It’s fair to say that the 100 Thieves Call of Duty team has performed below expectations since the start of the Black Ops 4 season, so Jonathan ‘Pacman’ Tucker’s CWL Pro League prediction came as quite the surprise.
Despite boasting a star-studded roster filled with former champions, 100 Thieves failed to impress at CWL Las Vegas before scraping through the last chance qualifier and immediately deciding that a team change was in order.
FaZe Clan’s Preston ‘Priestahh’ Greiner has been brought in on loan for the duration of the CWL Pro League in place of Maurice ‘Fero’ Henriquez, and Pacman seems to believe that things are about to turn around for Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat and company.
“I’m going with 100 Thieves,” the CWL analyst stated when asked who would win the league. “They have a whole six months to focus on what’s needed and who always improves his team when it comes time? SlasheR.
“In Infinite Warfare SlasheR’s team was placing top 24. Worse than they are now. He stuck with the team, they went from top 24 to second at champs. I’m telling you that he has a way of improving his team over time.”
Pacman, a former professional player turned analyst, was taking part in the CWL’s popular ‘Trading Shots’ talk show where members of the broadcast team go to war over competitive CoD topics, but his CWL Pro League Season 1 prediction blew Anthony ‘NAMELESS’ Wheeler’s mind.
“How can you possibly say 100 Thieves after what we’ve seen?” he exclaimed. “They were getting 50 point clubbed at CWL Las Vegas! They were getting beat by teams of players that they've never even watch play.
“They were getting destroyed by them at the Pro League qualifier, they barely qualified top two! They’re lucky that they’re in the position they are right now. They pick up a player that couldn’t even qualify on his own team and you expect them to win the Pro League season when we have teams like Splyce, we have teams like OpTic!
“We have teams like eUnited and Luminosity Gaming for god’s sake. You think they’re going to be able to just consistently beat them over the course of a season and then win playoffs? I think 100 Thieves is more of a team that’s going to maybe make a play for CoD champs later in the year."
Pacman fired back by pointing out that nobody would have predicted Evil Geniuses’ Call of Duty World Championship win in 2018 and that 100 Thieves has time to improve before the season concludes.
However, a LOT of improvements will need to be made, and a fair few stars will need to align, in order for Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag’s organization to turn things around and become a championship calibre Black Ops 4 team.