Various members of the Major League Gaming staff engaged in a roundtable discussion highlighting key aspects of Call of Duty ‘rostermania.’
Set to release on November 3rd, CoD WWII has become one of the most anticipated titles in franchise history, due to the return of ‘boots on the ground’ combat after three years of ‘advanced movement.’
Following the end of the Infinite Warfare season with OpTic Gaming defeating Team EnVyUs at the CWL Championship Grand Final in August, multiple teams have engaged in high-level roster moves.
The crew of Guy ‘Blaze’ Spencer, Ben ‘Benson’ Bowe, Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop, and Clint ‘Maven’ Evans all provide their expert opinion on the topics at hand, addressing numerous situations.
Starting with Jordon ‘General’ General of Enigma6, and his claim that he will be competing alongside a new team, Benson mentions how his individual ability could have benefited a number of rosters within the scene, instead of staying with the same team.
“That has been my biggest gripe over the past year. We looked at General’s individual ability, his skill, and everyone across the last year said, ‘Imagine if he could go somewhere. Imagine if he could go to a Team EnVyUs, imagine if he could join a FaZe […] He’s so talented, and I feel like it’s almost a hinderance to his career being tied down to that one place when this rostermania does happen.”
Jordon ‘General’ General at CWL Anaheim 2017
When speaking of the new powerhouse European squad of Trei ‘Zer0’ Morris, Joseph ‘Joee’ Pinnington, Rhys’ Rated’ Price, and Joshua-Lee ‘Joshh’ Shephard, Maven touches on how the roster is fairly similar to the 2016 CoD XP Splyce team that took second place.
“It’s basically that Splyce team minus Ben ‘Bance’ Bance, plus Zer0. It’s funny because weve considered Bance and Zer0, I think for a couple years now, two of the best players. Is this team instantly into teir 1 conversation? I think so.”
Zer0 at the Global Pro League Stage Two Playoffs
Finally, the group comes to an impasse when discussing this installment of ‘rostermania’ related to recent years, with CouRage detailing how the current state of CoD has been building up for some time, while other changes, such as when Seth ‘Scump’ Abner left OpTic Gaming for EnVy, were relatively spontaneous.
“Those are the two that have been compared, the Scump to EnVy then back to OpTic, that was like a tornado when it happened quick, and then it was gone. This is like a building hurricane, like a storm. It has just kept going for weeks, and weeks, and weeks, still so much is happeing.”
Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat, the last remaining member of Team EnVyUs following the Infinite Warfare season
Their thoughts on salary, retired professional players making their return, and much more can be found in MLG Roster Watch Roundtable right here.