The #1 player of the Cold War season, brought to you by Elgato, is MVP himself Chris “Simp” Lehr. This is the third consecutive year that Simp takes the top spot in our rankings, showing remarkable dominance during Cold War.
Simp was known as the prodigy prospect making his way through the scene until he turned 18 during the Black Ops 4 season. While he was underage, Simp would routinely beat pros at local LANs and online tournaments. He showed that the hype he had gathered was not a waste, having an incredible rookie season with eUnited. He would end the season with the CWL Playoffs and his first World Championship. Going into franchising, the eUnited team would sadly split with only Simp & Tyler “aBeZy” Pharris sticking together. They had a rollercoaster season, making nine Finals over the Modern Warfare season but only winning two of the tournaments. This led to only McArthur “Cellium” Jovel staying with the Tiny Terrors going into Cold War, and joining them was their old teammate Alec “Arcitys” Sanderson. Would this be the season they win another ring?
Let’s remind everyone looking at these statistics that Simp ran an SMG during Cold War. The superstar SMG had another incredible season, having MVP numbers in every single mode and stat. Whether it was slaying, damage, or objective work, Simp excelled at it. He was really deserving of winning the MVP award at the end of the season, as he was one of the most impactful SMGs in the League with his duo aBeZy. Here is his season review!
Going into the Cold War season, Atlanta was thought to be one of the top teams in the CDL. After falling to Dallas Empire to end the Modern Warfare season, Dallas and Chicago were thought to be on par with the FaZe side. They were both threats that could take early victories to begin the 2021 season. Starting the group stage, FaZe came out strong to make a statement. They’d finish with a 5-0 series record and have a 15-6 map count. They had strong victories over Chicago and Toronto to gain momentum going into the Major. They came out very hot at the Major, taking out LAG and Dallas 3-0 to make the finals. The team would cap off the title run with a 5-2 victory over the Empire to finish the major with an 11-2 map count. This would be the first of many victories for the FaZe side.
Simp started the season off phenomenally, finishing with an absurd 1.65 KD in SnD. He had his signature superstar form in Stage 1, leading the league in multiple categories. In SnD, he added 0.93 kills per round with 166 ADR and 13 opening duels won. He was masterful at knowing when to be aggressive and when to slow it down and being methodical. With this form, Atlanta would surely be a top team for the rest of the season.
After winning the Stage 1 Major, the expectations were to keep this level of form in Stage 2. The squad would set the series win record during the group stage, winning 11 straight series. That record would be stopped by a 3-2 loss to the LA Guerrillas, but they would still finish 4-1 to lock in an Upper Bracket start at Major 2. The FaZe side started the Major off strong, winning series against Toronto Ultra and Dallas Empire 3-1 to book their ticket to the Finals yet again. They would rematch against the Toronto Ultra in the Finals, but at a disadvantage with Toronto on a two-series win streak on the same day. Atlanta was unable to overcome the hot Ultra side, falling 5-3. The 2nd place finish stung but would help the team improve in the next stage.
Simp continued playing at a high level in respawns during stage 2. While his SnD took a hit, his Hardpoint improved greatly. Simp finished with a 1.30 KD in the mode with 23.86 kills and 4220 damage per 10 minutes. This helped Atlanta develop into one of the best Hardpoint teams in the game with a very deep map pool. Their Control continued to excel, aided by Simp’s 4192 damage per 10 minutes.
Stage 3 would be a bounce-back stage for the Atlanta FaZe, as they looked to fight back after their loss in Stage 2. While they ended up falling against the New York Subliners in the group stage, the team finished with a 4-1 record and would lock in an Upper Bracket start. He claimed the 2nd seed in their group so they wouldn’t net the bye at the Major. It’d be the first tournament that they didn’t start with the bye, but that be only the start of the rollercoaster tournament. The team started the tournament by taking down Dallas and Toronto before falling to New York in the Upper Bracket Finals. It was a close match, but New York had the upper hand in the Hardpoints. After a very close affair with Toronto in the Losers’ Finals, the team would move on to face off against New York again. Simp & Co would have their revenge against Clayster & the Subliners, winning 5-3 to take their 2nd championship of the season.
Simp showed his consistency during stage 3, finishing with a positive KD in all three modes. His SnD improved back into good form, ending with a 1.05 KD with 153 ADR. He excelled at playing off of aBeZy’s aggression and turning early advantages to round wins. He did everything asked of him and helped the team win their 2nd Major championship of the young Cold War season. This total equaled the championships of the past season in only three Finals appearances.
The reigning Champions did not miss a beat to start Stage 4, finishing with a 5-0 record in the Group Stage and a 15-2 map count. The 9-1 map count vs Minnesota, Chicago, and LAT showed that the squad was on track to go back-to-back. They would look to win back-to-back Majors with the first LAN coming back to CoD. FaZe would start off hot, taking down both the Rokkr 3-0 and the Ultra 3-1 en route to the Finals. The Finals would be a rematch of the Major 1 Finals, with the Atlanta FaZe facing the Dallas Empire. The best of 9 affair went all the way to map 9, where Atlanta finally chopped down Dallas. It was a very tense series, with Dallas pushing Atlanta to the limits but they responded wonderfully. It would be Atlanta’s 3rd championship and they finished 8-0 in the stage.
Another stage of Simp finishing with positive KDs in all three modes. The superstar SMG excelled in Control during Stage 3, leading the CDL in KD (1.31) and damage per 10 minutes (4400) in the mode. His playstyle was very effective in contrast to the rest of the team. Simp would work the map and find weaknesses before pouncing. There were countless highlights showing how high of an in-game IQ he has.
The final Stage of the season for Atlanta would be a rocky one. The team would continue their group stage dominance, finishing with a 4-1 record. Their only loss would be to OpTic Chicago 3-2. With the 1st overall seed locked up for the CDL Playoffs, many thought the pressure would be off of Atlanta as they tried to win back-to-back-to-back majors. It would be how hard would Atlanta push in the Major 5. Well, they got off to a rocky start, losing to Minnesota to be knocked into the Lower Bracket. They would continue the struggle, losing a map 5 series to the Seattle Surge to be knocked out in 7th/8th position. This was the low point of the season for FaZe, as they looked disappointing in Hardpoint especially. They would have to regain going into the CDL Playoffs.
Stage 5 saw Simp hit yet another level in his gameplay. He finished with a 1.25 KD in SnD and 1.26 KD in Control, taking over maps routinely. In SnD, he found success lurking on attack and being aggressive on the defensive side. In the mode, he added 0.76 kills per round with 156 ADR and won 70% of his opening duels. Is there anything Simp can’t do?!
The CDL Playoffs were the chance for Atlanta FaZe to both bounce back from the Stage 5 shocking defeat and to get revenge for the Grand Finals defeat last season. It would test the team’s mental resolve that they have built over the 2021 season. The Playoffs would turn out to be even harder for the squad as Cellium, aBeZy, and Arcitys all had tested positive for Covid after Stage 5, making practice leading up to the tournament turbulent. It’d be a tough task for the favorites to come in strong.
Atlanta FaZe vs New York Subliners
While Atlanta would have to wait to see who comes out victorious in the New York vs Chicago series, they had a chance to prepare and practice. The Subliners would come out strong, stunning OpTic early at Playoffs. New York had a winning record against Atlanta at the time and had veteran James “Clayster” Eubanks returning into the lineup. The matchup was talked about as a trap game for Atlanta, as they had stumbled in Stage 5 while New York was coming in with a honeymoon period & a rejuvenated Clayster. The match wasn’t as thrilling as thought of, with Atlanta stomping New York 3-0. With this victory, Atlanta would move on to face Dallas Empire.
Atlanta FaZe vs Dallas Empire
After beating New York soundly 3-0, they would have a lot of momentum coming in against the Empire. Dallas was a squad that had gained a lot of momentum in Stages 4 & 5 as they built their teamwork back up with Reece “Vivid” Drost. Many fans and community members pegged Dallas to be the dark horse team to bring home the championship. Atlanta would have to come into the series and not let Dallas build any momentum. They’d do just that, beating Dallas handly in map 1. FaZe would quickly close out the series 3-0 to book their ticket to the Grand Finals. At this point, it was apparent that Atlanta had fixed their issues in Hardpoint and looked amazing in the other two modes.
Atlanta FaZe vs Toronto Ultra
The final hurdle would be their biggest rivals of the season, Toronto Ultra. While their record against Toronto was an amazing 6-1 going into the weekend, the Ultra beat them to win the Stage 2 Major and had taken the series to map 5 multiple times. It was clear that the 2nd best team in the League was the Toronto Ultra side. Therefore, the Finals was expected to be a back and forth affair that would surely reach the later portion of the best of 9 series. Toronto started off hot in the series, taking down FaZe on Moscow Hardpoint. Atlanta quickly rebounded, taking three straight maps to take a 3-1 series lead. After falling on Miami SnD 6-2, Atlanta made an extremely unlike comeback on Garrison Control to win 3-2. After a close map loss on Raid SnD, Atlanta took control on Apocalypse Hardpoint to win the Grand Finals 5-3. It was a monumental victory for the FaZe Clan brand who had been in Call of Duty since the early days of competition. This victory gave Arcitys, Simp, and aBeZy their 2nd ring together, after winning the 2019 Call of Duty Championships, while giving Cellium his first. It had been what the squad was fighting for since the beginning of the season and they capped it off in dominant fashion.
In the end, Simp won his first MVP award in the CDL era. He ended the year with fantastic individual statistics in each of the three modes, leading the league in multiple categories. He helped FaZe take three of the five Majors and won the World Championship for his 2nd ring of his young career.
How good was Simp in 2021?
One of his most underrated modes, Simp was a beast in Hardpoint during Cold War. He finished with a positive KD on five of the six maps, including a 1.33 on Crossroads and 1.32 on Garrison. He had great slaying numbers as well, having 24.41 Kp10M on Raid and 27.82 Kp10M on Crossroads. While he perfected the methodical playstyle, he could also be as aggressive as anyone. That is what made him such a great player and unpredictable in the mode.
Atlanta FaZe were one of the best teams in the CDL at Hardpoint. They finished with a 51-23 overall record in the mode, finishing with double-digit wins on three maps. That included a 14-5 record on Garrison, 10-5 on Moscow, and 11-4 on Raid. They also finished with a positive record on every single map, having zero weaknesses. Even at their worst form in the mode, Atlanta was always dangerous. In the end, Hardpoint was a great mode for the FaZe.
Search & Destory
Known as an SnD star before entering the League, Simp continued that form during Cold War. He ended the year with a 1.33 KD on Garrison, 1.33 KD on Miami, 1.31 KD on Moscow, and 1.27 KD on Raid. His individual map pool was very deep, as he at times took over on those maps. On Moscow he was the first blood King, having a 69.6% (nice) win percentage in opening duels. While he wasn’t as flashy with no snipers, his cerebral playstyle was very unique and effective.
Atlanta FaZe had an up and down season in SnD, with many highs but also some lows. They had an incredible Stage 1 (11-1 map count), followed by a disappointing Stage 2 (4-7 map count). With the addition of 2Pac, they finished the final 3 stages & Playoffs with a 27-16 map count in the mode. Their best maps were removed twice (Checkmate 7-1, Garrison 2-0) or vetoed frequently (Moscow 8-2).
Control was Simp’s best mode of the Cold War season. Let’s start off by saying he had a 1.48 KD on defense. He was borderline unkillable on the defensive side and that is what made it so hard to win attacking rounds against FaZe. His best map was Raid overall. In the end, he had a 1.31 KD on the map with a 1.52 KD on defense and 23.82 kills per 10 minutes. He stood tall when playing the top teams in the League as well, having a 1.31 KD overall and 1.51 on defense against Dallas & Toronto. He was truly the Final Boss in Control.
The clearcut best mode for Atlanta was Control. They dominated in it this season, finishing with a 40-9 map count. The jaw-dropping map counts on Garrison (20-4) and Raid (17-3) highlight how great this team was in the mode. They showed their strength routinely by taking down the 2nd best team Toronto with ease in the mode. Overall, they finished with the best record in a 3rd game mode in the history of Call of Duty. It was a record-breaking performance.
A look ahead to Vanguard
Simp will be returning to the Atlanta FaZe alongside Simp, Arcitys, and his Tiny Terror duo aBeZy in Call of Duty Vanguard. One of the only three teams that will not make a roster change, therefore Atlanta already looks like early favorites to repeat as World Champions. After initial impressions of Vanguard, many think that the competitive meta could easily lean towards SMGs over ARs initially. It will certainly be fun to watch the Tiny Terrors terrorize the rest of the League yet again in 2022. Simp now has an average placement of 2.32 in his career with 8 total Championships and 2 rings. He’ll look to continue his MVP form going into Vanguard.
Slayer Rating – Projected kills in a 5 map series: (Kp10M in HP * 2)+(KpR in SnD * 22) + Kp10M in CTL
TES – True Engagement Success: (Kills+Assists)/(Kills+Assists+Deaths)
Kp10M – Kills per 10 Minutes: (Total Kills/Total Game Time)*10
Dp10M – Deaths per 10 Minutes: (Total Deaths/Total Game Time)*10
DMGp10M – Damage per 10 Minutes: (Total Damage/Total Game Time)*10
HTp10M – Hill Time per 10 Minutes: (Total Hill Time/Total Game Time)*10
Sp10M – Score per 10 Minutes: (Total Score/Total Game Time)*10
ADR – Average Damage per Round: (Total Damage/Total Rounds Played)
OpDuel Won or Lost – First Blood or First Blooded
OpDuel W% – Opening Duel Win Percentage: (Total OpDuels Won)/(Total OpDuels Won+Total OpDuels Lost)
KpR, DpR – Kills per Round & Deaths per Round
K% – The % of rounds the player had at least 1 kill
MK% – The % of rounds the player had at least 2 kills
0K% – The % of rounds the player had 0 kills
Stats versus the top 3 teams in the league are the summed stats vs Atlanta, Dallas, & Toronto. If the player is on one of those teams, the stat is summed from the remaining two teams on the list.