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Toronto Ultra Call of Duty team announces 10-player roster & branding

Published: 24/Oct/2019 23:28 Updated: 25/Oct/2019 2:15

by Albert Petrosyan

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Toronto’s Call of Duty League franchise have unveiled their roster for the 2020 season, along with the team’s official name, logo, and branding.

On October 24, the Toronto franchise announced that their official name is Ultra, confirming what had been leaked from the official CDL website several weeks prior.

Their branding features a neon violet and purple color scheme, and their logo is a fancy ‘U’ shaped figure within a bold circle. 

Toronto UltraThe official logo of the Toronto Ultra Call of Duty League team.

The team also announced the 10-man roster that will be representing them once the inaugural CDL season kicks off in early 2020.

The roster features veteran players Methodz, Loony, and Classic, budding stars who made names for themselves last season in Brack and Mayhem, and five international players in MeTTalZz, Lucky, Bance, Cammy and CleanX.

At this point, it’s unclear who will start the season in the main lineup and who will be on the bench, but considering that they’ve maxed out on how many players they can have on the roster, the team could be going for a more rotation-based strategy. 

TORONTO ULTRA CALL OF DUTY ROSTER

  • Daniel ‘Loony‘ Loza
  • Anthony ‘Methodz‘ Zinni
  • Nicholas ‘Classic‘ DiCostanzo
  • Mehran ‘Mayhem‘ Anjomshoa
  • Carson ‘Brack‘ Newberry
  • Adrian ‘MeTTalZz‘ Serrano
  • Alejandro ‘Lucky‘ Lopez
  • Tobias ‘CleanX‘ Juul Jønsson
  • Ben ‘Bance‘ Bance
  • Cameron ‘Cammy‘ McKilligan

Of the five North American players, Loony, Methodz and Classic come in as the established veterans of the squad, and their experience and leadership will play a big role in guiding this team forward. 

Loony, who played for Splyce last season, won’t have as much of a transition as everyone else, since Splyce’s parent company, Overactive Media Group, also own the Toronto franchise. 

As for Methodz, he never really found strong footing after leaving OpTic Gaming in 2018. Starting the season with FaZe Clan, he was dropped in December and first moved to G2 Esports then UYU, with whom he finished the CWL campaign without any real success.

He will be reunited with Classic after the veteran also ended up on UYU to end the season, following his departure from Luminosity in June.

Toronto UltraToronto Ultra’s 10-player roster for the 2020 CDL season.

Going from the veterans to the younger players who still have something to prove, there’s Brack and Mayhem.

Despite going through a lot of roster-related turmoil early on in the season, having played for now-defunct teams like Midnight Esports, Excelerate Gaming and Denial Esports, Brack still found a way to make a standout name for himself.

His strong performances ultimately caught the eye of LG, and bringing him on really helped the team turn around their poor season and finish top-eight at Champs.

Mayhem also made his professional debut at the start of the Black Ops 4 season, and things only went up from there. After spending most of the season with UYU, the longtime amateur made the leap to Enigma6 Group in June and had a lasting difference in their surprising run to a fourth place finish at Champs. 

Luminosity - TwitterBrack was a huge mid-season for Luminosity during the Black Ops 4 CWL campaign.

Moving on to the international side of the Ultra’s roster, we have two established Spanish players in MeTTalZz and Lucky, both of whom previously featured for the now-inactive Spanish powerhouse Team Heretics in the CWL.

The two helped turn Heretics into a formidable Call of Duty team last season, as the side managed to place top-eight at Forth Worth, London, Anaheim, and the Pro League regular season.

The roster also features two players from the UK: the veteran Englishman Bance, who started the season with Red Reserve but found himself on the amateur team Celtic FC Esports at the end, and Cammy, a relatively new player from Scotland who made his professional debut in 2019 as a member of UNITS.

HereticsLucky (middle left) and MeTTalZz (middle right) helped Heretics reach a lot of success in 2019.

Rounding off the roster is CleanX, a first-time pro player who may end up making the biggest impact on the team. Playing for amateur Danish side Team Singularity last season, CleanX didn’t get a taste of professional action until facing the pro teams at CoD Champs, and boy did he perform.

Stringing together standout performances all weekend, he carried Singularity past the group stages and into bracket play, where they even managed to beat Team Envy in the first round before being eliminated by LG. 

MLGCleanX came up huge for Team Singularity at CoD Champs, particularly against Envy.

Toronto became the third CDL team to announce its roster on October 24, following Chicago and Los Angeles OpTic earlier in the day.

After today, there remain only three teams who have yet to announce any players – Atlanta, LA Guerrillas, and Florida – so fans can expect those rosters to be revealed in the very near future.

In the meantime, make sure to catch up with all of the roster moves and player signings with our dedicated Call of Duty League offseason RosterMania hub

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7 players to watch during 2021’s CDL Kickoff Classic

Published: 22/Jan/2021 19:02 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 22:40

by Theo Salaun

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Activision’s Call of Duty League is finally here and things are getting started with the CDL Kickoff Classic — a preseason event where x-factor players on all 12 teams can begin making their mark. 

With an exodus of 12 starters as the CDL shifts to a 4v4 format in Black Ops Cold War, individual play is paramount. Players have less backup on the battlefield and, with a deep talent pool in the Challengers scene, more competition for their roles.

Representing Chicago, OpTic Gaming are back with Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez, Seth ‘Scump’ Abner and the gang. Delighting fans, Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag’s 100 Thieves return to competitive CoD for Los Angeles. Teams have shuffled since the inaugural season and each team’s expectations will be tested by at least one player’s CDL Kickoff performance. 

Alec ‘Arcitys’ Sanderson (Atlanta FaZe)

The best AR in CoD?

Chicago Hunstmen Arcitys CDL
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Did the most stacked roster in CoD add the league’s best AR?

While Michael ‘MajorManiak’ Szymaniak was highly regarded by his teammates last season, few rank him in a tier anywhere near Arcitys. FaZe’s submachine gun and flex play was never a question, but adding Arcitys on the assault rifle could push them past the Dallas Empire in power rankings.

If Arcitys continues, let alone improves upon, his 2020 form, then Atlanta should be an early favorite. Tested by a strong Florida Mutineers squad, fans should get a quality temperature check on FaZe’s newest member.

Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter (Dallas Empire)

Did Dallas release the right veteran AR?

Crimsix celebrating a Dallas Empire win
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At 28 years old, Crimsix needs to continue disproving his doubters.

The transition from 5v5 to 4v4 was not without heartbreak and few splits were as tough as the Empire’s. Dropping James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks instead of Crimsix was a difficult decision and, at the CDL Kickoff Classic, that decision will receive its first evaluation.

When the two veteran ARs face each other, Crim will be with the same absurd, young trio of “Xeo” gunners and Clayster with… one standout sophomore and two formerly projected bench players. It shouldn’t be too hard of a test for Dallas, but fans should be curious to see how much Crim’s thumbs have aged.

Donovan ‘Temp’ Laroda (Los Angeles Thieves)

Big Brand meets Big Ego

temp la thieves
Twitter, @LAThieves
Temp talks the talk, but must walk the walk for the CDL’s next big brand.

Tying for 5th at CDL Champs wasn’t enough to keep OpTic in Los Angeles so Nadeshot got to buy into the league. Although the team’s Challengers call-ups, Zack ‘Drazah’ Jordan and Darien ‘Hollow’ Chervchko, played admirably in the postseason — 100T replaced them in the starting lineup with one of the league’s most confident ARs.

The self-proclaimed top “gunnie” in the CDL, Temp has an unrelenting belief in his ability (alternatively, a ‘strong personality,’ per general manager Eric ‘Muddawg’ Sanders) backed by a strong history of top-tier, albeit streaky play. While his year with the New York Subliners was disappointing, Temp now rejoins former teammates Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat and Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly. With 100T’s enormous fanbase and a matchup with OpTic Chicago, the gunner gets a large stage to prove his play can rise to both the occasion and his own expectations.

Preston ‘Priestahh’ Greiner (Minnesota ROKKR)

The honorary Tiny Terror?

Atlanta FaZe's Priestahh.
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From teaming with the Tiny Terrors to a much larger role, Priestahh can make a statement in 2021.

FaZe were the second-best team in 2020 and Priestahh would likely still be on the team if not for the swap to 4v4. Instead, one of the league’s most selfless players gets to turn a new leaf with a fully revamped ROKKR squad.

Starting with Minnesota’s preseason matchup against the Toronto Ultra, Priestahh should shift from flex to his more natural sub role. Expectations for what was a miserable ROKKR team will hinge on his ability to prove he was being overshadowed in Atlanta and can transition from dirty work to slaying.

Makenzie ‘Mack’ Kelley (New York Subliners)

No ZooMaa, No Hydra: Return of the Mack

New York Subliners' Mack.
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A 2020 MVP candidate, Mack needs to take another step for NY to compete.

Easily one of the top rookies in 2020, Mack jumped into New York’s starting lineup and almost immediately surged into the MVP conversation. The Subliners had a quality offseason after fizzling in the playoffs, but new issues mean Mack will have to go above and beyond to start 2021.

With rookie Paco ‘HyDra’ Rusiewiez dealing with visa issues and Tommy ‘ZooMaa’ Paparatto retiring due to injury, Mack is moving to SMG for an unfinished roster. He’s back in his preferred role, but the season depends on his ability to reach 2020’s near-MVP form.

Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell (OpTic Chicago)

Heeding Chicago’s Bat-Signal

Dashy on stage
Activision
Back with his guys, Chicago’s hopes depend on Dashy’s return to form.

Like Atlanta, Chicago shuffled pieces after falling just short of the championship in 2020. With Arcitys eager to rejoin former teammates on FaZe, H3CZ celebrated the return of OpTic with the return of one of the brand’s former players.

But 2020 was an ugly year for Dashy and, aside from some big moments as a suddenly summoned bench player in CDL Champs, questions surround the formerly elite AR. Expectations are high for the biggest brand in CoD, but will rise and fall depending on Dashy’s play.

Peirce ‘Gunless’ Hillman (Seattle Surge)

Started from the bottom, now we Peirce

Chicago Huntsmen's Gunless.
MLG
In just a few years, Gunless has gone from star to substitute to starter with a chip on his shoulder.

Like Dashy, no one questions the raw mechanical talent that Gunless holds. Unfortunately, also like Dashy, the gifted player spent most of a porous 2020 on the bench with rumored character concerns. 

Now, he joins two others as reinforcements for Sam ‘Octane’ Larew on 2020’s worst team: Seattle. If the Surge are going to improve upon a 5-18 record that ended dead last at CDL Champs, Gunless will need a return to form beginning on Day 1 against the Los Angeles Guerrillas.

While the Call of Duty League is chock-full of players with high expectations, low expectations and everything in between, these seven stand out as those with the most notable stocks in the preseason. A variety of other rookies and transferred players can make statements during the Kickoff Classic, but power rankings and fan expectations should hinge entirely on our listed x-factors.