100 Thieves’ pro Call of Duty team has announced a major roster change that has sparked some serious debate on social media.
On January 28, the team announced that they’d acquired FaZe Clan’s Preston ‘Priestahh’ Greiner for their CWL Pro League roster, taking the place of Maurice ‘Fero’ Henriquez.
According to CEO Matt ‘Nadeshot’ Haag, a former star pro player himself, this transition will help improve the gameplay of star man Kenny ‘Kenny’ Williams by taking him out of the strict SMG slayer role and allow him to use the Maddox assault rifle.
This move was openly questioned by eUnited’s James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks, a longtime competitor and former teammate of Nadeshot, and the two debated about it on Twitter.
It all started when Clayster tweeted out “When you main sub won’t run a sub so you get dropped, tough scenes.”
To this, Nadeshot responded by making it clear that a lot more thought and deliberation was put in before making a move this caliber.
“I’m sure you know better than most that there is a lot more than meets the eye here than the generic though process you just used here,” he tweeted. “This was a decision that we did not take lightly by any means.”
“I’d hope you guys would do what you believe is best for the team, and if I’m honest, the Maddox is far easier to use to it’ll probably improve Kenny’s stats,” Clayster responded. “I just think it’s rough for a player who qualified for the league to get dropped because of someone else’s inabilities.”
The debate rolled on as Nadeshot explained that that the differences in the main SMGs used between Black Ops 4 and last year’s WWII is a big reason why they wanted to transition Kenny’s role.
“The PPSH from WWII functions much differently than the SAUG in BO4. To automatically write off Kenny because his play style as an SMG on this game thus far isn’t a fair comparison to the last,” he tweeted. “Ultimately I can’t predict the future though, so we’ll see how it plays out.”
As Nadeshot said, only time will tell whether these roster moves will ultimately pay off in the long run for 100 Thieves, who will be playing in Division B of the Pro League starting February 4.
While Clayster is right in that 100T did drop Fero after qualifying for the Pro League, it was clear and obvious that the team were struggling at times, and the org likely felt that it was better to make a change sooner rather than later.