Tonight showed us the draft picks for the substitutes for all of the 12 teams involved in Season 3 and for those of you who didn’t manage to catch the stream, we have all of the picks neatly presented for you right here!
JusTus (Blfire, TwiZz, Doubt, Sin) – JusTus had four fairly average picks with Moti, Thing2, Bumzo and ASSASS1N; Bumzo is a name rarely seen before so it’ll be interesting to see what he can bring to the table if anything, while ASSASS1N obviously has the experience from being a Halo legend. Thing2 also has previous CoD top flight experience from finishing 5th at Columbus under Fuse at the start of Ghosts.
Elevate (Gucci, MadCat, Nifty, Chino) – Elevate started out here with a slight disadvantage due to MadCat already being on the team from the UK so it’ll be expected they’ll need to find at least one very reliable sub they can use often. They did manage to have a fairly strong draft session however, with the only unknown entity being Jump. The other 3 picks they made were Slasher, Pluto and Miyagi, three players fairly well known to CoD eSports enthusiasts, so they should have no problem there regarding suitable players to fill in for all three gamemodes.
Rise (Pacman, Whea7s, Loony, Attach) – Rise started off this draft with a conditional pick for their 4th player of Attach, which was widely speculated beforehand and didn’t come as a surprise to anybody. Their remaining 4 picks came in the form of TJHaly, the increasingly well known Search and Destroy star, Kozmo and Accuracy of the previous eX roster and Schillez, another fairly unknown entity. Again, similar to eLevate, Rise have managed to grab a solid 4 substitutes who should be able to perform should the need arise.
OpTic Nation (Killa, MboZe, Ricky, Mirx) – OpTic Nation commenced with a very strong but also unsurprising pick in the form of ex-Denial player Phizzurp, who nearly all fans of CoD eSports will have heard for for either good reasons or bad. It’s also well known that Killa and Phizzurp are good friends, so the chemistry is already there which can only be a good thing. ON also picked Trojan, a neat up and coming player with a lot of potential, Rizma, a Call of Duty veteran who’s been around since the CoD4 days but dropped off the scene recently, then finally Recks, a GB SnD allstar. All in all a well versed set of substitutes.
Denial (Saints, Zooma, Study, Replays) – Denial arguably has the weakest draft picks of the lot, purely based on the fact every player they’ve picked up specialises in Search and Destroy. Decemate, Felony, JRich and Osmoked are all fairly unknown and from the people that have heard of them, it’s mainly from GB Search and Destroy tournaments. You’d have thought Denial may have gone for more variety in their picks, but maybe they know something we don’t, who knows?
Radius (Classic, Saintt, Slacked, Huhdle) – Radius had 6 picks to make during this draft due to entering with just a 2 man roster of Classic and Saintt; their first conditional pick was Slacked, for the 3rd spot on their roster and their 4th member is Huhdle. Both players with a lot of experience around and about the top tier of CoD players, but just haven’t been able to make their break into the top 8 yet. Their other 4 substitute picks were SpaceLy and Flawless, again, two players looking to have their big break, NexXx, currently more famous for his entertainment value and streaming 1v1 Search and Destroys, and very finally a more unique and stronger skillwise pick in the form of King Jurd from the UK. Obviously Jurd has the talent and the knowledge to compete, but whether he’ll be used often due to the connection disadvantage he’ll face is yet to be seen.
Team Kaliber (Sharp, Neslo, Theory, Goonjar) – tK have always been a squad which have suffered a fair bit online but always excelled when it came to LAN play, so for the best advantage it’d make sense for them to choose known ‘connection’ players for the best advantage. Whether they’ve done that or not is for you to decide, however they definitely have a strong first two picks in the form of Muddawg and Sender. Muddawg is a player with a ton of experience and knowledge, as he used to coach EnVyUs then has also played for Xfinity and more recently Curse.Orange. Sender is a strong up and coming prospect, currently playing for vQ and over the past year or so has always been a player on the fringe of entering the top 8. Their other 2 picks, Jamezz, most recently of XGN fame when he and his teammates managed to knock ex-coL now EG down to the losers bracket at UMG Niagara and Fearless of ex-nV fame and is now currently working in management for them. Definitely not a bad lineup of subs to potentially use.
FaZe (Censor, Apathy, Parasite, Dedo) – FaZe’s first two draft picks are slightly more well known than their third and fourth; Diabolic and Realize are both fairly well known players over the past year or so, playing for teams like vQ and Curse.Youth respectively. Their other two picks were KenGoat and Crayons, two very unknown players but are apparently strong SnD players known more within the GB tournament community.
EnVyUs (Nameless, Merk, Jkap, Formal) – Methodz was nV’s first pick, a very strong player recently of Curse.Youth fame and is good buddies with Nameless which means the chemistry is there if Methodz is needed. NV’s other strong pick was Snip3down, the Halo legend and is currently known on CoD for his absolutely lethal accuracy with the AR. Their other two picks were ColeChan and PRPLXD, both players who currently play together under the STNNR team with PRPLXD also experiencing a little more fame as he was the captain of the Denial squad involved in Season 2.
Curse (Tipsy, Enable, Mochila, Burnsoff) – Curse started their draft selection with a fairly unknown player named ZyBackxx, again, a supposed SnD star. They followed that up with ex-Curse.Orange player Crowster, who has also announced he’ll be returning to the Curse crib to coach the current Curse roster for the upcoming season. Definitely a smart move to draft him as I imagine he’ll be their first choice over ZyBackxx. Their next pick came in the form of new player KennyKrayola who I unfortunately don’t know much about at all, but their 4th pick was UK CoD veteran Tommey, currently playing under Epsilon eSports. Similar to Radius and their pick with Jurd, whether Tommey will actually play a part or not due to the obvious connection and timezone disadvantages is yet to be seen however like Jurd, Tommey can justify his position has their 4th sub with his skill and knowledge of the game.
OpTic Gaming (Nadeshot, Scumpii, Clayster, Proofy) – OpTic commenced their draft picks with fairly unknown player Fero, another prospective up and coming player looking to make their break in the CoD scene. Their second pick was pretty expected and one of the most logical picks in the entire draft in the form of ex-OpTic player and still OpTic member, BigTymer. BigT still lives in the OpTic house and competed at Call of Duty for years so even though he hasn’t played CoD in a while, he still has that veteran knowledge and also the obvious connection advantage of living in the OpTic house (why didn’t they draft Flamesword?!). Their third pick is fairly controversial however as they picked ex-OpTic and more recently ex-nV member Rambo, however the controversy stands because Rambo has tweeted out that he made himself ineligible for the draft; whether that’ll stand we should find out in the near future but currently, Rambo is OpTic’s 3rd draft pick and substitute. Their final pick was Bloodz, another player similar to the likes of Diabolic, Sender, Kozmo etc. where he isn’t completely unknown however to the more casual fan they won’t have heard of him and he’s looking to build his way up and looking for his big break. Bloodz is probably their safest bet to use as a sub as he’s well versed through all 3 gamemodes, still plays the game and is hungry for victory.
Evil Geniuses (Aches, Crimsix, Karma, TeePee) – Unfortunately this time around, EG decided to pick their draft picks seriously when compared to last time. They started off by picking Fears, a player who has been around and about the top tier for the past couple of years and has been on rosters with some very top players, most recently Strictly Business. Their second and third picks were Faccento and Temperr, two fairly unknown players but similar to a lot of the guys in this draft, players looking to just get their big break on the scene. Their 4th pick was Phaze, a player with a fair bit of experience, placing 5th at MLG Columbus alongside Thing2, Sin and Historify at the beginning of Ghosts. Nobody too outrageous picked by EG here, but nobody too well known or risky either.
Overall a fairly successful draft; in my opinion Denial came out the weakest whereas EnVyUs came out strongest, but whether I’m correct in my belief is a story for another day. Some surprising exclusions from this draft in my opinion were Wolf, TuQuick and Moho. If you can think of anyone else that should have been added, just post it in the comments or feel free to tweet us @CODeSportsTV!
And don’t forget to tune in for the start of the Season 3 on MLG.tv on Monday the 14th of July!