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Who is the CoD Burner? The story of competitive Call of Duty's greatest mystery

by Ross Deason

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Who is the CoD Burner? This is a question that has been asked by the competitive Call of Duty community more than any other in recent months and it looks like the mystery will continue for a long time to come.

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The CoD Burner account, known as CoDBurner2018mania on Reddit, has been dropping major transfer rumors and news since it was originally created on April 11 this year.

At first the leaks were waved off as coincidences and guesswork but the accuracy of CoD Burner’s predictions about some roster moves meant that the Call of Duty esports scene had to sit up and start taking notice.

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CoD Burner’s time in the limelight really began when the account started to share intel on OpTic Gaming’s legendary roster that split up in May. While some details in CoD Burner’s predictions did not prove to be true, the accuracy was still high enough to convince people that the owner of the account had access to behind the scenes information.

One of the most significant moments in the story of the CoD Burner came when the account posted an image of Luminosity Gaming playing with OpTic’s Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper. While the image seemed to confirm some of the accounts predictions, the bigger news was that it seemed to highlight one particular player as the owner of the account.

/u/Codburner2018mania
/u/Codburner2018mania

The image showed eUnited’s Alec ‘Arcitys’ Sanderson highlighted as the player that took the picture, making him the number one suspect - something that he denied vehemently.

The account then disappeared and seemed to be gone for good, but the end of Call of Duty: WWII season and the approaching rostermania brought it back out of the woodwork, leaking information about potential Black Ops 4 season news.

This time around the news being shared by the CoD Burner account appeared to be more personal and sensitive, once again adding to the suspicion that the owner was a professional player or coach.

Brian ‘Saintt’ Baroska, the coach of eUnited, was one of the names put forward by the community and the former professional player revealed that those allegations nearly cost him his job.

Some community members are convinced that a large number of professional players know who owns the CoD Burner account, and some even believe that it is run by multiple people, but it looks like any confirmation is still a long way away.

With competitive Call of Duty switching to a 5 vs 5 format for the Black Ops 4 season, expect to see many more CoD Burner leaks in the coming weeks.

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