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Who is the CDL’s most underrated player? Scump, FormaL and more decide

Published: 21/Feb/2020 1:57 Updated: 1/May/2020 16:46

by Isaac McIntyre

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The Call of Duty League has finally begun, and while much of the focus has been on superstars like Seth ‘Scump‘ Abner and Matthew ‘FormaL‘ Piper, there has also been plenty of players who have slipped under the radar.

With the Call of Duty scene moving to a franchised format, and well-known esports orgs like 100 Thieves and eUnited giving way to new, city-based outfits, the offseason roster shuffle was one of the biggest fans had ever seen.

Plenty of rising stars landed on franchises outside of the table-topping limelight of squads like Chicago and Dallas, and may not have got the kudos they deserve despite ripping up Modern Warfare in its early days in the pro scene.

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Mutineers superstar Prestinni was named a few times, including by himself.

While some pros picked obvious names out of the hat⁠—Scump put forward Simp, despite the FaZe star holding the title of reigning CWL MVP, and FormaL suggested Chicago teammate Envo⁠y—⁠⁠⁠others looked off the beaten road for their answers.

According to Minnesota’s Justin ‘SiLLY’ Fargo, Preston ‘Prestinni’ Sanderson is still underrated “despite winning Champs,” adding “if he goes off, Florida will always win.” It was a sentiment Prestinni agreed with, as he named himself.

The Mutineers star wasn’t the only player to point the finger at himself either, with Toronto’s Anthony ‘Methodz’ Zinni saying his own name because “people don’t remember [he] was an SMG player before World War II,” and dubbing him “slow.”

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Paris’ Australian duo Louqa and Shockz (pictured) were also named as underrated players in Modern Warfare right now.

Paris’ Luke ‘Louqa’ Rigas and Conrad ‘Shockz’ Rymarek also made the list, with squadmate Matthew ‘KiSMET’ Tinsley suggesting the Australian duo were “bound for big things,” while London’s Dylan ‘Dylan’ Henderson rounded out the list.

There were also some that believed there are “no underrated players in the CDL,” including Ravens pair Jordan ‘Jurd’ Crowley and Bradley ‘wuskin’ Marshall, while New York SMG star Dillon ‘Attach’ Price said there were too many to pick just one.

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Renegades announce new CoD roster ahead of second Challengers season

Published: 31/Oct/2020 14:17 Updated: 31/Oct/2020 14:20

by Joe Craven

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Esports organisation Renegades have revealed their Call of Duty roster for the second season of the CDL’s Challengers Series, including players from last year’s Paris Legion roster. 

The switch from the Call of Duty World League to the Call of Duty League represents the greatest shake-up competitive CoD has ever seen. While latter tournaments in the CWL involved an amateur tournament running parallel to the main one, the introduction of Challengers’ Series gives a greater formalisation to competition below the best of the best.

With franchised spots in the CDL costing millions, it’s no surprise that some big name esports organisations have found themselves competing in the Challengers Series. One of these orgs is Renegades, the Detroit-based esports team that has come in and out of competitive CoD in recent years.

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Renegades have come and gone from the Call of Duty pro scene in the past.

On October 31, they announced their CoD roster for the upcoming Black Ops Cold War season, which will be the second season of the CDL and its accompanying Challenger Series.

Perhaps the biggest name in the new roster is Luke ‘Louqa’ Rigas, who represented Paris Legion in the CDL last year. It was an up-and-down year for the Paris Legion, who managed a second place finish at the online CDL Week 12 London event.

He is also joined by ex-Paris teammate Conrad ‘Shockz’ Rymarek, who is best known for his five years with Australian organisation Mindfreak from 2014 to 2019.

Rounding off the roster are Lincoln ‘Fighta’ Ferguson and Amer ‘Pred’ Zulbeari, making a fully Australian roster. The nationalities of all players means they will likely compete in the APAC region of the Challengers Series.

While Shockz and Louqa come off the back of mixed fortunes in the CDL, Fighta and Pred both joined Renegades in January of 2020. In the somewhat weaker field of APAC competition, their Renegades roster dominated the region’s Challenger tournaments during the Modern Warfare season.

Replacing half the team with CDL standard pros means it’s likely we’ll see similar domination this year, barring any shock performances from the other APAC teams.