CWL Analyst Anthony ‘NAMELESS’ Wheeler has called the decision by UYU to bench Tristan ‘Spoof’ Green in favor of Anthony ‘Methodz’ Zinni “unacceptable” and “disrespectful”.
NAMELESS, a veteran professional player himself, was clearly angered by the move, as Spoof’s hard work to qualify for the Pro League after multiple attempts was reduced to nothing, at the hands of the organization.
Spoof had helped the team earn their spot at the Pro League qualifier, but was essentially dropped by the team before league matches began, as Methodz (who was recruited as a substitute) took his place.
During an episode of Trading Shots on February 4, NAMELESS spoke on the move in an impassioned rant, calling it “incredibly disrespectful”.
UYU faced heavy backlash following the announcement, and NAMELESS suggests they brought it on themselves, by placing a spotlight and further pressure on their players.
“Now, what UYU has done, is put all the pressure from the community onto their team, all eyes are going to be on them, and everyone’s going to want to see them fail,” NAMELESS exclaimed, continuing “[Spoof] was being a team player and gets released – it’s unacceptable.”
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NAMELESS points out that even despite not using a damage heavy specialist in Crash, Spoof still had a better kill/death ratio than two of his teammates at the qualifier, making the move even more peculiar.
UYU’s first match of the Pro League will not ease them in either, as they will have to face off against the Division favorites in OpTic Gaming, winners of CWL Las Vegas. Although OpTic did lose their opening match vs Midnight, so there’s a chance that UYU can pull something similar.
Watch the full episode of Trading Shots via the Call of Duty World League below.