It was announced on Tuesday May 16th that Canadian Call of Duty player Matthew ‘Royalty’ Sauga would be joining an undisclosed lineup.
Leaving behind a team featuring Chris ‘Parasite’ Duarte and Chance ‘Maux’ Moncivaez, it’s believed that the former 100Thieves and Allegiance player will be joining a pro league team.
Speculation is now rife amongst the competitive CoD community about where he’ll be going, with a number of theories being presented.
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The first and most unlikely destination for the player is the British squad of Elevate. After losing Rhys ‘Rated’ Price because he wanted to be a free agent, a number of people started to link Royalty with a move to the squad due to a lack of available European talent.
Whilst it wouldn’t be the first time that the Canadian had played with European players after teaming with Callum ‘Swanny’ Swan during Advanced Warfare, due to rumoured visa rules dictated by Activision, it’s probably not going to happen.
Elevate player Jordan ‘Reedy’ Reed also put the nail in the coffin when he Tweeted at Royalty with the classic laughing face emoji. Still, stranger things have happened.
@SaugaRoyalty hi team mate 😂
— Jordan Reed (@Reedy_1905) May 16, 2017
The second and more likely destinated for the player is the North American squad of Enigma6.
Prior to E6 coming second in group green of the CWL Global Pro League, it was revealed that Mike ‘MRuiz’ Ruiz was wishing to retire from competing for undisclosed reasons.
It was believed they had originally wanted to pick up Preston ‘Priest’ Greiner, but were denied by Activision and MLG because he had competed at CWL Dallas and therefore was ineligible to compete in the Pro League.
With Priest now joining Cloud9 alongside John ‘Xotic’ Bruno to replace Richard ‘Ricky’ Stacey and Andres ‘Lacefield’ Lacefield, it means Enigma6 will have to look elsewhere if MRuiz is still wanting to hang up his controller.
Royalty, as a result, would be a perfect fit for the aggressive nature of the E6 team. It would also explain why no announcement has been made by the player about his destination as the current team will be competing CWL GPL playoffs, set to take place between May 26th and 28th.
Of course, at the time of writing, it’s all pure speculation and the Canadian could end up joining a different team. But for now, we’d hedge our bets on his destination being E6 over Elevate. We have reached out for comment.