Rated
Rhys Price 
United Kingdom
Red Reserve
Plays flexible against ribals
April 21, 2018
Rated adjusted easily to the new meat in a 3-0 win over Splyce on Friday of CWL Seattle.
ANALYSIS
Despite a near complete re-work of the game, Rated has changed extraordinarily little from his Stage 1 form. Continuing to be the main AR presence, Rated played his signature close-range AR and triple-player stack to overwhelm Splyce alongside Zer0 and Joshh. This worked flawlessly against the weak SMGs of Splyce, even allowing Rated and Zer0 to both play ARs on Valkyrie, USS Texas and even Flak Tower. The only new twist Rated had to introduce was the occasional flex onto the SMG role in Round 3 Capture the Flag on Flak Tower.
Outsmarts Rise Nation
April 8, 2018
Rated barely slayed but was still able to lead his team to a 3-2 win over Rise Nation on Day 2 of the CWL Stage 1 Playoffs.
ANALYSIS
Rated had a miserable game in terms of scoring kills, but what won Red Reserve the series were smart plays planned by him. Instead of taking Rise Nation in head-to-head fights, Rated had Joee and Joshh constantly flank their opponents. Meanwhile, Rated often acted as bait for his team, dragging Rise Nation out of hiding so Joee and Joshh could get easy flanks. This worked exceedingly well in Round 2 and Round 5 Search & Destroy, where the promise of killing Rated was often too tempting for Rise Nation to pass up.
Solid slaying force
April 7, 2018
Rated gave consistent slaying in a 3-2 loss to Luminosity Gaming on Day 1 of CWL Stage 1 Playoffs.
ANALYSIS
Red Reserve seems to be cursed to lose every Round 5 Search & Destroy. From Round 1 Hardpoint to Round 3 Capture the Flag, Rated was excellent at laying down reliable firepower. His ability to play long-range with an AR is what secured Red Reserve's win in Round 2 Search & Destroy, as he could score kills as Joee and Joshh engaged. But as the series dragged on, Rated's frontline faltered. This culminated in Round 5 Search & Destroy where Rated struggled to pick off Luminosity because Joee and Joshh kept dropping.
Awful Round 1 kicks off loss to Enigma6
April 2, 2018
Rated finished Sunday's 3-1 CWL Birmingham Open lower bracket loss to Enigma6 with an 82/90 KD.
ANALYSIS
Rated struggled mightily in the opening Hardpoint, posting a 21/36 KD as the rest of Red Reserve limited to a dismal start. However, the vocal slayer was much more on point during Red's 6-0 Round 2 Search and Destroy slaughtering, in which he posted a 10/3 KD line. From the very beginning of the map, it was the Rated and Joee show, as the duo both posted multi killstreaks that extended through multiple rounds, with Rated also finishing on a three kill streak to cap off the utter domination. That trend would not continue in Round 3 Capture the Flag, however, with Rated rebounding - albeit in less than impressive fashion during Round 4 Hardpoint, in which he posted a 39/32 KD line. The loss would knock Red Reserve out of the tournament - a surprise given the Open event took place in Red Reserve's home country.
Not able to keep pace
March 30, 2018
Rated got torn apart by Luminosity Gaming in a 3-0 loss on Friday of CWL Birmingham.
ANALYSIS
Rated couldn't find very many ways to counter Luminosity Gaming's raw skill despite playing a solid game. Basically, Rated's strategies meant little if he and his teammates couldn't win fights. He first tried to play for picks against Luminosity Gaming, but his opponents spread apart to force 1-vs-1 fights that he and his teammates couldn't win. However, Rated was quick on his fight and his teammates stack up in order to cause 2-vs-1 fights in his team's favor. While this worked for a set of hill rotations, Rated failed to keep up the momentum in Round 1 and in the rest of the series.
Poor late game in loss
March 30, 2018
Rated really faded down the stretch in the 3-1 loss to Splyce on Day 1 of the CWL Birmingham Open.
ANALYSIS
Rated had a hot start to this one, putting in two good performances in Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 2 Search & Destroy. The first round saw him play well, and saw him be the only member of Red Reserve to finish with a positive KD ratio (27/24). He stayed good throughout the round, leading them to their early lead and fighting hard to stop the Splyce comeback. He had 10 kills in the Round 2 Search & Destroy win, and was key in the five-game win streak that started when they were down 4-1. However, he really faltered for the rest of the match. He struggled in Round 3 Capture the Flag, going 14/19 in the round. He had a big kill to spring Joshh to tie the round, but other than that he struggled. He finished off the match with a 9/25 performance in a 250-59 Round 4 Hardpoint loss, which speaks for itself on an individual and a team level.
Brawn beats brain
March 11, 2018
Rated's strategies couldn't defeat a muscular Rise Nation in a 3-1 loss in the CWL Atlanta grand finals.
ANALYSIS
All of Rated's clever strategies couldn't stand up to the sheer power of Rise Nation. It wasn't a problem of strategy, but a problem of slaying. For example, in Round 1 Hardpoint, Rated often found ways to catch Methodz or TJHaLy in 1-vs-2 fights, especially in the first set of rotations. But each time Methodz and TJHaLy managed to score double kills to clutch the fight, winning spawn and hill rotations in the process. Rated's tactic, however, shone in Round 2 Search & Destroy. Rated would bait out plays for Joee and Joshh to counter with their strong SMG presence, but that slaying power was nowhere to be found in respawn rounds.
Keeps his team together
March 11, 2018
Rated was solid in a 3-0 stomp of Luminosity Gaming at the losers' finals of CWL Atlanta.
ANALYSIS
Rated clearly watched VODs of Luminosity Gaming as he easily tore through one of the toughest teams in the CWL. He and his teammates were constantly able to find holes in Luminosity's defenses, essentially countering Luminosity's core player: Octane. Rated's organizational skills were best seen in Round 2 Search & Destroy. As Joee began to build Scorestreaks in Game 3, Rated and Zer0 would bait their opponents out of position, trying to get them to peek into Joee's pre-aim. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw Rated distract the Americans in mid map, using his and Zer0's firepower to pin them down while Joee or Joshh stole the flag.
Gets blown apart in late game
March 9, 2018
Rated failed to stop a 3-2 reverse-sweep from Team EnVyUs on Day 1 of CWL Atlanta.
ANALYSIS
Rated's AR assault didn't find much usage this serious as Team EnVyUs forced a close-range SMG-heavy game onto him. Combine this with Joee and Joshh failing to hold the frontline, and the series quickly turned into a disaster for Rated. He couldn't find the room to aim and land his shots as Team EnVyUs rushed his positions and spawns. Rated wasn't playing aggressive or smart enough to beat out Team EnVyUs.
Fumes in frustrating series
March 1, 2018
Rated left clearly frustrated with a 3-0 loss to Team Kaliber on Thursday of the CWL Global Pro League, Division A.
ANALYSIS
Rated continued to be Red Reserve's core slayer, for better and for worse. The talented AR player knew how to carry himself, but a lack of coordination from his allies often left him in odd situations. This was best seen in Round 2 Search & Destroy where Rated would be the only European with a positive KD. In Game 3, Rated would fall back behind cover only for his entire squad to drop while planting the bomb. Rated, literally, spun in circles in frustration before clutching a hot shot onto Accuracy but was quickly dropped by the rest of Team Kaliber.
Stumbles while trying to keep up
March 1, 2018
Rated struggled to keep up with OpTic Gaming's aggression in a 3-1 loss on Wednesday of the CWL Global Pro League, Division A.
ANALYSIS
Rated was caught completely off guard by a resurgent OpTic Gaming. Not only that, but the meta has recently turned against Red Reserve, favoring more aggressive close-range gameplay. Because of this, Rated, an AR player, couldn't reliably land his shots as he got rushed by his opponents. This was clear in Round 1 Hardpoint on London Docks and Round 2 Search & Destroy on Saint Marie Du Mont. It was only in Round 4 Hardpoint on Gibraltar, a map that favors longer-range and slower gameplay, that Rated posted a positive KD.
Gets fired up just in time to avert a Red Reserve collapse
February 28, 2018
Rated almost let a victory against Vitality slip out of his grasp, but he clutched up just in time to help Red Reserve win 3-2 over Vitality on Tuesday in the CWL Pro League Division A.
ANALYSIS
Rated had a bit of a muddled performance in this series early on, and it almost cost him and his team. Evidence of this was in Round 1 Hardpoint, where Rated went negative in KD with 18/24 and a narrow 10-point round loss, and also in Round 2 Search & Destroy where Rated again went negative in KD with 5/7. Rated got himself together in Round 3 Capture the Flag, where he and Red Reserve shut out Vitality in the win, with Rated himself notching a positive KD of 18/12. Rated was instrumental to preventing another round victory by Vitality, as during Round 4 Hardpoint he was the only member of Red Reserve to end with a positive KD of 38/28, as Red Reserve just scraped out an 18-point victory. Rated closed out the reverse sweep against Vitality with a double-positive KD of 10/5 for Round 5 Search & Destroy. Red Reserve's win clinched their spot in the playoffs.
Consistent in win
February 23, 2018
Rated was a consistent member of Red Reserve as they swept eRa with ease, opening up the Thursday matches of the third week of the CWL Global Pro League, Stage 1.
ANALYSIS
Rated put together a solid performance in this match. He was one of the most consistent members of Red Reserve, especially in the respawn rounds, and was a driving force behind their rather painless win. Round 1 Hardpoint housed his best performance, as he was second in command behind a dominant Zer0 round. He gave him quality support, and the combination of those two players, with the rest of Red Reserve pitching in, made it impossible for eRa to mount a comeback. After a Round 2 Search & Destroy that saw him be the third wheel behind Zer0 and Joee, he picked it up for Round 3 Capture the Flag. He went 14/11, and was a part of a excellent four-man defensive display that shutout eRa with ease.
Some really good rounds in loss
February 22, 2018
Rated was not perfect, but he had a few excellent rounds in the 3-2 loss to Rise Nation, capping of Wednesday's matches during the Third Week of the CWL Global Pro League Stage 1.
ANALYSIS
Rated had some bad rounds in this one (Round 3 Capture the Flag, namely) but he also had some excellent ones. Round 1 Hardpoint was in that category. He went 34/27 in the round, providing a steady slaying force for them when they needed it. He and Zer0 kept them within striking distance of Rise Nation, but overall Rise Nation had too much for the two to handle. They needed a full-team effort in the round, and did not get it. He slowed down in Round 2 Search & Destroy, and pitched in when he needed to. He did not show up on the final kill cam, but his play helped them squeak out a win in 10 games. The aforementioned third round was rough for him; he only mustered together 10 kills, as Red Reserve were shut out, and shut out easily. Round 4 Hardpoint was an easy win in which they paid Rise Nation back, leaving them below 85 points. Rated had a low-key game, but it was a good one. He went 19/14 with nearly two minutes on the objective. It was not a round full of highlights, but it was a very productive one. Round 5 Search & Destroy saw their stale offense rear its head again, as they won just one game, with Rated struggling to do anything.
Becomes the new face of Red Reserve
February 2, 2018
Rated pumped himself full of energy to lead his team to a close 3-1 win over OpTic Gaming on Thursday in the CWL Pro League Stage 1.
ANALYSIS
We don't know what Rated did to psych himself up before Thursday's match with OpTic Gaming, but it was successful as his energetic demeanor spurred his teammates on. Round 1 Hardpoint saw Rated shouting to his teammates to flood the hardpoints, as Rated himself scored an impressive KD of 31/24. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw a quieter Rated, but no less determined, as he inflicted a nasty KD of 12/7 onto OpTic. Rated did show signs of exhaustion during Round 3 Capture the Flag, as he went negative in KD with 16/20 in the OpTic round win. However, Red Reserve and Rated quickly rebounded during Round 4 Hardpoint, scoring another narrow victory with few points to spare, ending the round with a 33/26 KD.
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