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Gunless Answers the Question If Rise Nation CoD is a Dynasty or Not

Published: 16/Jul/2018 15:02 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:07

by DG Goldstein


Rise Nation has become the most dominant team across the Call of Duty: WWII competitive season with three major Championships under their belt.

Although the Call of Duty: WWII season was kicked off with Team Kaliber winning the first two major LAN events at CWL Dallas and New Orleans, other squads have taken over the title of ‘best team in the game’ over time.

Now that Stage Two of the CWL Pro League is almost complete with Division B having only one more week of matches, many would say that Rise Nation is the most dominant team in CoD: WWII with three major LAN titles to their name.

The ‘core-three’ of Rise, Danny ‘Loony’ Loza, TJ ‘TJHaLy’ Haly, and Peirce ‘Gunless’ Hillman, won their first event alongside current OpTic Gaming player Anthony ‘Methodz’ Zinni during CWL Atlanta back in March, however, decided to part ways with him following a 7th-8th placing at the CWL Pro League Stage One Playoffs.

They subsequently picked up former Team Envy member Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat, one of the most dominant Assault Rifle player across the professional CoD scene, and went on to win CWL Seattle and CWL Anaheim, along with consistent performances at Stage Two of the Pro Leauge, as of writing.

With all the success, some community members have raised the question regarding if Rise is, or potentially can be, a ‘dynasty.’ Yet in an interview with ESPN, Gunless mentioned what it took for other infamous teams such as OpTic Gaming and compLexity in order to be given the dynasty title.

“We’ve just got to do what people who have been a part of dynasties do. OpTic, they’ve won a countless amount of championships in those three years they were together […] EG and compLexity, I think they’ve won just as many tournaments as OpTic, almost.”

Gunless competing at CWL New Orleans (January, 2018_

He later went on to discredit any claims of Rise Nation currently being held in the same regard as those squads, although, Gunless may be open to revisiting the question following the completion of the CoD: WWII competitive season at the Call of Duty Championship in August.

“We’re not a dynasty yet, nor even close. I’ll answer that question when and if we win the championship.”

Gunless and the remainder of the Rise Nation CoD team will be looking to finish strong in Stage Two of the CWL Pro League and will have their eyes on the $500,000 Playoff in late July.

Source: ESPN

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Renegades announce new CoD roster ahead of second Challengers season

Published: 31/Oct/2020 14:17 Updated: 31/Oct/2020 14:20

by Joe Craven


Esports organisation Renegades have revealed their Call of Duty roster for the second season of the CDL’s Challengers Series, including players from last year’s Paris Legion roster. 

The switch from the Call of Duty World League to the Call of Duty League represents the greatest shake-up competitive CoD has ever seen. While latter tournaments in the CWL involved an amateur tournament running parallel to the main one, the introduction of Challengers’ Series gives a greater formalisation to competition below the best of the best.

With franchised spots in the CDL costing millions, it’s no surprise that some big name esports organisations have found themselves competing in the Challengers Series. One of these orgs is Renegades, the Detroit-based esports team that has come in and out of competitive CoD in recent years.

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Renegades have come and gone from the Call of Duty pro scene in the past.

On October 31, they announced their CoD roster for the upcoming Black Ops Cold War season, which will be the second season of the CDL and its accompanying Challenger Series.

Perhaps the biggest name in the new roster is Luke ‘Louqa’ Rigas, who represented Paris Legion in the CDL last year. It was an up-and-down year for the Paris Legion, who managed a second place finish at the online CDL Week 12 London event.

He is also joined by ex-Paris teammate Conrad ‘Shockz’ Rymarek, who is best known for his five years with Australian organisation Mindfreak from 2014 to 2019.

Rounding off the roster are Lincoln ‘Fighta’ Ferguson and Amer ‘Pred’ Zulbeari, making a fully Australian roster. The nationalities of all players means they will likely compete in the APAC region of the Challengers Series.

While Shockz and Louqa come off the back of mixed fortunes in the CDL, Fighta and Pred both joined Renegades in January of 2020. In the somewhat weaker field of APAC competition, their Renegades roster dominated the region’s Challenger tournaments during the Modern Warfare season.

Replacing half the team with CDL standard pros means it’s likely we’ll see similar domination this year, barring any shock performances from the other APAC teams.