Shockz
Conrad Rymarek 
Australia
Mindfreak
Starts strong in most rounds
July 12, 2018
Shockz slayed in the early game in a 3-2 loss to Rise Nation on Thursday of the CWL Global Pro League Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
Shockz was able to start strong in every round, but his inability to close hurt Mindfreak in the end. Shockz' strongest rounds were Round 4 Hardpoint and Round 5 Search & Destroy where he was able to slay out and land Scorestreaks. In Round 4 Hardpoint on Valkyrie, Shockz was able to secure the second set of rotations by pushing lanes with Denz while also securing a Glide Bomb. The Scorestreak was important in zoning in his opponents in the third set of rotations. However, Shockz struggled in the second half of Round 5 Search & Destroy as Rise Nation forced teamfights. Shockz was unable to adapt after his strong early game of winning duels that round.
Fails to melt through Rise Nation
June 6, 2018
Shockz tried to carry his team in a 3-1 loss to Rise Nation on Wednesday in the CWL Global Pro League Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
Shockz once again showed he is one of the best players in the Oceanic region. Unfortunately, his slaying wasn't enough to carry his team against the titans that are Rise Nation. In Round 1 Hardpoint, Shockz did everything he could to pull his team a round win, landing a nearly double positive KD. But his inability to secures Scorestreaks at several points doomed Mindfreak's ability to secure the round. In subsequent rounds, he was assisted by Denz to push a defensive Rise Nation into a corner, such as in Round 3 Capture the Flag. By continually rotating around Rise Nation, Shockz and Denz slowly stole map control from their opponents until they could edge out a win.
Strong Search & Destroy in loss
June 6, 2018
Shockz struggled in the respawn rounds of the 3-1 loss to OpTic Gaming on Day 1, Week 4, of CWL Global Pro League Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
Round 2 Search & Destroy was Shockz and Mindfreak's best round. It was the only round they won from OpTic, and it was a rather easy win; they were in control early, and they never took their foot off the gas. He, BuZZO and Denz were a strong trio, and they suffocated OpTic Gaming in the 6-3 win. His best stretch game in the middle of the round, as he had the final kill in Games 5, 6, and 7. The three respawn rounds were rather similar; he hovered just below a 1.00 KD, as Shockz and Mindfreak struggled to find any consistent slaying against OpTic. Outside of the strong Search & Destroy showing, Mindfreak lagged behind OpTic Gaming on the kill feed.
Flies out to hot start
May 30, 2018
Shockz put in an awesome first round in the 3-2 win over Tainted Minds on Day 1 of Week 3 of CWL Global Pro League, Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
Shockz got off to a ridiculously hot start to this match, putting in an excellent performance in Round 1 Hardpoint. He went 31/14 in the round, and his slaying helped open up the Hardpoint for his teammates and keep Tainted Minds at bay. His other Hardpoint performance was strong as well, as he went 28/16 in Round 4 Hardpoint. Both Hardpoints were close early on, but saw Mindfreak pull away, and Shockz was a big reason why. The rest of his performance was average at best; he went 17/17 in a bad Round 3 Capture the Flag loss, really struggled in a similarly bad Round 2 Search & Destroy loss, and was a solid depth piece in an easy Round 5 Search & Destroy win.
Gives his team some much needed momentum
March 10, 2018
Shockz turned around the mid-game to nearly pull off a reverse sweep in a 3-2 loss to Monaco eSports on Day 2 of CWL Atlanta.
ANALYSIS
Shockz had a slow start this series as Mindfreak entered this game already knowing their seeding for the playoffs. It wasn't until Monaco eSports nearly 3-0'd Mindfreak that Shockz began to turn up. Round 3 Capture the Flag on Ardenens Forest saw Shockz explode with a 27/9 KD but only got a 4-1 scoreline. Despite the heavy slaying, Shockz struggled to punish Monaco eSports spawns but was able to effectively hold his team's position while scoring a suite of Scorestreaks. Shockz built his extraordinary KD by simply holding the hill in Ruins, beaming Monaco as soon as they left their trench.
Lands the best Scorestreak in the CWL
February 27, 2018
Shockz utterly destroyed Team Kaliber in a 3-1 victory in Week 6 of the CWL Global Pro League, Division A.
ANALYSIS
Mindfreak has always been considered a team on the cusp, and today Shockz proved they have the talent to break into the top tier. The biggest play he pulled was an absurd 18 killstreak in Round 1 Hardpoint on Sainte Maire Du Mont that won his team the map and even 100-point clubbed Team Kaliber. Shockz would stumble in Round 2 Search & Destroy due to some major positioning mistakes, but he would easily carry his team in the next two maps. Round 4 Hardpoint saw Shockz play shockingly aggressively against Team Kaliber, bullying out the back-to-back CWL Open winners from a win.
Can't turn around loss
February 21, 2018
Shockz fails to save a failing series in a 3-0 stomp by Rise Nation on Week 5, Day 2 of the CWL Global Pro League, Division A.
ANALYSIS
Shockz stood out against Mindfreak. He was the most consistent and aggressive slayer on his team, despite some questionable team plays. In Round 3 Capture the Flag, he helped scored the first flag capture by opening up the map with a double kill in mid. This allowed Denz to easily get a flag capture as Rise Nation was wiped off the map. However, Shockz' hesitance to engage in the second half meant that Rise Nation could chip away at the lead they had build, until Shockz eventually collapsed under Rise Nation's pressure.
Does good things in loss
January 31, 2018
Mindfreak fell to Team Kaliber 3-2, finishing off Tuesday's CWL Global Pro League Stage 1 matches, and Shockz did some good things despite the tough loss.
ANALYSIS
Round 1 Hardpoint was nothing short of a nightmare scenario for Mindfreak. They were absolutely annihilated, just barely getting to the 100-point mark late in the round, on the back of a superman effort by Denz. Shockz was quietly okay despite the lopsided score, ending the round with a 27/31 KD. That looks bad, but it could have been worse considering how excellent Team Kaliber were. Shockz did not show up on the final kill cam in Round 2 Search & Destroy, but he still was a big contributor to the match tying round win. He was a solid support player, and blew up in Game 5 with a three-kill performance. All of Mindfreak played well, which they had to in order to limit Team Kaliber to just two game wins. They were great again in Round 3 Capture the Flag, holding Team Kaliber to just one flag pull, done early in the first half. It was all Mindfreak besides that, and Shockz was a big reason why. His second half was better than his first, as he exploded to get to 25 kills by the time the round ended. He had 27 kills again in Round 4 Hardpoint, but the round went to Team Kaliber. It was a hard loss to swallow, as Mindfreak outslayed Team Kaliber, but Kaliber had a knack of picking up short bursts of Hardpoint time before rotations. Those added up, and ultimately made the difference in a close round. Shockz had a good showing in Round 5 Search & Destroy, but their offense was far too disjointed to hang with a very balanced Team Kaliber.
Fades after hot start
January 25, 2018
Shockz had a great first round and faltered from there as Mindfreak lost 3-0 to eRa on Thursday during the CWL Global Pro League Stage 1 play.
ANALYSIS
Shockz and Denz were the only reasons why Mindfreak had a sliver of a chance in Round 1 Hardpoint. They both slayed well, ending above the 30-kill mark, and were a problem for eRa the whole round. Despite their strong play, they had little support from their teammates, and eRa's strong team effort outdid them. He settled into a support role in Round 2 Search & Destroy, as Fighta carried the load. However, it was a similar story to the first round, as the support was not enough to prop up the top of their team. Round 3 Capture the Flag was a heartbreaking 2-1 loss in overtime, and Shockz started very well as they took a rather early lead. Despite the strong start and early lead, Shockz faltered and Mindfreak were swept.
Struggles to do much in loss
January 25, 2018
Shockz had a lot of struggles in the sweep loss to Rise Nation, on the Wednesday of the CWL Global Pro League Stage 1.
ANALYSIS
Shockz struggled from the get-go in this match, as he was never able to slay with Rise Nation in Round 1 Hardpoint, He had a poor 18/27 KD ratio, a ratio that highlighted the slaying struggles for Mindfreak. He continued this into Round 2 Search & Destroy, though he did have a clutch kill in Game 3 that put them into the win column for the first time. Round 3 Capture the Flag was Shockz best round, and he went 17/20 as Mindfreak got shut out. It was not a particularly good round for him, and Mindfreak got crushed. Shockz's biggest struggle -- consistently slaying -- popped up in all three rounds.
Chokes under insane stress
August 11, 2017
Shockz balked in the face of Team Infused in a loss during a Sudden Death Playoff Qualifier series in Group C on Day 2 of the CWL Championships.
ANALYSIS
Mindfreak's entire tournament life came down to single sudden-death round of Search & Destroy on Retaliation. And though Mindfreak had a good start, Shockz and his teammates made too many mistakes out of sheer stress and panic. No where was this best seen then in Game 7. Team Infused's Nolson posted across the bridge on Bomb A with a sniper as Mindfreak attempted to take the site. Nolson gave away his position early on and instead of rotating to plant at Bomb B or flanking Team Infused, Mindfreak try to barrel their way down the bridge and through Nolson's sights. The poorly-planned attack cost them the round even as Shockz attempted to force a late teamfight. Later, in Game 10, Shockz set up a poor defense at Bomb B as he forfeited patio control to Team Infused with little challenge. He ended the series 3/9 KD.
Consistent but not strong anchor
August 9, 2017
Shockz gave a solid game in a loss to eUnited on Day 1 of the CWL Championships.
ANALYSIS
Shockz anchored Mindfreak together in an extremely hectic series against eUnited only for his team's weaknesses to come out in full force. While solid at slaying and defense, the rest of his team couldn't drop the numbers to compete with eUnited. Often, Shockz set up kills only for there to be no followup. This was exemplified in Round 1 Hardpoint, when Shockz attempted to flank the last point only to drop during the pinch. In Round 3 Uplink, his coordination worked a lot better as his teammates capitalized on a slow eUnited, but when eUnited heated up, Shockz was quickly swept up in their wraith.
Struggles against the best
July 2, 2017
Shockz flounders with a 42/44 KD in a loss to Luminosity Gaming on Day 3 of Group Red.
ANALYSIS
Mindfreak just couldn't match up to Luminosity Gaming, no matter how hard they tried. Shockz, in particular, had a harder fight than most. Following closely behind Fighta, Shockz tried to keep his team in the game, finding some momentum in both Round 2 Search & Destroy and Round 3 Uplink. Round 2 Search & Destroy on Retaliation saw Shockz attempt to capitalize on Luminosity Gaming's weaker game mode. In Game 3 through 5, Shockz was able to bait individual members into gunfire as they greedily chased kills. This was best seen in Game 3 when Shockz lured Slacked away from the team for a quick kill. In Round 3 Uplink, Shockz would get his team's only point in the second half.
A decent Uplink performance is his saving grace
July 2, 2017
Shockz had a great game of Uplink with an overall KD of 54/57 in his series against Fnatic on Day 2 of Group Red, but he needs to work on other game modes.
ANALYSIS
Shockz came out of the gate floundering in Round 1 Hardpoint, for while he did get a decent amount of objective control time with 1:10, he had the worst KD of his team that round at 23/28. He'd break even in Round 2 Search & Destroy, where he'd get a KD of 7/7, but his performance clearly wasn't enough to stop Fnatic as an early lead in games by Mindfreak was quickly given up. Shockz had his chance to shine during Round 3 Uplink, where in addition to getting a positive 24/22 KD, he was the only player on Mindfreak to score any uplink points at all, scoring a total of four via two dunks. Clearly this paled in comparison to Fnatic's eight points, but it was a bright spot in Shockz's stormy day against Fnatic.
Played well in loss
July 2, 2017
Shockz had a nice game, but Mindfreak lost to Evil Geniuses 3-1 on Day 3 of Group Red.
ANALYSIS
Shockz did some really good things in this match, but not early in Round 1 Hardpoint. He struggled in the opening round, and could not find his footing. However, he turned it around midway through, and ended with six kills in the final Hardpoint to secure the win. He had a 29/25 KD, and 1:36 on the objective. Shockz was strong in Round 2 Search & Destroy, including getting the final kill in Games 3 and 10, the latter forcing a decisive game 11 that they eventually lost. Shockz was the only positive member in Round 3 Uplink, going 27/22, as Mindfreak rolled out a four-man attack that was unstoppable. Shockz limped to the finish line, however, in Round 4 Hardpoint, as he never was able to catch up to Evil Geniuses in the round. He went 16/24, with 46 seconds on the objective, as they lost the round and match.
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