United Kingdom-based esports organization Imperial have made their way back into Call of Duty esports with the unveiling of their roster for the Black Ops 4 competitive season.
Imperial put out an announcement on November 21 revealing their new roster for the 2018-19 competitive season, which features four players from the UK and one from Belgium.
Jordan 'Reedy' Reed
Stephen 'Vortex' Allen
Billy 'Hawqeh' Harris
Tom 'Moose' Handley
Bjarne 'Denza' Sleebus
We said we were going back to our roots..— The Imperial (@theimperialgg) November 21, 2018
We're now ready and proud to announce our Call of Duty team for #BlackOps4!
Welcome @Reedy_1905, @BSDenza, @SteVortex, @Hawqeh_ and @Mooseman95 to the #ImperialEmpire. pic.twitter.com/qYISdPz4S7
All five players are expected to represent the org at the upcoming CWL Vegas tournament - the first major event of the Black Ops 4 season set to take place December 7-9 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Because of the roster's strong performances in the first three MLG 2000 Series EU tournaments, they've qualified for a place in the CWL Vegas play-in tournament, where they will face UYU in the first round.
Qualifying via the play-in tournament would advance Imperial directly to Pool Play and allow them to avoid the gauntlet of the Open Bracket, which they'd otherwise have to go through to qualify for Pools.
After a five year hiatus from CoD esports, Imperial made a return in 2017 for the Infinite Warfare season, but their teams since then have largely failed to achieve success
Their latest roster placed first at the CWL UK National Circuit Stage 4 and qualified for the 2018 CWL LCQ, where they placed 17-24 and missed out on a place Champs.
This new group of players could prove to be a different story, however, as they represent years of experience at the highest level of EU CoD.
Moose and Denza are coming off a strong season with Team Vitality, where they placed 9-12 at Champs, while Vortex, Hawqeh, and Reedy spent last season with Epsilon Esports, playing in both Stages of the CWL Pro League as well as all six major LAN tournaments.
The prospect of success has excited Imperial CEO Oli Adams, who is very confident in their new assortment of players: "We're very excited about getting back into COD this season with the new game and this lineup especially. The players are a perfect fit for Imperial and we share the same goals."