Why Your Team is OP: Minnesota Rokkr, New York Subliners, and OpTic Gaming LA

Get a detailed breakdown of Launch Weekend’s home team, a team from the city that never sleeps, and a squad hoping to live up to a legendary name in Call of Duty esports.

by Stephanie Glover on January 22, 2020

Today’s edition of “Why Your Team is OP” previews three teams that may feel more pressure to make a statement during Launch Weekend than other squads. Here’s our breakdown of the Minnesota Rokkr, New York Subliners, and OpTic Gaming LA.

Minnesota Rokkr

Meet the Team

Adam “Assault” Garcia

·      Call of Duty World League Championship Participant (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)

·      Top 16 placement at the Call of Duty World League Championships (2019)

·      Top placement at 2019 Major: 4th(CWL Anaheim)

·      MVP of the Call of Duty World League Championships (2018)

·      1st place at the Call of Duty World League Championships (2018)

Adam “GodRx” Brown

·      4th place at Call of Duty World League Championships (2019)

·      Top placement at 2019 Major: Top 6 (CWL Anaheim)

·      Call of Duty World League Championship participant (2017, 2018, 2019)

·      Top placement at 2018 Major: Top 6 (CWL Seattle)

Justin “SiLLY” Fargo-Palmer

·      Top 16 at Call of Duty World League Championships (2019)

·      Top placement at 2019 Major: 4th(CWL London)

·      Call of Duty World League Championship participant (2017, 2018, 2019)

·      1st place at the Call of Duty World League Championships (2018)

·      Top placement at 2018 Major: 2nd(CWL Seattle)

Alex “Alexx” Carpenter

·      Top 6 at Call of Duty World League Championships (2019)

·      4th place at CWL Pro League Playoffs (2019)

·      Top placement at 2019 Major: Top 6 (CWL Vegas)

·      Call of Duty World League Championship participant (2017, 2018, 2019)

·      Top placement at 2018 Major: 4th(CWL Anaheim)

Obaid “Asim” Asim

·      3rd place at CWL Pro League Playoffs (2019)

·      Top 16 at Call of Duty World League Championships (2019)

·      Top placement at 2019 Major: 1st(CWL Fort Worth)

·      Call of Duty World League Championship participant (2019)

Devin “TTinyy” Robinson

·      CWL Amateur Finals participant (2019)

·      Top placement at 2019 Major: Top 16 (CWL Anaheim)

Kaden “Exceed” Stockdale

·      Top 6 at CWL Amateur Finals (2019)

·      Top 12 at Call of Duty World League Championships (2019)

·      Top placement at 2019 Major: 4th(CWL Anaheim)

·      Call of Duty World League Championship participant (2019)

Why Minnesota is OP

The Minnesota Rokkr have a wealth of talent; any of their starting players could become a standout. Assault was the 2018 MVP in an epic finals event, and his first major LAN championship was at Call of Duty World Champs. While 2019 didn’t yield the same result, the same talent that made him an MVP should resurface this season. 

Aside from Assault, three of the other members of the starting five take strength in versatility. GodRx, SiLLY, and Alexx are all flex players that can function as AR or SMG support and slayers. In addition, SiLLY was also a part of that 2018 Championship squad and a huge reason for their success alongside Assault. Fans should expect GodRx and Alexx to be hungry for a championship and to be ready and willing to show off their talents come Launch Weekend.

Asim is fairly new to the pro scene, but he’s completely deserving of his spot on this squad. He came through the amateur scene during the Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4  season and established himself as a reliable SMG player. Asim will probably play a similar role on the Rokkr, and if he can bring the same or better skills than last year, the team will have a real shot. 

The reserves for the Rokkr, TTinyy and Exceed, qualify as young and hungry which should boost the overall mindset of the team and help position them for success. 

 

New York Subliners

Meet the Team

Thomas “ZooMaa” Paparatto

·      3rd place at CWL Pro League Playoffs (2019)

·      Top 16 at Call of Duty World League Championships (2019)

·      Top placement at 2019 Major: 4th(CWL Anaheim)

·      Call of Duty World League Championship participant (2019)

·      MVP of the 2018 CWL Pro League Stage 1

·      3rd place at Call of Duty World League Championships (2018)

Donovan “Temp” Laroda

·      Top 16 at Call of Duty World League Championships (2019)

·      2019 CWL Pro League All-Star

·      Top placement at 2019 Major: 2nd(CWL Fort Worth)

·      Call of Duty World League Championship participant (2017, 2018, 2019)

·      Top placement at 2018 Major: 4th(CWL Atlanta, CWL Seattle)

Lamar “Accuracy” Abedi

·      Top 8 at Call of Duty World League Championships (2019)

·      Top placement at 2019 Major: 2nd(CWL Fort Worth)

·      Call of Duty World League Championship participant (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)

·      2nd place at Call of Duty World League Championships (2018)

·      Top placement at 2018 Major: 1st(CWL New Orleans, CWL Dallas)

Trei “Zer0” Morris

·     Top 16 at Call of Duty World League Championships (2019)

·     3rd place at CWL Pro League Playoff (2019)

·      Top placement at 2019 Major: 4th(CWL Anaheim)

·      Call of Duty World League Championship participant (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)

·     MVP at the CWL Global Pro League Stage 1 Playoffs (2017)

Dillion “Attach” Price

·     Top 8 at Call of Duty World League Championships (2019)

·     CWL Pro League All-Star (2019)

·      Call of Duty World League Championship Participant (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)

·     3rd place at Call of Duty World League Championships (2018)

·     1st CWL Pro League Stage 1 Playoffs (2018)

Doug “Censor” Martin

·     Top 16 at Call of Duty World League Championships (2018)

·      Top placement at 2018 CWL Majors: Top 16 (CWL Anaheim, CWL Seattle, CWL Dallas)

·      Call of Duty World League Championship participant (2014, 2015, 2018)

·      1st place at MLG National Championship 2011

Nick “Happy” Suda

·      Top placement at 2019 CWL Majors: Top 6 (CWL Fort Worth)

·      Call of Duty World League Championship participant (2016, 2017)

·     Top 12 at Call of Duty World League Championships (2016)

Why New York is OP

The city that never sleeps has a team that shouldn’t be “slept on” in 2020. The Subliners reunite ZooMaa and Zer0 alongside two 2019 All-stars, then round out the squad with Accuracy, who’s been searching for redemption since coming in second at the 2018 championship. 

The two Zs (ZooMaa and Zer0) will benefit from their existing chemistry, and they complement each other well with their respective strengths in SMG and AR. Both players are seemingly entering their esports prime which will only bode well for the Subliners. 

Temp and Attach were absolute standouts in the CWL Pro League last season, earning all-star honors. Their elite caliber talent will probably see the two of them battling for team MVP. But they aren’t the only two that could earn that title. 

Accuracy has been on a mission since losing in a devastating upset at the CWL 2018 Champs. A World Championship has eluded him throughout this career, and he’ll do his best to make this year a winning season for the Subliners. 

Rounding out the reserves are Happy and Censor. Both have been in and out of the pro scene but have been vigilant—particularly Censor—about returning to Call of Duty® and making a name for themselves. They’ll keep their teammates on their toes, and if given the shot, these two could be deadly during the season. 

 

OpTic Gaming LA

Meet the Team

Thomas “TJHaLy” Haly

·     3rdplace at Call of Duty World League Championships (2019)

·     Top placement at a 2019 CWL Major: 1st(CWL Las Vegas) 

·     Top placement at 2018 CWL Major: 1st(CWL Seattle, CWL Anaheim, CWL Atlanta)

·     Call of Duty World League Championship participant (2018, 2019)

·     2nd place at CWL Pro League Stage 2 Playoffs (2018)

Brandon “Dashy” Otell

·     3rd place at Call of Duty World League Championships (2019)

·      CWL Pro League All-Star (2019)

·     Top placement at a 2019 CWL Major: 1st(CWL Las Vegas) 

·      MVP of CWL Las Vegas (2019)

·     Call of Duty World League Championship participant (2017, 2018, 2019)

Kenny “Kenny” Williams

·     2nd place at Call of Duty World League Championships (2018, 2019)

·     Top placement at a 2019 CWL Major: 1st(CWL Anaheim, CWL London)

·     MVP of CWL Pro League Stage 2 (2018)

·     CWL Pro League All-Star (2018)

·     Esports Console Rookie of the Year (2018)

·     1st place at CWL Pro League Stage 2 Playoffs (2018)

·     Call of Duty World League Championship participant (2018, 2019)

Austin “SlasheR” Liddicoat

·      2nd place at Call of Duty World League Championships (2017, 2019)

·      MVP of CWL Anaheim (2019)

·      CWL Pro League All-Star (2019)

·     Top placement at a 2019 CWL Major: 1st (CWL Anaheim, CWL London)

·      1st place at Call of Duty World League Championships (2016)

·     Top placement at a 2018 CWL Major: 1st (CWL Anaheim, CWL Seattle)

·     Call of Duty World League Championship participant (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)

Jordan “JKap” Kaplan

·      Top 8 placement at Call of Duty World League Championships (2018)

·      Top placement at a 2019 CWL Major: 2nd (CWL Las Vegas)

·      1st place at Call of Duty World League Championships (2015, 2016)

·      CWL Pro League All-Star (2016)

·     Call of Duty World League Championship participant (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)

Martin “Chino” Chino

·     Top 12 placement at Call of Duty World League Championships (2019)

·     Top placement at 2019 CWL Majors: Top 6 (CWL Fort Worth)

·     MVP of CWL New Orleans (2018)

·     CWL Pro League All-Star (2018)

·     Call of Duty World League Championship participant (2016, 2018, 2019)

Jevon “Goonjar” Golljar-Lim

·      CWL Amateur Finals participant (2019)

·     Top placement at 2019 CWL Majors: Top 8 (CWL Las Vegas)

·      Top 12 placement at Call of Duty World League Championships (2018)

·      Call of Duty World League Championship participant (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

Why OpTic Gaming is OP

OpTic Gaming. The name has been the at the center of the esports conversation since they established a dynasty years ago. Although the roster has undergone major changes, there is still more than enough talent for this team to claim another victory this season.

Dashy and TJHaLy return from last year’s OpTic squad with new additions that add even more talent to an already dynamic duo. Dashy’s unique versatility, deadly sniper shots in S&D, and stunning assault rifle play might only be matched by that of his longtime teammate. TJHaLy’s ability to create big moments just when the team needs them is a very valuable commodity. 

Then there are the new faces to OpTic, starting with an elite talent in Kenny. As soon as he emerged onto the Call of Duty scene, it was clear he would be an all-star. His inaugural season saw him lauded as the Rookie of the Year across all console esports—not an easy feat. He had a stellar season last year with 100 Thieves, and there’s no reason that won’t continue. 

SlasheR and JKap are veterans with histories of success. Both have been all-stars and CWL World Championship winners. Neither show any signs of slowing down with SlasheR placing 2ndin last year’s CWL Champs, and JKap appearing in more Call of Duty Championship Grand Finals than any other pro player. 

With a completely stacked starting five, the OpTic subs also have worthy track records. Chino was an all-star in 2018 and Goonjar has played at six CWL Champs. Both will be able to contribute to the team if called upon. 

A team with loads of talent and promise that plays under the banner OpTic Gaming banner? Who wouldn’t consider them OP?

 

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