Methodz
Anthony Zinni 
United States
OpTic Gaming
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.
Struggles to find a role
April 22, 2018
Methodz got ripped from his role in a 3-2 loss to Echo Fox on Sunday at CWL Seattle, placing 6th at the event.
ANALYSIS
Team Kaliber ran a strange triple AR composition which often left Methodz out of place on his own team. With two players playing ARs, there wasn't much room for a third, even if it was as someone as strong as Methodz. This wasn't helped by how fast Team Kaliber played, often leaving Methodz alone to shore up their spawns and defenses. For example, in Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 5 Search & Destroy where Methodz often had to hold poor positions. The fast play of Team Kaliber meant their spawns were always changing and rarely consistent, meaning Methodz had to hold whatever he could.
Becomes head AR and shot caller
April 21, 2018
Methodz took charge of a younger team in a 3-1 win over Splyce on Friday of CWL Seattle.
ANALYSIS
Methodz has taken over as Team Kaliber's main AR role after moving on from Rise Nation. The move seems to have taken pressure off of Methodz being the core playmaker for his team, thanks in part to Kenny and Accuracy. Instead, he sat back and keep an eye on the map. In Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 2 Search & Destroy, Methodz stuck with Ferocitys to swiftly push lanes while Kenny flanked. While Methodz wasn't as fast as Kenny or Accuracy, he didn't have to be as he needed to hold his team's spawns.
Aligns with Team Kaliber
April 11, 2018
Methodz will join Team Kaliber, the organization confirmed on Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
In a surprising announcement, the two-time major Open champions opted for a roster rebuild, releasing Theory and Chino for Methodz and Ferocitys. It looks as if Methodz will take over as the main AR, a move that was actually brought on by the former Rise Nation slayer himself, according to a video by KOSDFF. Chemistry issues seemed to plague Methodz during his time on Rise Nation, but it was thanks to his slaying abilities Rise Nation was able to win the CWL Atlanta Open in the first place, so it's difficult to question the talent. The real intrigue will come after the honeymoon period is over, as the roster certainly has a combustible nature to it, depending on if the personalities can get along or not.
Shockingly released from Rise Nation
April 9, 2018
Methodz was released from Rise Nation and will hit free agency ahead of CWL Seattle Open.
ANALYSIS
It's a stunning announcement given Rise Nation appeared to be one of the best teams in the world only a month ago when they won CWL Atlanta Open and entered the CWL Pro League Stage 1 Playoffs with the overall No. 1 seed. However back-to-back consecutive losses in the playoffs, first to eUnited and then to Red Reserve clearly must have prompted the knee-jerk removal. Methodz will join SlasheR in a what is shaping up to be a loaded free agency class, with teams now set to frantically make lineup changes before roster locks for CWL Seattle.
Fails to spot flank
April 8, 2018
Methodz made a minor mistake that cost the series in a 3-2 loss to Red Reserve on Day 2 of the CWL Stage 1 Playoffs, dropping out of the CWL Playoffs in the process.
ANALYSIS
Methodz' AR skills were generally consistent, but he made a major mistake in Round 5 Search & Destroy on London Docks that destroyed all of Rise Nation's momentum. In Game 4 of Round 5, Methodz fell back to guard his team's flank from Red Reserve's Joee. Methodz failed miserably at this as Joee was able to walk right in front of him and Methodz missed spotting him out due to where he was looking. This allowed Joee to get a game-changing double kill that soaked the wind from Rise's sails.
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