Changes to competitive in Black Ops 4

It was announced nearly two weeks ago that Call of Duty competitive for Black Ops 4 was changing to five versus five. This announcement made by the CWL has finally allowed organizations, to acquire the last remaining pieces to their roster puzzles. Although not all rosters are fully complete nor have been confirmed, a few talented line ups have.

Red Reserve

The European squad had a good WWII season, coming close twice to winning a championship at CWL Anaheim and CWL Atlanta. Red Reserve placed top 8 throughout the year with only one hiccup at CWL Birmingham. The roster that finished the year was made up of Joseph ‘Joee’ Pinnington, Rhys ‘Rated’ Price, Trei ‘Zer0’ Morris and Matthew ‘Skrapz’ Marshall. An incredibly talented team who were strong and successful in taking down good North American opposition. It was a definite that these four would stick together heading into Black Ops 4.

I believe that the 5v5 change to the competitive Call of Duty scene was a welcomed decision by Red Reserve and their current roster. A verdict that the organization certainly predicted. On Sept. 19, the same date as the CWL Season reveal, it was announced that Ben ‘Bance’ Bance would be their fifth, a gifted player, improving the best European team in the game.

Team Envy

Team Envy had an up and down WWII season. The roster that finished off the year consisted of Cuyler ‘Huke’ Garland, Nicholas ‘Classic’ DiCostanzo, Jacob ‘Decemate’ Cato and Martin ‘Chino’ Chino. This roster wasn’t unsuccessful, consistently placing Top 12 but an organization like Envy demands more. The announcement made by Team EnvyUs this off season was a big one, a shock to the Call of Duty community.

On Sept. 22, Envy announced that they had acquired the WWII world champions. The Evil Geniuses squad which consisted of Patrick ‘ACHES’ Price, Bryan ‘Apathy’ Zhelyazkov, Adam ‘Assault’ Garcia and Justin ‘SiLLy’ Fargo-Palmer who would join Huke, completing their five-man roster going into Black Ops 4. This change currently leaves Chino, Decemate and Classic as free agents. Envy have acquired a roster packed with experience, a desire to win and a team that will allow Huke to showcase his full potential.

100 Thieves

Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag’s 100 Thieves organization were the first to get to work in this off season. Even before the announcement of five versus five, 100 Thieves had confirmed that Kenny ‘Kenny’ Williams, Maurice ‘Fero’ Henriquez and Sam ‘Octane’ Larew would be on their roster. They would need to acquire two more players. This announcement took time, frustrating Nadeshot himself.

However, they finally got their men; Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat and Ian ‘Enable’ Wyatt. This final confirmation has made 100 Thieves the organization to watch in Black Ops 4. With Octane and SlasheR, 100 Thieves have, arguably the two best AR players in Call of Duty. Alongside Kenny, arguably the best SMG in CoD right now. Every player on this team is lethal in their own specific ways. Fero’s gunskill and ability with a sniper is unmatched, and with Enable as IGL, this roster is scary. The acquisition of Enable also confirms 100 Thieves pool play spot at CWL Vegas in December.

OpTic Gaming

WWII was definitely a title to forget for the Greenwall. No Championships and a devastating loss in Grand Finals to FaZe in Pro League Stage 1 summed up the season. The end of the year saw OpTic play with a new roster of Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter, Seth ‘Scump’ Abner, Sam ‘Octane’ Larew and Anthony ‘Methodz’ Zinni. Unfortunately, the troubles continued with low place finishes and disappointing results. Respawn was never really an issue but the troubles of Search and Destroy continued to hurt. During this off season, rumors about the OpTic roster began to surface.

On Sept. 27, the Greenwall were patiently waiting for Vision and they weren’t disappointed. Ending the episode; Crimsix, Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell and Thomas ‘TJHaly’ Haly, threw another huge announcement in the works. Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow will be returning to the OpTic roster for Black Ops 4. Getting Karma back on the squad is a brilliant move. One that would have been difficult to make happen. Karma had been rumored to join the 100 Thieves roster during the off season.

With the additions of Dashy and TJHaly, OpTic are looking to really improve their Search and Destroy for the new season. Another very talented squad that should be competing at the top next year.

Mindfreak

Mindfreak, the strongest team from Australia competed well during the WWII season with their highest finish coming at CWL Anaheim placing Top 8. It was clear that when the Australian squad were able to scrim EU and NA teams before LAN events, the team looked promising. A squad that consisted of Mitchel ‘BuZZO’ Mader, Conrad ‘Shockz’ Rymarek, Lincoln ‘Fighta’ Ferguson and Denholm ‘Denz’ Taylor.

As of writing this, it is confirmed that Denz has left Mindfreak in pursuit of landing onto a EU or NA roster for Black Ops 4. Mindfreak themselves announced that BuZZO, Shockz and Fighta had re-signed for the new season, leaving two spots open. It was announced on Sept. 17 that Mindfreak has acquired Luke ‘Louqa’ Rigas, an 18-year-old talent that had been competing for Frontline Esports before this switch. Finally, they confirmed their number five spot. The return of Cody ‘Excite’ Rugolo, once on Mindfreak, had been competing on Taboo during WWII, placing well in Australian events.

It will be interesting to see what this line-up can do without a player like Denz and how Louqa will perform at the highest level.

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Born in Birmingham, UK, I have always had a passion for sports, especially football (soccer); following Birmingham City Football Club across the country and around Europe from a very young age. Acquiring Call of Duty 4 at age 12 (thanks to my older brother) I began to play the game religiously, becoming a pro was never really an option (due to poor gun skill!) but I fell in love with the Call of Duty competitive scene, its community and esports because of it. Seeing esports grow every day is incredibly exciting and I look forward to being a part of it, especially through Call of Duty where there is never a dull moment competitively. You’ll never see me on Main Stage turning on people but I’ll definitely be watching, writing and providing updates on the pros that do. You can contact me through email or Twitter.
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Born in Birmingham, UK, I have always had a passion for sports, especially football (soccer); following Birmingham City Football Club across the country and around Europe from a very young age. Acquiring Call of Duty 4 at age 12 (thanks to my older brother) I began to play the game religiously, becoming a pro was never really an option (due to poor gun skill!) but I fell in love with the Call of Duty competitive scene, its community and esports because of it. Seeing esports grow every day is incredibly exciting and I look forward to being a part of it, especially through Call of Duty where there is never a dull moment competitively. You’ll never see me on Main Stage turning on people but I’ll definitely be watching, writing and providing updates on the pros that do. You can contact me through email or Twitter.

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