Why Your Team is OP: Paris Legion, Seattle Surge, and Toronto Ultra

This Detailed Breakdown for the Call of Duty League™ teams previews two North American powerhouses and a team where the love of gaming meets the city of love.

by Stephanie Glover on January 23, 2020

The final installment of our “Why Your Team is OP” series looks at three teams featuring formidable rosters stocked with several fan-favorite players. Here’s our preview of the Paris Legion, Seattle Surge, and Toronto Ultra. 

Paris Legion

Meet the Team

Luke “Louqa” Riggs

·     Best placement at 2019 CWL Amateur Majors: 1st(Anaheim, London)

·     CWL Amateur Finals Participant (2019)

·     2nd place at 2019 CWL Amateur Major (Fort Worth)

Conrad “Shockz” Rymarek

·     Best placement at 2019 CWL Amateur Majors: 1st(Anaheim, London)

·     CWL Amateur Finals Participant (2019)

·     2nd place at 2019 CWL Amateur Major (Fort Worth)

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

·     CWL ANZ Stage 1 Playoffs Champion (2016)

Denholm “Denz” Taylor

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

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

·     Best placement at a 2019 CWL Major: Top 12 (CWL Anaheim, CWL Las Vegas)

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

Matthew “KiSMET” Tinsley

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

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

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

Timothy “Phantomz” Landis

·     1st place at 2019 CWL Open Event (CWL Fort Worth)

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

·     Best placement at 2019 CWL Majors: Top 16 (CWL Anaheim, CWL London)

Zach “Zed” Denyer

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

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

·     Best placement at 2019 CWL Majors: 3rd(CWL Fort Worth)

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

Paul “Breszy” Breszynski

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

·     Best placement at 2019 CWL Majors: Top 12 (CWL Anaheim, CWL Fort Worth)

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

Why Paris is OP

As much as a resume can tell you what a player did over the past few years, a piece of paper doesn’t mean anything when it comes time to execute. That’s where the Paris Legion come in: they come into the inaugural CDL season with something to prove, are hungry for upsets, and could very well silence many doubters this season.

One of their biggest strengths is some natural chemistry found in their ranks between Shockz, Denz, and Louqa. These three Australian teammates have a history of performing well with one of the most successful ANZ squads in Call of Duty® history. 

While Shockz was the cornerstone of that franchise and Denz saw serious play as a pro last season, Louqa is the young gun with plenty of promise. A substitute pro player in 2019 developing under two strong organizations, Louqa could very well be the CDL Rookie of the Year with his level of play, especially if it carries the Legion to a title.

The rest of the squad is a collection of young talent, including Americans KiSMET and Phantomz, English veteran Denz, and France’s very own Breszy. Both KiSMET and Breszy were instrumental in an unexpected 4thplace run at last year’s World Championship. 

This team has players known for stepping up on the big stage, the raw talent to make critics eat their words, and can be OP by way of being an underestimated threat.

Seattle Surge

Meet the Team

Damon “Karma” Barlow

·     Call of Duty World Champion (2013, 2014, 2017)

·     24 Major Championship Wins

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

·     Best placement at 2019 CWL Majors: 1st(CWL Las Vegas)

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

Ian “Enable” Wyatt

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

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

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

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

·     Top 4 at CWL Pro League (2019)

Sam “Octane” Larew

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

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

·     CWL Pro League All Star (2019)

·     Best placement at a 2018 CWL Major: 1st(CWL Birmingham)

·     3rd place at Call of Duty World Championships (2017)

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

Josiah “Slacked” Berry

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

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

·     Top 6 placement at Call of Duty World Championships (2018)

·     Best placement at a 2018 CWL Major: 1st(CWL Birmingham)

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

Bryan “Apathy” Zhelyazkov

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

·     Best placement at 2019 CWL Major: Top 12 (CWL Fort Worth, CWL Las Vegas)

·     1st place at Call of Duty World Championships (2016, 2018)

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

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

Casey “Pandur” Romano

·     Top 12 at CWL Amateur Finals (2019)

·     Best placement at CWL Open/Amateur Event: 3rd(CWL Forth Worth)

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

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

Nicholas “Proto” Maldonado

·     Top 12 at Call of Duty World Championships (2017, 2019)

·     Top 6 at CWL Amateur Finals (2019)

·     Top 8 at Call of Duty World Championship (2018)

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

Why Seattle is OP

The Seattle Surge starting roster boasts a pair of standouts from last year’s 100 Thieves who had an incredible run, a powerful duo reunited from LG, and a three-time Call of Duty champion—Karma. 

Karma may have begun his rise to dominance in 2013 with his CWL Championship win, but even in last year’s competition, he placed third, proving that he is showing no signs of slowing down. Karma’s veteran knowledge, high skillset, and longstanding COD IQ will be one of the defining factors in leading this team to victory. 

Although Karma may have the most credibility on Seattle’s roster, anyone on this squad can claim the spot of team MVP. Octane and Enable will benefit from their time playing together and have the ability to take over matches. 

Apathy had a good year in 2019 but didn’t match the strong run he put down from 2016-18. With the help of former teammate Slacked, another winning season is a strong possibility. 

While the reserves of this team don’t boast the same resume as their starters, both Pandur and Proto are strong amateur players that should develop well. With these two in tow, the team is planting the seeds to build a dynasty, not just a winning first season.

The roster of this team is definitely OP adjacent; all that’s left is to see if they can surge ahead of the competition.

Toronto Ultra

Meet the Team

Daniel “Loony” Loza

·     Top 16 at Call of Duty World Championships (2016, 2017, 2019)

·     Best placement at 2019 CWL Majors: 2nd(CWL Fort Worth)

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

·     Best placement at 2018 CWL Majors: 1st(CWL Anaheim)

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

Anthony “Methodz” Zinni

·     Top 25 at Call of Duty World Championships (2019)

·     Best placement at 2019 CWL Majors: Top 12 (CWL London)

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

·     Best placement at 2018 CWL Majors: 1st(CWL Atlanta)

Carson “Brack” Newberry

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

·     Top 6 placement at CWL Pro League Playoffs (2019)

·     Call of Duty World Championship participant (2019)

·     Best placement at 2019 CWL Majors: Top 12 (CWL Anaheim)

Alejandro “Lucky” Lopez

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

·     CWL Pro League All-Star (2019)

·     Top 10 placement at CWL Pro League Playoffs (2019)

·     Best placement at 2019 CWL Major: Top 6 (CWL London)

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

Adrian “MeTTalZ” Serrano

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

·     Top 10 CWL Pro League Playoffs (2019)

·     Best placement at a CWL Major: Top 6 (CWL London)

·     Call of Duty World Championship participant (2019)

Tobias “CleanX” Juul Jonsson

·     Top 12 at Call of Duty World Championship (2019)

·     Top 6 at CWL Amateur Finals (2019)

·     Best placement at 2019 CWL Open/Amateur: Top 12 (CWL London)

·     Call of Duty World Championship participant (2019)

Nicholas “Classic” DiCostanzo

·     Top 25 at Call of Duty World Championships (2019)

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

·     Top 6 at Call of Duty World Championship (2018)

·     Best placement at a 2018 CWL Major: 4th(CWL Atlanta)

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

Cameron “Cammy” McKilligan

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

·     Best placement at CWL Open/Amateur: 2nd(CWL London)

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

Ben “Bance” Brance

·     1st place at CWL Amateur Finals (2019)

·     Best placement at 2019 CWL Major: Top 6 (CWL Forth Worth)

·     CWL All-Star (2017)

·     2nd place at Call of Duty World Championship (2016)

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

Mehran “Mayhem” Anhomshoa

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

·     Best placement at 2019 CWL Major: Top 12 (CWL London, CWL Fort Worth)

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

 

Why Toronto is OP

The Ultra have one of the largest rosters in the Call of Duty League, and it will allow them to be that much better. A full slate of ten players means full-on practice scrims with high-caliber pro players as often as you like. Practice might just make things perfect for Toronto.

Leading that hopeful perfection is Loony, a seasoned player whose leadership skills and match communication chops will help elevate his teammates. He’s also a top tier talent and has made six CWL Championship appearances. 

Next to Loony, the team will look to Methodz and Brack. Both are extremely skilled assault rifle players that excel in tactical decision making during the heat of battle. Their ability to be calm under pressure is one of those intangibles that can push a team to greater heights. 

The last two players on the Ultra starting roster—Lucky and MeTTalZ—are newcomers to the Call of Duty scene but have skillsets akin to veteran players. Lucky had an all-star season in 2019, and Brack’s 2019 accolades undersell his capabilities. 

The reserves for the Ultra—CleanX, Classic, Cammy, Bance, and Mayhem—feature a mixture of veterans and players with burgeoning skills. The reserves show that Ultra is looking to not just fill gaps in their starting five if needed—especially when it comes to specific situations for matchups and modes—but to build a legacy for years to come. 

 

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