Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

The Dark Horse: Splyce Call of Duty

On October 4, North American organisation Splyce announced their roster for the 2019 Call of Duty season. Their new roster consists of Jordan “Jurd” Crowley, Donny “Temp” Laroda, Lamar “Accuracy” Abedi, Daniel “Loony” Loza and Ulysses “Aqua” Silva.

Last Man Standing

Credit: Matt Craig

As one of Europe’s superstar SMG slaying powerhouses, Jurd is the only European player that remains from the Splyce roster that finished second at CWL Dallas and CWL Birmingham. As a staple of the European Call of Duty scene, Jurd will move stateside to join his fellow teammates ahead of the release of Black Ops 4.

Jurd was the standout player on the previous Splyce roster, still showcasing his sub-machine supremacy with multiple clutch plays during the Pro League. This is the second time Jurd has moved over to America to compete, having played under the TCM Gaming banner back in 2015.

This could be a make or break season for Jurd. After a turbulent World War 2 season, Black Ops 4 is his chance to prove why he is still one of the best SMG players in the world.

The AR Superstars

Accuracy stamped his name on the CWL with an incredible World War 2 season. Winning back-to-back titles at the beginning of the season, taking home the Stage Two title and a second-place at the world championship rounded off a great season under Team Kaliber.

During the FG42 meta on World War 2, the passive and slow playstyle of Accuracy made him a formidable Assault Rifle player thanks to his excellent positioning and ability to switch to a more aggressive AR role when his team needed to. Competing alongside Aqua could well be one of the scariest AR partnerships next season.

While playing for Echo Fox, former Team Revenge player Aqua has been a talent that has been overlooked by some teams. Towards the end of the 2017 season, his aggressive BAR gameplay came into its own, often carrying his team to map victories.

This AR partnership has the potential to be one of the most talented in the CWL, with both players able to rotate from a passive anchor role into a more aggressive role in order to support the sub-machine players.

Supreme Support

Throughout his time on Rise Nation, Loony consistently performed well in the supporting SMG role. His ability to play both the aggressor and supporter in any given situation makes him an extremely valuable asset to this Splyce roster.

Despite a disappointing ending to the World War 2 season, Loony has consolidated his place as one of the top SMG players in the CWL. Depending on what the meta is for Black Ops 4, Loony’s experience as a supporting SMG player could compliment the more aggressive natures of both Temp and Jurd.

While on Rise Nation under the leadership of Austin “Slasher” Liddicoat, Loony certainly has the experience and potential to become the in-game leader for Splyce and I believe that he will be for the Black Ops 4 season. Having competed for the best part of five years, Loony now has the potential to guide the young talents of Accuracy, Aqua and Temp and create a team that can contend for championships in Black Ops 4.

Untapped Potential

Temp CoD

After exploding onto the Call of Duty landscape back in the Advanced Warfare season, Temp quickly rose to the top of the professional scene. Heading into World War 2 under Team Envy, Temp had the players around him to contend for the top spot but the team never fulfilled his potential and the team quickly made changes and he joined Echo Fox.

A top-four finish at CWL Seattle at his first event under Echo Fox and a 1.14 kill/death ratio – the highest on the team – laid the foundations for a potentially strong ending to the 2017 season. In contrast, Echo Fox finished the World War 2 season with a disappointing top 24 placement at an event where they could have sprung a surprise.

At only 19 years of age, there are plenty of years of competing ahead for Temp. His skill ceiling has the potential to reach new heights under the leadership of Loony and the Black Ops 4 season could be the year where Temp stamps his authority on the opposition.

Fitting into The Meta

As the release of Black Ops 4 moves ever closer, we still have no idea how the game will play and what the meta will look like. In my opinion, Accuracy will become the more passive anchor AR player while Aqua is the more aggressive AR player who supports the three SMG players.

Jurd and Temp will be the SMG slaying powerhouses on Splyce. Their explosive and impactful playstyle will be a frightening combination with the AR duo of Accuracy and Aqua covering them. Combine all this with the flexibility of Loony to fill the void and wield an SMG or an AR and Splyce have the potential to do some serious damage against some of the more established teams in the CWL.

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