Red Reserve
USA
The European Version of Gunless
June 18, 2018
Zer0 was pushed to the limit in a double Grand Finals loss against Rise Nation, winning the first series 3-1 and losing the second 3-1, at CWL Anaheim.
ANALYSIS
Zer0 had to flex into every position in order to even reset the bracket against Rise Nation. The Red Reserve strategy of controlling spawns worked wonders in the first series as Zer0 was warmed up from his previous match against Luminosity Gaming. This was largely because Zer0 could easily switch from pushing lanes and enemy spawns to defending Red Reserve's spawns in an instant thanks to his flex positioning, such as in the first Round 3 Capture the Flag. However, Zer0 was often on the attack as his strong shots allowed him to score vital picks in respawn rounds. The only area Zer0 struggled was in Round 2 Search & Destroy where he struggled to defend flanks or position against his opponent.
Faisl to maintain momentum in back-to-back games
June 18, 2018
Rated lost steam in a rough double Grand Finals loss to Rise Nation at CWL Anaheim, winning the first series 3-1 and losing the second 3-1.
ANALYSIS
Rated had a clear idea on how to take on Rise Nation after his dramatic loss to them in the Winners Final. The two main problems in Rated's strategy was his weakness in Search & Destroy and implementing his spawn control strategy across an arduous eight maps in a back-to-back series. The first series saw Rated largely successful in his ability to control map spawns thanks to his ability to poke holes in Rise Nation's defense as his teammates pushed lanes. In the second series, however, Rated began to slow down heavily, struggling to keep up with his teammates and maintain spawn control, leading to a devastating loss in the second Round 3 Capture the Flag and Round 4 Hardpoint.
Attempts to manipulate enemy spawns
June 18, 2018
Joee attempted to bully Rise Nation in a double Grand Finals loss to Rise Nation at CWL Anaheim, winning the first series 3-1 and losing the second 3-1.
ANALYSIS
Joee's knack for being a constant nuisance for Rise Nation was the key in winning the first series. Red Reserve attempted to take control of spawns, mimicking what made the European region successful during the competitive "Black Ops III" season, rather than attempting outgun the likes of Rise Nation. Joee made Red Reserve's spawn control tactics possible as he could constantly hit his opponents' flanks and throw their spawns into disarray. However, as Rise Nation began to regroup in the second series, Joee's lack of strong and consistent gunplay doomed his team. For example, Joee failed to win a key 1-vs.-1 in the second Round 4 Hardpoint to secure a hill rotation that would have won the map.
Gives his team room to play
June 18, 2018
Skrapz supported his teammates in a double Grand Finals loss to Rise Nation at CWL Anaheim, winning the first series 3-1 and the losing the second series 3-1.
ANALYSIS
Skrapz had the fundamentals locked down, but he couldn't bring the extra mile his team needed to succeed. Largely, Skrapz helped his team by supporting Joee's and Zer0's attempt to take control of the map and of spawns. This worked during respawn rounds in the first series, as Skrapz used his previous win over Luminosity Gaming to encourage his team. However, his aggression often saw him rush things, such as Skrapz attempting to pull Rise Nation's flag in the first Round 3 Capture the Flag without first securing a kill or tow. Minor misplays like that began to weigh down Red Reserve in the second series as Rise Nation refused to slow down.
Pushes spawns and lanes
June 18, 2018
Joee brought a strong late-game in a 3-1 win over Luminosity Gaming at the Losers Final at CWL Anaheim, advancing Red Reserve to the Grand Finals for a rematch against Rise Nation.
ANALYSIS
Joee was never the powerhouse for Red Reserve, but when he's able to step up he takes full control of the game. Playing a vital role for Red Reserve Joee used his SMG and movement abilities to spawn-block Luminosity Gaming. This meant that Joee would constantly run around the map and harass flanks to manipulate flanks. While he wouldn't land massive kills, it made spawn unpredictable for his opponents. It wasn't until Round 4 Hardpoint that Joee was able to manipulate spawns and slay the enemy, resulting in a clean Round 4 Hardpoint and series win.
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Team News
Call of Duty
Announces new lineup
September 16, 2017
Red Reserve announced their new lineup of Joshh, Joee, Rated and Zer0 for the upcoming season of Call of Duty on Twitter.
ANALYSIS
After the all-star line-up formed under Rated's watch, Red Reserve went ahead and wisely snatched the roster. This is despite Rated having only left Red Reserve a month ago. The line-up is, on paper, the best team in Europe. However, question arise concerning both Rated's and Joshh's tumultuous relationships with teams and organizations. If the four can cooperate together, then this may well be one of the best teams in Europe.
Call of Duty
Merges with Orbit
February 17, 2017
Red Reserve will merge with Orbit for the 2017 competitive season, the team announced on Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
Red Reserve was previously home to Parasite's roster, but the embattled slayer announced his release from the organization earlier in the year prompting speculation that Red Reserve would be making another move. However, this news comes as bit of a surprise given Orbit's success in the EU region, in which they most recently took first at CWL London. Given that the entire Orbit brand was essentially bought out by Red Reserve, it makes sense that the new team will be playing under the Red banner, but it's still a bit of a surprise given Red's North American ties.
Call of Duty
Red Reserve forms in wake of MLG Vegas
December 29, 2016
Red Reserve announced their new team for the Call of Duty 2017 competitive season consisting of Parasite, Swarley, Pacman, and Llama.
ANALYSIS
MLG Vegas saw not only major shake-ups to the meta, but to teams as well. eUnited and compLexity both dissolved in the wake of poor performances only for the two to now come together under Red Reserve. Red Reserve announced Swarley, Pacman, and Llama on the roster with Parasite acting as team captain. All four players are seasoned and skilled veterans of Call of Duty who will, hopefully, gel together. Swarley, Llama, and Parasite have played side-by-side at MLG Vegas, but all three seemed uncoordinated. Meanwhile, Pacman struggled to carry eUnited through the open bracket. The awkward performances may have been the result of a sudden change in the meta due to a balance patch released only a week before MLG Vegas. Red Reserve will make their debut at MLG Atlanta on February 10-12.