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ZooMaa announces new Call of Duty team following FaZe Clan departure

Published: 25/Sep/2019 18:17 Updated: 25/Sep/2019 21:13

by Albert Petrosyan


Star professional player Thomas ‘ZooMaa‘ Paparatto has revealed the Call of Duty team he will be representing in the upcoming franchised league in 2020.

With Call of Duty esports transitioning to a franchised model starting from the 2020 season, the 12 organizations involved are in the business of recruiting players and building their rosters.

The franchise that will be based in New York has made its first official player announcement, confirming that ZooMaa will be representing NYC in the upcoming campaign.

“Just want to officially announce that I’ve joined the Andbox family and will be representing New York in the upcoming Call of Duty season,” the former FaZe star stated. “As those of you who may know, I grew up in the city, so being close to family and friends is truly a blessing, alongside some of the most passionate fans.”

“I’m super excited to play alongside an amazing roster, and represent New York on the world stage. To all the supporters, I promise to work hard for you guys and make you guys all proud. It’s good to be home.”

As things stand, ZooMaa is currently the only player to have been confirmed as part of the NYC roster, although, judging by his comments, it appears that the rest of his teammates are already on their way to becoming official.

As far as rumors go, there is speculation that he will be joined by two former FaZe teammates in what could be a very formidable potential roster. 

Rumored NYC Call of Duty roster:

  • Thomas ‘ZooMaa’ Paparatto
  • Dillon ‘Attach’ Price (ex-FaZe/EG)
  • Trei ‘Zer0’ Morris (ex-FaZe)
  • Donovan ‘Temp’ Laroda (ex-Splyce)
  • Lamar ‘Accuracy’ Abedi (ex-EG)

The organization has already announced John ‘Revan’ Bobble, formerly of Evil Geniuses, as their head coach, with JohnPaul ‘JP Krez’ Krez as analyst.

InstagramZooMaa and Attach could be in store for a reunion with NYC CoD, if rumors hold true.

ZooMaa joining NYC CoD officially puts an end to his long tenure with FaZe Clan, whom he represented for over five years and five different Call of Duty titles.

FaZe, of course, have chosen not to purchase a spot in the new league, at least for its inaugural season, so the “Italian Stallion” had no choice but to explore other options.

His final major achievement with the team, and perhaps the most memorable, was their victory at the CWL Pro League 2018 Stage 1 Playoffs, where they defeated OpTic Gaming in the Grand Final after winning the Losers Bracket. 

While he may be remembered for a lot of things during his time wearing the red and black, his consistency is one that most will recall, as he ended up being their longest tenured player by far.

Make sure to keep track of all offseason roster moves, team changes, and player announcements by visiting our CoD franchising RosterMania hub.

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How to watch Hitch’s $20K Black Ops 2 Invitational: Teams, schedule, more

Published: 28/Oct/2020 5:49 Updated: 28/Oct/2020 5:50

by Brad Norton


Returning for his final event of the Call of Duty League offseason, Team Summertime’s Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards is hosting an enormous Black Ops 2 Invitational featuring former champions and popular content creators.

Throwback tournaments have been all the rage throughout the 2020 offseason and no one has been leading the charge quite like Hitch. Outside of hosting Warzone comps, his unique tournaments have spanned from Modern Warfare 2 to Black Ops 4. This time, his sights are set on 2012’s Black Ops 2.

Despite hackers ruining an early test for this particular event, the kinks have all seemingly been worked out. From former championship-winning teams to some of the biggest content creators, Hitch’s final event is set to be the biggest yet.

From how you can tune in, to every player joining the all-star Call of Duty event, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything there is to know about the Black Ops 2 Invitational.

How to watch the Black Ops 2 Invitational

The final event of the offseason is set to kick off on Wednesday, October 28. Opening matchups will be going live at 3PM EST (12PM PT) and the broadcast will likely run for most of the day.

As per usual, it’s all expected to be featured on Hitch’s own Twitch stream which we’ve embedded below. A majority of the players and creators will likely be sharing their own perspectives throughout the event as well.

Teams competing in the Black Ops 2 Invitational

Some squads feature some of the most successful Call of Duty veterans while others consist of popular streamers. Regardless, every team is stacked with FPS talent so expect some close matchups.

Standing out among the eight rosters is a true throwback. The 2014 world championship team of Crimsix, Karma, TeePee, and ACHES, will be reuniting. Formerly representing Complexity and then Evil Geniuses, these four players haven’t been on the same team since 2014.

The full list of teams competing in the Black Ops 2 Invitational can be found below.

  • Team Dr Disrespect: Dr Disrespect, ZLaner, StoneMountain64, & KingRichard
  • Team CouRageJD: CouRageJD, Parad12e, LEQIQN, & MLGImpulse
  • Team The Mob: Classify, Mako, Froste, Flyroh
  • Team Scump: Scump, Envoy, Merk, & Rambo
  • Team Aydan: Aydan, Ritual, Kismet, & Parasite
  • Team Luli: Lulu, Blazt, Frozone, & Almxnd
  • Team Pamaj: Pamaj, Rated, JHaZe, & Exodass
  • Team TeePee: TeePee, Karma, Crimsix, & ACHES

Not much else is known regarding a specific schedule or format just yet. We’ll be sure to keep you updated when brackets are available.

Keep your eyes peeled for highlights and final results as the Black Ops 2 Invitational gets underway.