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Clayster thought he was being dropped from eUnited during “tumultuous” rostermania

Published: 12/Mar/2019 13:32 Updated: 12/Mar/2019 14:14

by Calum Patterson

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Veteran Call of Duty pro player James ‘Clayster‘ Eubanks has revealed that he expected to be dropped from eUnited during a complicated rostermania period, but says all issues have now been resolved within the team.

Fans were left in the dark as cryptic social media posts from Clayster and teammates, particularly Preston ‘Prestinni‘ Sanderson, indicated that there was internal turmoil among the roster.

From the outside, some fans unfairly blamed Clayster, after it appeared that Prestinni was facing the chop – but in the end, no changes were made, and Prestinni asked fans to “stop sending [Clayster] unnecessary hate.”

Fans didn’t know the situation fully, but many thought Clayster was at fault.

With the roster lock now in place, teams are set for CWL Fort Worth, starting on March 15, and eUnited are moving forward with the same roster that managed 2nd place at the first event of the season, CWL Las Vegas.

Looking to go one better this time around, Clayster says the team has resolved whatever internal issues were causing the disruption, but also explains that he genuinely believed he was being dropped.

“I thought I was going to get dropped. Nobody had said anything to me, and that was kind of like an indicator for me, everybody was acting kind of weird and not responding to me,” Clayster said in a March 11 YouTube video. 

“[eUnited manager] Burns hit me up at 8am and goes ‘hey, can I come over we gotta talk’, and I thought I was dropped, straight up then and there.”

Eubanks went on to accept a portion of blame for the “tumultuous” period, admitting he is often “the common denominator” on any team he’s on: “There’s obviously something fundamentally flawed inside of my character.”

Now though, eUnited is moving on, and is fully focused on the Fort Worth tournament, which Clayster believes they are capable of winning, saying “I truly do believe we have what it takes to win Fort Worth, and hopefully we can prove that to you guys.”

Clayster clarifies that there is no resentment left over from the issues, and that the team is practicing better than ever before, but where it really matters is on the main stage.

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2021 CDL Challengers info announced: Scouting & Elite Series

Published: 30/Oct/2020 17:42 Updated: 30/Oct/2020 18:35

by Bill Cooney

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The Call of Duty League has announced all-new details for upcoming 2021 Challengers events, and there will be even more ways for up and coming players to show their stuff.

Call of Duty Challengers is the official “path to pro” circuit for amateur CoD esports players around the world, and there are two brand new events being added to the circuit in 2021 – the Scouting Series and Challengers Elite.

The 2019 season wrapped up in August with the $500k finals crowning the top teams in North America, Europe and Asia. Once again, players looking for their big break are eagerly awaiting the next opportunity.

They won’t have to be patient for very long either, with the first new Challengers event kicking off just a couple of weeks at the time of writing, in early December with the Scouting Series.

This Series will bring together CDL coaches to draft their own squads from one big pool of all the players that secure an invite. These teams will be split up into EU and NA competitions and will play against teams from their region over the course of the four-day tournament.

Elite is the second new event, and will put the top amateur teams from Challengers into an exclusive bracket to battle it out, sometime “over the course of the 2021 Season.”

Challengers Cups were first introduced in 2019 and will be returning in 2021 as well. These will be standalone tournaments  players across North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region. Through the Cups and the competitive Ladder, players can earn Challengers points which are used to qualify and seed teams for various events throughout the season.

Call of Duty Challengers players at LAN event
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Challengers brings together the best amateur CoD players from around the world to compete.

Specific dates for the upcoming 2021 season events are still unknown, but we’ll keep you posted on them as information becomes available.

If you’re interested in seeing if you and your team have what it takes, you can get more information on how to sign up and get going right here. There’s no guarantee you’ll be the next player on the Dallas Empire or anything like that, but if you’re confident in your ability to frag out, it can’t hurt to give it a shot.