Top 20 MW Challengers Players: #5 – #1

Rounding out the 2020 Modern Warfare season, Breaking Point gathered a panel of coaches, analysts, and casters to help put together a Top 20 ranking for Call of Duty Challengers players. The objective of this list is to recognize up-and-coming players for their performance and accomplishments during the 2020 Modern Warfare season.

If you missed our previous rankings, check out the following articles:

A note on player exclusion, players that played in at least one official CDL match were excluded from this ranking (i.e. Mack, Owakening, etc).

The Ranking #5 – #1 | Narrated by ,iholdshift

#5 Royalty

,Matthew “Royalty” Faithfull has had a long tenure in competitive Call of Duty making his debut back in 2014 with CoD: Ghosts. This season alongside familiar faces and veterans in Nagafen and FeLo, Royalty and the squad made a statement in the NA Challengers scene for Modern Warfare. After picking up Standy, the team would finish the season with an overall average placing of 4.3 and winning the NA Amateur CoD Champs. Royalty’s contributions this year come from his ability to be selfless but also apply smart aggression consistently putting his team in favorable situations.

#4 Afro

,Marcus “Afro” Reid exploded onto the scene this year causing much trouble for the top European amateur teams. For the majority of the Modern Warfare season, Afro and his squad were a constant threat to the top four teams of (WaR, London Academy, Singularity and TrainHard) with Afro being the focal point. This did not go unnoticed by these teams whose solution was to simply pick up Afro. Team WaR did this in June of 2020. Since moving to Team WaR, the team placed first in seven out of eight events including winning the EU Amateur CoD Champs. Afro has a bright future given his versatile playstyle along with his high talent ceiling.

#3 Pred

,Amer “Pred” Zulbeari may be one of the best kept secrets in competitive Call of Duty. He has only competed on international soil once in his career at the Minnesota Launch Weekend Open where his team placed 5th. With the pandemic making international competition impossible, Pred was forced to compete solely in the APAC region where they went on an undefeated run winning every Challengers tournament. As a player, Pred’s skill is in a class of its own with the ability to single handedly take over any game while at the same time motivating and encouraging his teammates to follow-suit.

#2 Dqvee

,David “Dqvee” Davies is a household name in the European scene competing since Advanced Warfare. In this recent season, Dqvee spent the majority of his time on Team WaR where him and the squad would dominate the EU Challengers circuit. At the Minnesota Launch Weekend LAN, Team WaR placed third and would continue this success throughout the season with an average placement of 1.61 winning 12 out of 18 events they competed in. Dqvee and the WaR squad play a very structured game allowing him to excel at the main AR role holding down lines of sight picking up his team’s trades with ease.

#1 Hydra

,Paco “HyDra” Rusiewiez, the French phenom. HyDra began competing from a young age winning local LANs dating back to Black Ops 3. In 2020, he finally turned 18 getting his chance to compete in the professional circuit where he joined TrainHard. Under the guidance of head coach DREAL, HyDra developed into a more refined player making smarter decisions around the map. As a player, he is one of the most efficient slayers in the league consistently putting up numbers far beyond his peers and opponents. Not only can he play aggressively, he can also pick up the sniper in SnD and continue to dominate. HyDra and the TrainHard squad finished the season with several top placements and an average placing of 4.1. Going into the 2021 season, HyDra has been signed by the New York Subliners and is looking to continue his success into the official Call of Duty League.

Special thanks to the panel who participated in the ranking: ,Nubzy, ,Saintt, ,EasyMac, ,Novus, ,DREAL, ,Fenix, ,IHOLDSHIFT, ,Nfinity. Additional shoutouts to ,Fenix for assisting with the articles and ,IHOLDSHIFT + ,NickSzott for video production.

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