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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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NICKMERCS claims Warzone is “not looking good” compared to Fortnite

Published: 27/Nov/2020 1:24

by Theo Salaun

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From Fortnite to Call of Duty: Warzone and back, NICKMERCS is as experienced in both battle royales as anyone. After jumping back into Epic Games’ iteration, he claims the third-person shooter has a serious edge over Warzone right now.

In a long overdue Fortnite return stream with SypherPK, another battle royale maestro, FaZe Clan and MFAM’s Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff got back into the groove and decided it was time to compare his favorite BR titles. Of course, with so many followers, the MFAM audience deserves an explanation for the change in content.

While the popular streamer built his following in Epic Games’ unique title, his Twitch following grew to a whopping 4.6 million followers with thanks to months spent popping off on Verdansk. Having hosted, participated, and won Warzone tournaments in that span, he’s flown into the world’s top 15 most-followed Twitch streamers.

But, with Call of Duty’s sights set on the Black Ops Cold War release, Warzone has lost some lustre and NICKMERCS has returned to the consistently-updated Fortnite. Fittingly, he proceeded to explain that those updates give Fortnite an edge over Warzone.

It took Nick some time to get used to Fortnite’s mechanics, as he and SypherPK delved into the differences between the two games’ aim assists and how exponential and linears differ between the two. Ultimately, despite the discomfort upon switching over, the BR aficionado found himself loving it.

To explain his intentions in trying Fortnite again, NICKMERCS minced no words: “Listen, the current state over on the Call of Duty side of things is not looking good. There was supposed to be a big update coming in December, we haven’t heard anything about that. Really not good.”

And then, to contrast why Fortnite feels like the superior BR right now, he couldn’t help but give props to Epic Games’ consistent content delivery: “On the other hand, for Fortnite, there’s big-time updates and map changes right around the corner before Christmas.”

Fortnite Item Shop
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Fortnite’s shop gets consistent action, while Warzone’s is very quiet right now.

Fortnite and Apex Legends follow a similar format as titles, where the game is free and updated seasonally. Warzone was Call of Duty’s successful effort to do the same, but things became complicated by BOCW’s release.

Now, Warzone’s seasonal content schedule has been disrupted by Activision’s focus on selling BOCW. The company is trying to get the best of both worlds: a free battle royale’s player base with the money of an annual title like FIFA, Madden, and NBA 2K franchises.

By putting their money into BOCW tournaments and content, CoD seems to have pushed NICKMERCS to return to a game that, distraction-free, is regularly putting out content.