With the release of the latest Call of Duty Title – World War 2, there have been many changes to team’s rosters for the upcoming Call of Duty World League. This game is a departure from the previous two titles which means that different skill sets are needed to be successful at this game.
This means that we are going to see many changes to rosters as organisations try to find the best players at this game and team them together in a group that gels well together.
It has now been announced that the Call of Duty roster for Athletico Esports has been overhauled after the entire roster from Mindfreak Black has now joined the team.
During the majority of the competitive scene during the last Call of Duty title – Infinite Warfare, Mindfreak Black had not been involved in many international competitions. However, at the end of the season, they did manage to be the sole APAC team that made it to the bracket stages of the Call of Duty Championships.
They managed to reach the last 16, but were then directed towards the loser’s bracket and lost to what would be the eventual champions OpTic Gaming and then being knocked out of the event completely by the Enigma6 team.
The squad has announced that it will now be moving to Athletico Esports with a few changes. James ‘Macka’ Mckenzie and Jack ‘Rival’ Prendergast have replaced Kainen ‘Swiftaz0r’ Kini and Jayden ‘Setzyy’ Hewitt on the roster. Both of these two new additions have been playing together in a competitive setting since the start of the Black Ops 3 season, so they certainly know each other’s playing style inside-out and they are comfortable with one another when on the same team.
Athletico Esports have now entered the competitive world of Call of Duty having already had teams in League of Legends, Rainbow 6: Siege and CS:GO, all of which were encaptured in the region of ANZ.
The main Mindfreak squad had managed to be a dominant force in the region for the past number of years and Athletico Esports will be hoping that their foray into the Call of Duty scene will be a successful one after having acquired a team that has tasted success.
The new title itself has received mixed reactions by players in the competitive scene. While they are all finding it refreshing to be back to boots on the ground after jetpacks were prominent in the last two titles – Infinite Warfare and Advanced Warfare, there are some issues that have been plaguing players.
Matt ‘Nadeshot’ Haag is a former superstar on the Call of Duty competitive scene having played with OpTic Gaming and had some great tournament victories. He voiced concerns about inconsistencies when it comes to gunfights. He also has concerns over a number of strong traits that are available to players from an early level that eliminates some of the skill needed to perform well in the game.
The first CWL tournament will be taking place online on the 12th of November, so it is hoped that any and all server issues are rectified by then.