Veteran Call of Duty pro Jonathan “Pacman” Tucker has returned to Rise Nation, not as a player, but as a coach and manager for their CoD team.
Having played competitively since Call of Duty 2, Pacman is one of the longest serving members of the competitive CoD scene. Pacman’s first tournament win dates all the way back to November 2008 at the MLG National Championship. Competing with Joey “Moho” Morehouse, Robert “ASSASS1N” Walsh, and “Choppy” under Team FeaR, Pacman and crew took home the $8,000 grand prize. Unfortunately, Pacman’s first tournament win would also be his last.
Ghosts and Advanced Warfare
During his time on Rise Nation during Ghosts and Advanced Warfare, Pacman, along with longtime teammate Jamal “Whea7s” Lee, experienced mixed success. They competed with notable players such as Damod “FEARS” Abney, future CoD World Champion Dillon “Attach” Price, and current Rise Nation captain Daniel “Loony” Loza.
Rise placed 7th at the 2014 CoD Championship, 2nd at the 2014 MLG CoD League Season Three Playoffs, and 7th -8th at the 2015 MLG Pro League Season One Playoffs with Pacman on the roster.
Black Ops 3 and beyond
Pacman was at the helm of Team SoloMid’s short-lived Call of Duty experiment during Black Ops 3. Again teaming with Whea7s, Pacman and TSM qualified for the 2016 NA CWL Stage One Regular Season with Andrew “Ivy” Ivers and Cole “ColeChan” Chancey.
This combination of new talent and veteran leadership looked promising on paper. Though the team was able to qualify, they weren’t able to break into the upper echelon of their fellow North American competitors and struggled throughout much of Stage One. Pacman ultimately finished Black Ops 3 with a 17th-24th placing at CoD Champs with eUnited, at the time featuring Whea7s, Ivy, and Lamar “Accuracy” Abedi.
After a shaky start to Infinite Warfare with eUnited and failing to qualify for Stage One of the CWL Global Pro League without a sponsored team, Pacman now leaves his playing career behind to take on a coaching role for Rise Nation’s squad.
A Rise Nation team with a lot to prove
Pacman will now join former teammate Loony, Tyler “FeLony” Johnson, Brice “Faccento” Faccento, and Ulysses “Aqua” Silva in a team that many believe may be in trouble heading into Stage One.
The team, consisting of most of the old Elevate roster from Black Ops 3, won MLG Las Vegas, the first major tournament in Infinite Warfare. However, Rise Nation has yet to claim another victory and has become one of the most inconsistent teams to qualify for Stage One.
Rise went on to place 9th – 12th at CWL Atlanta, 3rd at ESWC Paris, and an abysmal 17th -20th at CWL Dallas, after starting in Pool Play. Rise Nation now enters Stage One as the 6th seeded team in North America, having started the year in 1st. Pacman’s veteran experience and leadership should help this team become consistent as they look to regain form in the following weeks.
Rise Nation will soon face-off against FaZe Clan, Fnatic, and Evil Geniuses in Group Blue in the Global Pro League taking place April 28th – 30th.
This could possibly signal the end of Pacman’s career as a competitor, but at the same time could signal the beginning of a blossoming career as a team manager and coach. However, with rumors circulating that Call of Duty will be returning to “boots on the ground” this year, the future for many veteran pros is uncertain.
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