We continue our path through the best twenty Call of Duty players of the competitive Infinite Warfare season.
Taking place between December 2016 and August 2017, teams from across Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific played in CoD World League tournaments, with a grand total of $4 million of prize money distributed.
With such high stakes came an equal amount of pressure, but those who have made it into our list of top twenty players all proved at some point that they were amongst the best in the world.
In at number 15 is Luminosity’s Josiah ‘Slacked’ Berry. The American added another event win to his career tally when his side won CWL Anaheim as they staked their claim as one of the best teams in the world.
Although he was rarely the biggest slayer on the squad, in Hardpoint Slacked was one of the most efficient players in the world. He may not be the player dominating the game, but he was more than capable of holding his own in terms of raw mechanical skill, and by applying that talent to elevating his team-mates rather than seeking personal glory, Slacked was incredibly valuable component in his team’s significant success.
On Luminosity, Slacked played alongside three power-house slayers. It was never his job to be putting up the most kills, but instead to fill the gaps and enable the heavy-hitters alongside him to shine at maximum capacity and with minimum risk. The greatest credit, perhaps deservedly so, usually goes to those overt superstars, but though Slacked was less prone to bursts of sheer dominance, his consistent contribution to the team’s success is not to be overlooked.
There’s also a lot to be said for players who know how to deny enemy advantages – Slacked was rarely caught making costly mistakes, helping to force opponents to really step up and work for victory rather than being handed it. In making fundamentally sound decisions at almost all times, Slacked helped to minimize the opportunities that opponents had to expose any weakness in the Luminosity side.
The future for Slacked is currently unclear, but he’s rumored to be sticking with Sam ‘Octane’ Larew under Luminosity, and picking up former EnVy players Jordan ‘JKap’ Kaplan and John ‘John’ Perez.
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