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Free Agent
Joins growing list of free agents
August 21, 2017
Xotic will become a free agent, ex-teammate Assault announced on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
The entirety of Cloud9 will hit the free agent pool after a disappointing 13th-16th place finish at the 2017 Call of Duty World Championships. While Xotic might be the least desirable of the Cloud9 free agents, he should more than likely find his way onto a team before the start of the next competitive season.
Free Agent
Becomes free agent
August 21, 2017
Priestah will enter free agency, his ex-teammate Assault reported on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
"Ex" teammate might be an overstatement, as it's odd for another member to announce a player's free agency unless they plan on teaming next season. That being said, it doesn't change the fact that one of the breakout players at the 2017 Call of Duty World Championships is now a free agent, as Priestah could end up being a sneaky good edition for a fringe team looking to buy-low on a slayer. Priestah put together a handful of dominant lines at CoD Champs, including a 100/83 KD in the knockout series against Ghost Gaming, and was also a threat during his time with Gosu Crew. While there's plenty of anxiety when it comes to younger players transitioning back to a boots-on-the-ground mode, given Priestah's potential, it seems likely he'll find a bigger organization before the start of the new season.
Free Agent
Announces free agency along with rest of Cloud9
August 21, 2017
Assault will join a loaded free agency pool heading into the new season, the player tweeted on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Perhaps its not much of a surprise, given Cloud9's uneven performance throughout the year, but it's still a little jarring to see the entirety of the roster hit free agency on Sunday. Besides Aches, Assault figures to be the Cloud9 free agent most likely to join another squad in the coming weeks, as his slaying skill hasn't waned despite obvious cohesion issues with the other members. With advanced movement now seemingly a thing in the past, it will be interesting to see how Assault transitions to boots on the ground. That being said, raw slaying power tends to win out in most situations, so it wouldn't be a shock to see Assault carry over his success into the next iteration of the game.
Free agent heading into new season
August 21, 2017
Aches is a free agent to begin the World War II season, the player confirmed on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
The rest of Cloud9 hit free agency on Sunday, piling onto an already loaded class that has been inflated due to multiple veterans of the scene returning for the next boots on the ground game. Aches is most surely the best free agent available, given his veteran leadership and success in past iterations of the game. While his slaying skills may have taken a step back, there's no question Aches is still an elite leader, and that alone should get him on another team in the coming weeks. Should he be surrounded on a team with young up-and-coming slayers, look for Aches to rebound from an uneven 2017 season.
Utterly destroys the competition during Uplink
August 19, 2017
Zer0 dropped a massive KD onto Epsilon during Uplink and score an overall KD of 81/77, helping his team Splyce knock out Epsilon from the 2017 CWL Championships on Day 4.
ANALYSIS
Zer0 started out in Round 1 Hardpoint with a modest KD of 22/21, which was still positive, but his time was yet to come. Round 2 Search & Destroy was clearly Zer0's worst round with a KD of 3/8. However, Zer0's time to shine was clearly in Round 3 Uplink, where he dominated in KD with a massive number of 39/21, only three kills from being double positive that round. He'd also get a dunk onto the scoreboard that round to boot. Round 4 Hardpoint was anticlimactic in comparison, where he'd only be able to score a 13/20, a sharp contrast to Round 3. Round 5 Search & Destroy ended up being a whimper of a round for Zer0 with only a KD of 4/7, but at least his team Splyce drove those nails into the coffin of Epsilon 3-2, eliminating them from the championship running.
Dominates Round 1 Hardpoint, but runs out of steam
August 19, 2017
Bance came out swinging against Epsilon eSports on Day 4 of the CWL Championships, but his lack of endurance got the better of him as he only posted an overall KD of 82/92.
ANALYSIS
Bance was like the Clubber Lang of Splyce - delivering a beating early on, but didn't have the endurance for the long game. Round 1 Hardpoint was clearly Bance's best round, where he'd drop a KD of 29/26 and easily keep Epsilon off the Hardpoints. Bance's downfall started in Round 2 Search & Destroy, where despite his planting of the bomb a couple of times, he'd only notch a KD of 5/8. Even though Bance was showing early signs of exhaustion, he did manage to score the game-winning dunk during the overtime of Round 3 Uplink, while notching a barely negative KD of 26/27. However, this was the last major play of Bance for the series, because in Round 4 Hardpoint he'd go negative once again with a 16/21 KD, and again in Round 5 Search & Destroy with 6/10.
Goes big on the Search & Destroy rounds
August 19, 2017
Jurd had tough rounds, but his solid Search & Destroy gameplay with an overall KD of 72/82 clutched a victory for Splyce on Day 4 of the 2017 CWL Championships, knocking Epsilon eSports out of the brackets.
ANALYSIS
Jurd had a tough time against Epsilon eSports, but he'd clutch up at the end to be the one nailing Epsilon eSports' coffin shut. Round 1 Hardpoint saw Jurd floundering at the start, for while Splyce won that round, Jurd notched a negative KD of 17/21. Jurd fared slightly better in Round 2 Search & Destroy, a round which saw Jurd notch a break-even KD of 8/8 despite Splyce ultimately losing that round. Round 3 Uplink saw Jurd notch a KD of 18/24, but he also scored an early dunk, a score that helped Splyce ultimately win as the round went into overtime. Round 4 Hardpoint wasn't a pleasant round for Jurd, where he'd only get a 17/23 KD and the least Hardpoint control time of his team at twenty-seven seconds. But Jurd was the difference maker in a super-tense Round 5 Search & Destroy, where he'd drop a KD bomb of 12/6, using FTL Jump to score the final kill in a heart-pounding Game 11 and sealing Epsilon eSport's fate.
On the prowl for kills
August 19, 2017
During a grueling five-round series which saw Splyce knock Epsilon eSports out of the running for the 2017 CWL Championships on Day 4, MadCat almost consistently put up positive KDs and earned an overall KD of 92/77.
ANALYSIS
Like a hunter looking out for prey, MadCat put in the patience and endurance to play the long game against Epsilon eSports. He easily secured the best KD for Splyce during Round 1 Hardpoint on Throwback at 30/23, and effective use of the Centurion payload near the end of the Barn Hardpoint helped secure his team's victory. Epsilon got the better of Splyce during Round 2 Search & Destroy, but MadCat still posted a positive KD of 11/7, staying alive to be a nuisance for Epsilon eSports. Round 3 Uplink was the only bad round for MadCat, where he couldn't score any Uplink points and went negative in KD with 22/24. MadCat effortlessly bounced back for Round 4 Hardpoint, notching a positive KD of 21/17 despite Splyce's loss that round. Finally, MadCat closed out the series and be one of the hands holding the dagger to Epsilon in Round 5 Search & Destroy on Throwback, where he'd help wipe Epsilon eSports off the map with a 8/6 KD.
Still the star of OpTic despite some stumbles
August 19, 2017
Scump made some mistakes during his Day 4 match against Splyce at the 2017 CWL Championships, but he easily made up for them to help OpTic Gaming win the series and get an overall KD of 81/81.
ANALYSIS
Scump wasn't firing on all cylinders 100 percent of the time against Splyce, but thankfully, he fixed his misfires with even greater fury. He came out swinging in Round 1 Hardpoint with a KD of 25/20, a total bolstered by his effective use of Reactive Armor. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw Scump floundering, however, as he made some costly mistakes such as exposing himself too much when trying to stop a bomb defuse in Game 1, and Scump ended up with a KD of 6/9 that round. Scump didn't have the best game in Round 3 Uplink either, only scoring a KD of 17/26, but he surprisingly put a toss and a dunk on the board to contribute to OpTic Gaming's score that round. Scump got his groove back in spades in Round 4 Hardpoint, easily notching a 25/19 KD and tying with FormaL for the most Hardpoint control time. Scump closed out the series in dramatic fashion by getting an 8/7 KD in Round 5 Search & Destroy, even if he let his teammates get some of the glory that round.
Makes an epic clutch at the end against Splyce
August 19, 2017
Karma may have had a lackluster series on Day 4 of the 2017 CWL Championships against Splyce, scoring an overall KD of 64/79, but his ability to make his effort count is undeniable.
ANALYSIS
Karma is like an action movie sidekick - mostly a background character, but shows up at just the right time to save the day. He didn't start out so hot in Round 1 Hardpoint, scoring a 14/21 KD despite getting the most Hardpoint control time of his team that round at 1:33. Like the rest of OpTic Gaming, he'd falter during Round 2 Search & Destroy, which the team collectively lost, but it was hardest on Karma, who only managed a 3/8 KD. Karma tossed in a point during Round 3 Uplink, but his KD wound up at a less-than-stellar 18/23. Karma broke even during Round 4 Hardpoint with a 20/20 KD and, surprisingly, only 57 seconds. But Karma's time to shine came at the very end of Round 5 Search & Destroy, where an effective use of Active Camo helped seal the victory deal for OpTic Gaming, as they won 3-2 against Splyce.
Even his average is above average
August 19, 2017
Crimsix didn't have any standout moments during his match against Splyce on Day 4 of the 2017 CWL Championships, but even so, his fundamentals were on point and his skill apparent as he notched an overall KD of 84/80.
ANALYSIS
There was nothing too flashy about Crimsix's performance - it was just a straight up beatdown of his opponents from start to finish. He started things off in Round 1 Hardpoint with a 24/21 KD and 1:01 of Hardpoint control time. Crimsix faltered a little bit in Round 2 Search & Destroy, where he'd get a 6/7 KD as he and the rest of OpTic lost that round. Even as OpTic lost Round 3 Uplink, Crimsix still fulfilled his role as slayer, notching an impressive KD of 28/23, although it would have been even better if Crimsix tossed in or dunked the ball. Crimsix slipped up slightly again in Round 4 Hardpoint with a slightly negative 20/23, but OpTic went on to win that round anyway. The dramatic finish to OpTic's match against Splyce in Round 5 Search & Destroy was another day at the office for Crimsix, as he helped his team with a 6/6 KD, allowing OpTic to win the series in a 3-2 clutch fashion.
Has reflexes faster than light
August 19, 2017
FormaL went huge in a tight series against Splyce on Day 4 of the 2017 CWL Championships, putting in the clutch factor as he scored an overall KD of 80/65.
ANALYSIS
Despite some rough spots where OpTic Gaming lost to Splyce in a couple of rounds, FormaL's performance was nothing short of exemplary in all five rounds. In Round 1 Hardpoint, for example, he would expertly use FTL Jump to go double-positive with a KD of 20/10. Even when Splyce would win Round 2 Search & Destroy by three games, FormaL still found a way to contribute with his KD of 7/5. Round 3 Uplink saw a toss on the board from FormaL and a KD of 23/23, arguably FormaL's weakest round as Splyce won the Uplink round. However, Round 4 Hardpoint saw FormaL go huge. Near the end, FormaL's seemingly inhuman reflexes allowed him to use an FTL Jump to counter an Active Camo usage from Splyce's Bance and eliminate him and hold onto the Hardpoint for those crucial last few seconds. FormaL also scored a KD of 23/20 for the match. Finally, FormaL again scored a strong 7/5 KD in Round 5 Search & Destroy, helping OpTic secure a 3-2 series win over Splyce.
Free Agent
Finds new team
August 18, 2017
KuavoKenny is expected to team with Diabolic and Ivy to begin the new season, his teammate Diabolic tweeted on Thursday.
ANALYSIS
That didn't take long. KuavoKenny announced his return to the competitive Call of Duty just a few hours prior, quickly joining the likes of Diabolic and Ivy on a team that currently doesn't appear to contain much promise. Who the trio brings on as their fourth player might make the ultimate difference, however, as each of them has proven their merits in the scene, albeit at different points in their respective careers.
Free Agent
Teaming with Ivy and KuavoKenny
August 18, 2017
Diabolic is set to team with Ivy and KuavoKenny to begin the World War II season, the player announced on Thursday.
ANALYSIS
Diabolic put together a miserable 2017 campaign, most notably teaming with Renegades in what turned out to be a forgettable foray into the scene. However, Diabolic did finish in second place during the CWL Stage 2 Playoffs, so it's not as if he is devoid of talent, and likely could use a change of scenery to help further his career. It's not a surprise to see Diabolic teaming with Ivy, but KuavoKenny joining the equation may be the most interesting bit of news, as the veteran announced his renewed interest in the game just a few days prior.
Free Agent
Returning to competitive CoD
August 18, 2017
ProoFy is returning to competitive Call of Duty for the World War II season, the player confirmed on Thursday.
ANALYSIS
And so the trend continues! With the prospects of the first "boots-on-the-ground" Call of Duty game since 2013, multiple pros are returning to the scene, with the biggest among them likely being the former OpTic Gaming standout, ProoFy. It remains to be seen if the former X-Games gold medalist has lost a step, so to speak, but that question should be answered when the new season officially begins in December.