FaZe Clan Call of Duty star James ‘Replays’ Crowder has explained why the team has switched up some roles ahead of the 2018 Call of Duty World Championship.
The veteran player stated: “we are 5-13 in Hardpoint from Anaheim to Stage 2. We have won five maps since Anaheim in Hardpoint.”
The CWL Pro League Stage 1 winner then went on to explain that the team decided to “try and go over VODs and figure out what the fuck was wrong with our gameplay because we couldn’t figure it out.”
However, despite Replays noticing a lot of tendencies that other teams don’t do and making some changes, FaZe struggled at the Stage 2 playoffs, finishing in 5th - 6th place.
The 21-year-old goes on to say “we come home from Stage 2, we start scrimming, and we still get absolutely fucking fried, we scrimmed eUnited or some shit and literally went like 2-14 in map count”.
After making changes to their gameplay and seeing no improvements, Replays says “we decided that I think it’s time for a role change because we won five Hardpoints in the last three months of tournament situations”.
The FaZe star was responding to questions after a message on Preston ‘Priestahh’ Greiner’s stream caught the attention of fans on August 5:
“We felt that we needed a change, and it works for us, so trust the process. New roles as follows; Me - Main AR | Replays - Sub | Attach - Flex | ZooMaa - Sub”
With the Call of Duty World Championship set to take place from August 15 - 19, the players have just two weeks to settle in to their new roles.
FaZe Clan has been drawn in Group E for the $1.5 million event alongside compLexity Gaming, Enigma6 Group and Morituri eSports.