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Prestinni being benched by Florida Mutineers is no longer his decision

Published: 22/Mar/2020 22:22 Updated: 22/Mar/2020 22:32

by Brad Norton


Preston ‘Prestinni’ Sanderson may not be competing under the Florida Mayhem banners anytime soon as the Call of Duty League franchise seems set on having him ride the bench moving forward.

Having made the decision not to attend the Los Angeles Home Series event on March 7, the pro’s shoes were filled by competitive veteran Maurice ‘Fero’ Henriquez for the duration of the tournament where the squad finished in sixth place overall.

In the weeks that followed, Call of Duty League events have been canceled and matches have been shifted online, however, Prestinni hasn’t been able to return to his starting role as the Mutineers look to proceed in a different direction.

Prestinni (right) finished in fifth place at the CDL Launch weekend in Minnesota and second place in Atlanta.

As the Call of Duty scene prepares for the transition to online-only matches, season standings could be thrown for a loop as certain rosters begin to shine brighter than ever before under the new format. 

The Florida Mutineers appear to have found their groove while scrimming online with Fero, as a March 22 comment from Prestinni revealed that he is still benched weeks after the LA Home Series. 

“Not my decision anymore to be benched. So no that’s not the case,” he chimed in on a since-deleted Reddit thread pertaining to his future with the Mutineers. 

As the former World Champion intentionally sidelined himself ahead of the LA event, Prestinni has seemingly had no say in jumping back up to the main roster since Fero officially joined the Mutineers on March 6. 

While CDL substitutes aren’t allowed to actively compete in the Challengers scene, Preston appears to have been keeping busy with another roster all the while. “Before people start coming at me about scrimming with a new team, it’s just a team for fun to pass the time,” he explained on March 21.

“I’m still playing for [the] Mutineers,” he added, just 24 hours prior to commenting about the organization’s decision to keep him on the bench.

With no official word from the Mutineers on the matter, it seems all but guaranteed that their next online matches continue forward with Fero in the starting lineup alongside Colt ‘Havok’ McLendon, Chance ‘Maux’ Moncivaez, Cesar ‘Skyz’ Bueno, and Bradley ‘Frosty’ Bergstrom.

There are no dates set in stone for the return of CDL action, but you can keep up to date with the current standings and roster movements using our dedicated hub.

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NICKMERCS rates the best Warzone players from to Scump to HusKerrs

Published: 24/Oct/2020 1:06

by Theo Salaun


Tasked with drafting a team for a Call of Duty: Warzone tournament, NICKMERCS went through some of the game’s biggest names, ranking them while determining who he would most want to duo with.

To start Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards’ $10,000 “Cracked Creators” Warzone tournament, 16 creators were tasked with drafting their duo from 16 “cracked” streamers.

As one of the creators allowed to select their tandem, NICKMERCS sifted through 16 of the game’s best to determine who he would prefer to play with.

Ultimately, the FaZe streamer ended up putting his decision to a poll among his fans. But, before doing so, he originally went through all 16 and gave thoughts on how each of them ranks. And the options were varied, but all shared one thing in common: talent.

With professional Call of Duty League players like Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper and Seth ‘Scump’ Abner available, as well as Warzone streamers like Aydan and HusKerrs, the candidates were excellent. Still, NICKMERCS sifted through and broke down who he truly believes ranks as the battle royale’s best.

Segment begins at 00:20:45.

NICKMERCS starts by going through the list and just expressing what an absolute struggle it will be to pick from such a talented crop of peers: “Oh, it’s going to be so hard to pick man … No matter what, everybody that I would pick from is cracked.” But, after going through and complimenting practically everybody, he starts the process of elimination.

Since Nick chooses second after DrDisrespect, he immediately eliminates Zlaner as Doc’s likely first pick. Then, he eliminates JoeWo with two simple reasons: “I’ve never played with him and every time I play against him, I beat that little ass.”

Then, BobbyPoff is gone: “BobbyPoff, I love the guy, but take him off the list.” And the “Scarf Lord” is followed quickly by the Chicago Huntsmen’s FormaL and Scump: “Love ‘em, love ‘em. But I feel like there’s better BR players.” After that, things start getting complicated.

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The list of “cracked” players in Hitch’s Cracked Creators Warzone tournament.

Similar to Zlaner, Nick decides to sacrifice Merk so that he can play with his longtime duo, Maven. Then, recognizing that all of these remaining players are absolute menaces on Verdansk, he goes with two simple metrics to determine his personal preference. He immediately prioritizes controller players and the highest earners in Warzone tournaments.

That eliminates stars like HusKerrs and Symfuhny for their mouse and keyboard usage, while also eliminating Crowder and DougIsRaw for their low earnings. Finally, he eliminates Jukeyz because of his struggles understanding the UK maestro’s accent and decides to put the decision to a poll.


Ultimately, it’s between Aydan and Tommey, with Cloakzy popping on to let NICKMERCS know that Aydan’s been playing some Fortnite recently. That leaves the FaZe star choosing Tommey, noting that “he’s got great communication, phenomenal player, guaranteed to get some chopper kills off rip.”

Despite going through full rankings for his options and landing upon an excellent duo, the decision-making process proved to be futile. NICKMERCS and Tommey could only end in the Top 12 for the tournament, while the easily dismissed BobbyPoff actually came in first place.