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Priestahh & Simp explain why Atlanta Faze aren’t the CDL’s best team yet

Published: 14/May/2020 11:00

by Joe Craven


Despite their win at the most recent CDL Florida, Preston ‘Priestahh’ Griener and Chris ‘Simp’ Lehr have said that their Atlanta FaZe roster are not yet the best team in the Call of Duty League… yet. 

While Priestahh has been around for a fair while, Simp exploded onto the scene during the Black Ops 4 season, and is now considered one of the best players in competitive Call of Duty. The pair have formed the backbone of an impressive Atlanta FaZe roster, who’ve racked up a couple of tournament wins so far this season.

The team overcame a resurgent OpTic Gaming Los Angeles in the Grand Finals of CDL Florida, taking their tournament victories for the season to two. The win (and the subsequent 50 CDL points) has moved Atlanta FaZe to 170 overall, 20 points ahead of second placed Dallas Empire.

Atlanta FaZe are top of the CDL standings now all teams have attended 5 events.

Despite being 20 points clear of Dallas and 40 points clear of third-placed Chicago, Priestahh and Simp, arguably Atlanta FaZe’s two best players so far, have explained why they don’t consider themselves the best team in the CDL, yet.

It’s fair to say that, if their lead over their rivals increases, we will all soon consider them to be the best team in the league. For now, though, Simp and Priestahh are just taking things one event at a time.

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Envoy explains why SMGs “are not viable” in Black Ops Cold War

Published: 26/Nov/2020 7:25

by Brad Norton


Black Ops Cold War may have some strong Submachine Guns, but OpTic Chicago’s Dylan ‘Envoy’ Hannon believes Assault Rifles are absolutely dominant when it comes to competitive play.

Treyarch’s latest release has barely been out for a few weeks but a meta is already forming. As Call of Duty League teams get valuable practice time in, and dozens of early tournaments set the tone, a trend seems to have emerged.

2019’s Modern Warfare featured a solid mix of SMGs and ARs throughout the year. However, Black Ops Cold War is all but dominated by ARs, according to both Envoy and OpTic teammate Seth ‘Scump’ Abner.

While scrimming Atlanta FaZe and a few other CDL teams, they “were getting bodied,” due to the AR dominance. “The subs are not viable in this game at all,” Envoy followed up.

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Could SMGs be struggling to keep up all year in Black Ops Cold War? Envoy certainly thinks so.

As the primary SMG user on the team, Envoy is the one that will be sticking to the class for essentially every single map. Previous years have featured various mixes of roles, though this year appears to be leaning towards a three-to-one split: Three players running with ARs, and just one with an SMG in-hand.

“On certain maps it’s like three (ARs) and one sub on each team,” Scump explained. However, certain teams are even going a step beyond that due to the sheer power of ARs in Black Ops Cold War.

“We ran into New York and they ran four AK74’s on Moscow,” Envoy said. “I was mind blown. I feel like subs are just harder in this game. We switched to the AK-74u and it’s a bit easier but the MP5 was just impossible.”

Obviously, it’s still early days. Things could change drastically before the start of the 2021 season. Balance updates are already coming through from Treyarch, so SMGs could get some love sooner than later. For the time being though, Black Ops Cold War has Envoy “wishing [he] had an AR.”

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This isn’t entirely a result of weapon balancing either. There’s more that goes into shaping the meta than first meets the eye. “It’s part of the map design too,” Envoy explained. “How many [head glitches], how many open lanes, where the hills are at.” With four ARs, some objectives are “just unbreakable.”

There’s no date set in stone for the 2021 season just yet. Though we’ll be sure to keep you updated as the meta evolves in the lead-up to the next year of CDL action.