Anthony Zinni 
United States
Rise Nation
Constantly out-trades
March 11, 2018
Methodz found important kills to obliterate Red Reserve 3-1 to win the CWL Atlanta grand finals.
Methodz biggest contributions came from his insane ability to clutch uneven teamfights, Red Reserve's bread-and-butter. In Round 1 Hardoint on Valkyrie, he stopped Red Reserve dead in their tracks with a triple kill on rotation to Smokestacks. This set of kills staggered the Europeans on an extremely fast map. Then, in Game 4 of Round 2 Search & Destroy, Methodz managed to win 1-vs.-3 by carefully listening for Red Reserve's movements, snapping on players with ease. While Methodz would slow down that round, it was an important win to secure Rise Nation's confidence for the rest of the series. Finally, in Round 4 Hardpoint, Methodz constantly out-traded Red Reserve with a flurry double kills and a 34/27 KD.
Builds after weak start
March 11, 2018
Round 1 Hardpoint was poor, but Methodz built upon it in the 3-1 win over Luminosity Gaming on Day 3 of CWL Atlanta, securing their spot in the grand final.
Round 1 Hardpoint was forgettable for Rise Nation and for Methodz. He struggled to consistently slay, trading a kill for a death more often than not, as his 21/22 KD shows. Luminosity dominated the round, from beginning to end. Round 2 Search & Destroy was the opposite, as Rise Nation won handily in nine games and Methodz was at the forefront of the attack. He finished with double-digit kills, building upon his strong Search & Destroy play from previous matches at CWL Atlanta. Another thing he showed in previous CWL Atlanta matches that reappeared was his very defensive style in Round 3 Capture the Flag. He hung back quite a bit and was the backbone of a defense that managed to hold on to a 1-0 lead. Methodz put together a strong Round 4 Hardpoint, and they needed him. His 33 kills and 2:29 of objective time were huge, as Luminosity fought and clawed their way to 240 points and a near win. It was an incredible performance from both sides, with Rise Nation just barely avoiding a Round 5.
Search & Destroy dominance in win
March 11, 2018
Methodz owned the two Search & Destroy maps in the 3-2 win over Team EnVyUs on Day 3 of CWL Atlanta, securing Rise Nation's spot in the winner's final of the tournament.
Methodz had some truly incredible performances in Round 2 Search & Destroy, and Round 5 Search & Destroy. Round two was easily the best performance of the match for him. He dominated, netting 14 kills in the nine-game round, and coming up in the clutch on multiple occasions -- he had the final kill in Games 3, 5, and 6, as well as an excellent job wasting time to win Game 7. Round 5 was similar, though he did not reach the same kill mark. He had the final three kills in Game 3 and finished off Games 7 and 9 to boot. His respawn rounds were solid enough, though thoroughly less spectacular. Round 1 Hardpoint was dominated by Team EnVyUs, Round 3 Capture the Flag saw him barely ever leave the defensive side of the map (though he did have a huge defensive stand to keep their 1-0 lead intact), and Round 4 Hardpoint saw him dominate early to falter a bit late.
Knocks down Splyce from afar
March 9, 2018
Methodz beamed down Splyce with laser-like sight in a 3-2 win on Day 1 of CWL Atlanta.
Methodz was the sole AR for his team in this series. While Gunless would occasionally pick up an AR, such as in Round 1 Hardpoint for a single hill, Methodz was the only consistent long-range force. However, he played with his AR in a very close-range style. For example, in Round 3 Capture the Flag Methodz would fly forward with Gunless after every kill. This allowed him to pressure Splyce after every kill, allowing him to chain even more kills together. By the second half, Methodz scored an absurd 16/9 KD and a flag capture.
Strong, consistent showing against OpTic
March 2, 2018
Methodz had three very good rounds in the sweep win over OpTic Gaming on Thursday, during the sixth week of the CWL Global Pro League, Stage 1,
Methodz was never the star for Rise Nation in this one, but that had more to do with Gunless' dominant display rather than Methodz play itself. He was an excellent third fiddle in Round 1 Hardpoint, as TJHaLy and Gunless both topped the 30 kill plateau. Methodz and TJHaLy shaping up as good support behind Gunless' round =0long dominance was a key reason why they were able to run away with the round, as they turned a 130-100 lead into a 250-155 win. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw Gunless carry the team in the early games, with 13 of his 15 kills coming in the first six games. Methodz was the leader for the rest of the round, and finished off the win with the final kill in Game 10. He was key in Rise Nation hopping out to a 3-0 lead in Round 3 Capture the Flag, as he ran out to a 6/1 KD ratio in the round. They waltzed to a victory after that.
Big moments in final two rounds
February 28, 2018
Methodz was good for most of this one, but he saved his best moments for late in the 3-1 win over eRa, capping off the first day of Week 6 of the CWL Global Pro League, Stage 1.
Round 2 Search & Destroy was Methodz worst round, and it came in Rise Nation's only loss of the match. He struggled to be consistent, as Loony was the only member of Rise Nation to do much damage against eRa. His three respawn rounds were good, however. Round 1 Hardpoint saw him go 28/16, as he was a key part of keeping Rise Nation in the match. eRa had a lot of leads, and it was quite the competitive round. Slaying performances such as Methodz's were what put them over the top. Methodz's Round 3 Capture the Flag ended on an okay note (15/14 to finish it) but he was integral in their early-round success. Round 4 Hardpoint was, by far, his best round. He was the leader in their comeback (from down 76-36) with a 12/7 beginning that led to a 27/17 finish. His strong play helped get rid of the deficit, and lead to a really easy win after that.
Laidback in win
February 22, 2018
Methodz was not at the front of the fight, but he contributed to Wendesday's CWL Global Pro League, Stage 1, 3-2 win over Red Reserve regardless.
Methodz was rarely the aggressor in this match, and it shows up in his stat lines. Despite that, he did contribute to the win in multiple ways. Take Round 1 Hardpoint, for example: he mostly laid back, and focused his play on defending the hill and raking up Hardpoint time. He only had 21 kills -- well behind his teammates -- but he had nearly two minutes of objective time. This non-aggressive style of play hurt his Search & Destroy rounds the worst, as he was a support player at best in Round 2 and Round 5 Search & Destroy. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw him shine in the first half, which was a defensive half that ended scoreless. The second half saw the map open up, and Methodz continue to lay back. He did not suffer as much as his teammates did in Round 4 Hardpoint. He went 20/21, nearly the same as the first round, but Rise got destroyed, and only scored around 80 points. His laid-back style is steady, and its safe, and it prevents high highs, and low lows. This match is a great example of it.
Falls back and slays out
February 21, 2018
Methodz stayed on the backlines in 3-0 sweep of Mindfreak on Week 5, Day 2 of the CWL Global Pro League, Division A.
Methodz didn't have to deal with much pressure from Mindfreak. The Australian team seemed hesitant to take Rise Nation in a teamfight, essentially giving Methodz free room. All Methodz had to do was land his shots. In Round 1 Hardpoint, he dominated Mindfreak from afar, easily bouncing them out of Hardpoints and into cover. This allowed Methodz to easily take points from Mindfreak even when he lost fights. The only map Methodz was weak in was Round 3 Capture the Flag on Flak Tower, a map that doesn't favor Methodz' AR play.
Lays down firepower from afar
February 20, 2018
Methodz beams down Team Kaliber in a 3-0 sweep on Week 5, Day 1 of the CWL Global Pro League, Division A.
Methodz is living in an SMG meta, but he's still able to beam with an AR. Methodz mainly filled in as the anchor of his team as they attempted to flank Team Kaliber. This required some interesting positioning from Methodz as he needed to compensate for Rise Nation's spreading themselves thin to flank. However, Methodz gave an excellent defense in Round 3 Capture the Flag. Methodz shredded with a clutch Fighter Pilot that scored a flag return in mid-map, while also narrowly avoiding getting caught in his own streak, but he tore on defense with an early quad-kill on an early Team Kaliber push.
Surprisingly stays in the shadows
February 2, 2018
Methodz, in contrast to the rest of Stage 1 CWL Pro League, remained in the shadows in a tension-filled 3-2 win over Team Kaliber on Day 6.
This series saw all players stand-out in someway or another, except for Methodz. But it wasn't out of any kind of poor performance. Rather, the dominant AR player was simply overshadowed by everyone else. Methodz only made his presence known in Search & Destroy rounds, Round 2 taking place on USS Texas and Round 5 on Saint Maire Du Mont, both maps with a long-range focus. In Round 5, Methodz kept a surprisingly cool head against Team Kaliber, a team notorious for clutching every Round 5, and helped Gunless clutch a final fight in Game 11 to win Rise Nation the series.
Strong slayer in win
February 1, 2018
Methodz was all over Echo Fox in the sweep win to cap off Wednesday's matches for the CWL Global Pro League, Stage 1.
Methodz was an unstoppable force with his gun, and was so basically from the jump. He was point man on almost everything in Round 1 Hardpoint, pushing forward and creating space for his teammates on many occasions. He started off with a blistering 15/3 KD ratio, and parlayed that to a 34/19 KD to end the round. He was their best player, and put Rise Nation in favorable spots all over the map. He was the second-best player on Rise Nation, behind TJHaLyin, in Round 2 Search & Destroy, winning Game 3 and providing solid support behind TJHaLy's four game winning kills. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw him focus on defense, and for good reason. His 22 kills often game defending his base, and he was a big reason why they held Echo Fox to one flag cap in regulation, and none in overtime.
Slaying machine in win
January 25, 2018
Methodz was slaying all over the map in the sweep win over Mindfreak on Wednesday of the CWL Global Pro League, Stage 1.
Methodz was excellent in this match, providing a slaying ability that Mindfreak had no chance of stopping he led the lobby in kills in both Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 3 Capture the Flag, pacing his team's strong play and excellent performance in gunfights in both. He also led his team in Hardpoint time in the first round, notching over two minutes on the objective. It was a truly excellent two-way performance. He even put up a rather pedestrian performance in the first half of the third round, but he ended up catching fire in the second half en route to a 23/8 stat line. Round 2 Search & Destroy was a rather well-balanced effort from Rise Nation, with everyone contributing. Methodz got the final kill in Game 1, and almost clutched a 1-vs-1 in Game 8, but he just barely ran out of time.
Finds significant kills
January 24, 2018
Methodz makes his kills count in a 3-2 win over Red Reserve on Day 2 of Stage 1 CWL Pro League.
While not scoring a strong KD unlike the rest of his team, Methodz was still a key component for his team. Mainly, he was able to find the kills that mattered. This was mainly seen in Round 4 Hardpoint on Gibraltar where spawn control is key to winning. Methodz wasn't strong on holds, but he found ways to get kills during rotations which allowed his team to take points early. Because of this slight advantage, Rise Nation was able to stack points to edge out the map.
Rise Nation's rock on the Hardpoints
January 24, 2018
Methodz refused to let Vitality through as Rise Nation simply destroyed them at every turn in a 3-0 sweep on Tuesday during Stage 1 of the CWL Pro League.
Round 1 Hardpoint saw Methodz play Gandalf, as he simply did not let Vitality pass onto the hardpoints, locking down nearly every hardpoint with a nearly double-positive KD of 23/12 and a whopping 3:14 of hardpoint control time. Round 2 Search & Destroy was a bit more of a muted performance from Methodz in comparison, but he still maintained a positive KD of 5/4 throughout the round. Methodz faltered slightly in Round 3 Capture the Flag, as he went slightly negative in KD with 16/17, but it was still enough to prevent a Vitality comeback that round, as Rise Nation swept aside Vitality in a 3-0 dominant showing.
Tries to carry his team through thick and thin
January 15, 2018
Methodz tore through Luminosity Gaming only for his team to fail to keep up in a devastating 2-3 loss in the losers' final on Day 3 of CWL New Orleans.
Methodz was easily Rise Nation's MVP this series as he single-handedly won maps. Perhaps his most impressive play was how he went on a 13 killstreak in Round 1 Hardpoint on Sainte Maire. While the streak was impressive just for based on its numbers, it did far more than simply slay. Methodz held the top floor of Restaurant on the third set of rotation and shut down any break from Luminosity, allowing his team to crawl back from behind to win. He'd drop similarly impressive numbers in Round 4 Hardpoint that allowed Rise Nation to build a significant lead that won them the round.
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