Bance
Ben Bance 
United Kingdom
Splyce
Can't open up the map
May 18, 2018
Bance failed to engage aggressively in a 3-0 loss to Red Reserve with a 38/48 KD on Thursday of the CWL Pro League Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
Bance, like the rest of Splyce, were caught off guard by Red Reserve's calculated strategies. Red Reserve was able to play both a fast game, such as in Round 2 Search & Destroy, and a slow on, such as in Round 3 Capture the Flag. Bance failed to adapt his engagements to each situation, leaving him unable to properly open up the map for his teammates. This was particular true in Round 3 Capture the Flag, where Bance couldn't break into Red Reserve's base because of how defensively he played. Instead of forcing teamfights, MadCat and him tried to play for picks, meaning Red Reserve were able to consistently spawn to defend the flag. Bance closed Round 3 Capture the Flag with a KD.
Makes a strange play that works
April 21, 2018
Bance played a riskier game in a 3-1 loss to Team Kaliber on Friday of CWL Seattle.
ANALYSIS
Bance opened objectives and lanes for his team by playing risky and diving around corners or through Scorestreaks, but he didn't have the muscle to back up his aggression. In Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 2 Search & Destroy, Bance had a slow game against a streaky and fast Team Kaliber. Whenever Bance was engaged in a head-on fight, he'd always be pressured on his flank by someone else. This forced Bance to constantly move, a strategy that worked on Round 4 Hardpoint. He swung back the round for a moment in Splyce's favor by rushing through Team Kaliber's Artillery Barrage to take the second Barrel Warehouse Hardpoint.
Fails to take advantage of the new meta
April 21, 2018
Bance failed to push back Red Reserve in a 3-0 loss on Friday of CWL Seattle.
ANALYSIS
Even in the new meta, the same problems continue to exist for Bance. He still fails to bring any sort of frontline pressure for his team and has become a glaring weakness of this team. This is despite the faster meta with unlimited sprinting, meaning Jurd should be speeding around the map like his old days. Instead, Jurd was easily bullied around by Red Reserve due to his weak shots and lack of map awareness. This problem compounded when Splyce played their favorite maps of Valkyrie and Flak Tower. Both maps turned into a disaster as Jurd struggled to maintain any kind of momentum or slaying.
Makes openings for his team
April 2, 2018
Bance opened the map for his team in a double Grand Finals against Luminosity Gaming at CWL Birmingham, winning the first series 3-1 and losing the second 3-1.
ANALYSIS
These two series show how important Bance is to his team's tactics. When he slays well, nothing can stop Splyce. But when he stumbles even slightly, his team falls off the grid. Bance was hot in the first series as he tore through Luminosity Gaming with strong and smart engagements. In Round 1 Hardpoint on Valkyrie, Bance was almost always able to predict which door Luminosity Gaming would attempt to flood through. However, Bance slowed down drastically going into the second series. He couldn't keep up with Luminosity running triple SMGs in Round 1 Hardpoint on London Docks or Round 4 Hardpoint on Sainte Maire Du Mont. And since Bance struggled to engage, Splcye couldn't trade kills off of his risky fights.
Finally plays aggressively
April 2, 2018
Bance tore through Rise Nation in a 3-1 victory in the Loser's Final at CWL Birmingham.
ANALYSIS
Bance has finally found his niche. Playing SMG heavy maps like Valkyrie, Flak Tower and Sainte Marie Du Mont, Bance is able to do what he does best and just slay and push lanes. He gave a show-stopping performance in Roudn 4 Hardpoint on Sainte Marie Du Mont, a map notorious for snowballing. Dropping a 30/11 KD, Bance just flew straight into Rise Nation, pressuring them whenever he could. His aggression allowed MadCat and Jurd the room they needed to get objectives.
Can't carry momentum
April 2, 2018
Bance lost steam in a fast 3-0 loss to Rise Nation in the Winner's Bracket Semifinal on Sunday at CWL Birmingham.
ANALYSIS
Bance was the lead player for Splyce, but his weaknesses slowly sank his entire team. He started Round 1 Hardpoint hot with his SMG, engaging on hills before pushing out and harassing Rise Nation off of their spawns. However, his engagements slowed down when Rise Nation began to predict his monotonous movements. Then, in Round 2 Search & Destroy, Bance started great at first by rushing bomb sites early to control of the map. But again, Rise Nation easily figured Bance's fragging and positioning and easily rotated around him.
Excellent Hardpoints in win
March 30, 2018
Bance had great performances in both of the Hardpoint rounds in the 3-1 win over Red Reserve on Day 1 of the CWL Birmingham Open.
ANALYSIS
Bance had great time of it in Round 1 and Round 4 Hardpoint, putting in good showings in the bookend rounds. Round 1 Hardpoint was very close, as Splyce eked out a 250-230 win. He was a big reason why they were withing striking distance, and able to come back from the 200-140 deficit they faced. While Red Reserve were leading for nearly the entire match, Bance's strong play kept Splyce at a respectable pace, and once Tommey and his teammates turned their performance up, the comeback was on. He continued to play well into the fourth round, but the round was inconsequential. They ran out to a 150-33 lead, and ended up winning 250-59. He was good, going 28/20, but it was such a strong team effort that its impossible to point to any one player in the round. Sandwiched in between those excellent rounds were two average ones, where he limped to a 18/20 KD in Round 3 Capture the Flag, and faltered under a strong five-game winning streak by Red Reserve in Round 2 Search & Destroy.
Couldn't engage with eUnited
March 22, 2018
Bance waffled in a 3-0 loss to eUnited on Thursday of the CWL Global Pro League Stage 1, Division B.
ANALYSIS
Bance put in a decent performance, but Splyce needed more. Their opponents, eUnited, came into this series prepared to win and Bance was unable to adapt. For example, in Round 1 Hardpoint Bance played for Hardpoints by fighting on the point. While this gave Splyce a small lead early on, eUnited played with a longer range to pick Bance off of hills, making Bance little more than a target. On top of that, Bance needed a stronger game as eUnited came in hot and heavy. The strong ARs and SMGs bullied Splyce across the map, and Bance could do little to stop it.
Solid after first round
March 22, 2018
Bance got off to a slow start, but ended up being a decent support player in the 3-1 win over Evil Geniuses on Day 2 of Week 4 of CWL Global Pro League, Stage 1.
ANALYSIS
Their only round loss, Round 1 Hardpoint, was a struggle for Bance on an individual level as well. Evil Geniuses led for most of the round, constantly pushing forward every time Splyce made a push. Bance really lagged behind, going 29/41 in the round. He did, however, pick it up for the next three rounds. He was never in the spotlight in any of their three straight round wins, but he was a consistently solid third wheel in each of them. While he was never the leader, his play was a big reason why Splyce was able to finish off Evil Geniuses. His depth is valuable, and it wins games.
Engages and locks down Epsilon
March 16, 2018
Bance mowed down Epsilon eSports in a 3-1 win on Friday of the CWL Global Pro League, Division B.
ANALYSIS
Bance continues to slowly climb to his previous status as one of the best SMGs in Europe. His great performance was also thanks to the map pool that saw Valkyrie and three straight London Docks, both SMG-heavy maps. Bance started hot in Round 1 Harpdoint on Valkyrie by easily bullying out Epsilon eSports from the Hardpoint. He'd then snowball his small lead by sitting in the Hardpoint and holding entrances. Epsilon would never frag the Hardpoint, meaning Bance could always get the jump on his oppenents as they tried to break the hill.
Can't keep up his aggession
March 9, 2018
Bance fell flat on his face in a 3-2 loss on Day 1 of CWL Atlanta.
ANALYSIS
Bance limped through this entire series in a completely bizarre. Usually known as a strong SMG and as the key engagement for Splyce, Bance failed to open up the map for his team in nearly every instance. In all of Splyce's respawn rounds, Bance struggled to break even with his KD, and consistently scored a negative KD. Because of this, Splyce had a hard time of finding fights since Bance was unable to win most of his opening engagements.
Dependable performance makes the win look eas
February 17, 2018
Bance demonstrated his dependability to his team as Splyce swept aside Evil Geniuses 3-0 on Day 6 of the CWL Pro League Division B.
ANALYSIS
Bance may not always be the best player of Splyce, but he holds his own enough to be an integral part of their team. He aptly proved this point in Round 1 Hardpoint, where despite getting the least amount of hardpoint control time with 20 seconds, he dependably slayed into positive territory with a KD of 28/26, helping put Evil Geniuses into the 100-point club. Next, in Round 2 Search & Destroy, with a 5/3 KD and a bomb plant he helped Splyce completely shut out Evil Geniuses, preventing them from putting any score on the board at all. Round 3 Capture the Flag was a bit of a weak link for Bance with a 15/23 KD, but he certainly performed well enough to edge out Evil Geniuses in overtime, as Splyce pretty much crushed their dreams.
Slams straight into Team EnVyUs
February 14, 2018
Bance failed to break to Team EnVyUs' map control in a 3-2 loss on Day 5 of the CWL Pro League, Division B.
ANALYSIS
Bance couldn't stand up to Team EnVyUs' might in respawn. The titanic "Boys in Blue" would find streak after streak in Hardpoint while Bance struggled to stagger their momentum. This is best seen in a Round 1 Hardpoint loss where Splyce got served a devastating 250-75 scoreline. While he'd fix his problems in Round 4 Hardpoint, mainly with his positioning to manipulate spawns, he couldn't withstand Team EnVyUs' strong, consistent slaying. However, Bance would still put up a fight. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw him score three flag captures thanks by partnering with Jurd to rush Team EnVyUs.
Gets rolled over from poor map picks
February 13, 2018
Bance gets torn apart by Luminosity Gaming in 3-0 loss on Day 4 of the CWL Pro League, Division B.
ANALYSIS
Though Bance was able to hold his own against Luminosity Gaming, the series was over as early as the draft/ban phase. Splyce let through Ardennes Forest, Luminosity's best map, on the first three rounds. This was a major slip-up as it gave Luminosity comfort picks while putting Splyce at a disadvantage. Because of this, Bance was never able to force teamfights, Splyce's bread-and-butter, because Luminosity would simply set-up in power positions and tear Bance apart before he could even engage.
Up and down in sweep win
February 8, 2018
Bance was not a model of consistency, but that did not stop Splyce from walking to a sweep win over Epsilon on Thursday's CWL Global Pro League Stage 1 matches.
ANALYSIS
Bance's best round came in Round 1 Hardpoint. Splyce dominated the round, going up winning 250-109, and the majority of those Epsilon points came from one run they went on. Bance, on an individual note, was an excellent cog in the machine, leading his team in kills with 28, and adding 1:17 on the objective along with it. He was one of their leaders in the round early and often, and kept it going. He fell to a support role in Round 2 Search & Destroy. Tommey, FeLo and MadCat were a three-headed monster in the round, and Bance peppered in kills when they could. Bance had the final kill in Game 5, as well as Game 8 (which won the round), but did not do much without that. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw him have a below-average showing. He lagged behind his teammates, though he made a big play to give them a 2-0 lead. He tagged up a Epsilon member, which made him an easy kill and stop them from extending their then lead.
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