Methodz
Anthony Zinni 
United States
OpTic Gaming
Fights valiantly in loss
July 28, 2018
Methodz did not roll over in the sweep loss to UNILAD Esports, but he did not move the needle, as OpTic Gaming were eliminated from the CWL Global Pro League Stage 2 Playoffs on its second day.
ANALYSIS
Methodz was far from terrible in this loss, despite OpTic Gaming, as a whole, being outslayed by a wide margin in each of the rounds. Round 1 Hardpoint saw him lead OpTic to a 160-100 lead - a lead they would eventually blow. Methodz was one of their best players, going 25/27 with a team-leading 1:16 on the objective. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw Methodz play rather well - leading his team in most of their wins - but they still fell 6-4. Round 3 Capture the Flag was the worst round of the three, as no one on OpTic hit the 20-kill mark in the shutout loss. Methodz (and Octane) went 18/20 in the loss, leading their team - the slaying was that bad for OpTic.
Strong respawn in loss
July 20, 2018
Methodz had great respawn rounds, but they were not enough to get OpTic Gaming to outlast Luminosity Gaming in the 3-2 loss on Day 3, Week 8 of CWL Global Pro League Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
Methodz best rounds came in the respawn rounds of this loss. Round 1 Hardpoint saw him lead the lobby in kills with 28, and also have a strong 1:05 on the objective. It was a dominant team effort, as everyone on OpTic had over 1:00 on the objective, and all of them were solid slayers to boot. It was, simply put, a great team performance, and Methodz was on the forefront of that. He was their best player in a tough Round 3 Capture the Flag. They only had one flag cap, as they just could not break through the strong Luminosity Gaming defense. He led his team with 17 kills, but it was not enough offense to change the round. Round 4 Hardpoint saw Methodz lead them early on. He was really the only good player on OpTic in the beginning of the round, and he kept them afloat as his teammates were lost. They eventually found themselves, as OpTic Gaming forced a fifth round. He did not play well in either Search & Destroy either, as he struggled to find his footing in both, and they lost both in 11 games.
Mostly strong play in win
July 18, 2018
Methodz was good for the majority of the 3-1 win over Rise Nation on Day 1, Week 8 of CWL Global Pro League Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
Methodz only found struggles in the final round of the win: Round 4 Hardpoint. He struggled quite a bit in the early part of the round; he and Octane could not find their footing, as OpTic Gaming kept themselves within striking distance of Rise Nation's lead due to Crimsix and Scump. Methodz picked it up down the stretch, however, as OpTic Gaming took and held onto a lead. He ended up with a 29/35 KD, with 1:07 on the objective, largely due to that late-game push. The rest of his performance was excellent, however. He was a dominant slayer in Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 3 Capture the Flag, as he earned a 59/40 KD in those two rounds combined, and he was a strong contributor on the objective in each. He had 1:10 on the objective in the first, and had two of his team's flag caps in the 4-0 blowout win in the third round. He added strong defense in the Capture the Flag round to his game, as well. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him lead the charge, especially in the early going. He was solid, but they still fell in that round.
Consistently excellent in win
July 13, 2018
Methodz did it all in the reverse sweep win over eUnited on Day 3, Week 7 of CWL Global Pro League Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
Methodz was awesome from front to back in this win. The first two rounds were losses, but Methodz put in strong rounds in each. Round 1 Hardpoint was a tough loss that saw them blow a late lead to get the rug pulled out from under them. Methodz got them close to a win in the first place, going 33/21 with 1:11 on the objective. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him get out to a hot start, but fade as the round progressed, and eUnited got closer and closer to a win; he could not keep up the consistency he had in the first round. He would get that consistency right back, and then some, after that round loss. Round 3 Capture the Flag was their first win, and it was a total blowout, as they won 6-2. Methodz was a key cog in the machine, as one of three players on the team with 20 kills and a flag cap. The round was really one-sided, and it took a team effort to make it so. Round 4 Hardpoint and Round 5 Search & Destroy were equally easy wins. The former was a 250-115 win, a round where he went 25/13 with 2:12 on the objective, and the latter a 6-1 win. He was one of their leading slayers in each of those two rounds, helping pace them to a very impressive reverse sweep. Methodz was one of their most consistent player, and was a strong two-way player to boot. His versatile play was a big part of their reverse sweep.
Strong respawn rounds in close win
July 12, 2018
Methodz was at his best in the respawn rounds of the 3-2 win over compLexity Gaming on Day 2, Week 7 of CWL Global Pro League Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
Methodz's best performances came in the respawn rounds of this win. Round 1 Hardpoint saw him get out to a strong start, as did everyone else on OpTic Gaming. They ran out to a 200-90 lead before finishing off compLexity Gaming with relative ease in the round. Methodz was one of the three players on OpTic to finish with 24 kills, and he led the team (and lobby) in objective time with 1:36. He was a very important piece of a strong team game, and they completely overwhelmed compLexity on the kill feed, and had superior map control because of it. Round 3 Capture the Flag was a huge struggle for OpTic Gaming. They managed just one flag cap in the overtime loss, and their offense really struggled to get much of anything going against compLexity. His 23 kills led the lobby, and he got their sole flag cap. He was great, but the depth of compLexity overcame his strong game. Round 4 Hardpoint was another rather easy win for OpTic, as they took a close game in the first half of the round and turned it into a runaway win. Methodz dominated both the kill feed (31 kills) and the objective (1:18), and was a big part of their second half success. The two Search & Destroy rounds saw him play solidly, but somewhat inconsistently. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him struggle early on, but really pick it up after notching the final kills in Games 6 and 7. They lost the round, but they wouldn't have gotten a chance at a Game 11 without him. Round 5 Search & Destroy was the Scump show, and Methodz helped fill in the blanks behind him in the 6-4 win.
Hot start in loss
June 17, 2018
Methodz had a hot start in the 3-2 loss to UNILAD Esports on Day 3 of CWL Anaheim, as OpTic Gaming was eliminated from the tournament.
ANALYSIS
Methodz was excellent in their Round 1 Hardpoint win, going 36/24 in 1:53 on the objective in the round - he was easily their most consistent performer in the opening round and it shows in his stat line. He was their leader in the early going, and kept it close so when his teammates heated up they were able to get the win. Round 2 Search & Destroy and Round 3 Capture the Flag were two very similar rounds for both Methodz and OpTic Gaming - Methodz was outslayed in each, and they lost both by a decent margin (6-3 in Search & Destroy, and 4-0 in Capture the Flag). He turned it back around in Round 4 Hardpoint going 28/21 with 1:35 on the objective, as they made a huge comeback after being down 190-100. He was key to that, putting in a strong showing late in the round. He and Scump were the leaders of the comeback. He was the second fiddle in Round 5 Search & Destroy, a round they lost in a decisive game eleven.
Keeps consistent slaying
June 17, 2018
Methodz slayed heavily in a 3-1 loss to Luminosity Gaming on Saturday at CWL Anaheim, falling into the Loser's Bracket in the process.
ANALYSIS
Methodz, much like Octane, was able to dominate Luminosity Gaming in the early game. However, his momentum couldn't sustain itself across a slow, defensive series. In Round 1 Hardpoint, Methodz was key in scoring early rotations for Optic Gaming, allowing for an early snowball. But by Round 2 Search & Destroy, Luminosity's map control forced Methodz into uneven teamfights and awkward positions. In Round 3 Capture the Flag, his ability to land kills across map meant little to the larger scope of the game as Luminosity Gaming sat back to easily hold their own spawns.
Crushes in long-range battles
June 16, 2018
Methodz blasted Team EnVyUs from afar in a 3-0 sweep on Friday at CWL Anaheim.
ANALYSIS
Methodz held the high-ground to utterly dominate Team EnVyUs. Though it also helped that Team EnVyUs had no one that could challenge Methodz. Round 1 Hardpoint on Gibraltar was a strong start for Methodz as he helped snowball OpTic Gaming's early point advantage. After holding high-ground around Pit Center, Methodz bounced Team EnVyUs from the Turret hill by holding a window that looked over the hill. He scored a handful of kills that forced his opponents to spawn across the map. Quickly taking advantage, Methodz kept taking high-ground, such as on the Pit Center, to easily cut down a scattered team.
Never gets going in loss
June 8, 2018
Methodz struggled in each round of the sweep loss to Rise Nation on Day 3, Week 4 of CWL Global Pro League Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
Methodz got off to an incredibly slow start in this loss. He went just 11/21 in the Round 1 Hardpoint loss that saw OpTic muster just 74 points. Round 2 Seatch & Destroy was no better, as Methodz struggled and OpTic won just one game as they went behind 2-0. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw Methodz improve a little, as he went 16/18, but he was still subpar, as OpTic lost 5-2. They, simply put, were outplayed from start to finish by Rise Nation.
More struggles than not in loss
June 7, 2018
Methodz never really found solid ground in the 3-1 loss to eUnited on Day 2, Week 4, of CWL Global Pro League Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
Methodz' best performance came in Round 3 Capture the Flag. He was strong from the beginning of the round, right through to the end of the round. He did not have a flag cap in the 4-2 round win, but he did lead the lobby in kills with 25. He was key in keeping eUnited's offense at bay, and helping open the map up for his teammates. It was an excellent slaying performance. However, that was basically it for him in this round. He struggled to do much outside of Game 5 in Round 2 Search & Destroy, and struggled to slay in both Hardpoint rounds, though he was a support player in the near-comeback in Round 4 Hardpoint, as they came back from a 223-52 deficit to lose 250-153.
The new respawn hero for OpTic Gaming
June 6, 2018
Methodz cemented his place in OpTic Gaming's roster in a hot 3-0 sweep over compLexity on Tuesday of Week 4 of the CWL Pro League Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
Methodz was a good addition to the OpTic Gaming roster, but no one knew how good. Now that he's outscored the likes of Scump and Crimsix in KD against compLexity, we think he'll be there to stay. For instance, in Round 1 Hardpoint, Methodz got the best KD of OpTic with a whopping 35/20, even managing 1:18 of hardpoint time to boot. And despite getting no flag captures in Round 3 Capture the Flag, Methodz again outslayed OpTic stars Crimsix and Scump in KD with a monstrous 37/25. Methodz' Search & Destroy game, on the other hand, definitely needs work, as during Round 2 Search & Destroy Methodz went negative in KD with an abysmal 2/5, often getting first blooded. Hopefully with the knowledge of Methodz' strengths and weaknesses, OpTic can work on them and take things further.
Builds on hot start
June 6, 2018
Methodz started strong in the 3-1 win over Mindfreak on Day 1, Week 4, of CW Global Pro League, Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
Methodz got off to a hot start in this match, putting together a strong Round 1 Hardpoint. He went 31/16, and had a strong 1:48 on the objective alongside it. His strong two-way game was a big reason why they won the round. He was consistent, getting them off to a 99-41 lead before keeping the lead going until they finished off the win. He struggled a little in Round 2 Search & Destroy, however. Crimsix was the only OpTic player to perform well in the round, as they lost the round with relative ease, 6-3. Round 3 Capture the Flag held a close first half and an easy second half for OpTic, though Methodz struggled to get back on track. He went just 14/17 in the round. Round 4 Hardpoint was a total blowout, with OpTic winning 250-68. Methodz was a key part of the win, going 24/11 with 1:23 on the objective. He, Scump, and Crimsix carried the slaying load for OpTic, and the trio completely flummoxed Mindfreak.
Dominant display in sweep win
June 1, 2018
Methodz was excellent in every round of the sweep win over Luminosity Gaming on Day 3, Week 3, of CWL Global Pro League, Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
Methodz was dominant in all three rounds of the win. Round 1 Hardpoint saw him spring the kills that got OpTic Gaming out to a 46-0 lead in the early going. That lead all but told the story of that round; he finished with a solid 19/14 KD, and OpTic Gaming coasted to victory. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him continue his strong slaying display, as he was one of the leading members of OpTic in the eight-game win. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw him play solid defense throughout the round. His 22 kills led the lobby, and one of those kills sprung the final flag cap to ice the round.
Falters in adjusting to new strategies
May 30, 2018
Methodz started slow before heating up in a 3-0 win against Tainted Minds on Wednesday of the CWL Pro League Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
Methodz had a little trouble this series. Due to recent patch changes that were released on Wednesday, OpTic Gaming had to play a slow, fundamental game in order to safely guarantee their wins. The slower game was entirely counter to Methodz' playstyle. In Round 1 Hardpoint, Methodz would often push and flank hills in order to guarantee spawns, often falling in the process and failing to pick up kills. However, when OpTic Gaming sped up their gameplay on Round 3 Capture the Flag, Methodz shined. Scoring Scorestreaks in the first half, Mehtodz was able to rain artillery on his opponents and run away with the game.
Teaming with OpTic Gaming
May 7, 2018
Methodz has aligned with OpTic Gaming, the organization confirmed on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
The meteoric rise of Methodz has finally reached its peak. After a brief foray into Stage 1 of the CWL during Black Ops III, the young slayer had essentially been a glorified AM player over the last two years, having made it to the World Championships each through North American qualifiers. Starting on Next Threat (Censor's team) to begin Call of Duty: World War II, he played his way on Rise Nation and then Team Kaliber, quickly becoming one of the better players in this iteration of the franchise. While OpTic's addition of Octane makes sense given his skill level over the past two seasons, Methodz hasn't exactly been the most consistent player over that stretch and could simply be benefiting from a game he feels comfortable in. That's not to say he couldn't perform up to his now lofty standards during the next iteration of CoD, but compared to his teammates, the risk is undoubtedly higher. Then there's the problem of roles, as Methodz does not appear well-suited for a flex or sub spot, but likely might be forced into it with Octane acting as the main AR, and Scump guaranteed to take one of the needed up-close guns. It's those two concerns that make the Methodz addition the most interesting of the new OpTic Gaming roster, but on talent alone, it's difficult to argue the Green Wall didn't at the very least break even after letting go of FormaL and Karma.
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