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Simp reveals how Clayster started his pro Call of Duty career

Published: 22/Aug/2020 11:47 Updated: 22/Aug/2020 17:32

by Daniel Cleary


Atlanta FaZe star Chris ‘Simp’ Lehr explained how Call of Duty veteran James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks helped him during the early stages of his time competing and claimed that he “accelerated” his career as a pro player.

After winning CoD Champs 2019 and receiving the MVP award with eUnited during his rookie year, Simp is still looked at as one of the most dangerous players to face in the Call of Duty League.


The 19-year-old star is now competing under Atlanta FaZe with an explosive, star-studded roster and he and his team are one of the top contenders at the final tournament of the year, once again.

simp competing for eUnited's call of duty team
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Simp is one of the top players competing in the Call of Duty League.

Although he was not lacking in skills, Simp revealed that when he was still making a name for himself as an SnD player, one pro player, in particular, played a huge role in fast-tracking his career to the top.


Lehr claimed that his former teammate and Call of Duty legend Clayster was a huge help as he was coming up, revealing that he had been ‘one of his first friends and a mentor,’ in his feature with ThePlayersTribune.

“But somebody who helped in a different way was Clayster,” Simp explained. “He followed my amateur career and reached out to me a few times. He was always there if I had any questions or needed anything.”

Simp and Clayster after winning a match
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Clayster and Simp went on a dominant run with eUnited in 2019, winning the CWL playoffs and CoD Champs towards the end of the year.

Simp first began turning heads during the Call of Duty: WWII season and explained that Clayster was one of the first to highlight his rise, “when he helped get me some attention in 2018 when he was with eUnited, it accelerated my career.”


After a year under eUnited’s academy team or the “eUnited Cadets”, alongside other upcoming stars such as iLLeY and Cellium, Simp was promoted to the main roster before having an incredible run in 2019.

“Like I always believed deep down I’d make it one day,” he later admitted, “but without Clay’s help I don’t think I’d have been part of the eUnited team in 2019.”

Simp will be looking to go back-to-back at this year’s CDL Playoffs, however, his old teammate, Clayster, is also in the running, with the Dallas Empire on the opposite side of the bracket. You can check out their CDL Playoff schedule, along with the rest of the matches, at our CDL event hub here.

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CDL’s Florida Mutineers announce $25K Warzone tourney: how to qualify

Published: 13/Oct/2020 23:13

by Albert Petrosyan


Call of Duty League franchise, Florida Mutineers, are putting together a Warzone tournament series that will give interested players a chance to compete against big-name pros and content creators for a slice of the $25,000 prize pool.

With the dog days of the Call of Duty League offseason very much upon us, more and more teams are entering the business of hosting Warzone competitions, with the Florida Mutineers being the latest example.


Along with one of their leading sponsors, Cox, the Mutineers have organized the Elite Gamer event, a series of Warzone tournaments that will culminate with a $25,000 championship featuring a lot of popular figures in and out of the gaming world.

Before that, however, players in the United States will get a chance to compete in several smaller play-in competitions, which will feature their own prizes as well as qualifier spots for the main event.

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Warzone tournaments have been all the rage in CoD since the CDL’s offseason began.

Elite Gamer Play-In tournaments: dates & how to sign up

There are four duos play-in tournaments for the Elite Gamer event, the first of which was already played on October 2. The next three are on October 13, 21, and 23, all of which are open to anyone in the US.

These smaller competitions feature prizes from SCUF Gaming, Astro Gaming, and the Florida Mutineers organization, with the top-two duo teams from each one advancing to the Pro-Am Championship.

Those interested in playing can sign up by visiting the Elite Gamer Warzone Tournament Series website here, which also contains all of the detailed rules and a list of prizes.

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The Florida Mutineers’ Elite Gamers Warzone series features $25,000 in prizes.

Elite Gamer $25,000 Pro-Am Championship

The Elite Gamer series will wrap up on October 27 with the $25,000 Pro-Am Championship tournament, which will feature “celebrities, professional athletes, musicians, and top CDL players,” according to the team.

$15,000 will go to the first-place duo, $5,000 to second place, and the remaining $5,000 will be donated to The Call of Duty Endowment – a non-profit organization that seeks to help veterans find high-quality careers by supporting groups that prepare them for the job market and by raising awareness of the value veterans bring to the workplace.

Several players have already been confirmed, including Thomas ‘Tommey’ Trewren and Aydan ‘Aydan’ Conrad – popular streamers who have already won several high-profile Warzone competitions. The full list of participants will likely get revealed at some point ahead of the main event.

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Aydan is one of the big-name content creators participating in this Elite Gamers Warzone event.

That’s all we know about this tournament series so far; while the details regarding the actual format haven’t been announced yet, considering that it’s a “pro-am” tournament, each Warzone player will likely be paired up with someone from outside the gaming industry.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter @DexertoINTEL as we’ll be bringing you the latest info as the Championship’s date draws nearer.