John Bruno 
Evil Geniuses
Joins Evil Geniuses
November 16, 2018
Xotic will leave Lightning Pandaz and join Evil Geniuses just a day before roster locks for the CWL Vegas Open.
It doesn't take long for drama to creep up in the Call of Duty scene, as Xotic's decision to leave what figures to be the new iteration of Lightning Pandaz for Evil Geniuses just hours before roster locks for the CWL Las Vegas Open creates a cascade of future ramifications. First and foremost, Xotic's Pro Points narrowly put Evil Geniuses over his former roster for the final spot guaranteed for CWL Las Vegas Pool Play - a massive ramification given the December tournament will play a critical role in qualifying for Stage 1 of the CWL Pro League. Second, the decision to leave his former teammates behind once again signals a disappointing start to the new CoD season for Parasite, who was the leader of Xotic's now previous team. At the very least, storylines have already surfaced throughout the first months of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and shouldn't die down with the first tournament taking place in just over three weeks time.
Solid start to loss
April 21, 2018
Xotic had a nice start to the 3-2 loss to FaZe Clan on Day 2 of CWL Seattle.
Xotic was easily the best member of Lightning Pandaz in Round 1 Hardpoint. His 30 kills led the team, and he was the only member of the team to have a KD over 1.00. Despite his strong play, Lightning Pandaz were overwhelmed by the trio of ZooMa, Priestah, and Replays. He had a nice start in Round 2 Search & Destroy, netting the final kill in game two, helping them get off to a nice start in the round win. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw him limp to a 17/20 KD, as FaZe Clan ran away with the round in the second half to win 6-3. He played rather well in Round 4 Hardpoint, keeping them afloat early on alongside Royalty and Enable. Eventually, Goonjar waking up and getting scorestreaks got them to a fifth round. Round 5 Search & Destroy saw him and his team struggle. They won a single game, as they ended the match quietly.
Struggles with inconsistencies in loss
April 2, 2018
Xotic never was able to put it together for a consistent stretch in the 3-2 eliminating loss to Team EnVyUs on the third and final day of CWL Birmingham.
Xotic really struggled with consistency in this match. He had a very strong Round 2 Search & Destroy, leading Lightning Pandaz to a sweep win in the round. He was their leading slayer, and he set the tone for what was an utterly dominant round win. Round 4 Hardpoint was a similarly strong round from him, as his 30 kills and 1:03 on the objective show. However, he also had some rough rounds, including a Round 3 Capture the Flag performance that saw him struggle to go on any killstreaks - he finished 24/26 in the round. He got off to an extremely slow start in Round 5 Search & Destroy, netting zero kills through the first five games of the round. He got his first in Game 6 - the final kill of the game - which woke him up a bit, but Team EnVyUs were only two wins away from victory at that point. They were not able to complete a comeback.
Gets pinned to the wall
March 10, 2018
Xotic disappeared in OpTic Gaming's flurry of chaos in a 3-0 loss on Day 2 of CWL Atlanta.
Xotic completely collapsed under the weight of OpTic Gaming in this series. He couldn't match their offense nor was he able to defend against them, often getting out-rotated in Round 1 Hardpoint. For example, Xotic wasn't able to hold his team's spawns during four-piece Royalty scored, forcing Lightning Pandaz to get pushed out of the point. He'd end in a dismal matter with a 13/20 KD in Round 3 Capture the Flag.
Up and down in win
March 10, 2018
Xotic had good rounds and bad rounds in the 3-1 win over GGEA Orange on Day 2 of CWL Atlanta.
Xotic was a solid third wheel behind Goonjar and Royalty in Round 1 Hardpoint. His 21 kills came in third behind them, and his 1:20 on the objective was second. He was solid -- unspectacular, but solid. These types of performances make a solid base for a team, and that goes a long way. Xotic had a solid middle round performances in Round 2 Search & Destroy, getting the final kill in Games 4 and 6. His solid mid-round showing helped force a Game 11, but it was a surprising round loss nonetheless. Xotic got off to a hot start in Round 3 Capture the Flag, netting two quick defensive kills that helped swing an offensive push. He was solid, going 19/12 in a dominant 10-3 win. Round 4 Hardpoint was equally dominant, as they won 250-81. Xotic was pretty bad, going 13/18, but it did not effect anything one way or another.
Excellent in sweep
January 13, 2018
Xotic was on the top of his game as Lightning Pandaz swept FaZe Clan on the second day of CWL New Orleans.
Xotic was excellent from the jump, putting together a strong performance in Round 1 Hardpoint. He, Goonjar, and Royalty were the leaders of the slaying, with Proto laying back and collecting the Hardpoint time. He continued to slay well when Royalty fell off, and have a ton of clutch kills to either keep hills in Pandaz control or put the game out of reach in the end. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him continue his strong play. He got the final kill in Games 3 and 6 while picking up kills in most of the other games, as well. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw him as the most consistent Lightning Pandaz member. He was a leader early on, and was a big reason why they kept a lead into the second half. FaZe Clan fought back and had a great performance in the second half to force overtime, but Xotic was the only Lightning Pandaz member to play well in that second half. He was key to the win in overtime, too, as he had the flag cap to give them the lead, and a Glide Bomb that all but ended the last FaZe Clan push.
Free Agent
Joins growing list of free agents
August 21, 2017
Xotic will become a free agent, ex-teammate Assault announced on Sunday.
The entirety of Cloud9 will hit the free agent pool after a disappointing 13th-16th place finish at the 2017 Call of Duty World Championships. While Xotic might be the least desirable of the Cloud9 free agents, he should more than likely find his way onto a team before the start of the next competitive season.
Lackluster showing in loss
August 12, 2017
Xotic managed just a 68/85 KD when Cloud9 were knocked into the lower bracket by Ghost Gaming on Friday at the 2017 Call of Duty World Championship.
Xotic, along with Aches, was a pretty large sore spot for Cloud9 in this series. From start to finish, he simply never managed to put up a consistent amount of kills or control over objectives at all. While he and his team found a win in Round 2 Search & Destroy, that was about all they could do. In the respawn rounds, they simply had too many deficiencies in what ended as a rough 3-1 series loss. They will surely need to tighten things up quite a bit in the losers bracket if they wish to make any sort of run.
Slaying struggles in sweep loss
August 11, 2017
Xotic struggled to slay with Epsilon eSports, as Cloud9 was swept by them on Day 3 of the 2017 Call of Duty World Championship. The loss eliminated Cloud9 from the tournament.
Xotic never really was able to slay, despite the somewhat solid objective performance. Round 1 Hardpoint saw Cloud9 get behind the eight ball quickly, trailing 160-30 early on. They fought back and made it a game, but it was too little, too late. Xotic went 17/21, but he still managed over 1:20 on the objective. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw Priestah carry most of the offense, and the rest of Cloud9 lagged behind in the 6-3 loss. Round 3 Uplink was rough, as Cloud9 led 8-5 with two minutes left, and still lost the round. Xotic made a final run after Dqvee took the lead away from them, but it was to no avail.
Too little, too late in loss to Enigma6
August 11, 2017
Xotic had a rough early game but smoother late game with an overall KD of 75/79, indicative of too little effort too late against Enigma6 on Day 2 of the 2017 CWL Championships.
Xotic had a tough start with the rest of Cloud9 against Enigma6 on Day 2. Xotic's team lost Round 1 Hardpoint almost by a margin of over 100 points, with Xotic only scoring a KD of 15/21 despite scoring the most Hardpoint control time on his team with 1:12. Xotic would only fare slightly better in Round 2 Search & Destroy, scoring a KD of 5/6 along with three bomb plants, as Cloud9 would fall again to Enigma6 by a three-game deficit. Xotic and the rest of Cloud9 finally showed some signs of life in Round 3 Uplink, where they scored a total of nine points, six of them via Xotic's two dunks and two throws and his KD of 28/25. This life didn't last, however, in Round 4 Hardpoint, where despite Xotic's best efforts to make up for Round 1 with a break-even KD of 27/27, Cloud9 were put into the 100-point club by Enigma6 and ultimately defeated 3-1 in the series.
Nothing out of the ordinary in series win
August 10, 2017
Xotic finished Cloud9's 3-1 win over Rogue with a KD of 70/68 at the 2017 Call of Duty World Championships on Wednesday.
Xotic was hardly that in the early stages of C9's set vs Rogue, posting a lackluster Game 1 in Hardpoint on Scorch, followed by a glacially cold performance in S&D on Breakout. In both games, Xotic started rounds off very slowly, losing 1-vs-1's before becoming an anchor for C9's more aggressive members. In Game 3, Xotic finally found his rhythm on Throwback, dominating uplink with three points scored and a 28/21 KD. Finally feeling confident, Xotic returned to his anchor role for the final Hardpoint map of the series, where he racked up more objective time for C9 while going even with a 20/20 KD. Xotic wasn't the star here, but he played his part as Cloud9 took the 3-1 series win.
Fails to help close leads
July 24, 2017
Xotic doesn't show up with a 78/87 KD in a loss to Team EnVyUs on Day 3 of Group Green.
Xotic faded into the background alongside Aches in a rough and strange series. Not only was Round 1 Hardpoint lost 249-250, but Round 3 Uplink was a war of attrition while Round 4 Hardpoint was another choke. Xotic was part of the reason for this weird series, as he couldn't consistently slay. He did well in Round 2 Search & Destroy on Retaliation by coordinating with his teammates to punish the sloppy defenses of Team EnVyUs, such as in Game 5, where he got a triple kill, or in Game 9. However, Xotic couldn't slay well enough in other rounds, which was a part of the reason for Cloud9's chokes.
Forces himself to play aggressively
July 23, 2017
Xotic tries to bring the pressure with a 78/74 KD in a loss to OpTic Gaming on Day 2 of Group Green.
Xotic was late bloomer this series with most of his impressive plays coming late into the series. While always a support-focused player, Xotic slayed well in certain rounds. Round 1 Hardpoint on Throwback saw this in action when Xotic slayed out with a five killstreak near markets in an effort to hold spawns. His set of kills easily secured the map for Cloud9. But he had trouble emulating those streaks in subsequent rounds. While still one of the better slayers for Cloud9, Xotic had too much on his plate both trying to kill and hold spawns. This was seen in Round 4 Hardpoint where he was often forced to overextend, such as on the second Turbine, just to retain game control.
Middling in loss
July 22, 2017
Xotic was rather average in the sweep at the hands of Team EnVyUs on Day 2 of Group Yellow.
Round 1 Hardpoint was a hard round defeat for Cloud9. They were neck and neck with Team EnVyUs, and the two teams traded leads constantly, all the way up until the end of the round. Xotic had a rather poor start, as Assault and Aches kept them in it, but he picked it up late, and had a huge hold of the objective to nearly get them to victory. However, he was downed by SlasheR, and Cloud9 would go on to lose 250-237. He went 23/22, with 1:19 on the objective, most of his positive contributions coming in the latter half of the round. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him get the final kill in Game 3, but after that Team EnVyUs went on a roll and handed Cloud9 a 6-3 loss. Round 3 Uplink saw him not move the needle much at all. He did not score any of the team's four points in the 8-4 round loss, and he had a middling 24/26 KD ratio.
Clutch down stretch in comeback victory
July 22, 2017
Xotic finished with an 88/73 KD during Friday's 3-2 CWL Stage 2 Group Green victory over Epsilon.
As Xotic went, so did Cloud9 in the series. He began unceremoniously, starting 21/23 and with just 1:18 of hill time during Round 1 Hardpoint. Despite having a clutch 1-vs-1 kill against Dqvee -- who was using camo -- he and Cloud9 came up short again in Round 2 Search & Destroy, falling behind 2-0 in the series. Xotic turned a corner in Round 3 Uplink, leading the team with 33 kills an scoring a point en route to Cloud9's blowout 13-3 victory on Precinct. That solid play continued through Round 4 Hardpoint (23/15 KD) and into the early portions of Round 5 Search & Destroy. Xotic pulled out the sniper in the scoreless Search & Destroy map, getting Cloud9 off to a good start by collecting two kills as the team took a 1-0 lead in the deciding round of the series. They went on to win 6-3 and the series 3-2, though Xotic finished the round with just a 5/4 KD.
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