SlasheR
Austin Liddicoat 
United States
Rise Nation
Shuts down lane battles
June 18, 2018
SlasheR took control of a double Grand Finals to win the title of Champions at CWL Anaheim, winning the first series 3-1 and the second series 3-1.
ANALYSIS
SlasheR may not have excelled in the first series, but he was the only player to remotely match Gunless in raw skill. SlasheR's AR role put a massive amount of pressure on Red Reserve's defenses in the first Round 3 Capture the Flag and in the second series, putting the Europeans on the back foot. One of the problems SlasheR encountered was his struggle to take Red Reserve's spawns as his opponents played a defensive game. This countered SlasheR's raw aggression in the first series, but as he slowed down the game in the second series he and Gunless dominated. SlasheR could secure kills as Gunless rushed into lanes, such as in the second Round 3 Capture the Flag and Round 4 Hardpoint. The tight and aggressive coordination allowed both Gunless and SlasheR to score a slew of double and triple kills. However, SlasheR had trouble using his Scorestreaks effectively, such as in the second Round 1 Hardpoint where his full set of Scorestreaks found little value.
Picture of consistency in win
June 16, 2018
SlasheR was a consistent force in the 3-1 win over Luminosity Gaming on Day 1 of CWL Anaheim.
ANALYSIS
SlasheR played very well despite their Round 1 Hardpoint loss. His teammates all struggled to slay with Luminosity Gaming - especially in the latter stages of the round, as Luminosity really ran away with it. He led his team in kills with 26, and led his team in Hardpoint time with 1:26. He was also the only player on Rise Nation to finish with a positive KD ratio. SlasheR continued his strong play in the next three rounds, and his teammates met him there as they won three in a row to win it. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him net the final kill in Games 5 and 6, as they won 6-0. He went 25/14 in Round 3 Capture the Flag, a 2-1 win that was not as close as it appeared due to an incredible slaying performance from Rise Nation. He finished it off with a solid 22/15 KD, 1:46 of objective time, performance in a dominating 250-100 Round 4 Hardpoint win to seal the match. Overall, Ruse Nation dominated the final three rounds of this one.
Falls to enemy rifles
June 15, 2018
SlasheR was forced to back down in a 3-0 loss to Team Kaliber on Friday of CWL Anaheim.
ANALYSIS
SlasheR had a slow game against Team Kaliber, plain and simple. While normally the main powerhouse of Rise Nation, he couldn't do much in the long-range engagements against Team Kaliber's Kenny and Accuracy. Kenny constantly pressured SlasheR in close-range battles, while Accuracy was able to outgun him in lanes. It wasn't until Round 3 Capture the Flag that SlasheR found much success. There, in the second half of the round, he was able to land a quad kill that almost materialized in a flag capture for Rise Nation. Unfortunately, the spawns were in Team Kaliber's favor.
Strong respawn in easy win
June 8, 2018
SlasheR was a strong respawn player in the sweep win over OpTic Gaming on Day 3, Week 4 of CWL Global Pro League Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
SlasheR was dominant in Round 1 Hardpoint, netting a lobby-high 30 kills (along with 17 deaths) as he and Gunless combined for 57 kills to completely stifle OpTic Gaming. Rise Nation won 250-74, in large part due to the excellent slaying from SlasheR and company. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him barely be involved, one way or another. He was a laid-back participant in the round, as Gunless and Looney did the heavy lifting. He came back into the forefront with a very solid Round 3 Capture the Flag, going 22/16, opening the map up for his teammates on multiple occasions in the 5-2 win.
Dominates in Round 2 Search & Destroy
June 6, 2018
SlasheR handled objectives in a 3-1 win over Mindfreak on Wednesday of the CWL Global Pro League Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
Despite some minor mistakes in Round 3 Capture the Flag, SlasheR was on fire this series thanks to his long-range gameplay. Mindfreak had little answer to counter SlasheR's sights through out the series, even as Denz And Shockz tried to rush him down. In Round 2 Search & Destroy on London Docks, SlasheR destroyed Mindfreak thanks to the map's long lanes. Cleverly playing dock-side of the map allowed him to spot out the enemy easily and land a five killstreak by Game 5. SlasheR was further able to snowball the killstreak to give him a full suite of Scorestreaks by scoring two bomb plants and a defuse. While SlasheR would only use a Glide Bomb during the round, the presence of Scorestreaks made Mindfreak extraordinarily cautious and allowed him to rotate around the enemy in Game 8.
Fails to compete against enemy ARs
May 31, 2018
SlasheR struggled to keep up with Rise Nation in a 3-2 loss to eUnited on Thursday of the CWL Global Pro League Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
The AR wars were real this series as SlasheR had to contend against both eUnited's Clayster and Arcitys. Unfortunately, SlasheR couldn't stand up against them in this series as he played uncharacteristically slow. The sluggish gameplay heavily affected Rise Nation in the second half of the series in Round 3 Capture the Flag and Round 4 Hardpoint. SlasheR couldn't pin down Arcitys and Clayster, the two players that slayed for eUnited. While he would wake up in Round 5 Search & Destroy, it was too late into the round for his slaying to be of much use.
Under-the-radar performance
May 31, 2018
SlasheR was quietly solid in the 3-1 win over Luminosity on Day 2, Week 3 of CWL Global Pro League, Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
SlasheR had a nice under-the-radar game in this match. Round 1 Hardpoint was close for the beginning portion of the round, but Rise Nation ran away with it because they outslayed Luminosity. SlasheR had a solid role in this win, as he went 21/21 with a lobby-leading 1:40 on the objective. He added in kills when it was needed, and really, but did his damage on the objective, while his teammates did the bulk of the slaying. Round 2 Search & Destroy was similar, in that he played a solid game but was not in the spotlight. Round 3 Capture the Flag was their only round loss, but SlasheR actually played rather well. He went 22/18, slaying well but unable to break through the staunch Luminosity defense in the 2-1 loss. Round 4 Hardpoint was easily SlasheR's worst round. He went just 18/30, adding 30 seconds on the Hardpoint to his performance. He did get the final two seconds of Hardpoint time to complete the win, but he was rather invisible for the rest of it.
Humilates long-time rival Aches
April 23, 2018
SlasheR utterly tore through Evil Geniuses in a double grand finals series, winning the first game 3-1 and the second 3-0, to win the CWL Seattle Open Championships.
ANALYSIS
SlasheR and Aches have had a long rivalry over the course of Call of Duty history. Sunday, SlasheR got the last laugh. Over the course of two series, Aches and Evil Geniuses were only able to win one map, the very first map of the grand finals, while SlasheR shredded through the rest of the set. SlasheR had a rough start with the first Round 1 Hardpoint on Saint Marie Du Monte, a map and game mode that Evil Geniuses specifically planned for. But by the first Round 3 Capture the Flag SlasheR was playing like his classic self. He reamed Evil Geniuses from that point on, easily landing and trading kills without a care in the world. All this was helped by how easily his teammates could pressure Evil Geniuses with their fast triple SMG setup.
Performs well during the win
April 22, 2018
SlasheR was an integral key during the sweep win over eUnited on Championship Sunday of CWL Seattle, securing their spot in the grand final during this loser's bracket final win.
ANALYSIS
SlasheR had a nice game in this one, from beginning to end. Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 3 Capture the Flag was great, as he racked up the kills in both (28 kills and 19 kills, respectively). Round 1 saw him take over the map with his slaying as his teammates gobbled up objective time behind him. Round 3 saw him take over once the second half began, and picked up his game as they eked out a win to finish off the sweep. Round 2 Search & Destroy was a weird round for him. He was killless through the first four games, but after getting the final kill in Game 5 (his first kill of the round), he went off, giving them an extra push in the round.
Two nice rounds
April 21, 2018
SlasheR had some good rounds in the 3-2 loss to FaZe Clan on Day 1 of the CWL Seattle Open.
ANALYSIS
SlasheR had two solid rounds in this match - Round 2 Search & Destroy and Round 4 Hardpoint. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him do some good behind Gunless' strong performance, helping them win the round in ten games. Round 4 Hardpoint saw him again be a big support piece behind Gunless, as he went 30/26 with 49 seconds on the objective. He was an excellent second in command, and it helped stave off FaZe in the close 250-247 win. The rest of his performance saw him struggle, however. Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 3 Capture the Flag had him notch a sub-1.00 KD in each, as he could not consistently slay with FaZe Clan. Round 5 Search & Destroy was a 6-1 blowout in which they were dominated.
Squares off against Temp
April 20, 2018
SlasheR went up against an old teammate in a 3-2 loss against Echo Fox on Friday of CWL Seattle.
ANALYSIS
SlasheR and Temp faced off for the first time since both left Team EnVyUs only a short week ago, creating a surprisingly tense grudge match for the two players that blamed each other for the team's failings. Unfortunately for SlasheR, Temp got the last laugh. SlasheR was a dominating presence alongside the likes of Gunless and TJHaLy, two players that can shore up SlasheR's short-range weaknesses. The only major place he faltered was with his communication. Both Round 2 and Round 5 Search & Destroy saw map victories slip away from SlasheR due to tiny mistakes, such as a slight overextension or indecision.
Officially signs with Rise Nation
April 9, 2018
SlasheR will team with Rise Nation heading into CWL Seattle Open, the organization announced on Monday.
ANALYSIS
The writing was on the wall as soon as Methodz announced he would hit free agency, a move that came off a surprising 7th-8th place finish at the CWL Stage 1 Playoffs. SlasheR, who entered himself into free agency moments after his own 7th-8th place finish at the CWL Stage 1 Playoffs with Team EnVyUs, will now join a team that just won CWL Atlanta only a month prior, sans Methodz. The acquisition could open the door for potential chemistry issues if SlasheR doesn't adjust well to taking orders, but it's certainly a small risk to take given the payoff could end up creating one of the more dominant rosters in recent memory.
Versatile performance in loss
April 7, 2018
SlasheR contributed in multiple ways, but Team EnVyUs were still eliminated from the CWL Stage 1 Playoffs by FaZe Clan on Day 2 of the tournament.
ANALYSIS
SlasheR had two strong objective performances in the Hardpoint rounds. Round 1 Hardpoint saw him have a 32/33 KD, and piece that with a strong 1:42 on the objective. Those objective points were key - they won 250-249. Round 4 Hardpoint was something similar - he went 28/30, but paired that with 1:15 on the objective. That also resulted in a win, and he was a big part of it. He had a key kill late in the round that opened up the map and let his teammates flood the objective and get the final points. His best slaying round came in Round 2 Search & Destroy. He had seven kills through the first five games and was the only offense in the round loss. Round 5 Search & Destroy saw him play solidly behind Temp - it was not as good as his other Search & Destroy performance, but it was good. Round 3 Capture the Flag was his worst round, as he went just 13/16 in the round.
Opts for free agency after getting bounced from Stage 1 Playoffs
April 7, 2018
SlasheR announced he would enter free agency after the team lost their lower bracket match against FaZe Clan in the CWL Global Pro League Stage 1.
ANALYSIS
It's been a disappointing season for SlasheR, who famously disbanded from John, Jkap and Apathy at the start of Call of Duty: World War II in order to join returning members Huke and Temp, who had just reached the necessary age to compete in MLG sanctioned events. It was a head-scratching decision at the time, with SlasheR suggesting he felt the new Team EnVyUs roster was more equipped for success in the future, and it looks even worse now, as the duo of John and Jkap just recently won CWL Birmingham and appeared poised for another potential title run, while Team EnVyUs has failed to get a seeding higher than fourth place this season. It's easy to bury SlasheR for his roster decisions, but he's been arguably one of the best and most consistent slayers since the beginning of the competitive year and could be one of the few free agents available during a shortened Rostermania that could swing a team from contender to champion in an instant. It's also not a given SlasheR leaves the Team EnVyUs organization, given his strong ties to team owner Hastr0. More information should arrive quickly, as teams must set their rosters before the start of Stage 2, which begins in earnest following CWL Seattle.
A silver lining in Team EnVyUs loss to OpTic Gaming
April 2, 2018
SlasheR was the best player on Team EnVyUs as he attempted to make the best of a bad situation in their 3-1 loss to OpTic Gaming in the Losers Quarterfinals of CWL Birmingham.
ANALYSIS
SlasheR was arguably the best player on Team EnVyUs to dominate OpTic Gaming in Round 1 Hardpoint, where he got a sweet KD of 26/16 and the most hardpoint control time of his team at 1:34. Even though past this point the rest of his team would falter, SlasheR still attempted to carry the torch for Team EnVyUs. During Round 2 Search & Destroy he was the only member of Team EnVyUs to get a positive KD at 7/6. The same thing happened during Round 3 Capture the Flag where SlasheR earned a break-even KD of 18/18 as Classic was the only team member to score a flag capture. Sadly, SlasheR's run against OpTic Gaming ended with a whimper, as he closed out the series with a negative KD of 22/31.
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