For the first time in a decade. The GOAT from Call of Duty will most likely not compete in the COD Championship this year. After years of being a competitive Call of Duty player, Ian “Crimsix” Porter has done it all. He is a 37-time COD Champion with 3 World Championship rings, earning over $1 million in earnings along the way. Unfortunately, Crimsix won’t be around to add a fourth ring to his collection this year.
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As of 2013 with Black Ops 2, Crimsix has competed in every Call of Duty World Championship event to date. After playing well last season and qualifying for the event last year in Cold War, Crimsix was ready to race again in Vanguard.
Crimsix’s new organization, NYSL, started off strong in the Kickoff Classic by placing third and beating top teams like Boston Breach, Minnesota Rokkr and Seattle Surge. However, things quickly turned ugly. Following the success of the first event, no one would have guessed what happened next.
The rise and fall of the NYSL
After having initial struggles during Major 1, the organization surprised the community by leaving Neptune for veteran Matthew “Royalty” Faithfull. After continuing to struggle, the roster movements were organizing behind the scenes. A month after bringing in Royalty, the NYSL decided to bring Neptune back into the starting lineup, dropping Royalty. However, nothing changed, the team continued to play poorly and tensions between everyone increased. Your solution? Dropping one of the winningest players in Call of Duty history, Clayster. To replace him, NYSL decided to sign London Royal Raven replacement Paul “PaulEhx” Avila.
After finishing 10th in Major 2 and winning a whopping $0, more moves were on the way. Fortunately, the CDL gave a break of almost two months between Major 2 and Pro-Am Classic. So for struggling teams looking to make a move, a “trial” period was introduced. This “test” period allowed many teams to figure out which roster works best for them. Bring players on trial with your existing team and see how they would play together.
After weeks of testing rosters, NYSL inducted former Paris Legion player and current Challengers player Matthew “KiSMET” Tinsley. Once again dropping Neptune, forever.
Going into the Pro-Am Classic, NYSL was near the bottom of the CDL standings. With only the top 8 teams qualifying for COD Champs, Crimsix knew the team needed to perform.
At the end of the weekend, NYSL was the team holding the trophy on Championship Sunday. The team played beautiful COD throughout the weekend. Race through teams like the Toronto Ultra, London Royal Ravens, and LA Thieves in the Grand Finals.
After such a hectic season, the Crimsix and NYSL finally had something to show for all the hard work they put in. They brought in $100,000 in winnings and their place in the leaderboard. However, it is still not high enough to qualify. Crimsix and the team knew that Major 3 could be a defining event for them.
make or break
After having an average placement during the qualifiers finishing in sixth place, the NYSL drew the Seattle Surge in the winning round of the first round of the group. After losing a heartbreaking fifth game, the team was sent to the losers bracket to face an underperforming and highly beatable London Royal Ravens team. Unfortunately, they lost on four maps, finishing 11th and ending the team’s and Crimsix’s chances of qualifying for the biggest event of the season.
With a bad finish at Major 3, he made it almost impossible for the NYSL to make COD Champs. They would have to win their qualifying matches and they would have to win the Major 4 tournament. Along with that, every team in the league would have to completely collapse and lose tons of matches. So fans will most likely not see Crimsix at COD Champs this year.
Is it over for Crimsix?
Crimsix is still a skilled and smart COD player. But so far this season, Crimsix, now 29, has a K/DR of just 0.95 in 42 games played. This might not sound that terrible, but for someone called GOAT, it’s not a good look. Especially when fans see older players like Scump at 1.05 and even SlasheR at 1.03.
In last week’s Major 3 tournament, Crimsix had their worst performance of the year. Not only was the NYSL snubbed in two matches, but in those matches Crimsix struggled. He put up a .90 KD/R in the first round of winners and a horrendous .78 in the losers bracket to finish his weekend in last place.
Over the years, fans have grown accustomed to seeing Crimsix sitting atop the COD throne, winning championships and taking home all the prize money. Now, fans used to see him put up decent stats and fight with his teammates all year long. It’s clear that while some may consider him the GOAT of Call of Duty, he’s not playing like that right now.
Even with all the drama, Crimsix has been a staple of the competitive Call of Duty community. No one can take away from him the things that he accomplished throughout his incredible career. Hopefully next year he decides to compete again. But if you decide not to and retire, it was a joy to watch him compete over the years.
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