Ben Bance 
United Kingdom
Red Reserve
Teaming with Red Reserve
September 20, 2018
Bance has joined Red Reserve, the organization confirmed on Wednesday.
Mere minutes after the announcement that Call of Duty would officially transfer to 5-vs-5 competitive action, Red Reserve had already laid claim to arguably "the" premiere free agent from the European region. While Splyce didn't do well throughout the later stages of the Call of Duty: World War II season, including a failed attempt to advance out of pool play at the 2018 World Championships, it's not entirely Bance's fault as the slayer did finish with a 1.03 cumulative KD at the pivotal tournament. Chemistry concerns appeared to be an issue for Splyce throughout the season leading to Bance's eventual release from the team, but that shouldn't be a concern with Red Reserve poised for a championship run in 2019. So long as the team can mesh together ahead of the start of the new campaign, there's a realistic possibility Bance could be a part of one of the greatest European teams of all time in the near future.
Free Agent
No longer listed as restricted free agent
September 13, 2018
Bance is officially a free agent after the team removed the "restricted free agent" designation.
It's not necessarily a surprise to see Bance officially leaving Splyce, as the relationship had seemingly run its course after a difficult Call of Duty: World War II season. However, the bigger revelation is the renewed rumors that Splyce appear to be targeting potential NA talent in order to build a competitive team. That also opens the door for Bance to potentially join an NA team if possible, signalling what is widely believed to be an industry wide relaxation on the previously impenetrable region-lock rules.
Announcing restricted free agency
August 31, 2018
Bance announced Friday he would be entering restricted free agency ahead of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 season.
That now makes three members from Splyce moving on from the team, as MadCat and Joshh both entered free agency earlier this week. Of course there's a possibility Bance could end up sticking on Splyce thanks to his restricted free agency tag, but given the region lock that has forced members of the European scene to stick in their home country seems to be slowly evaporating, there's a realistic possibility Bance could be headed for greener pastures. At least based on his 2018 Call of Duty World Championships, where he finished with a 1.03 KD despite the team's 17th-24th place finish, there's reason to believe Bance could be an extremely productive member on a well-balanced team.
Fades after first round
June 28, 2018
Bance had a nice start but never repeated it in the sweep loss to FaZe Clan on Day 2, Week 3 of Division A of CWL Global Pro League Stage 2.
Bance got off to a hot start in Round 1 Hardpoint. He and Joshh helped keep them on pace with FaZe Clan, as the two teams traded leads all the way until the end of the round, which ended up a 250-231 loss. Bance was extremely involved, getting into a huge amount of engagements (34/39 KD), and was the second fiddle to MadCat. They simply did not have enough depth to run with FaZe, however, as Joshh faltered from his hot start and Jurd never figured it out. Round 2 Search & Destroy was a blowout loss, as they lost 6-1 and never really challenged FaZe Clan at all. He led his team in kills with three, highlighting how poor the slaying was for Splyce. Round 3 Capture the Flag was another 6-1 loss, but this time Bance really struggled. He went just 8/23 in the bad loss, as he really limped to the finish line.
Can't open up the map
May 18, 2018
Bance failed to engage aggressively in a 3-0 loss to Red Reserve with a 38/48 KD on Thursday of the CWL Pro League Stage 2.
Bance, like the rest of Splyce, were caught off guard by Red Reserve's calculated strategies. Red Reserve was able to play both a fast game, such as in Round 2 Search & Destroy, and a slow on, such as in Round 3 Capture the Flag. Bance failed to adapt his engagements to each situation, leaving him unable to properly open up the map for his teammates. This was particular true in Round 3 Capture the Flag, where Bance couldn't break into Red Reserve's base because of how defensively he played. Instead of forcing teamfights, MadCat and him tried to play for picks, meaning Red Reserve were able to consistently spawn to defend the flag. Bance closed Round 3 Capture the Flag with a KD.
Makes a strange play that works
April 21, 2018
Bance played a riskier game in a 3-1 loss to Team Kaliber on Friday of CWL Seattle.
Bance opened objectives and lanes for his team by playing risky and diving around corners or through Scorestreaks, but he didn't have the muscle to back up his aggression. In Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 2 Search & Destroy, Bance had a slow game against a streaky and fast Team Kaliber. Whenever Bance was engaged in a head-on fight, he'd always be pressured on his flank by someone else. This forced Bance to constantly move, a strategy that worked on Round 4 Hardpoint. He swung back the round for a moment in Splyce's favor by rushing through Team Kaliber's Artillery Barrage to take the second Barrel Warehouse Hardpoint.
Fails to take advantage of the new meta
April 21, 2018
Bance failed to push back Red Reserve in a 3-0 loss on Friday of CWL Seattle.
Even in the new meta, the same problems continue to exist for Bance. He still fails to bring any sort of frontline pressure for his team and has become a glaring weakness of this team. This is despite the faster meta with unlimited sprinting, meaning Jurd should be speeding around the map like his old days. Instead, Jurd was easily bullied around by Red Reserve due to his weak shots and lack of map awareness. This problem compounded when Splyce played their favorite maps of Valkyrie and Flak Tower. Both maps turned into a disaster as Jurd struggled to maintain any kind of momentum or slaying.
Makes openings for his team
April 2, 2018
Bance opened the map for his team in a double Grand Finals against Luminosity Gaming at CWL Birmingham, winning the first series 3-1 and losing the second 3-1.
These two series show how important Bance is to his team's tactics. When he slays well, nothing can stop Splyce. But when he stumbles even slightly, his team falls off the grid. Bance was hot in the first series as he tore through Luminosity Gaming with strong and smart engagements. In Round 1 Hardpoint on Valkyrie, Bance was almost always able to predict which door Luminosity Gaming would attempt to flood through. However, Bance slowed down drastically going into the second series. He couldn't keep up with Luminosity running triple SMGs in Round 1 Hardpoint on London Docks or Round 4 Hardpoint on Sainte Maire Du Mont. And since Bance struggled to engage, Splcye couldn't trade kills off of his risky fights.
Finally plays aggressively
April 2, 2018
Bance tore through Rise Nation in a 3-1 victory in the Loser's Final at CWL Birmingham.
Bance has finally found his niche. Playing SMG heavy maps like Valkyrie, Flak Tower and Sainte Marie Du Mont, Bance is able to do what he does best and just slay and push lanes. He gave a show-stopping performance in Roudn 4 Hardpoint on Sainte Marie Du Mont, a map notorious for snowballing. Dropping a 30/11 KD, Bance just flew straight into Rise Nation, pressuring them whenever he could. His aggression allowed MadCat and Jurd the room they needed to get objectives.
Can't carry momentum
April 2, 2018
Bance lost steam in a fast 3-0 loss to Rise Nation in the Winner's Bracket Semifinal on Sunday at CWL Birmingham.
Bance was the lead player for Splyce, but his weaknesses slowly sank his entire team. He started Round 1 Hardpoint hot with his SMG, engaging on hills before pushing out and harassing Rise Nation off of their spawns. However, his engagements slowed down when Rise Nation began to predict his monotonous movements. Then, in Round 2 Search & Destroy, Bance started great at first by rushing bomb sites early to control of the map. But again, Rise Nation easily figured Bance's fragging and positioning and easily rotated around him.
Excellent Hardpoints in win
March 30, 2018
Bance had great performances in both of the Hardpoint rounds in the 3-1 win over Red Reserve on Day 1 of the CWL Birmingham Open.
Bance had great time of it in Round 1 and Round 4 Hardpoint, putting in good showings in the bookend rounds. Round 1 Hardpoint was very close, as Splyce eked out a 250-230 win. He was a big reason why they were withing striking distance, and able to come back from the 200-140 deficit they faced. While Red Reserve were leading for nearly the entire match, Bance's strong play kept Splyce at a respectable pace, and once Tommey and his teammates turned their performance up, the comeback was on. He continued to play well into the fourth round, but the round was inconsequential. They ran out to a 150-33 lead, and ended up winning 250-59. He was good, going 28/20, but it was such a strong team effort that its impossible to point to any one player in the round. Sandwiched in between those excellent rounds were two average ones, where he limped to a 18/20 KD in Round 3 Capture the Flag, and faltered under a strong five-game winning streak by Red Reserve in Round 2 Search & Destroy.
Couldn't engage with eUnited
March 22, 2018
Bance waffled in a 3-0 loss to eUnited on Thursday of the CWL Global Pro League Stage 1, Division B.
Bance put in a decent performance, but Splyce needed more. Their opponents, eUnited, came into this series prepared to win and Bance was unable to adapt. For example, in Round 1 Hardpoint Bance played for Hardpoints by fighting on the point. While this gave Splyce a small lead early on, eUnited played with a longer range to pick Bance off of hills, making Bance little more than a target. On top of that, Bance needed a stronger game as eUnited came in hot and heavy. The strong ARs and SMGs bullied Splyce across the map, and Bance could do little to stop it.
Solid after first round
March 22, 2018
Bance got off to a slow start, but ended up being a decent support player in the 3-1 win over Evil Geniuses on Day 2 of Week 4 of CWL Global Pro League, Stage 1.
Their only round loss, Round 1 Hardpoint, was a struggle for Bance on an individual level as well. Evil Geniuses led for most of the round, constantly pushing forward every time Splyce made a push. Bance really lagged behind, going 29/41 in the round. He did, however, pick it up for the next three rounds. He was never in the spotlight in any of their three straight round wins, but he was a consistently solid third wheel in each of them. While he was never the leader, his play was a big reason why Splyce was able to finish off Evil Geniuses. His depth is valuable, and it wins games.
Engages and locks down Epsilon
March 16, 2018
Bance mowed down Epsilon eSports in a 3-1 win on Friday of the CWL Global Pro League, Division B.
Bance continues to slowly climb to his previous status as one of the best SMGs in Europe. His great performance was also thanks to the map pool that saw Valkyrie and three straight London Docks, both SMG-heavy maps. Bance started hot in Round 1 Harpdoint on Valkyrie by easily bullying out Epsilon eSports from the Hardpoint. He'd then snowball his small lead by sitting in the Hardpoint and holding entrances. Epsilon would never frag the Hardpoint, meaning Bance could always get the jump on his oppenents as they tried to break the hill.
Can't keep up his aggession
March 9, 2018
Bance fell flat on his face in a 3-2 loss on Day 1 of CWL Atlanta.
Bance limped through this entire series in a completely bizarre. Usually known as a strong SMG and as the key engagement for Splyce, Bance failed to open up the map for his team in nearly every instance. In all of Splyce's respawn rounds, Bance struggled to break even with his KD, and consistently scored a negative KD. Because of this, Splyce had a hard time of finding fights since Bance was unable to win most of his opening engagements.
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