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StuDyy, LandO join Call of Duty League broadcast team

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The Call of Duty League has added Landon “LandO” Sanders and former pro Jeremy “StuDyy” Astacio to its broadcasting team.

The league didn’t specify what role either LandO or StuDyy will play in the CDL broadcast, although StuDyy did serve as a desk analyst during the 2019 Call of Duty World League season. LandO previously casted for the CWL and UMG.

The two signings come less than a week after caster Philip “Momo” Whitfield announced he had been fired following sexual assault and harassment allegations. Whitfield said Activision Blizzard terminated his contract after completing an investigation into “old messages that [he’d] sent to female members of the gaming community.”

Before his release, Whitfield had been paired with play-by-play commentator Miles Ross, comprising one of the three CDL casting pairs. During this weekend’s New York Home Series, Ross is casting with color commentator Thomas “Chance” Ashworth, who previously worked with Ben “Benson” Bowe throughout the entire season. Benson hasn’t been mentioned or seen during the broadcast today.

The pair of Clint “Maven” Evans and Joseph “MerK” DeLuca commentated the first two matches of the event before Ross and Chance took over for the Atlanta FaZe vs. Los Angeles Guerrillas match.

The CDL said StuDyy and LandO will be “in action soon.”

Source: https://dotesports.com/call-of-duty/news/studyy-lando-join-call-of-duty-league-broadcast-team

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Haksal retires from professional Overwatch

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The New York Excelsior announced today that DPS Kim “Haksal” Hyo-jong would be retiring from professional Overwatch, surprising many longtime fans of the illustrious Genji player. His future plans beyond the Overwatch League have not been announced. 

Haksal began his professional journey  as a part of RunAway, one of the most successful teams in Overwatch Contenders Korea. He quickly built up a reputation for being one of the most flex DPS players in the region, constantly scoring multiple kills on his signature hero, Genji. 

He joined the Overwatch League as a part of the Vancouver Titans in 2019 when the organization picked up the RunAway roster. Across multiple metas, Haksal excelled on both DPS heroes and support hero Brigitte, coming in clutch on an off role when his team needed him the most. Because of these accolades, he was given the league’s first Rookie of the Year award for the 2019 season.   

After the Vancouver Titans organization dropped the team’s all-Korean roster in early 2020, Haksal was quickly picked up by the New York Excelsior. During the 2020 season, Haksal got to bring out his signature Genji as well as other heroes within his repertoire. The New York Excelsior narrowly missed a chance to go to the 2020 Grand Finals after losing to the Seoul Dynasty in the lower bracket finals. 

Other than wishing him the best on his “next adventure,” the NYXL did not comment on Haksal’s reasons for retirement or his future plans. This is the first player release or acquisition for the Excelsior during the 2020 offseason.  

Source: https://dotesports.com/overwatch/news/haksal-retires-from-professional-overwatch

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AZR open to European offers

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Aaron “⁠AZR⁠” Ward has announced his search for a new team, stating that he has been given permission to sort out his future by 100 Thieves, who confirmed last week that they were withdrawing from Counter-Strike. He is the second player from the Australian roster to announce a search for a new place to call home after Sean “⁠Gratisfaction⁠” Kaiwai revealed on Sunday he was open to offers in both VALORANT and CS:GO.

This marks the first time AZR has been left without a team since 2012, when he linked up with Vox Eminor. He has spent the last six years playing alongside Justin “⁠jks⁠” Savage, who is reportedly on the brink of joining Complexity.

The Australian captain is open to a move to Europe

In a TwitLonger, AZR reminisced about his time playing alongside his countrymen, and also gave credit to former coach Aleksandar “⁠kassad⁠” Trifunović and to Edward Cleland, 100 Thieves‘ performance specialist, for helping him grow as an individual in recent years. In a follow-up tweet, AZR revealed his willingness to play for a European team and move to the Old Continent, but stated that he would still be willing to play for a North American lineup if the right offer came along.

During his tenure with the Australian roster, AZR took part in six Majors, most notably achieving top-eight and top-four finishes at IEM Katowice 2019 and StarLadder Berlin 2019, respectively. The team also achieved a runner-up finish at IEM Beijing last year, marking their first-ever Big Event final appearance.

Source: https://www.hltv.org/news/30501/azr-open-to-european-offers

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FunPlus Phoenix in talks to sign GODSENT roster

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FunPlus Phoenix is in advanced conversations with GODSENT about acquiring the Swedish organization’s CS:GO lineup, sources have told HLTV.org.

The possibility of GODSENT selling their team was first reported by DBLTAP earlier on Tuesday, with FunPlus Phoenix‘s interest coming after the Flashpoint-member team announced Petar “⁠peca⁠” Marković as their General Manager.

The Montenegrin star could be donning the FunPlus Phoenix jersey soon

peca, the former coach of Valiance and manager of CR4ZY, revealed at the start of October that FunPlus Phoenix would not be taking part in Flashpoint 2 despite being one of the competition’s founding members as their focus was on building a “promising, long-lasting roster” for 2021.

That process could be expedited if the deal with GODSENT goes through as the European team is currently ranked 19th in the world after peaking at No.15 in September. GODSENT‘s squad are also in a good place in the Regional Major Ranking as they currently sit in sixth place in Europe with 3081 points.

FunPlus Phoenix, whose League of Legends team won last year’s World Championship title in Paris, entered CS:GO in March, when they confirmed the signing of Heroic‘s roster ahead of Flashpoint 1. However, the deal fell through after Patrick “⁠es3tag⁠” Hansen agreed to join Astralis on a free transfer in July, leaving the Chinese organisation without a team just one match into the league’s Phase 1 stage. FPX ended up recruiting the Bad News Bears roster for Phase 2 after negotiations with the Swole Patrol lineup also broke down.

If the deal goes through, FunPlus Phoenix will have the following team:

Finland Jesse “⁠zehN⁠” Linjala
Germany Kevin “⁠kRYSTAL⁠” Amend
Slovakia Martin “⁠STYKO⁠” Styk
Montenegro Pavle “⁠Maden⁠” Bošković
Denmark Asger “⁠Farlig⁠” Jensen

Sweden Jonatan “⁠Devilwalk⁠” Lundberg (coach)

Contacted by HLTV.org, a FunPlus Phoenix representative declined to comment on the story.

Source: https://www.hltv.org/news/30500/funplus-phoenix-in-talks-to-sign-godsent-roster

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