On the way to the inauguration Call of Duty Championship season, the teams had many decisions to make. One of the seemingly small choices was how they would use their two mandatory replacement spots.
While some franchises have recruited young and talented prospects, some teams have chosen to fill one of their positions with a content creator while others have decided to list their coach as a replacement. The Toronto Ultra, however, were the only team that filled a full roster of 10 in hopes of maximizing the skills of the players.
In an interview with Dot Esports, ultra-strategic coach Mark “MarkyB” Bryceland explained why the team did this.
“A lot of top players had already been drafted by that point, so I guess we decided our odds were better if we spread our eggs among several different baskets,” MarkyB said. “It wasn’t really my idea; it was Marty [Strenczewilk]. I thought it was a good idea at the time. Obviously, it was completely new to me, so it was still a little scary at the same time.
Despite the unique strategy, victories were hard to come by for the Ultra. With just two events on its regular season schedule, Toronto is tied for last in the 12-team league. As expected, their poor results have led to several roster changes this season.
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In February, the team took their first step by promoting Ben Bance in place of Adrian “MettalZ” Serrano. MettalZ returned to the starting lineup in April, replacing veteran Daniel “Loony” Loza. And the most recent change came when the Ultra replaced Nicholas “Classic” DiCostanzo for Tobias “CleanX” Juul Jønsson.
The Classic bench proved controversial, however, as he was not allowed to train with the starters while visiting a sick family member for several days before the Minnesota Home Series this month. latest. While Classic eventually returned to Toronto and performed in the event, he was officially benched shortly thereafter.
MarkyB made it clear that it is the team’s policy that no one can practice if they are not in Toronto.
“To confirm, he was not on the bench when he got home. When he returned to New York he was just not allowed to play from home to train, ”said MarkyB. “I can’t really give too much insight to this; it was just a decision that had been made. The players have to play from Toronto and that’s how it was. We obviously wanted him to play in the game because we trained for about two months before that.
In most Call of Duty In the history of esports, players have had exceptional power when it comes to roster changes. While owners and managers of some organizations built and moved players, players were primarily in control of what their roster would look like.
However, with the addition of many support staff and general manager positions, that has started to change for several teams this season. The Ultra are no exception. MarkyB said the players have been largely taken out of the roster decision-making process within their squad.
“It’s not really the decisions of the players. It is me, [Toronto GM] Dom [Gelineau], and our analyst, Ryne, who ultimately make those decisions, ”said MarkyB. “Our process is that we are constantly evaluating, in the current meta, what the team needs. We are very honest with each other about what we think are our weaknesses, our strengths, what we need to work on.
As the inaugural regular season draws to a close, Toronto, like the 11 other teams in the league, has its eyes on the $ 4.6 million Call of Duty League Championship, which will be played online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, there is no guarantee that the Ultra’s roster in their next game will be the CDL Championship next month.
“I want to be clear: we will systematically assess the changes,” MarkyB said. “I wouldn’t say that if we get the first four [at the next event], we are guaranteed to stay or we are guaranteed to change. Of course, I think if we keep winning an event you’d probably say it would be foolish to make a change after that. But even in the top four, realistically you only win two games; it is not a great achievement.
The Ultra will be one of eight teams to compete in the New York Home Series, which begins July 10. Despite being in the same squad as first-place Atlanta FaZe, Toronto will face ninth-place Paris Legion in its first-round match. and can also play against the Los Angeles guerrillas, who are tied for last in the league.