After taking down team ‘SZN’ in the losers finals of the CMG ProDown, eUnited duo James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks and Alec ‘Arcitys’ Sanderson explained how impressed they were with the young, upcoming players.
In the otherwise all-professional tournament, ‘SZN’ was a squad made up of mostly players under 18, who will aspire to turn professional within in the next year or so.
Well known amateur players Indervir ‘iLLeY’ Dhaliwal and Chris ‘Simp’ Lehr were part of the roster, but one player which really stood out to Clayster and Arcitys was former Halo pro, Anthony ‘Shotzzy’ Cuevas-Castro.
Shotzzy is the 2018 Halo World Champion, an honor he earned with the dominant Splyce Halo roster in April, but with Halo 5’s competitive lifespan coming to an end, Shotzzy is looking to make a transition to CoD.
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Part of Splyce’s ‘Black’ roster for Call of Duty, Shotzzy is currently unable to compete due to age restrictions for the CWL, but once he turns 18, Clayster and Arcitys are worried about how good he might be.
Clayster said after the match “dude once these kids start going to LAN, they’re going to actually be good and it’s going to piss me off. Shotzzy, Simp and iLLeY.” Arcitys agrees, saying “Shotzzy’s fucking disgusting, this guy is so fast. I’ve never been punched faster.”
Black Ops 4 has already seen the rise of some younger players breaking into the top level of CoD, with eUnited’s own Tyler ‘aBeZy’ Pharris one example, placing 2nd at CWL Las Vegas, although he did compete throughout the majority of WWII as well, with limited success.
Former eUnited cadet, McArther ‘Cellium’ Jovel is perhaps the best example, after immediately being recruited to FaZe Clan after turning 18 – however he is yet to prove himself in a LAN environment.
Simp is yet to turn 18, but will be available to play at CWL Fort Forth in February, following his birthday. Meanwhile iLLeY has a longer wait, with his birthday not until October.