Every player from the Call of Duty League teams to watch for the rest of Major 4

The first weekend of the Major 4 Online Qualifier Matches is over and that means the Call of Duty Championships are even closer. There are plenty of close qualifying races and intriguing stories between teams and line-ups during this final stretch of the season.

Heading into this weekend’s online qualifiers, here are my players to watch on each roster for Major 4. This roster isn’t about the best player on each team, it’s about who needs to perform so that each team reach your potential.


Abezy, Atlanta Face

Tyler “Abezy” Pharris may still be one of the most influential players on the Call of Duty League map. But while throughout this year’s Call of Duty League the Atlanta Faze have been at the top of the points standings, they still don’t have a trophy.

The Atlanta Faze made it to all three major Grand Finals and were runners-up in all three. This shows how close they have come and how little they need to do to get over the hump.

“Abezy” has been wildly inconsistent throughout the year and many attribute this to not liking the current game, Vanguard. Even with that said, his game needs to improve and if he does, watch out.

He was a .93 K/D up until Major 3 and at hard point, where he usually excels, he was a .89. If “Abezy” can show consistency in Major 4 and Champs, Faze is a big problem for the rest of the league.

Vivid, Boston Gap

I know what you’re thinking. How could Vivid be the Boston player to watch at Major 4 after they brought him in? I think the answer is simple, Boston made one of the best roster moves of any team all season, but it has to work.

Since the inception of the Call of Duty League, one of the many wonders yet, has been the organization roster move/decision making. Many times teams have made decisions that, from the outside, make little or no sense and sometimes even skew rosters.

In this case, I’d say it’s the opposite. Boston instantly improves with “Vivid” on its starting roster. The Breach decided to bench his young talent, Kenyen “Capsidal” Sutton, and bring in the most aggressive SMG player in the league, according to stats.

“Vivid” has received a lot of criticism during this year’s season, but it only has to do with his statistics and his former team did not prepare him well. If he can continue to play his style and match him up with Breach’s other young talent, Dylan “Nero” Koch, Boston will secure a spot in the Champions.

Subliners of Hydra, New York

Paco “Hydra” Rusiewiez has been one of the best players in the game this season. It’s surprising to meet one, but what’s been surprising is his team, the New York Subliners, a season-long mess.

As of now, the Call of Duty Championships are a long shot for Subliners and that’s pretty disappointing for viewers and simply because it means “Hydra” will miss out.

There has been news around the CDL about problems within the NYSL field and as things stand it is almost irreversible. Watch out for “Hydra” to remain one of the most impactful players in the league and if your teammates get hot, they just might have a chance.

Zero, London Royal Ravens

Trei “Zero” Morris and his team, the London Royal Ravens, have been surprisingly disappointing recently. Currently, the team is still in a CoD Champs spot, but after errant roster changes and lackluster performances by lan, the spot is falling apart.

“Zero” has played an interesting role in this year’s Royal Ravens roster, as the only veteran on the team leading three very talented young players.

In Major 3, “Zero”, had the worst kill rate per 3 maps in the entire tournament and boasted a .92 K/D. If London wants to make a run at Major 4 or the Champs, “Zero” has to be the one to lead the charge.

Kenny the Los Angeles Thieves

The Los Angeles Thieves have been possibly the most consistently inconsistent team on Vanguard this season. Throughout the season, the roster has shown glimpses of Championship-caliber potential and, at other times, a background team.

The biggest reason for Thieves’ inconsistencies this year has been its superstar vet, Kenneth “Kenny” Williams. He’s been up and down all season and when he’s up, they can be great.

During the Major 3 run, “Kenny” had a .92 K/D and LAT still showing signs of life. They’ll need him to play well if they want to secure one of the eight spots in the Call of Duty Championship.

Neptune, Los Angeles Guerrillas

Travis “Neptune” McCloud joined the Los Angeles Guerillas in place of Obaid “Asim” Asim. A template movement that, in the minds of many people, makes little or no sense. For that reason, I have him as the Guerrillas player to watch.

“Neptune” had some rough stuff during his time early in the season with the New York Subliners. He will be joining LAG looking to once again try to prove himself for now and his possible future in the league.

LAG has been terrible ever since their miraculous victory in the Major 2 Tournament and they believe that bringing in “Neptune” could change that. It’s a long shot, but let’s see if the multipro FPS player has it in him.

Proluto, Optic Texas

This was probably the easiest pick for this roster and it shows the talent of this roster. The big three on the Optic Texas roster will obviously need to show up for them to be successful. But, Byron “Prolute” Vega is the X factor and the player to watch.

Optic Texas just recently announced that “Prolute” will continue to replace Inder “Illey” Dhaliwal on the starting roster while he recovers from his hand injury. This isn’t the news Optic fans wanted to hear, but it could potentially turn out to be beneficial.

The guys have been playing with “Prolute” for some time and continuing what they were building might be enough to bring them back to glory.

Temporary, Paris Legion

Simply put, Donny “Temp” Laroda has been one of the best ARs in the game this season. That said, it basically has nothing to show for it.

Over the course of the entire season, “Temp” has posted the fourth-best overall K/D in the entire league. That’s good enough to put him at the top of the conversation for one of the top games behind only Atlanta Faze’s McArthur “Cellium” Jovel and Optic Texas’ Brandon “Dashy” Otell.

Not to throw his boys under the bus, but “Temp” is just being forced to be a product of his environment. He’s racking up MVP numbers and yet his team has only won a couple of games all season.

The Paris Legion season is over, but if you want to see a superstar grab their lunchbox and go to work, turn on the “Temp” viewpoint.

Priestahh, Minn. ROKKR

The Minnesota Rokkr are one of the main question marks entering Stage 4 after recent performances. After replacing their main AR Michael “MajorManiak” Szymaniak with standout challenger Colt “Havok” McLendon, the Rokkr went 5-0 in the Stage 3 qualifying matches. Only to then continue on and be eliminated early from the Tournament. Major 3.

The Rokkr have just come off a Champs weekend spot to enter Stage 3, but have the ability to move up the leaderboard. For them to make moves, they can only be as strong as their weakest link yet, Preston “Priestahh” Greiner.

“Priestahh” has shown glimpses of his old self this year, but has also proven to be wildly inconsistent. When playing to their full potential, this team has the ability to reach new heights.

Mack, Seattle Surge

Makenzie “Mack” Kelley is possibly the most underrated player in the Call of Duty League this season. His team, the Seattle Surge, just won Major Tournament 3 thanks to the dominant performances of two rookies, Daunte “Sib” Gray and Amer “Pred” Zulbeari.

The two rookies, Mack and team veteran Lamar “Accuracy” Abedi, twice beat the number-ranked team, Faze, to win the tournament.

Throughout the team’s winning streak and even here after, Surge’s young guns seem to get all the love. While they went nuts and deserve such praise, “Mack” needs to be credited more.

For the entirety of this season, “Mack” has been a constant train on the tracks, Seattle’s most consistent player. The same thing happened during Major 3. While “Sib” and “Pred” were killing around the map, Mack won crucial shootouts and did the dirty work.

For the Seattle Surge to continue its success in the last two Lan tournaments, “Mack” will have to remain their leader in consistency.

CleanX, Toronto Ultra

As former two-time world champion and Flank co-host Patrick “Aches” Price likes to say, “knitting is a problem.” He is, of course, talking about Toronto Ultra, Tobias “CleanX” Jonsson.

Since its inception in the Call of Duty League, “CleanX” has proven many times why it is one of the best submachine guns in the game. The first player to win a Call of Duty League Championship outside of the US, Canada, England and Ireland, “CleanX” is hugely important to the success of his team.

Throughout the beginning of the year, the Ultra were one of the most inconsistent teams in the game and one of the worst critical point teams. It came as a surprise to many due to its great success in the last season of the CoD league. But, even with those struggles, many Cod League fans, as well as analysts, knew that the Ultra was very close to being one of the top 6 teams in the game.

Behind the man on the road, “CleanX”, the European-led team has shown massive improvements in recent months. If “CleanX” is still ‘a problem’, the rest of the league has another problem to deal with in Ultra.

MajorManiak, Florida mutineers

Mike “MajorManiak” Szymaniak has been one of the success stories of this season. After being eliminated for the second year in a row, midway through the season, the Florida Mutineers decided to take a chance.

After last weekend’s first online qualifying matches for Major 4, the Mutineers showed an improvement in the main AR position with “Major” since eliminating David “Davpadie” Maslowski. The Mutineers faced the former “MajorManiak” team, the Minnesota Rokkr, and won 3-1.

Paired with Superstars Cesar “Skyz” Bueno and Joseph “Owakening” Conely, “MajorManiak” has the potential to push this team to the limit. That advantage, of course, would be for a position in the top 8 and a place in Call of Duty Champs. The Mutineers currently sit 10th in the CDL standings and are tied with 9th-place Minnesota Rokkr in points (120).

The second weekend of Major 4 Online Qualifier matches begins this Friday, July 1 at 12:00 pm EST.


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