MLG Columbus Open 25k Preview – Rosters Update


MLG Columbus Open 25k Preview – Rosters Update

By CallofDutyEsports


We’re just days away from the first major tournament for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare: the MLG Columbus Open 25k. To get you caught up on the roster moves in recent weeks, here is an update of the top 10 teams based on Pro Points (new players listed in bold):

(#1) OpTic Gaming:

Matt “Nadeshot” Haag

Seth “Scumpi” Abner

Ian “Crimsix” Porter

Matt “Formal” Piper

When you can add two of the best players in the game, you’ve had a great offseason. The addition of Ian “Crimsix” Porter and Matt “Formal” Piper makes OpTic Gaming the clear team to beat at Columbus.

(#2) Team JusTus:

NickClassic DiCostanzo

Ian “Enable” Wyatt

Steve “Mochila” Canle

Josiah “Slacked” Berry

From the ashes of two defunct organizations (Curse and Most Wanted), Team JusTus have assembled a squad of four proven players. They’ve looked good in their short time together, winning a 2k tournament and entering Columbus with the 2nd seed based on Pro Points.

(#3) EnVyUs:

Jordan “Jkap” Kaplan

Joseph “Merk” Deluca

Anthony “Nameless” Wheeler

James “Clayster” Eubanks

Initially rumored in some major roster shakeups, EnVyUs ended up making only one move during the transfer period: an informal trade with OpTic Gaming that saw Matt “Formal” Piper leave in exchange for James “Clayster” Eubanks. Clayster was a key player in the successful runs of compLexity and OpTic Gaming, look for him to bring his signature hype to this EnVyUs squad.

(#4) Denial eSports:

Chris “Replays” Crowder

Renato “Saints” Forza

Tom “ZooMaa” Paparratto

Dillon “Attach” Price

Already renown for their slaying ability, Denial eSports built on their strengths by picking up Dillon “Attach” Price from Rise Nation. Having proven themselves as a top team in the final months of Call of Duty: Ghosts, Denial seem primed to carry their success over to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

(#5) Aware Gaming:

Lamarsh “Accuracy” Abedi

Nike “Happy” Suda

Ryan “Lawless” Lawless

Troy “Sender” Michaels

Comprised of three players from the former Excellence Gaming squad, Aware Gaming completed their roster by adding Troy “Sender” Michaels from Noble eSports. With a strong 2nd place performance in the recent 10k tournament, Aware Gaming is primed to contend for one of the four spots in Season 1.

(#6) FaZe:

Bryan “Apathy” Zhelyazkov

Doug “Censor” Martin

Patrick “Aches” Price

Austin “Slasher” Liddicoat

Despite a championship win at UMG Nashville in October, it was clear that FaZe would not stick together for the long term. In place of Damon “Karma” Barlow and Chris “Parasite” Duarte, the team made two pickups: former Evil Geniuses captain Patrick “Aches” Price and Noble eSports standout Austin “Slasher” Liddicoat.

(#7) Rise Nation:

Jonathan “Pacman” Tucker

Jamal “Whea7s” Lee

Martin “Chino” Chino

Steven “Diabolic” Rivero

Rise Nation lost two solid players during the transfer period: Dillon “Attach” Price (Denial eSports) and Daniel “Loony” Loza (Team Kaliber). They have their Season 1 spot secured though, and will look to continue their success with additions Martin “Chino” Chino and Steven “Diabolic” Rivero.

(#8) Team Kaliber:

Brandon “Sharp” Rodgers

Jevon “Goonjar” Gooljar

Dylan “Theory” McGee

Daniel “Loony” Loza

It’s been a tough 2014 for Team Kaliber, as the former contending squad struggled to find their footing with Call of Duty: Ghosts. They’ll try to start strong on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare with newcomer Daniel “Loony” Loza.

(#9) Prophecy:

Damod “FEARS” Abney

Tyree “Legal” Glover

Chris “Parasite” Duarte

Ricky “Ricky” Stacy

The previously Europe-based organization Prophecy has been reborn in North America for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Their debut roster certainly carries potential, with notable players Chris “Parasite” Duarte (formerly FaZe) and Ricky “Ricky” Stacy (formerly OpTic Nation).

(#10) OpTic Nation:

Marcus “MBoZe” Blanks

Damon “Karma” Barlow

Jordan “Proofy” Cannon

Tyler “TeePee” Polchow

While OpTic Nation have been a consistent top finisher, this transfer period has shown that they want to contend for a championship. Three worthy players join captain Marcus “MBoZe” Blanks: Jordan “Proofy” Cannon from sister team OpTic Gaming, and Damon “Karma” Barlow and Tyler “TeePee” Polchow from Evil Geniuses.


Which team will come out of the gates strong and claim MLG Columbus? Catch all of the action live on MLG.tv beginning at Friday, November 28 at 6pm EST!

Source: Call of Duty

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