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Meet the 9 players that have attended every single Call of Duty World Championship

Published: 24/Jul/2019 12:14 Updated: 24/Jul/2019 20:20

by Joe Craven

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With the 2019 Call of Duty World League Championships only a few weeks away, we take a look at the players who have been present at every single iteration of the prestigious tournament, and it’s fair to say there’s a few surprises in there. 

The 2019 Call of Duty World League Championship takes place from August 14 to August 18, as the best CoD players in the world descend on Los Angeles for their share of the $2 million prize pool. 

This will be the seventh instalment of Call of Duty’s most revered tournament; not including 2011’s CoD XP. Here are the nine players to have attended every single CoD Champs, as some of the game’s biggest names miss out. 

1. ACHES

DexertoACHES is a two time Call of Duty World Champion.

We kick off this list with Patrick ‘ACHES‘ Price, commonly regarded as one of the ‘villains’ of Call of Duty. This is likely due to his frequent clashes with fan favorites OpTic Gaming, most notably when his Cloud9 roster dispatched of OpTic in a dramatic Map 5 Round 11, back at 2016’s Black Ops III Championships. 

However, what remains indisputable is his incredible Call of Duty talent, as he picked up his second ring at 2018’s CoD Champs, while representing Evil Geniuses. This supplements his first world title, which he won back in 2014 on Ghosts, alongside the fabled compLexity roster of Karma, Crimsix and Teepee – with Mr X as coach. 

He currently plays on Team Envy, alongside SiLLY, Decemate, Gunless and Assault. 

2. Apathy 

DexertoApathy was close to retirement as a CoD pro, but stuck with the esport, and has taken home two rings.

Bryan ‘Apathy’ Zhelyazkov is another to have appeared at every CoD Champs. He is one of only two players (alongside JKap) to feature in three consecutive Champs Grand Finals, in 2016, 2017 and 2018. 

He won two of those, in Black Ops III on Envy, and WW2 on Evil Geniuses. In 2017, the same Envy roster that won the previous year, lost out to OpTic Gaming in the Grand Finals on Infinite Warfare. 

He currently plays alongside Xotic, Attach, JKap and Accuracy on Evil Geniuses.

3. Clayster

eUnitedClayster is one of CoD esports best known figures.

James ‘Clayster‘ Eubanks is one of the biggest names in Call of Duty esports, having been a staple member of the community since its inception nearly ten years ago. In that time, he has established himself as one of the best ARs of all time.

He has won one CoD Champs, during Advanced Warfare in 2015, while part of Denial eSports. Since then, he has struggled to find consistent placements, but recently won the CWL Grand Finals with eUnited, and they will look to take this fine form into the upcoming Champs. 

4. Crimsix

DexertoCrimsix is the most winningest CoD player of all time.

It’s impossible to have followed competitive Call of Duty and not come across Ian ‘Crimsix‘ Porter: a man so talented that winning has become habitual, rather than something requiring significant endeavour. 

A member of OpTic Gaming since November 2014, Crimsix has won 32 major tournaments in his time as a professional. He won CoD Champs in 2014, on the aforementioned compLexity Gaming roster, before taking 2017’s alongside Scump, FormaL and Karma, and completing the OpTic Gaming dynasty. 

He still plays alongside Scump and Karma on OpTic, as well as TJHaLy and Dashy.

5. JKap

Twitter: JKapJKap is the third-highest earning CoD pro of all time.
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Jordan ‘JKap‘ Kaplan is one of very few people to have won two CoD Champs. As previously mentioned, he featured in three consecutive Grand Finals, winning in 2015 on Denial, and 2016 on Team Envy. 

His impressive record at the biggest tournaments sees him place third on the list of highest earning CoD pros, with earnings of just under $700,000.

He currently plays on Evil Geniuses, alongside Xotic, Attach, Apathy and Accuracy.

6. Jurd

SplyceJurd has played for Splyce for just under 3 years.

Jordan ‘Jurd’ Crowley is one of only two European’s on this list, hailing from Ireland, and has never actually won the Call of Duty Championships, despite featuring at all 6 so far.

He is probably best known for winning CWL Stage 1 Finals in Infinite Warfare, on Splyce. The Splyce roster of 2017 is much different to the one he is part of today, where he plays alongside Loony, AquA, Temp and Huke. 

7. Saints

Cris Coy (@Hunt4Uno)/CWLSaints is a veteran of the CoD scene, but has struggled to find a long term home in the last few years.

Renato ‘Saints’ Forza, like Jurd, is one of the few players on this list to have never won a CoD Champs ring. His best finish at Champs came during Infinite Warfare, when Luminosity Gaming finished third, and took home $100,000. 

Since leaving Luminosity in late 2017, he has flitted between rosters, including Echo Fox, Evil Geniuses, PIT Knights and Midnight Esports. 

He currently plays for UYU, alongside Methodz, Blazt, Classic and Phantomz.

8. Scump

DexertoScump is arguably the most well-known CoD pro, with over 2m Twitter followers.

Seth ‘Scump‘ Abner is widely considered one of the best CoD players ever, and the best SMG player of all time. He was generally considered as being “cursed” at Champs, given his inability to win the tournament in his first four attempts. 

He is the only player on this list to have represented the same organization at every tournament he has attended;  repping the OpTic jersey alone for the past 6 years.

However, he broke this curse and cemented the OpTic Gaming dynasty when they lifted the 2017 World Championships, in what is generally considered the greatest roster of all time. He has struggled in Call of Duty since the end of Infinite Warfare, winning only one major tournament since then.

He will be hoping to turn this form around at 2019’s Champs, alongside the stacked roster of Karma, Crimsix, TJHaLy and Dashy. 

9. Tommey

DexertoTommey is the second European player to feature on the list.

Rounding off the list is Thomas ‘Tommey’ Trewren, a veteran English player who has never won a World Championship ring. Despite attending every CoD Champs so far, he has never finished above 9-12th. 

The only player on this list to qualify for 2019’s tournament via the Open Bracket, he currently plays on Sicario Gaming, alongside Chino, Proto, Exceed and Linney.

Who misses out?

Goonjar, Theory and Buzzo all miss out on Champs for the first time, after failing to qualify via the Open Bracket. 

Also very noticeable is the absence of Damon ‘Karma‘ Barlow, the only player to win three World Championship rings: 2013, 2014 and 2017. He was dropped by OpTic Gaming during the WW2 season and so missed the 2018 tournament, before rejoining the Greenwall for Black Ops 4. 

DexertoKarma is considered by many to be the best CoD player ever, thanks to his 3 rings.

For all the news and updates regarding this year’s Call of Duty World League Championships, stay tuned to Dexerto. 

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7 players to watch during 2021’s CDL Kickoff Classic

Published: 22/Jan/2021 19:02 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 20:03

by Theo Salaun

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Activision’s 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
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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

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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.