Rated
Rhys Price 
United Kingdom
Red Reserve
Plays a varied game
May 18, 2018
Rated bashed Splyce in a 3-0 sweep with a 52/44 KD on Thursday of the CWL Pro League Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
Rated may have lost Joshh to Splyce, but he was still more than prepared to take on his European rival. Leading the team through a variety of plays, Rated was able to slowly tear apart Splyce. In Round 2 Search & Destroy, for example, Rated played a fast and aggressive game that was intended to take Splyce by surprise. By pre-firing corners and challenging every fight, Rated was able to score a key double kill in Game 3. Then in Round 3 Capture the Flag, Rated switched his tactics and played an extraordinarily defensive game, waiting for picks before even daring to push out form his base.
Tricks Team Kaliber
May 17, 2018
Rated outsmarted Team Kaliber in a 3-2 win with a 69/78 KD on Wednesday of the CWL Pro League Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
Rated may not be a strong slayer, but he makes up for by being smart. Against the aggressive Team Kaliber, Rated's veteran skills turned out be extraordinarily helpful. Leading the team to play defensively, Red Reserve was able to run circles around their opponents in Search & Destroy. In Round 2 Search & Destroy, this meant hitting Bomb-A on attack rounds and defending Bomb-B on defense rounds as Team Kaliber were insistent on Bomb-B on nearly every round. In Round 5 Search & Destroy, Rated was able to heat up his slaying, stringing together five games with a 7/5 KD.
Destroys Epsilon in Search & Destroy
May 16, 2018
Rated put Epsilon in their place during Round 2 Search & Destroy to push Red Reserve to a 3-1 victory over Epsilon Esports on Tuesday of Week 1 of the CWL Pro League Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
Rated played the objective in Round 1 Hardpoint, as he singlehandedly claimed the hardpoints right from under Epsilon's noses for a solid 2:37 of hardpoint control time and a respectable KD of 17/12. However, Rated's best round undoubtedly was Round 2 Search & Destroy, where he chalked up the most kills of Red Reserve on route to a KD of 9/6. Rated did get complacent against Epsilon in Round 3 Capture the Flag, as Red Reserve collectively let their guards down, allowing Epsilon to take that round as Rated went negative in KD with 14/20. Red Reserve put their guard back up though against a renewed Epsilon in Round 4 Hardpoint, where Red Reserve finally ended the series with a 3-1 victory as Rated earned another positive KD of 32/26.
Plays flexible against ribals
April 21, 2018
Rated adjusted easily to the new meta in a 3-0 win over Splyce on Friday of CWL Seattle.
ANALYSIS
Despite a sizeable meta shift, Rated has changed extraordinarily little from his Stage 1 form. Continuing to be the main AR presence, Rated played his signature close-range AR and triple-player stack to overwhelm Splyce alongside Zer0 and Joshh. This worked flawlessly against the weak SMGs of Splyce, even allowing Rated and Zer0 to both play ARs on Valkyrie, USS Texas and even Flak Tower. The only new twist Rated had to introduce was the occasional flex onto the SMG role in Round 3 Capture the Flag on Flak Tower.
Outsmarts Rise Nation
April 8, 2018
Rated barely slayed but was still able to lead his team to a 3-2 win over Rise Nation on Day 2 of the CWL Stage 1 Playoffs.
ANALYSIS
Rated had a miserable game in terms of scoring kills, but what won Red Reserve the series were smart plays planned by him. Instead of taking Rise Nation in head-to-head fights, Rated had Joee and Joshh constantly flank their opponents. Meanwhile, Rated often acted as bait for his team, dragging Rise Nation out of hiding so Joee and Joshh could get easy flanks. This worked exceedingly well in Round 2 and Round 5 Search & Destroy, where the promise of killing Rated was often too tempting for Rise Nation to pass up.
Solid slaying force
April 7, 2018
Rated gave consistent slaying in a 3-2 loss to Luminosity Gaming on Day 1 of CWL Stage 1 Playoffs.
ANALYSIS
Red Reserve seems to be cursed to lose every Round 5 Search & Destroy. From Round 1 Hardpoint to Round 3 Capture the Flag, Rated was excellent at laying down reliable firepower. His ability to play long-range with an AR is what secured Red Reserve's win in Round 2 Search & Destroy, as he could score kills as Joee and Joshh engaged. But as the series dragged on, Rated's frontline faltered. This culminated in Round 5 Search & Destroy where Rated struggled to pick off Luminosity because Joee and Joshh kept dropping.
Awful Round 1 kicks off loss to Enigma6
April 2, 2018
Rated finished Sunday's 3-1 CWL Birmingham Open lower bracket loss to Enigma6 with an 82/90 KD.
ANALYSIS
Rated struggled mightily in the opening Hardpoint, posting a 21/36 KD as the rest of Red Reserve limited to a dismal start. However, the vocal slayer was much more on point during Red's 6-0 Round 2 Search and Destroy slaughtering, in which he posted a 10/3 KD line. From the very beginning of the map, it was the Rated and Joee show, as the duo both posted multi killstreaks that extended through multiple rounds, with Rated also finishing on a three kill streak to cap off the utter domination. That trend would not continue in Round 3 Capture the Flag, however, with Rated rebounding - albeit in less than impressive fashion during Round 4 Hardpoint, in which he posted a 39/32 KD line. The loss would knock Red Reserve out of the tournament - a surprise given the Open event took place in Red Reserve's home country.
Not able to keep pace
March 30, 2018
Rated got torn apart by Luminosity Gaming in a 3-0 loss on Friday of CWL Birmingham.
ANALYSIS
Rated couldn't find very many ways to counter Luminosity Gaming's raw skill despite playing a solid game. Basically, Rated's strategies meant little if he and his teammates couldn't win fights. He first tried to play for picks against Luminosity Gaming, but his opponents spread apart to force 1-vs-1 fights that he and his teammates couldn't win. However, Rated was quick on his fight and his teammates stack up in order to cause 2-vs-1 fights in his team's favor. While this worked for a set of hill rotations, Rated failed to keep up the momentum in Round 1 and in the rest of the series.
Poor late game in loss
March 30, 2018
Rated really faded down the stretch in the 3-1 loss to Splyce on Day 1 of the CWL Birmingham Open.
ANALYSIS
Rated had a hot start to this one, putting in two good performances in Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 2 Search & Destroy. The first round saw him play well, and saw him be the only member of Red Reserve to finish with a positive KD ratio (27/24). He stayed good throughout the round, leading them to their early lead and fighting hard to stop the Splyce comeback. He had 10 kills in the Round 2 Search & Destroy win, and was key in the five-game win streak that started when they were down 4-1. However, he really faltered for the rest of the match. He struggled in Round 3 Capture the Flag, going 14/19 in the round. He had a big kill to spring Joshh to tie the round, but other than that he struggled. He finished off the match with a 9/25 performance in a 250-59 Round 4 Hardpoint loss, which speaks for itself on an individual and a team level.
Brawn beats brain
March 11, 2018
Rated's strategies couldn't defeat a muscular Rise Nation in a 3-1 loss in the CWL Atlanta grand finals.
ANALYSIS
All of Rated's clever strategies couldn't stand up to the sheer power of Rise Nation. It wasn't a problem of strategy, but a problem of slaying. For example, in Round 1 Hardpoint, Rated often found ways to catch Methodz or TJHaLy in 1-vs-2 fights, especially in the first set of rotations. But each time Methodz and TJHaLy managed to score double kills to clutch the fight, winning spawn and hill rotations in the process. Rated's tactic, however, shone in Round 2 Search & Destroy. Rated would bait out plays for Joee and Joshh to counter with their strong SMG presence, but that slaying power was nowhere to be found in respawn rounds.
Keeps his team together
March 11, 2018
Rated was solid in a 3-0 stomp of Luminosity Gaming at the losers' finals of CWL Atlanta.
ANALYSIS
Rated clearly watched VODs of Luminosity Gaming as he easily tore through one of the toughest teams in the CWL. He and his teammates were constantly able to find holes in Luminosity's defenses, essentially countering Luminosity's core player: Octane. Rated's organizational skills were best seen in Round 2 Search & Destroy. As Joee began to build Scorestreaks in Game 3, Rated and Zer0 would bait their opponents out of position, trying to get them to peek into Joee's pre-aim. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw Rated distract the Americans in mid map, using his and Zer0's firepower to pin them down while Joee or Joshh stole the flag.
Gets blown apart in late game
March 9, 2018
Rated failed to stop a 3-2 reverse-sweep from Team EnVyUs on Day 1 of CWL Atlanta.
ANALYSIS
Rated's AR assault didn't find much usage this serious as Team EnVyUs forced a close-range SMG-heavy game onto him. Combine this with Joee and Joshh failing to hold the frontline, and the series quickly turned into a disaster for Rated. He couldn't find the room to aim and land his shots as Team EnVyUs rushed his positions and spawns. Rated wasn't playing aggressive or smart enough to beat out Team EnVyUs.
Fumes in frustrating series
March 1, 2018
Rated left clearly frustrated with a 3-0 loss to Team Kaliber on Thursday of the CWL Global Pro League, Division A.
ANALYSIS
Rated continued to be Red Reserve's core slayer, for better and for worse. The talented AR player knew how to carry himself, but a lack of coordination from his allies often left him in odd situations. This was best seen in Round 2 Search & Destroy where Rated would be the only European with a positive KD. In Game 3, Rated would fall back behind cover only for his entire squad to drop while planting the bomb. Rated, literally, spun in circles in frustration before clutching a hot shot onto Accuracy but was quickly dropped by the rest of Team Kaliber.
Stumbles while trying to keep up
March 1, 2018
Rated struggled to keep up with OpTic Gaming's aggression in a 3-1 loss on Wednesday of the CWL Global Pro League, Division A.
ANALYSIS
Rated was caught completely off guard by a resurgent OpTic Gaming. Not only that, but the meta has recently turned against Red Reserve, favoring more aggressive close-range gameplay. Because of this, Rated, an AR player, couldn't reliably land his shots as he got rushed by his opponents. This was clear in Round 1 Hardpoint on London Docks and Round 2 Search & Destroy on Saint Marie Du Mont. It was only in Round 4 Hardpoint on Gibraltar, a map that favors longer-range and slower gameplay, that Rated posted a positive KD.
Gets fired up just in time to avert a Red Reserve collapse
February 28, 2018
Rated almost let a victory against Vitality slip out of his grasp, but he clutched up just in time to help Red Reserve win 3-2 over Vitality on Tuesday in the CWL Pro League Division A.
ANALYSIS
Rated had a bit of a muddled performance in this series early on, and it almost cost him and his team. Evidence of this was in Round 1 Hardpoint, where Rated went negative in KD with 18/24 and a narrow 10-point round loss, and also in Round 2 Search & Destroy where Rated again went negative in KD with 5/7. Rated got himself together in Round 3 Capture the Flag, where he and Red Reserve shut out Vitality in the win, with Rated himself notching a positive KD of 18/12. Rated was instrumental to preventing another round victory by Vitality, as during Round 4 Hardpoint he was the only member of Red Reserve to end with a positive KD of 38/28, as Red Reserve just scraped out an 18-point victory. Rated closed out the reverse sweep against Vitality with a double-positive KD of 10/5 for Round 5 Search & Destroy. Red Reserve's win clinched their spot in the playoffs.
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