Nicholas Maldonado 
United States
Free Agent
Will leave eLevate
August 22, 2018
Proto will leave eLevate following the team's 7th-8th place finish at the 2018 Call of Duty World Championships.
There's a chance Proto could return to eLevate, but at least for the moment he'll enter free agency along with the rest of his teammates. You could make a case that Proto presents the safest option for an inquiring team of the four eLevate players given he's spent time on Lightning Pandaz and Enigma6 in recent years, but for whatever the reason he's not viewed with the same type of tantalizing promise that we've seen in his peers. Proto is undoubtedly good enough to play on one of the 32 best teams in competitive Call of Duty, but it remains to be seen which roster he'll land on to start Black Ops 4.
Finds success with eLevate
July 26, 2018
eLevate opted to switch up their roster ahead of the Last Chance Qualifier, switching out Nagafen, Mochila and Blfire, who finished in 21st-24th place at the CWL Anaheim Open, and instead utilizing former Pro League players Proto and Maux alongside newcomer MajorManiak to run through the tournament. The move worked brilliantly as eLevate only dropped one map--to Team Sween who also qualified by virtue of the lower bracket--en route to qualification for CoD Champs.
Finds new team ahead of the CWL Seattle Open
April 18, 2018
Proto will join Vast eSports and is expected to compete at the CWL Seattle Open.
After getting released from Lightning Pandaz earlier last week, Proto tried in vain to qualify for Stage 1 relegation, losing two of his first three games in the online qualifiers and effectively ending any hope at a spot in Stage 2. As a result, he'll team with Theory and company on Vast eSports - a roster that has a legitimate shot at earning a spot in pool play by virtue of playing through the open bracket.
Free Agent
Finally hits free agency
April 10, 2018
Proto is a free agent heading into the CWL Seattle Open, the slayer announced on Tuesday.
The acquisition of Censor made Proto expendable, with the former Enigma6 slayer forced to sit on the sidelines as the team made a brilliant run at the CWL Birmingham Open. Now free to pursue other opportunities, Proto is expected to garner a fair amount of interest from the teams not currently in the Pro League, however it remains his intention to find a spot in the CWL Pro League Stage 2.
Benched indefinitely, likely off team
March 15, 2018
Proto has been benched indefinitely after the organization acquired Censor, Lightning Pandaz announced on Wednesday.
While the official release seems to suggest Proto is simply benched for the time being, it seems as if the former Enigma6 slayer could be out the door if a good offer comes around. Given esports manager Rahul Uppal issued a statement that seemed to reaffirm the rumor, saying "I would like to take this opportunity to thank Nicholas for his time with the organisation and wish him the best for the future," it seems like only a matter of time until Proto is listed with another team. Heading into CWL Birmingham, however, it's unlikely he'll catch on with another squad prior to the LAN event.
Begins strong and ends slow
March 10, 2018
Proto started strong only to quickly fall off in a 3-0 loss to OpTic Gaming on Day 2 of CWL Atlanta.
After a smart map pick-ban phase, Proto started hot with his teammates In Round 1 Hardpoint on Gibraltar only to get trampled under OpTic Gaming's pressure. Proto began the series with a set of double kills that nearly confirmed two full hills for his team. The first game at the beginning of the first hill when Proto took top ruins to push OpTic's spawns back, while the second set came during the rotation into the Fort Courtyard where he was able to flank three kills that stalled OpTic Gaming's spawns. But he couldn't keep up his early momentum as his opponents began to warm up. By Round 2 Search & Destroy, Proto quickly faded into the background.
Overcomes weak start
March 10, 2018
Proto did not have the best first round, but more than made up for it afterwards in the 3-1 win over GGEA Orange on Day 2 of CWL Atlanta.
Despite Lightning Pandaz rather easy Round 1 Hardpoint win, Proto saw a decent amount of individual struggles. He got to the 20-kill mark, but he died 23 times alongside it. His 20 kills was also the fewest on Lightning Pandaz. He managed a little over one minute on the objective, as well. He was not awful by any means, but his teammates outshined him. Proto was better in Round 2 Search & Destroy, starting off game one with an ace. He contributed well in the other rounds, but they were outplayed by Believe, Spoof, and the rest of GGEA Orange. Round 3 Capture the Flag and Round 4 Hardpoint, however, saw Lightning Pandaz absolutely massacre GGEA Orange. They won the third round 10-3, and the fourth 250-83. Proto was ridiculous in both rounds, notching 29 and 28 kills, respectively, alongside two strong games on the objective.
Struggles to slay in win
January 13, 2018
Proto did not have his best slaying day in the sweep win over FaZe Clan in Pool A during the CWL New Orleans Open.
Proto was far from the most efficient slayer in this match, but he influenced the game in other ways, mostly by focusing on the objective in each round. In Round 1 Hardpoint, for example, he was inconsistent as a slayer but put up over two minutes on the objective. He was a key reason why they got out to such a big lead, and that helped win the round. He was rather quiet in Round 2 Search & Destroy, but he had an excellent game six, to bring them within a game of winning the round. He planted the bomb and rattled off three kills to essentially lock down the game. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw him struggle with the kills again -- though he had a big 1v1 gunfight win to put them up 3-1.
Free Agent
Will become free agent
September 23, 2017
Proto will hit free agency after Enigma6 announced their new competitive roster for Call of Duty: World War II.
Proto will join Royalty and Cade in free agency after Enigma6, as well as team captain, General, opted to go in a different direction with the roster. While there was plenty of well wishes from the organization to Cade, the same can't be said for Proto, prompting some to speculate the supposed rift on the team may have been caused in part by him, Either way, it's unlikely Proto will be without an organization for long, as the entire Enigma6 roster impressed many during the Infinite Warfare campaign.
Weak effort in loss
August 12, 2017
Proto completed Saturday's CWL Championship loss against Ghost Gaming with a 69/85 KD.
Proto managed to break an even KD just once during the series during Round 2 Search & Destroy. He began things with a decent showing of a 24/27 KD and 1:05 of hill time ruling Round 1 Hardpoint and his best effort during Search resulted in the team evening up the series at 1-1. Unfortunately, Proto was a big reason behind the team's loss in Round 3 Uplink, finishing with an atrocious 17/30 KD as the team got stomped despite a good start. He started off strong during Round 4 Hardpoint, but fell off the grid as the round progressed and finished just 20/22 as Enigma6 dropped the series 3-1 to eliminate the team from the Championship.
Consistent effort as team rolls
August 11, 2017
Proto provided a 57/52 KD during Friday's 3-0 series sweep over Mindfreak Black at the 2017 CWL Championship.
Proto started off nicely with a 5/0 KD in Round 1 Hardpoint and provided a nice two-piece to take the Turbine hardpoint late in the round. Although he didn't dominate in Round 2 Search & Destroy, he died just once and sailed to a 3/1 KD as Enigma6 skunked Mindfreak 6-0 to take a 2-0 lead in the series. Proto closed the series out with a nice showing in Round 3 Uplink. While he didn't provide a ton of slaying, he did scrap his way to a 25/26 KD while providing five points. His highlight moment in the series came with less than 10 seconds left in Uplink, when he popped his camo down by a point and used it to notch a one-point score to tie the game and force overtime. Engima went on to win that with a 2-0 overtime score and ultimately cruised to a 3-0 series victory to stay alive in the Championship.
Struggles throughout in playoff loss
July 29, 2017
Proto finished with just a 71/90 KD in the team's CWL Stage 2 Playoffs loss to Fnatic.
Proto started things off horrendously in Round 1 Hardpoint, dropping to 21 below even with a 19/40 effort and just 1:02 of hill time. He played a little better and had a couple highlights in Round 2 Search & Destroy, but still managed just a 6/8 KD in that round. He had his best showing during Round 3 Uplink, posting a 29/20 KD with seven points and consistently putting pressure on the opposing line as Enigma6 rolled through Fnatic. Unfortunately, that was about all the life he displayed during the series, finishing with a 17/22 KD and just 51 seconds of hill time during Round 4 Hardpoint as Engima6 came up short in the series.
Battles over objectives
July 29, 2017
Proto wrestles for objective control with a 77/78 KD in a loss to eUnited on Day 1 of the Stage 2 CWL Playoffs.
Proto, unsurprisingly, fought hard to bully eUnited off of objectives and spawns in an aggressive series. Both Enigma6 and eUnited came in prepared, having clearly studied each others' tactics. This meant Proto was often challenged for spawns and objectives with an aggressive force as eUnited tried to counter Enigma6's scrappiest player. Proto was able to hold his ground in Round 1 Hardpoint by dropping a 26/26 KD and an impressive 2:01 objective time. Round 3 Uplink was the hardest round for Proto, but he still scored a strong 26/24 KD, two dunks and two throws despite being consistently challenged.
Up and down in win
July 9, 2017
Proto had a inconsistent showing in the sweep victory over eLevate on Day 3 of Group Blue.
Proto started off well in Round 1 Hardpoint. It was a easy win for Enigma6, as they led by 180-54, and parlayed that into a 250-68 blowout win. Proto had a solid 20/15 KD ratio, and had 1:21 on the objective in the round. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw Proto get the final kill in Game 4 of a close 6-4 round win. Round 3 Uplink was a poor slaying round for him. He went 15/22, but he did counteract that with five points in the 15-5 victory.
A non-factor in Enigma6's efforts
July 9, 2017
Proto just plain had a bad day when Enigma6 took on Ghost Gaming on Day 2 of Group Blue, consistently scoring negative KDs and winding up with an overall KD of only 63/81.
It's hard to pinpoint exactly where Proto went wrong in Enigma6's Day 2 loss to Ghost Gaming in Group Blue, but very few things went right for him during this series. For one, all of his KDs across all the games in the series, even in Round 1 Hardpoint which Enigma6 won, were consistently negative. And Proto's KD in Round 1 was a pretty bad 15/23. Proto did even worse in Round 2 Search & Destroy, where he only got a 2/7 KD as he failed to find any weaknesses in Ghost Gaming's well-planned strategies. In Round 3 Uplink he tried to redeem himself, but again went negative with a KD of 24/26 and only managed to toss one single point on the board. Proto was put out of his misery in Round 4 Hardpoint as he put up a measly 22/25, a whimper of an end to a heartbreaking defeat of Enigma6 at the hands of Ghost Gaming.
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