speak for so much. With matchup so evenly poised, the series will likely come down to who can get one over their opposite number and win their key duel.

In terms of the respawns, a lot will come down to both team’s Flex players. Both Arcitys and Cellium will be looking to dictate the pace early, with both players being pivotal to how well both teams can rotate towards the objective in both Hardpoint and Domination.

In terms of Search & Destroy, both teams will be looking to take the round to their opponents on offense. Watch out for how Huntsmen deal with aBeZy’s early aggression, who’ll likely try and make plays by putting himself in a position to get first bloods and dip out unscathed.

FaZe lifting the CDL Atlanta trophy.
FaZe stand at the top of CDL standings and have looked untouchable during parts of their season.

Huntsmen vs FaZe: CDL New York form

Huntsmen made it out of CDL New York’s ‘group of death’ by beating both London Royal Ravens and New York Subliners in impressive fashion. Meanwhile, FaZe scraped through an arguably easier group after losing to Toronto Ultra in a five-game thriller.

With that said, FaZe are more accustomed to ‘Championship Sunday’ (as it’s affectionately named) as they’ve made it to every event playoff they’ve participated in. Conversely, Huntsmen will be looking to put the woes of CDL Minnesota behind them, after crashing out in the Group Stage.

Both teams will be eager to secure the win, not only to bag themselves a spot in the Grand Final, but to get the psychological advantage as we head into the business end of the season and edge closer to the CDL’s first-ever world championships.

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NICKMERCS rates the best Warzone players from to Scump to HusKerrs

Published: 24/Oct/2020 1:06

by Theo Salaun


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
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.