The Call of Duty franchise that will be representing Paris has announced its starting roster for the inaugural 2020 season of the new league.
With Call of Duty esports transitioning to a franchise model starting from the 2020 campaign, the 12 confirmed organizations involved have begun forming the rosters that they will be fielding once the competition kicks off.
One of those teams is Paris CoD, who announced the entirety of their roster all at once on October 2.
Featuring on the squad are three Australian players - Shockz, Louqa, and Denz - all of whom have played for Mindfreak in the past.
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Filling out the rest of the team are two Americans, KiSMET and Phantomz, the Englishman Zed, and French-born Breszy. At this point, it's not clear which of these players will be in the starting lineup once the season kicks off.
PARIS CALL OF DUTY FRANCHISE FULL ROSTER:
- Luke 'Louqa' Rigas
- Conrad 'Shockz' Rymarek
- Denhold 'Denz' Taylor
- Matthew 'KiSMET' Tinsley
- Timothy 'Phantomz' Landis
- Zach 'Zed' Denyer
- Paul 'Breszy' Breszynski
— COD Paris (@COD_Paris) October 3, 2019
Shockz represented Mindfreak for a whopping five years from 2014-2019 before leaving to join Paris CoD. In 2019, from January to April, he served as Red Reserve's substitute at the CWL Pro League, before being let go when the organization dismantled and sold its league spot to FaZe Clan.
Louqa joined the Australian side in September of 2018 after having spent the previous four years with eight different organizations. During the 2019 CWL season, he filled the substitute role for Gen.G, but was never called upon to play.
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The two were part of the most dominant amateur team in the Black Ops 4 season. After failing to qualify for the league, they went on to place first at the open events in London and Anaheim, following a second-place finish at Fort Worth.
However, at the Amateur Finals, they shocked the Call of Duty scene by finishing 25-32, which meant that they would stunningly fail to qualify for the CWL Championships in Los Angeles.
As for Denz, he left Mindfreak in September 2018 to join Team Reciprocity, where he was initially part of the starting lineup, was then demoted to the substitute's role in March, but then returned to the starting squad in May.
KiSMET and Breszy both featured for Enigma6 Group during the 2019 season, with the latter joining very late into the campaign after parting ways with Elevate.
Their squad put in perhaps the most surprising performance at Champs, finishing all the way up in fourth place after taking down the likes of Luminosity and UNITS in the Winners Bracket.
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Zed had a very strong season with Team Reciprocity after joining in October 2018, as the team had some good placings throughout the season, including a top-six finish at Champs.
Phantomz spent much of Black Ops 4 bouncing from team to team, at one point ending up with FaZe Clan, who subsequently loaned him out to Evil Geniuses and UYU, with whom he completed the season.
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