Vortex
Stephen Allen 
United Kingdom
Epsilon eSports
Middling at best in loss
February 15, 2018
Vortex hardly lit the world on fire in Thursday's 3-1 loss to FaZe Clan, which was a CWL Global Pro League, Stage 1 match.
ANALYSIS
Vortex never really put together a memorable performance in this match. He had a very productive Round 3 Capture the Flag showing, which was their only round win, and an easy one at that. He got off to an incredibly hot start, getting the first flag cap of the match with a strong defensive play that opened up the map for him to run it in. He ended up having three of their four flag caps, and 17 kills. He was good, and was a big reason why they won the round. The rest of his performance was middling, however. He had a paltry 26/30 KD ratio in Round 1 Hardpoint, a round that saw Epsilon get completely shut down by an excellent slaying job by FaZe, only scoring 93 points in the process. He was average in Round 2 Search & Destroy, but Epsilon needed a second player to run with the Priestah-and-ZooMa-led attack. They just did not have the depth to compete with those two. The same can be said for Round 4 Hardpoint; he went 27/34. but they needed a another big slayer to run with FaZe Clan, and they simply could not find it.
Ends well in loss
February 8, 2018
Vortex did nothing until the last round, as Epsilon were swept by Splyce during the Thursday section of the CWL Global Pro League, Stage 1.
ANALYSIS
Vortex's first two rounds were rounds to forget. He contributed just 11 kills and 22 seconds on the objective in a terrible Round 1 Hardpoint that saw Epsilon score just 109 points, most of which came in one Insanatised-led push. It was a disaster on both the individual level for Vortex, and on the team level. Round 2 Search & Destroy did not fare much better for either, as they won only two games and Vortex was nowhere to be found. His best round came in their best round: Round 3 Capture the Flag. He went 22/21, and contributed as a support player while Dqvee and Insanatised led early. He was solid, but it was still not enough to get a round win.
Fades into the chaos
February 6, 2018
Vortex was shockingly quite in a brilliant 3-2 loss to Evil Geniuses on Day 1 of the CWL Pro League Stage 1, Division B.
ANALYSIS
Between Dqvee, Nathan, and Hawqeh, Vortex had no chance to shine. Granted, he never really had to. Epsilon eSprots struggled against the raw gunplay of Evil Geniuses which forced Vortex to play anchor for his team. Fortunately, Vortex was never put into an awkward position in his defense since Epsilon eSports played so offensively. But when it came to teamfights, that's where Vortex truly struggled, such as in Game 9 and Game 11 in Round 5 Search & Destroy.
Fails to impress against Luminosity
December 8, 2017
Vortex only managed a 33/51 KD in Epsilon's sweep at the hands of Luminosity Gaming on Day 1 of CWL Dallas.
ANALYSIS
Vortex was by far the weakest member of his team in this rough loss against LG to open the first event of the WWII season. While he wasn't the worst at the start of this series, he fell flat on his face during Capture the Flag to close out the match. He only tallied nine kills to 20 deaths as the Europeans had no map control whatsoever in the lopsided 4-2 loss. They'll need to find some answers quickly in order to prevent getting blown away in this group.
Nice start to sweep win
August 11, 2017
Vortex had a hot start, as did Epsilon eSports, in the sweep win over Cloud9 on Day 3 of the 2017 Call of Duty World Championship. The win kept Epsilon alive in the Loser's Bracket.
ANALYSIS
Vortex had a nice Round 1 Hardpoint, especially on the objective. He had 2:08 on the objective, and added 18 kills to that. Epsilon ran out to a 160-30 lead, and kept that up to a round win. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw Vortex have a huge Game 1. He had three kills, including the final one, setting the tone for the 6-3 win. Round 3 Uplink saw Vortex fade a little. He went 25/30 with two points, though he had a big moment in the win. He had a dunk that made it 8-7, and a triple kill that helped set up Dqvee's last second dunk to win the round.
Blitz through the Hardpoint
August 11, 2017
Vortex clutched early on in a 3-1 loss to Team EnVyUs on Day 3 of the 2017 CWL Championships.
ANALYSIS
While not displaying very technical gameplay, Vortex was excellent at landing his shots when it mattered. In Round 1 Hardpoint on Retaliation Vortex dropped an insane ten killstreak on the second Cathedral point, locking down a solid eighty-point lead for his team and easily clutching up the map for his team. However, teamwork quickly broke down in Round 3 Uplink. The worst of it was seen early into Round 3 Uplink when Vortex failed to move the drone in any way towards Dqvee for a solid twenty seconds, allowing Team EnVyUS back into the game. This was despite Dqvee dropping a triple kill that cleared open the goal and map for his team.
Stumbles out the gate in loss
August 9, 2017
Vortex had a poor first round in the sweep loss to OpTic Gaming on Day 1 of the 2017 Call of Duty World Championship.
ANALYSIS
Vortex really struggled early in this one. Round 1 Hardpoint was a rough one for their whole team, as Epsilon lost 250-96. Vortex went 6/20, though he managed 1:09 on the objective. Overall, despite his surprisingly high Hardpoint time, he was mostly bad. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him play a background role in the 11-game loss. Round 3 Uplink was another blowout, this time 11-2, with Vortex limping to a 22/31 KD.
Lone bright spot during Hardpoint
July 28, 2017
Vortex prevented Epsilon eSports' humiliation against OpTic Gaming on Day 2 of Group Green thanks to his slaying during Hardpoint, notching an overall KD of 47/51.
ANALYSIS
Even though OpTic Gaming would handily take Round 1 Hardpoint away from Epsilon eSports, Vortex at least went out with some dignity. He would have the most objective control time on his team at 1:25 and the only positive KD for his team at 20/17. Things would quickly go south for Vortex in Round 2 Search & Destroy, however, where he'd quickly get dominated, especially in the last game of that round in dramatic fashion as the last member alive of Epsilon, and he'd only notch a 3/6 KD. It didn't get much better for Vortex in Round 3 Uplink, where he'd go negative once more with a 24/28 KD as OpTic Gaming dominated his team in a 3-0 sweep.
Tries to lead in slaying
July 24, 2017
Vortex attempts to outgun OpTic Gaming with a 55/60 KD in a loss on Day 3 of Group Green.
ANALYSIS
Vortex struggled to find much momentum against OpTic Gaming. This was partly due to some lagging teammates early on, where Vortex performed the best, while later on he ran out of steam. Round 2 Search & Destroy on Retaliation saw the best performance out of Vortex. Scoring a 9/6 KD, he did manage to keep even in trades, but poor call outs and an even worse defense caused him to lose the round. For example, in Game 9 Vortex found OpTic Gaming in the Hotel Hallway, only for OpTic Gaming's flank to still catch his teammates by surprise. Round 3 Uplink was a tight round where he slowed behind his teammates. The round came down to overtime and his slower slaying skills hurt Epsilon eSports.
Poor in rough series
July 23, 2017
Vortex plays slow with a 58/70 KD in a loss to Team EnVyUs on Day 2 of Group Green.
ANALYSIS
Vortex played a sluggish game outside of Round 2 Search & Destroy. However, he wasn't alone in having a rough game, which was the reason Epsilon eSports lost. Round 1 Hardpoint saw Vortex go 26/35 KD. The awkward score was a result of some poor shots and poor coordination. Vortex did better in Round 2 Search & Destroy on Breakout with a 10/6 KD. But again, awkward plays were easily punished. Game 2 saw Vortex attempt a pinch, only to initiate the flank after his teammates started to drop.
Atrocious in series defeat
July 22, 2017
Vortex struggled throughout Friday's 3-2 series defeat against Cloud9 in CWL Stage 2 Group Green, finishing with a 69/86 KD.
ANALYSIS
Vortex failed to break even in any of the rounds during the series, posting his best round of 20/22 with 1:27 of hill time during Round 1 Hardpoint. He planted the bomb twice in Round 2 Search & Destroy, but notched just a 3/7 KD in the process. None of his rounds stuck out as particularly poor, but he struggled to get anything going throughout the five maps, finishing 23/28 on Round 3 Uplink, 17/21 In Round 4 Hardpoint and 6/8 with another two bomb plants during Round 5 Search & Destroy. His lackluster efforts contributed in a major way tot he team's downfall from a 2-0 series lead to drop it by a score of 3-2.
Decimates in quick series
June 25, 2017
Vortex steals control of the game in a win over Red Reserve at the CWL Sheffield Championships.
ANALYSIS
To put it simply, Epsilon eSports had the better shots and players like Vortex were the reason for Epsilon eSports landslide of a win. With slaying being so important to the meta now, Vortex was excellent at out-trading Red Reserve in teamfights. Round 1 Hardpoint and Roudn 3 Uplink were where Vortex's slaying got the most value. In Round 1 Hardpoint on Scorch, Vortex was able to pull a great hold at the second Hangar hill to get his team back in the lead by scoring a quad kill. Then in Round 3 Uplink, Vortex was key in distracting for Dqvee to dunk in the final seconds of the game. Vortex popped his FTL Jump to leap ahead of Dqvee to block for him, scoring two kills in the process.
Tears through Fnatic
June 25, 2017
Vortex slays well and plays smart in a win over Fnatic at the CWL Sheffield winner's finals.
ANALYSIS
Vortex continues to be a key player for Epsilon eSports, finding the key kills needed to give his the team the edge they need to win the map. Round 1 Hardpint saw Vortex play at a decent pace until the end of the round when Fnatic started to catch up. In the second Hotel Hallway, Vortex did an excellent job of stalling the point by laying down in the point just behind the doors that lead to the balcony. This gave him some much needed cover while stalling for time. Round 3 Uplink on Frost would see him flex his slaying muscles, scoring a seven killstreak that secured a close late-game.
Solid in win
June 24, 2017
Vortex was not incredible, but he was a solid hand in the 3-1 win over Vitality on Saturday at CWL Sheffield.
ANALYSIS
Vortex was a solid contributor throughout the match, but his best round was Round 1 Hardpoint. He was a solid slayer throughout the match, ending with a KD ratio of 33/29. His slaying was key in staving off a late comeback attempt. Vortex was in the background of an 11-round loss in Round 2 Search & Destroy, but he picked it back up for Round 3 Uplink. He did not slay like crazy, as his KD was 26/23, but he had four points, which led the team. He was key in the second half push by Epsilon. He was solid in Round 4 Hardpoint, netting a KD of 23/22, with 1:06 on the objective as Epsilon pulled out the win over Vitality.
Slays and makes some sloppy plays
June 18, 2017
Vortex can't slay out with a 61/58 KD in a loss to Splyce at the CWL Anaheim semifinals.
ANALYSIS
While Vortex was one of the better slayers of Epsilon, he couldn't kill faster than Splyce in most cases. Round 1 Hardpoint on Throwback saw Vortex drop a respectable 33/28 KD, but the score came at the cost of map control. He and his teammates constantly challenged Hardpoints, but would sometimes struggle to make smart pushes or set up spawns. Round 2 Search & Destroy was another weak map as Vortex made some weak and predictable pushes, such as in Game 3. Finally, Round 3 Uplink saw Vortex come to laugh, but he cost his team points by being greedy. In the first half, Vortex attempted a dunk while Splyce was spawning in their goal, costing his team not only points, but feeding Splyce control of the ball.
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