On March 10th, Anthony ‘Methodz’ Zinni took to the Twittersphere to confirm that he’d been suddenly benched from the Toronto Ultra starting roster ahead of Stage Two of the Call of Duty League. The news came as a shock to both fans and critics of the League, as Methodz has consistently been one of Ultra’s strongest players since the CDL kicked off at the start of February.
Before it comes from anyone else, I’ve been benched by Ultra. Not really sure what to say or do, this is my best game since WW2 and obviously wasn’t expecting this. Appreciate the support in advance
— Ultra Methodz (@Methodz) March 10, 2021
Admittedly, Toronto Ultra has been having a rough time of it recently. As a whole, their opening performance was lacking somewhat, with the team picking up just one win in Stage One of the CDL. They managed to pick up two victories in the Major Tournament, but ultimately fell 3 – 0 to the ever-powerful LA Thieves.
However, Methodz has been playing remarkably well throughout the season so far, claiming the highest Ultra KD on every game mode. He also landed the season’s first 1 v 4 on Search and Destroy, a fact that nobody will forget any time soon. He also picked up a 12 – 0 start in a round on Hardpoint against the Los Angeles Guerrillas, further proving his worth as a player.
— CDL Intel (@INTELCallofDuty) February 26, 2021
Now, Toronto Ultra has decided that Methodz’ replacement will be Insight, a British player who now faces a huge responsibility and his first appearance in an environment like the Call of Duty League. He’s been playing well in the Call of Duty Challengers mode and has picked up a high KD to boot, but only time will tell how he shapes himself as a true competitor.
On the subject of a British competitor
The news concerning Methodz comes just one week after the London Royal Ravens also made a big adjustment to their roster, albeit under different circumstances.
Alexx, one of the Royal Ravens’ SMG players, was forced to drop from the Call of Duty League following ‘personal family matters’. He had to relocate from the team’s camp in the United States to England, meaning the Royal Ravens had to rapidly scramble to find a replacement. That pick-up comes in the form of Zed, a veteran British competitor who played with Paris Legion during the inaugural season of the Call of Duty League.
Due to some personal family matters, Alexx will traveling back to the UK.
— London Royal Ravens (@RoyalRavens) March 3, 2021
Royal Ravens fans are now eagerly awaiting the kick-off of the Second Stage of the CDL and are hoping that Zed will bring a fresh dynamic to an otherwise failing team. The London Royal Ravens are yet to win a single match this season, and they were kicked out of the Major Tournament in the very first round.
Throughout the industry, many fans attribute this poor performance to an untimely restructuring of the roster at the end of last year’s season that left twin competitors Skrapz and Wuskin out in the cold. The Marshall brothers, to give them their real name, played together in the London Royal Ravens last year, but were unceremoniously dropped after a relatively successful season.
Stage Two of the CDL is expected to start on the 18th of March – let’s see what happens when it kicks off.