COD:WWII Roster Changes Heading Into 2018 - For the Better?

Ever since the CWL Dallas Open in December, COD:WWII has seen a tremendous amount of roster changes and switches which have really changed the scene. What should we expect for CWL New Orleans this January? We've rounded up all the newest updates so that you may start your 2018 on an educated note, a good note.

Starting with eRa Eternity, the North American eSports organisation had an underwhelming performance at the CWL Dallas Open, losing out in the Open Bracket at quite an early stage. Having a roster of veterans, hopes were respectably high and many were surprised by the outcome.The first change saw the release of Colt "Havok" McLendon into free agency closely followed by the welcoming of "PRPLXD", a rather quiet name who's still looking to impress since his poor start in Advance Warfare, joining from CLG who finished top 48 in the past event. This wasn’t the only change to the roster. Jordan “Proofy” Cannon, a well-known player among the community, was suddenly dropped from the roster and replaced instantly. The player has been struggling with his untimely decision to rejoin the competitive scene, having already left Next Threat earlier on. Embry “Bevils” Bevil joined the team to swap him.

Speaking of Next Threat; we should indeed use the past tense. Yes, the roster no longer exists as a team following a series of events. Doug “Censor” Martin came out of retirement for Call of Duty: WWII and announced the revival of Next Threat at the end of October just in time for Halloween. Performance hasn’t been bad at all, finishing in the top 16 at CWL Dallas and arriving 4th at the Northern Arena Showdown later. Still, Richard “Ricky” set his mind on leaving as he joined teammates “Blazt”, “Fero” and “Decemate” as they wait to represent an organization. Setting off a form of domino effect, “Methodz” and “Nagafan” left to leave “Censor” alone. Announcing in a Youtube video, the team remains inactive for now but is still keen for future competition.

Another leader of a team is “Parasite”, that of Ground Zero, who avidly made some changes following CWL Dallas. Top 12 seems too low for him, which is why he’s decided to drop the Search and Destroy specialists in “Blazt” and “Fero”, who were swept up as we mentioned above, alongside “Ricky”. Until now, Ground Zero is a team of two men, as “StuDyy” remains on the team.

Our penultimate piece of news turns our head towards Rise Nation and Echo Fox. This all circulates around the potential movement of Ulysses “Aqua” Silva; as his contract with the reds will end as the 2018 begins. Echo Fox plans to sign him exactly as he becomes free, so that he may join “Faccento”, “Saints”, “Assault” and “Gunless”. Having one of the highest k/d ratios at CWL Dallas, that of 1.27, his slaying capabilities will be welcomed on the side of Echo Fox to potential create an even better team.

Heading into New Orleans on the 10th of January, there are a lot of changes to look out for. Apart from these roster changes and the reign of tk, if it will be contested alongside the recent patches which have drastically increased the viability of the submachine guns. Expect more visceral action as players will be closing down ranges.

Turning back to tk, Splyce and Optic are the other podium potentials. Optic Gaming look to improve their gameplay with the signing of a coach in the form of Tyler “TeePee” Polchow, a former Optic Gaming player.

“Basically, things with MLG didn’t work out on the commentating/analyst side of things. I feel like I can bring something to the team that they never really had before—that neutral voice and level-headed guy that’ll help them improve on certain game types when they do have those heated disputes.”

Correspondingly, he will no longer be working as an analyst or a commentator for the CWL. Could the player’s experience as an analyst grant Optic the tactical edge? We’re excited to see how it all goes down in January.

What do you think of all these changes? The international COD:WWII scene looks explosive, nd 2018 will hopefully also see the local scene’s growth into the new title.

Posted by Gabriel Sciberras on 2nd January 2018, 09:06

I'm Gabriel - 19 year-old dental student attending university working as a part-time esports journalist. I've been doing this for 3 years now. Having worked with GMR Entertainment in the past, I've come on board to write some articles this summer :).

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