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Skrapz and Crowder gobsmacked by Envy’s decision with Huke

Published: 21/Jun/2019 14:06 Updated: 21/Jun/2019 14:44

by Connor Bennett

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FaZe Clan’s Matthew ‘Skrapz’ Marshall and 100 Thieves coach James ‘Crowder’ Crowder expressed their shock after Cuyler ‘Huke’ Garland joined Splyce for ‘free’ from Team Envy.

The final rostermania period of the Black Ops 4 season concluded on June 20, with teams locking-in their line-ups ahead of Call of Duty World Championships.

A few late surprises came in the window, but there was none bigger than Huke’s move to Splyce. The former Team Envy star joined up with the perennial challengers on loan and sparked the CoD world into a huge debate – fans and professionals alike.

Team Envy - TwitterHuke departed Team Envy on loan to fill the empty spot on Splyce.

Alongside James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks and Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat, Skrapz and Crowder had been recapping the sweeping changes on the June 20 edition of the Crowder Hours podcast. After recapping the other set of moves, the foursome quickly shifted onto the Team Envy changes and Huke’s departure.

“I don’t understand this one,” started the 100 Thieves coach as the podcast changed course to Huke’s move. “How the fuck did Cuyler get on Splyce for free?”

It didn’t take long for him to get a reply as Skrapz too questioned the thought process behind it. He jokingly added: “I need to know who’s smoking the good stuff over there bro. I need some of that!” He wasn’t finished there though, as he ramped things up a little further. “Who the fuck would let him go on loan?”

The new FaZe Clan player also took issue with the fact that Envy didn’t get similar value in return from Splyce, adding that he was “speechless” because of it.

On the flip side, Splyce will clearly be hoping to flip their bargain move into the push they need to reach the summit of CoD esports. So far in the Black Ops 4 season, the North American-European mix squad has come close to claiming victory at a number of events, but have ultimately fallen short.

They will have plenty of time to gel through online practice and the remained of the Pro League as they won’t be in LAN action until the competition’s finals in Miami. Teams will converge on Florida in less than a months time, as the playoffs kick off on July 19 to July 21.

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Crimsix backs “underrated” Slacked after CoD pro is snubbed by CDL teams

Published: 31/Oct/2020 11:10

by Joe Craven

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Call of Duty legend Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter has backed fellow pro player Josiah ‘Slacked’ Berry, after Slacked revealed he is set for a period in the Challengers League with no CDL teams willing to take him. 

While not a competitor for the title of best player of all time, Josiah ‘Slacked’ Berry has consistently proven himself to be among the very best Call of Duty professionals in the world. He has won a host of major tournaments, most recently CWL Fort Worth in Black Ops 4 and CWL Birmingham in WWII.

However, the Modern Warfare season proved incredibly challenging for Slacked and his Seattle Surge roster. The team were barely competitive at any tournament, and three-time CoD World Champion Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow announced his retirement amid their struggles.

Now, as the Call of Duty League heads towards its second season, it seems the Surge’s struggles are fresh in the minds of the powers that be, because Slacked is set to face a season in the Challengers portion of the League.

Seattle Surge original roster for the first CDL season
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Seattle Surge’s roster has collapsed off the back of a poor first season.

Slacked to miss out on CDL?

On October 30, the ex-Luminosity pro tweeted that he was “shocked” at how the offseason has gone so far, with offers from CDL teams essentially non-existent.

“[I’m] still a F/A and looking like challengers,” he said. “Won back to back to back to back titles & had the best average placing before MW out of anyone other than the OpTic dynasty. So sad how the CoD scene is ran nowadays.”

CoD World Champion and all-time great Crimsix involved himself in the discussion, backing his fellow pro to find a CDL team ahead of the new season.

“CDL teams… cmon guys…” he tweeted. “Slacked is a prime example of a player who makes the people around him better. Consistent for years and, in my humble opinion, severely underrated in terms of what he can bring to a team.”

The endorsement, particularly from one of the very best to ever play Call of Duty, is a big compliment for Slacked. Whether it sees him picked up by a CDL outfit remains another issue, but it’s clear that at least some of those at the very top believe Slacked has what it takes to perform at the highest level.

The second CDL season is set to be fascinating, with Nadeshot’s 100 Thieves set to acquire the spot previously held by Los Angeles OpTic, and rumors that the Greenwall brand will find its way back to H3CZ in Chicago. We’ll be the first to update you if it does.