During CWL Anaheim, a number of top Call of Duty players answered one of the age old questions – who is the most underrated player?
Which player doesn’t get enough credit from the casters, the fans, the media or the pro players themselves? Which player is doing all the right things, but not getting their plaudits? It’s a question which often throws up some surprising answers.
It is much more clear cut currently who the best player is, thanks to his back-to-back championships and MVP awards, Rise Nation’s Pierce “Gunless” Hillman has been lighting up competitive CoD since his breakout in 2017.
And there are the other usual suspects, top AR’s such as Austin “SlasheR” Liddicoat, Sam “Octane” Larew, top flex players like Ian “Crimsix” Porter or top SMG’s Johnathan “John” Perez or Thomas “TJHaLy” Haly.
At the past CWL Anaheim, Twin Galaxies caught up with a number of top Call of Duty players, and put the question to them – who is the most underrated player?
In typical fashion, a number of these players picked their own teammates, but nonetheless some of the answers are particularly surprising.
Brice “Faccento” Faccento – Answer: Cuyler “Huke” Garland (Team Envy)
“I think he does a lot for that team, and he’s really, really talented.”
Kenny “Kenny” Williams – A: Maurice “Fero” Henriquez (Team Kaliber)
“People don’t give him credit since he’s an SnD star, has an ego, but he’s a phenomenal player.”
Martin “Chino” Chino – A: Jacob “Decemate” Cato (Team Envy)
“People still underestimate him, but I feel like he’s proven throughout Stage Two, even the last event, that he can be a really good [SMG] player.”
Pierce “Gunless” Hillman – A: Nicholas “Classic” DiCostanzo (Team Envy)
“He does things that people don’t realize he does, and makes [opponent’s] lives a lot harder.”
Bradley “Wuskin” Marshall – A: Josiah “Slacked” Berry (Luminosity)
Luminosity player Slacked is not always the star of the show, but Wuskin feels he doesn’t get enough credit, perhaps due to his teammates stealing the limelight.
Matthew “Skrapz” Marshall – A: Joseph “Joee” Pinnington (Red Reserve)
“Only the smarter pros understand what Joee does on a map and what he brings to a team.”
Preston “Priestahh” Greener – A: James “Replays” Crowder (FaZe Clan)
“He’s insane, he just has a different role to a lot of other AR players that just slay and get a lot of kills, he does so much for us and a lot of people don’t understand that.”
Sam “Larew” Octane – A: Seth “Scump” Abner (OpTic Gaming)
“As of late he’s been getting back to his final form, a lot of people have been saying he hasn’t played as well this year, but he’s been picking it up.”
The players themselves are often guilty of picking their own teammates, but three different Envy players being picked is significant, especially considering they eventually badly underperformed at Anaheim, finishing top 16.
Octane’s pick of Scump may also surprise some, and he may want to retract that after Scump’s mistake in SnD against Red Reserve has been widely criticized as a major reason they were eliminated from the tournament.
You can watch the full video from Twin Galaxies below.