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Gen.G move SpaceLy back into starting lineup for CWL Pro League

Published: 24/Jun/2019 21:29 Updated: 24/Jun/2019 23:28

by Albert Petrosyan

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Gen.G have made a roster change for their professional Call of Duty team ahead of their final week of matches in the CWL Pro League

On Monday, June 24, Gen.G put out a tweet announcing that substitute Michael ‘SpaceLy’ Schmale would be promoted to the starting lineup.

The news comes with just one week of matches remaining for the team in the CWL Pro League – a total of four matches to be played during Week 12.

According to the post, SpaceLy will be definitely be playing in those four remaining regular season matches, but his involvement in the upcoming CWL Finals and Champs remains unconfirmed for now. 

However, assuming that Gen.G will clinch a spot in the Playoffs, it’s likely that the team will opt to go with SpaceLy during the $1.25 million postseason tournament in Miami.

As for who SpaceLy will be replacing in the starting lineup, Gen.G’s tweet did not name a specific player, although a tweet put out shortly after by Jared ‘Nagafen’ Harrell confirmed it to be him.

“No words, to be honest,” he tweeted. “Good luck to every team competing at cross-division these next two weeks.”

Joey ‘Nubzy’ DiGiacomo, coach of the CoD team, also put out a tweet of his own following the announcement, calling Nagafen a “great player” and asking fans to show “nothing but respect” to all the players.

“Not going to make the same mistakes as last change by responding to anything,” he wrote. “Jared is a great player and he’s shown that throughout the years. There are some things that people won’t understand, but I ask that nothing but respect be shown to the players and Jared.”

Uncertainty now clouds Nagafen’s future going into the final phase of the Black Ops 4 CWL season. With no more roster change periods remaining, his only hope of featuring for a pro team again is if he gets promoted back into Gen.G’s starting lineup.

His only other option will be to try his hand in the Open Bracket tournament at CWL Finals, where the top 16 teams will qualify for Champs. 

We have reached out to Nagafen for a comment about his plans moving forward. 

MLGNagafen (left) will likely have to play in the Open Bracket tournament at CWL Finals if he wants to make it to Champs.

SpaceLy was first dropped from the starting lineup on March 6, replaced days later by Midnight Esports’ Dylan ‘Envoy’ Envoy ahead of CWL Fort Worth.

Since that change, Gen.G have had a relatively up-and-down several months of competition, which included the CWL major tournaments in Forth Worth, London, and Anaheim.

While their second-place finish at Anaheim was probably the highlight of their season so far, it was not good enough to paper over the poor 2-5 split they had in the Pro League during May, which saw them go from first place in Division A down to third.

However, with their 11-7 record and a healthy two game lead over fifth-place, they are still heavy favorites to finish in the top-four and clinch a Playoff spot, and they could prove to be a very dangerous team at the CWL Finals in Miami. 

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Renegades announce new CoD roster ahead of second Challengers season

Published: 31/Oct/2020 14:17 Updated: 31/Oct/2020 14:20

by Joe Craven

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Esports organisation Renegades have revealed their Call of Duty roster for the second season of the CDL’s Challengers Series, including players from last year’s Paris Legion roster. 

The switch from the Call of Duty World League to the Call of Duty League represents the greatest shake-up competitive CoD has ever seen. While latter tournaments in the CWL involved an amateur tournament running parallel to the main one, the introduction of Challengers’ Series gives a greater formalisation to competition below the best of the best.

With franchised spots in the CDL costing millions, it’s no surprise that some big name esports organisations have found themselves competing in the Challengers Series. One of these orgs is Renegades, the Detroit-based esports team that has come in and out of competitive CoD in recent years.

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Renegades have come and gone from the Call of Duty pro scene in the past.

On October 31, they announced their CoD roster for the upcoming Black Ops Cold War season, which will be the second season of the CDL and its accompanying Challenger Series.

Perhaps the biggest name in the new roster is Luke ‘Louqa’ Rigas, who represented Paris Legion in the CDL last year. It was an up-and-down year for the Paris Legion, who managed a second place finish at the online CDL Week 12 London event.

He is also joined by ex-Paris teammate Conrad ‘Shockz’ Rymarek, who is best known for his five years with Australian organisation Mindfreak from 2014 to 2019.

Rounding off the roster are Lincoln ‘Fighta’ Ferguson and Amer ‘Pred’ Zulbeari, making a fully Australian roster. The nationalities of all players means they will likely compete in the APAC region of the Challengers Series.

While Shockz and Louqa come off the back of mixed fortunes in the CDL, Fighta and Pred both joined Renegades in January of 2020. In the somewhat weaker field of APAC competition, their Renegades roster dominated the region’s Challenger tournaments during the Modern Warfare season.

Replacing half the team with CDL standard pros means it’s likely we’ll see similar domination this year, barring any shock performances from the other APAC teams.