Rostermania has ended, rosters are locked, it’s Cod WWII fighting time
CWL Nola finds itself in a position to set up the rest of the competitive year. With rosters now locked, teams that make the LAN League will be unable to make changes. CWL Nola will mark the first time we see the newly constructed rosters compete for the highest stakes. For many teams it will be their fight to make the LAN League, for others it will be the first opportunity to see if they have the potential to fight for a title on LAN. Notable new rosters to look out for are Rise, Enigma 6, CompLexity, DooM and Echo Fox.
Daniel “Loony” Loza
Tommy “TJHaLy” Haly
Pierce “Gunless” Hillman (acquired from Exho Fox)
Anthony “Methodz” Zinni (acquired from Next Threat)
Ulysses “Aqua” Silva (picked up by Exho Fox)
Tyler “FeLonY” Johnson (picked up by CompLexity)
Rise’s roster has come out with a bang, winning the first online 2000 Series that they competed in. At first look, losing a player like Aqua is a hard pill to swallow. However, the man replacing Aqua in Methodz, has been an absolute star early on and is likely one of only a handful of players that could offer improvement to the performance of Aqua.
For Rise fans, the biggest thing to be excited for is the acquisition of Gunless for FeLonY. Although, at peak performance, both players are of the same caliber. Where Gunless offers value opposed to FeLonY is in consistency.
Together Gunless and Methodz give Rise the slaying they have lacked from teams of old. One thing that may also be beneficial with the squad is that it now places Loony front and center as the leader of the team, giving the squad leadership they have lacked for the past year.
Jordan “General” Holloway
Brandon “Dashy” Otell
Doug “Censor” Martin (acquired from Next Threat)
Rasim “Blazt” Ogresevic (acquired from Ground Zero)
Casey “Pandur” Romano (picked up by eRa)
Adam “GodRx” Brown (picked up by eRa)
First things first, we have to address the gorilla in the room. This is, without a doubt a team formed with only pro-points in mind. The current set of players on this roster does place Engima 6 inside the top 10, but if last year proved anything, just forming a team to make the league will often find itself fall flat once they have reached the league. However, this squad does have the potential for results, although it relies heavily on Censor.
The return of the fan favorite player has gone better then most expected and has shown improvement in each event. The acquisition of Censor should open up the rest of the map for the players on the team, having someone dedicated for the dirty work objective role.
Another positive for this squad is the fact that they have three consistent players and you know what to expect from them event to event. Both General and Dashy can get kills with anyone in the world.
The weight really falls onto the shoulders of Blazt. If he is able to slay with close to that of other top SMG’s in the game, the new Enigma 6 roster should be fighting around the top 8.
Current Roster (Formerly Ground Zero)
Chris “Parasite” Duarte
Jeremy “Study” Astacio
Jared “Nagafen” Harrell (acquired from Next Threat)
Tyler “FeLonY” Johnson (acquired from Rise Nation)
Rasim “Blazt” Ogresevic (picked up by Enigma 6)
Maurice “Fero” Henriquez (picked up by DooM)
This team takes on the personality of the team captain, Parasite. There likely wont be many average placings, but will have amazing results or huge disappointments.
A strength of this new roster is all the roles are very well assigned. You have the team leader and main AR in Parasite. You have your main SMG in Study, as well as your two flex SnD superstars in FeLonY and Nagafen. Although roles are set, question marks still remain. FeLonY and Naga are an old duo from the eLavate Black Ops 3 squad, and they bring the same strengths and weakness to coL as they did with their past squad. Although known for their SnD, the duo finds itself struggling in terms of slaying numbers over the last couple years.
FeLonY still has questions over his head, but Nagafen looks to be in his strongest form ever, boasting the 6th highest Capture the Flag K/D at CWL Dallas. If FeLonY and Parasite can slay consistently and up to their potential, this team can beat absolutely anyone; if not, they can lose to anyone as well.
Richard “Ricky” Stacy (acquired from Next Threat)
Maurice “Fero” Henriquez (acquired from Ground Zero)
Jacob “Decemate” Cato (acquired from Enigma 6)
Embry “Bevils” Bevil (acquired from eRa)
DooM is arguably the most interesting new team. It’s a brand new squad, with duo Bevils and Decemate from the CWL Dallas Enigma 6 roster being the only prior teammates.
Ricky finds himself as the solitary leader of this squad, and looking like the player of old. He is surrounded by three young players, who all have been hyped heading into season.
Early days have shown Decemate to be the strongest of the three young players on the squad, with Fero a close second. Bevils has had a tumultuous start to the year, having bounced around teams (Enigma 6, eRa) and seems to be the most unproven player on the current roster. However, there is good news. DooM will be the number one seeded team for open bracket, and gives them (in theory) the easiest path to pools. A good result can easily vault DooM past CompLexity for a league spot, but it’s going to be a long, tough run for this young squad.
Renato “Saints” Forza
Brice “Faccento” Faccento
Adam “Assault” Garcia
Ulysses “Aqua” Silvia (acquired from Rise)
Although FaZe made a historic Open Bracket run, right behind them was the likes of Echo Fox. Echo Fox placed 5/6th from open bracket at CWL Dallas. They head into CWL Nola having acquired one of the best slayers of the past three years in Aqua.
The acquisition of Aqua joining Saints and Assault makes this one of the scariest slay heavy squads in the game. If they were ever to have a Faccento in 2017 MLG Vegas MVP form, they would be nearly unbeatable. That’s unlikely, but Faccento has a lot of pressure on his shoulders. If they struggle he will be the first many point at for their disappointing results.
Cover image from: Call of Duty World League