The CWL Pro League for 2019 and Black Ops 4 begins the first week in February. 4 teams who made it through CWL Vegas, OpTic Gaming, eUnited, Splyce and Luminosity. Joining them will be the 12 teams who made it through the Pro League Qualifier last week. A number of these teams have announced their substitute players ahead of the Pro League, a requirement this year.
This week we look at these substitute announcements, with some causing quite a bit of controversy.
New Teams on the block announce their Substitutes
Starting with the team that took the Pro League Qualifier by storm, finishing the week 6-0, is Midnight Esports. The organization has made it very clear since the qualifier that they were not selling their spot with the likes of FaZe Clan, sniffing around. Midnight Espots have announced their substitute, Casey ‘Pandur’ Romano will be their extra man during the Pro League. After an impressive individual performance at the PLQ for Pittsburgh Knights, many were tipping Pandur to be a sub for a Pro League team.
An impressive squad performance from Excelerate Gaming saw them progress into the Pro League. They had trouble through their pool, only just securing a bracket play spot but progressed through winners’ bracket and dumped FaZe into losers whilst doing so.
Excelerate have chosen Robert ‘RobbieB3319’ Brugnoli as their substitute for the Pro League. RobbieB also competed in the Pro League Qualifier with Nation of Power. Individually he put up some impressive stats, especially in Hardpoint.
Excelerate have announced "RobbieB" as their official substitute for the Pro League.
Robbie's K/D stats at the PLQ:
HP – 1.40 (2nd)
S&D – 1.31 (6th)
Control – 1.08 (39th)
Respawn – 1.29 (9th)
— Landon Sanders (@LandO) January 27, 2019
Finally, UYU, a squad who made it through pools ahead of Pro Teams such as Red Reserve and Mindfreak. Not many gave them a chance in this pool but UYU proved them wrong. Finishing 4-2 in Pool D.
UYU have gone and picked up a player that could very well become a starter when the Pro League gets going. Anthony ‘Methodz’ Zinni has announced that he will be UYU’s substitute for the league in 2019. Methodz is a great pick up for UYU, a very skilled player who was a stand out performer during WWII.
Substitute players announced by Pro Teams
Starting with the controversy within the Call of Duty competitive scene this week. 100 Thieves have made not only announced a substitute but also a roster move altogether. Although they made it through to the Pro League, 100 Thieves did not have a convincing PLQ, like CWL Vegas the all-star roster underperformed. Another bad performance led to many comments that a change needed to be made. This change has happened. 100 Thieves have loaned James ‘Crowder’ Crowder and Preston ‘Priestahh’ Greiner from FaZe Clan for the remainder of the CWL Pro League season. Priestahh, has been placed straight into the starting roster, replacing Maurice ‘Fero’ Henriquez.
A lot of criticism has been directed towards this move, mostly because Fero was not the worst performer at the PLQ and some have mentioned that his performances got 100 Thieves their league spot.
Welcome @Priestahh to 100 Thieves Call of Duty.
Priestahh joins us on loan from FaZe for the remainder of the 2019 season. With his addition, Fero will move to a substitute role. We’ll be competing in CWL Pro League with Priestahh on the starting roster. #100T pic.twitter.com/9o4n1Ikqq0
— 100 Thieves (@100Thieves) January 28, 2019
After securing their CWL Pro League spot at the first event in Vegas, Splyce were able to relax whilst the other teams competed in the PLQ. After an impressive top 4 finish, Splyce will be ready and looking forward to competing once again. They were quick to announce their substitute for the league, Nick ‘Happy’ Suda is Splyce’s sub for the Black Ops 4 Pro League.
Previously, Happy had been competing under Orlando Reapers, placing top 64 at CWL Vegas. Happy has Pro League experience however, competing in Advanced Warfare with now teammate once again, Lamar ‘Accuracy’ Abedi.
Unlike other teams Team Envy have gone down a different route when choosing their substitute player for the Pro League. Instead of picking up someone who has not qualified for the league, Envy have instead improved Embry ‘Bevils’ Bevil’s position. Bevils is now both coach for Envy and their substitute, if needed.
Evil Geniuses, like Team Envy had an easy PLQ. Ending the week top of their pool with a 5-1 record. EG have also looked to the Pittsburgh Knights for their substitute for the Pro League, alongside Pandur, Adam ‘GodRx’ Brown too had a good qualifier and has earnt himself a sub spot on the Pro League for 2019.
One of the more surprising announcements, Red Reserve have looked towards the APAC region. Making it through to the Pro League, just, Red Reserve have named Conrad ‘Shockz’ Rymarek from Mindfreak as their sub for the league in 2019.
Mindfreak themselves, somehow didn’t make it, even after such a great start, 4-0 in the PLQ.
The other former European team who have made the move over to the US, Team Reciprocity have also announced their 6th man. A player who has been performing brilliant for Team Sween so far in Black Ops 4, Dylan ‘Dylan’ Henderson will take up the substitute role for Reciprocity.
His performances so far have received numerous plaudits from the pro scene and his talent will tempt Reciprocity in using him during their Pro League run this year.
Teams still to announce
Not all the Pro League teams have announced their substitutes for the upcoming Pro League season. OpTic Gaming, eUnited and Luminosity, 3 out of the top 4 are still to announce their 6th player. Over the next day or so these teams will have made their move.
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