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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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Scump explains why new CDL “bubble” in Texas is a big advantage

Published: 28/Jan/2021 5:55 Updated: 28/Jan/2021 6:01

by Brad Norton


All of OpTic Chicago, along with a majority of other pro teams, have relocated to Texas for the Call of Duty League 2021 season, and Seth ‘Scump’ Abner believes it’s going to give them a huge “advantage” over their CDL rivals.

With the switch to online play in 2020, teams were scattered across the United States. Players could be competing from the other side of the country with a significant network disadvantage.

Given LAN events are still a ways off due to the ongoing global crisis, a majority of CDL pros have established a makeshift “bubble” in Texas to combat the issue. With all players in one location, Scump argues that it only benefits teams for the year ahead.

“I absolutely love it,” he said on January 27. With his teammates all training out the H3CZQUARTERS facility, there appear to be no excuses for the upcoming season.

Being in the one location affords a degree of team bonding that you just can’t get online, according to Scump.“I think it has tremendously improved our team chemistry. Every single night [the team] is always hanging out after scrims.”

“You can just tell. It feels like we trust each other a lot more inside of the game. We trust each other to make good decisions and do the right things on the map.”

From OpTic’s standpoint, it’s not just the team chemistry that’s proving valuable. “On top of that, you have the sheer connection advantage,” Scump added.

“I believe 31 of 48 players are in Texas right now and it might even be more than that. Clearly, Texas has some sort of connection advantage for people to want to pick up their lives and move down here to compete.”

We’ve already seen the move pay dividends for OpTic as they recently blitzed through the LA Thieves 3-0 in the Kickoff Classic. “We’ve been playing super good. I can’t even remember the last time we lost a scrim set. It’s been amazing to have the whole team here and I think it’s only going to benefit us moving forward.”

With other teams having followed suit with a move to Texas, it should help establish a more even playing field for a majority of matchups this year.