Ahead of the second event of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 season, CWL Fort Worth, a handful of Pro League teams made changes – but which ones paid off the most?
The winners of Fort Worth, Luminosity, and runners-up Splyce, actually made no roster changes at all, so there is an argument that sticking together is sometimes the best option. But, that would be ignoring the disappointing performances of eUnited, OpTic and Envy, who all placed outside of the top eight.
So, of the teams who did make roster changes, who had the biggest impact on improving the team?
Using adjusted K/D (which weights SnD K/D slightly higher to give a more accurate picture of overall impact) via CoDStats, here are the best performers on new teams.
6. Attach – aK/D: 1.20, K/D: 1.17
It’s true that Evil Geniuses only won two maps throughout the whole event, crashing out in top 16, so we can’t place him higher on this list. But EG’s placing wasn’t for lack of trying on the part of new recruit Dillon ‘Attach‘ Price.
Admittedly, he only had 14 maps total to impress but impress he did. An adjusted K/D ratio of 1.20 sees him 5th overall, and well ahead of his next highest teammate, Royalty, who put up only a 0.94 aK/D.
Attach was easily their best individual performer, and Evil Geniuses will need to hold on to him if they hope to improve as a team.
5. Parzelion – aK/D: 1.17, K/D: 1.21
After a turbulent rostermania period for Midnight Esports, star player Saul ‘Parzelion’ Masse-Siguenza was essentially forced into finding a new team and landed on UYU.
UYU will be thankful for the addition though, as he put up impressive numbers all weekend, and was a major factor in wins over Heretics and his former organization, Midnight. He was 8th overall in adjusted K/D for the event.
They were eliminated by eventual 3rd place team Reciprocity and placed top 12, but Parzelion proved to be a major asset for this new UYU roster.
4. Envoy – aK/D: 1.06, K/D: 1.13
When Michael ‘SpaceLy’ Schmale was dropped from Gen.G, it shocked most of the competitive community, pro players included. But, Gen.G players had obviously seen the talent of Dylan ‘Envoy’ Hannon, and when he became available, made their move to secure his signature.
On their way to a top 8 finish, Gen.G topped their pool before running into eventual champions LG in the first round. They put up a valiant effort, taking LG to a map five, and then eliminated OpTic in the losers bracket, again by way of a game five.
Envoy undoubtedly improved Gen.G’s slaying power and should be able to help them hold on to their top spot in Division A of the Pro League.
3. Chino – aK/D: 0.98, K/D: 0.95
Although his stats are not as good as others mentioned here, Martin ‘Chino‘ Chino proved his worth by playing a big hand in getting Enigma6 a top 6 finish, the organization’s highest finish since CWL Anaheim 2017.
Enigma6’s overall performance was a massive improvement over their top 32 placing at the first event, CWL Las Vegas, and Chino might just be what the team needs to push them into the top half of Division B in the Pro League.
2. Priestahh – aK/D: 1.06, K/D: 1.10
Perhaps 100 Thieves and Preston ‘Priestahh‘ Greener would have been number one on this list if it wasn’t for an unfortunate illness striking the former FaZe Clan player at the worst possible time.
100 Thieves were easily one of the most improved teams at Fort Worth, and while credit must be given to the turnaround made by players like Kenny ‘Kenny‘ Williams and new coach James ‘Crowder‘ Crowder, Priestahh was crucial in their new found success.
Even while being violently sick, Priestahh managed a 50 kill hardpoint game against Enigma6, and once he’s back to full health, 100T should be ready to hold on to their top spot in Division B.
1. Dylan – aK/D: 1.09, K/D 1.08
Reciprocity may have missed out on reaching the Grand Final, but the fact they even made the winners final, after only managing top 12 at CWL Las Vegas, is largely due to the stellar performance of Dylan ‘Dylan’ Henderson.
Replacing Denholm ‘Denz’ Taylor on the starting lineup, Dylan made an instant impact, leading Reciprocity in slaying, and finishing the event in 13th overall for aK/D. Reciprocity won the ‘group of death’ before going on a four-game winning streak through the losers bracket, defeating UYU, Gen.G, Red Reserve and 100T, before finally losing to Splyce.
Reciprocity now turn their attention back to the Pro League, where they sit second from bottom in Division A with a 2-5 record, but with the addition of Dylan, they will be considered one of the team’s most likely to turn it around.