Call of Duty Post-Roster Lock Analysis

The roster craze is over, for now. A lot happened in the past 48 hours and I’m sure that I wasn’t the only one with a head spinning nearly off of my shoulders by the end of it. The amount of team changes that took place is unheard of, and I do believe this was the most ridiculous roster scramble in a long time for the competitive Call of Duty scene. Once the first roster change happened, there were so many that came after the first and it was difficult to keep track of. It’s sort of a bittersweet aspect of this community. The excitement of seeing so many new rosters is definitely there, but it really gets to be ridiculous when you see one or two players jumping from team to team. This is ultimately a drawback for the competitive COD scene. The refreshing thing to consider is that Major League Gaming is clearly trying to encourage players to stay with their organizations even through a bad placement. With more rules and guidelines, I’m sure that the outlook for competitive Call of Duty will be positive.

OpTic Gaming – Nadeshot, Proofy, Clayster, and Scump

  • Proofy came over from FaZe Black.
  • MBoZe moved to OpTic Nation.

I am going to start this off by saying that OpTic easily won the roster scramble. They picked up a slayer and a play-maker in Proofy, and formed a roster that can certainly give Complexity a run for their money. Under no circumstance is MBoZe an sub-par player, but the reality is that to be successful in Ghosts, you need slayers on your team. Complexity has ACHES, Karma, and Crimsix as their slayers. These are arguably the best slayers in the game. When the situation calls for it, TeePee can hang and slay with the best of them. Proofy is an excellent addition to this team and I truly believe we will see OpTic competing against Complexity soon in some invigorating matches in the near-future.

OpTic Nation – MBoZe, Killa, MirX, and Ricky

  • MBoZe moved over from the OpTic Gaming roster.
  • Killa and MirX came over from JustUs Pro.
  • Ricky came over from Strictly Business.

Upon the announcement of this roster I was indifferent about it. Considering the fallout of Curse Las Vegas, I was surprised to learn that three out of the four players from that team would reunite on the OpTic Nation roster. Now this team is not a part of the MLG Call of Duty Pro League Season Two, so there’s some room for flexibility here. I personally feel that this team will be excellent at Search and Destroy and with Killa on board, they will be able to develop effective strategies for respawn gametypes.

Team EnVyUs – Merk, Nameless, Studyy, and Parasite

  • Rambo moved to coaching role.
  • Parasite joined after leaving FaZe Black.

The would be final roster for EnVy resulted in the strangest acquisition I’ve seen in a while. At the beginning of the roster craze, Parasite was released from Curse’s primary team. Parasite decided that the best decision for his career was to join FaZe Black where he would comfortably hold a Pro League spot, and will play with a consistent group of players. Not long after EnVyUs announced their decision to move Rambo, they picked up Parasite as their fourth player for the league and into the future. I don’t know how I feel about this roster. Rambo was a play-maker for the former EnVyUs roster. He may not have flourished in the slaying department, but he had some of the strongest objective statistics from Season One of the Pro League. I understand Parasite is a great player, but Rambo had a dedication to nV that was clear, and releasing him came as a shock to me.

Strictly Business – Spacely, John, Methodz, and Stainville

  • Ricky leaves to join OpTic Nation.
  • Stainville acquired after leaving JustUs Pro.

Not much to be said about the new Strictly Business team. Stainville is a great veteran pick-up for a team of younger players. I’m expecting Stainville to keep his team levelheaded. Though this team will be underrated, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them perform really well in Season Two of the Pro League.

Team Kaliber – Sharp, Goonjar, Apathy, and Neslo

  • Dedo leaves to join FaZe Black.
  • Neslo joins after leaving JustUs Pro.

Neslo is back home with his former team with the exception of Theory. I must say I’m optimistic about this team’s future. Apathy in the objective role is excellent, and this team will go back to being the Search and Destroy dynamos that they were prior to their overhaul. The Call of Duty Championship was a wake-up call for this team to say the least. They finished out of the money and went 0-2 in bracket play. This team will be hungrier than ever to come back and to revert back to their dominant selves. Reacquiring Neslo is a key to victory because I think it was a mistake for them to drop him in the first place. He’s an excellent game-planner, and he executes really well in matches.

FaZe Black – Censor, Formal, Saints, and Dedo

  • Parasite joins from Curse.
  • Parasite leaves to join Team EnVyUs
  • Dedo leaves Team Kaliber to join FaZe.

This team was the subject of controversy throughout the roster craze. FaZe Black was granted a spot in the Pro League despite the fact that they were a newly created roster at the time. Many believed that it was unfair for half of Strictly Business to leave the organization where they earned a Pro League spot in the first place, and then allow them to join another team and remain in the league. Nevertheless, the FaZe Black team is now set in stone. Parasite joined FaZe Black after Proofy joined OpTic, but he did not stay long. Parasite snatched an opportunity to join Team EnVyUs and Dedo joined two of his former teammates in Saints and Censor. This was another questionable decision seeing as Censor cited Dedo as the reason Strictly Business split up in the first place. With Formal, Dedo, and Saints slaying, I feel this team will perform well.

Curse Black – Tipsy, Enable, Burnsoff, and Mochilla

  • Parasite is released from Curse Black.
  • Burnsoff is brought over from Curse Orange.

I’m going to respectfully reserve my judgement for this roster until I see more of how they play. Curse Black is filled with underrated players and I think it will make for an interesting roster combination. The Curse organization went in a completely different direction with this new roster and I think it will work out for them. I personally feel Enable and Mochilla are the two standout players on this roster and I’m looking forward to their gameplay.

Curse Orange – Muddawg, Miyagi, Crowster, and Attach

  • Curse Orange is merged with Curse Youth
  • Realize, Diabolic, and Sin are released.
  • Burnsoff moved over to the Curse Orange roster.

This is another case of me not being able to formulate an opinion about a team just yet. Like Curse Black, Curse Orange has an interesting combination of players and I am not sure how it will work out. Muddawg and Crowster saw success together on both aoX and on Xfinity Gaming. Additionally, Attach and Miyagi saw success on Curse Youth. I am interested to see how these two duos work together.

JustUs Pro – Sin, Doubt, Blfire, and Twizz

  • MirX and Killa leave for OpTic Nation.
  • Stainville leaves for Strictly Business.
  • Neslo leaves for Team Kaliber.
  • JustUs Pro pick up Sin, Doubt, Blfire, and Twizz

JustUs scrounged for a last minute roster here. Sin and Doubt formerly teamed together on XFinity Gaming, Blfire competed with Curse New York for Season One, and Twizz was recently on the Denial roster. It’s nice to see these players get more experience and for them to harness the opportunity to play in the Pro League. However I simply cannot tell how this team will play together. It’s too soon to make a judgement on some of these brand new rosters.

Complexity and FaZe Red remain the same.

At least two of the championship bracket teams went unchanged. FaZe Red and Complexity seem like two cores of players that are comfortable with each other. This notion is more apparent with Complexity because of their ongoing championship run. The four players on Complexity just get it. They understand the game, and are able to win under any circumstance and in any situation. This is the one roster that will more than likely not fall apart.

FaZe Red seems to be content with picking up Theory and he along with JKap, Replays, and Classic are working well together. It’s difficult for me to not respect rosters who are satisfied with what they have, and are not greedy enough to make roster changes prior to every notable tournament. These rosters are now locked, and they must fight through every argument and bad game in order to succeed.

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