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Denial Esports announce new pro CoD roster featuring three Red Reserve players

Published: 19/Apr/2019 20:21 Updated: 19/Apr/2019 23:32

by Albert Petrosyan


Professional esports organization Denial Esports have announced a major Call of Duty roster overhaul, bringing on several former Red Reserve players to their new CWL Pro League team.

On April 19, Denial revealed their brand new roster that will feature at the upcoming CWL London major tournament and the remainder of the CWL season, including the Pro League.

The new roster features the three former Red Reserve players – Rated, Bance, and Joee – who were all free agents after RR essentially withdrew from CoD esports all together. 

Joining the three will be former Excelerate Gaming player Brack, who left the org on April 19 after they sold their CWL Pro League spot to Elevate

The final member of the starting lineup will be Alexx, who had spent the entirety of the season so far with Team Sween after failing to qualify for the Pro League in January.

Denial Esports’ new CWL roster

  • Rhys ‘Rated Price
  • Joseph ‘Joee’ Pinnington
  • Ben ‘Bance’ Bance
  • Carson ‘Brack’ Newberry
  • Alex ‘Alexx’ Carpenter

As per CWL rules, Denial had to keep at least one member of the original roster that had qualified for the Pro League in order to maintain their eligibility, so they decided to retain Ryan “ZeeK’ Lapierre as their substitute.

Makes sure to keep up with all of the roster changes made during the April 5-22 window by visiting our CWL London RosterMania hub.

Fate of Denial’s former players

As part of this massive roster overhaul, Denial dropped their entire CWL roster with the exception of ZeeK. Wailers and Breszy joined Elevate’s brand new roster, essentially swapping places with Brack, while rizK and Natshay all became free agents.

Staan, who was Denial’s substitute at the Pro League, has also entered free agency, with ZeeK now being designated as the team’s new sub.

CWL - TwitchZeeK is the only player from Denial’s former roster to feature in the new squad, as he will be their substitute at the CWL Pro League.

Red Reserve players find a new home

It has been a very rattling past few months for the Red Reserve roster to say the least, ever since it became clear that the org’s days in CoD esports were numbered.

With RR now all but officially out of the Pro League, reportedly having sold their spot to FaZe Clan, the roster split up, with Rated, Joee, and Bance all joining Denial while Skrapz and Zer0 will very likely join FaZe’s new roster.

These moves, of course, had been heavily rumored in the weeks leading up the official announcements, so not many were surprised when the news first broke.

DexertoRed Reserve’s former roster has split, with Joee (middle), Bance (middle left), and Rated (far right), all joining Denial. Skrapz (middle right) and Zer0 (far left) are expected to join FaZe.

Tough challenge awaits at CWL London

The first time we will see Denial’s revamped roster will be at CWL London, which is set to take place May 3-5. 

Unfortunately for the team, they’ve been placed in arguably the most difficult group at the competition, having to face Gen.G, Splyce and Luminosity in Pool B.

The players will want to get in as much practice in and build as much chemistry as they can before the tournament as finishing in the top two of their pool will not be easy. 

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7 players to watch during the 2021 CDL Kickoff Classic

Published: 22/Jan/2021 19:02

by Theo Salaun


The Call of Duty League is finally here and things are getting started with the CDL Kickoff Classic, a preseason event where x-factor players on all 12 teams can begin making their mark. 

With an exodus of 12 starters as the CDL shifts to a 4v4 format in Black Ops Cold War, individual play is paramount. Players have less backup on the battlefield and, with a deep talent pool in the Challengers scene, more competition for their roles.

Representing Chicago, OpTic Gaming are back with Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez, Seth ‘Scump’ Abner and the gang. Delighting fans, Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag’s 100 Thieves return to competitive CoD for Los Angeles. Teams have shuffled since the inaugural season and each team’s expectations will be tested by at least one player’s CDL Kickoff performance. 

Alec ‘Arcitys’ Sanderson (Atlanta FaZe)

The best AR in CoD?

Chicago Hunstmen Arcitys CDL
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Did the most stacked roster in CoD add the league’s best AR?

While Michael ‘MajorManiak’ Szymaniak was highly regarded by his teammates last season, few rank him in a tier anywhere near Arcitys. FaZe’s submachine gun and flex play was never a question, but adding Arcitys on the assault rifle could push them past the Dallas Empire in power rankings.

If Arcitys continues, let alone improves upon, his 2020 form, then Atlanta should be an early favorite. Tested by a strong Florida Mutineers squad, fans should get a quality temperature check on FaZe’s newest member.

Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter (Dallas Empire)

Did Dallas release the right veteran AR?

Crimsix celebrating a Dallas Empire win
At 28 years old, Crimsix needs to continue disproving his doubters.

The transition from 5v5 to 4v4 was not without heartbreak and few splits were as tough as the Empire’s. Dropping James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks instead of Crimsix was a difficult decision and, at the CDL Kickoff Classic, that decision will receive its first evaluation.

When the two veteran ARs face each other, Crim will be with the same absurd, young trio of “Xeo” gunners and Clayster with… one standout sophomore and two formerly projected bench players. It shouldn’t be too hard of a test for Dallas, but fans should be curious to see how much Crim’s thumbs have aged.

Donovan ‘Temp’ Laroda (Los Angeles Thieves)

Big Brand meets Big Ego

temp la thieves
Twitter, @LAThieves
Temp talks the talk, but must walk the walk for the CDL’s next big brand.

Tying for 5th at CDL Champs wasn’t enough to keep OpTic in Los Angeles so Nadeshot got to buy into the league. Although the team’s Challengers call-ups, Zack ‘Drazah’ Jordan and Darien ‘Hollow’ Chervchko, played admirably in the postseason — 100T replaced them in the starting lineup with one of the league’s most confident ARs.

The self-proclaimed top “gunnie” in the CDL, Temp has an unrelenting belief in his ability (alternatively, a ‘strong personality,’ per general manager Eric ‘Muddawg’ Sanders) backed by a strong history of top-tier, albeit streaky play. While his year with the New York Subliners was disappointing, Temp now rejoins former teammates Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat and Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly. With 100T’s enormous fanbase and a matchup with OpTic Chicago, the gunner gets a large stage to prove his play can rise to both the occasion and his own expectations.

Preston ‘Priestahh’ Greiner (Minnesota ROKKR)

The honorary Tiny Terror?

Atlanta FaZe's Priestahh.
From teaming with the Tiny Terrors to a much larger role, Priestahh can make a statement in 2021.

FaZe were the second-best team in 2020 and Priestahh would likely still be on the team if not for the swap to 4v4. Instead, one of the league’s most selfless players gets to turn a new leaf with a fully revamped ROKKR squad.

Starting with Minnesota’s preseason matchup against the Toronto Ultra, Priestahh should shift from flex to his more natural sub role. Expectations for what was a miserable ROKKR team will hinge on his ability to prove he was being overshadowed in Atlanta and can transition from dirty work to slaying.

Makenzie ‘Mack’ Kelley (New York Subliners)

No ZooMaa, No Hydra: Return of the Mack

New York Subliners' Mack.
MackMelts (Twitter)
A 2020 MVP candidate, Mack needs to take another step for NY to compete.

Easily one of the top rookies in 2020, Mack jumped into New York’s starting lineup and almost immediately surged into the MVP conversation. The Subliners had a quality offseason after fizzling in the playoffs, but new issues mean Mack will have to go above and beyond to start 2021.

With rookie Paco ‘HyDra’ Rusiewiez dealing with visa issues and Tommy ‘ZooMaa’ Paparatto retiring due to injury, Mack is moving to SMG for an unfinished roster. He’s back in his preferred role, but the season depends on his ability to reach 2020’s near-MVP form.

Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell (OpTic Chicago)

Heeding Chicago’s Bat-Signal

Dashy on stage
Back with his guys, Chicago’s hopes depend on Dashy’s return to form.

Like Atlanta, Chicago shuffled pieces after falling just short of the championship in 2020. With Arcitys eager to rejoin former teammates on FaZe, H3CZ celebrated the return of OpTic with the return of one of the brand’s former players.

But 2020 was an ugly year for Dashy and, aside from some big moments as a suddenly summoned bench player in CDL Champs, questions surround the formerly elite AR. Expectations are high for the biggest brand in CoD, but will rise and fall depending on Dashy’s play.

Peirce ‘Gunless’ Hillman (Seattle Surge)

Started from the bottom, now we Peirce

Chicago Huntsmen's Gunless.
In just a few years, Gunless has gone from star to substitute to starter with a chip on his shoulder.

Like Dashy, no one questions the raw mechanical talent that Gunless holds. Unfortunately, also like Dashy, the gifted player spent most of a porous 2020 on the bench with rumored character concerns. 

Now, he joins two others as reinforcements for Sam ‘Octane’ Larew on 2020’s worst team: Seattle. If the Surge are going to improve upon a 5-18 record that ended dead last at CDL Champs, Gunless will need a return to form beginning on Day 1 against the Los Angeles Guerrillas.

While the Call of Duty League is chock-full of players with high expectations, low expectations and everything in between, these seven stand out as those with the most notable stocks in the preseason. A variety of other rookies and transferred players can make statements during the Kickoff Classic, but power rankings and fan expectations should hinge entirely on our listed x-factors.