We continue our controversial journey 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.
There was plenty of uproar when we placed Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow in at number 19 of the best Call of Duty players in the world, and whilst we appreciate the feedback from our readers, we’ve decided to continue through the list we put together based on our analysis of the season.
In at number 16 we have eUnited’s Preston ‘Prestinni’ Sanderson, one of the breakout players of the year. He achieved what many thought was impossible, by winning a major championship with an up and coming squad in his first real year as a professional gamer.
The story of eUnited’s emphatic rise to glory and that title winning event at CWL Atlanta will go down in history as one of the reasons a franchised system in the Call of Duty world seems so out of place.
For much of Infinite Warfare, Prestinni played at the tip of the spear for eUnited. His job was to be the first point of contact. It’s often quite an unforgiving role, frequently requiring taking engagements on unfavorable terms for the good of the team.
While Prestinni’s kill/death ratio naturally suffered as a result, he was a remarkably consistent slayer. A combination of high interactions and an ability to rack up kills throughout made Prestinni and incredibly impactful force on the map, while simultaneously drawing a disproportionate degree of enemy focus and providing space for his team-mates to shine.
Towards the end of the season, Prestinni also demonstrated impressive versatility after Pierce ‘Gunless’ Hillman departed eUnited and James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks took his place. With the composition of the team having changed, Prestinni was forced to pick up some of the play-making that Gunless had provided, a challenge he took to admirably.
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Prestinni’s selflessness in sacrificing personal glory for team success, as well as a fantastic understanding of his role and talent in executing it, was a major contributing factor to elevating eUnited to the heights that they reached during Infinite Warfare.
A whole new challenge awaits as his squad once again must prove they’re capable of competing when it comes to boots on the ground. But after a year when he helped break all expectations of what it means to be an up and coming player, who’s going to bet against him?
Dexerto’s Top 20 Call of Duty List
- 20: Bryan ‘Apathy’ Zhelyazkov
- 19: Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow
- 18: Dillon ‘Attach’ Price
- 17: Dave ‘Dqvee’ Davies
- 16: Preston ‘Prestinni’ Sanderson