The #2 player of the Cold War season, brought to you by Elgato, is the best entry SMG in the League Tyler “aBeZy” Pharris. It was truly too easy for aBeZy, as he helped lead Atlanta to three Major championships and a World Championship at the end of the season.
Tyler’s career has been on a rocket trajectory since he broke into the scene in World War II. After making waves with Enigma6, he was signed to United to start the Black Ops 4 season. The team would pick up Chris “Simp” Lehr and go on a tear to win CWL Playoffs and CoD Champs 2019. The highly successful duo stuck together going into franchising, signing with the Atlanta FaZe with McArthur “Cellium” Jovel, Michael “MajorManiak” Szymaniak, and Preston “Priestahh” Greiner. The team of five performed well over Modern Warfare but struggled to take victories in the Grand Finals. After the rocky season, the team would switch out MajorManiak and Priestahh for their old teammate Alec “Arcitys” Sanderson for Cold War.
With Arcitys now on the team, aBeZy hit his Black Ops 4 form once again. The aggressive SMG played lights out in Cold War, routinely leading the lobby in kills and damage. Tyler was unstoppable in SnD, leading SMGs in kills per round with 0.82 and leading the league with 126 opening duels won. He was the first blood machine and was constantly the first man in the fight. aBeZy was a slouch in the respawns either, finishing the year with high marks in slaying and damage dealt in both modes. Here is his 2021 season review!
Atlanta FaZe entered the Cold War as one of the best rosters 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. Atlanta made sure to start out hot in the group stage, finishing with a 5-0 series record and 15-6 map count. Victories over Chicago and Toronto highlighted the dominated group stage. The team continued that run, beating LAG and Dallas 3-0 to make it to the Finals. FaZe would again beat the Empire 5-2 in the finals to cap off a perfect stage. Their Major run included an 11-2 map count and be the first of many victories for Atlanta.
Tyler started the CDL very strong, ending with insane numbers across all three modes. His best mode was SnD, where he had a 1.24 KD with 0.92 kills per round and 29 opening duels won. He had such a high impact in the mode that helped Atlanta be the clear-cut best team in the mode. Overall, he had great slaying and objective work in all modes. If he could continue this form in Stage 2, FaZe will continue being the top team in the League.
With their success in Stage 1, the pressure will be on Atlanta to continue their form into the next stage. They would set the record for the longest series win streak during the stage, winning 11 straight matches. It would be ended by the LA Guerrillas, but they still finished 4-1 to lock in an Upper Bracket start. Atlanta would continue their run at the Major, winning their series against the Toronto Ultra and Dallas Empire 3-1 to make another Grand Finals. They would rematch against the Ultra but the opportunity to go back-to-back. Unfortunately, FaZe were unable to overcome the hot Ultra, falling 5-3 to be knocked out of the Major. The 2nd place finish stung but would help the team improve in the next stage.
aBeZy continue to improve in Stage 2, having the best stage out of all the SMGs. He led the League in two Hardpoint categories on the stage. Those included 25.29 kills per 10 minutes and 81.18 hill time per 10 minutes in the mode. He also led in Control damage per 10 minutes, ending with 4324. He was a monster in the two respawn modes, as no other player could touch him in the mode.
After finishing 2nd in Stage 2, this would be Atlanta’s bounce-back stage to fight for first. While they ended up falling to the New York Subliners 3-2 in the groups, FaZe ended with a 4-1 record and locked in an Upper Bracket start. With the 2nd overall seed in their group, they wouldn’t have a bye but that wasn’t much of a disadvantage. 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. Atlanta fought back to beat Toronto in the Lower Bracket Finals to make it back into the Finals. They would get their revenge against the Subliners, taking them down 5-3 to win their second championship of the season.
aBeZy hit peak form in Stage 3, finding insane individual statistics in all three modes. He regained his signature play in SnD, ending with a 1.32 KD in the mode. Tyler led the League with 0.90 kills per round in SnD as well. He added 156 ADR, 37 opening duels won, and won 56.1% of his opening duels. aBeZy had great slaying across all three modes and had countless highlight real plays. This was peak MVP form aBeZy.
FaZe continued their domination in Stage 4, not dropping any momentum from Stage 3. They’d start by having a 9-1 map count versus Minnesota, Chicago, and LAT. The team finished 5-0 in the group stage overall with a 15-2 map count. They wouldn’t slow down at the Major, as the team tried to prove that they’d be just as good at LAN. FaZe would take down the Rokkr 3-0 & the Ultra 3-1 en route to the Finals. Atlanta would rematch the Dallas Empire in the Finals, a rematch from Stage 1 Finals. The best of 9 affair went all the way to map 9, where Atlanta finally chopped down Dallas. The squad would make it back-to-back championships with the 8-0 series record for the stage.
Tyler had another insane stage individually, having a 1.13 KD or higher in all three modes. He was a force in Hardpoint during Stage 4, improving his KD from 1.00 to 1.13. His damage per 10 minutes in the mode increased from 3960 in Stage 3 to 4211 in Stage 4. aBeZy played a crucial role to Atlanta’s success and was one of the best players in the CDL.
After winning back-to-back Major championships, would Atlanta be able to make it a 3-peat? 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 a disastrous start to the Major, falling to Minnesota to drop to the Lower Bracket. It wouldn’t get any better for the FaZe, as they would have a shocking defeat to the Seattle Surge. 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.
One of the most consistent SMGs of the League, aBeZy had yet another great stage. He finished with wonderful slaying and objective numbers in all three modes. This was highlighted in Control where he had low deaths and high objective kills. Tyler finished with 16.50 deaths and 11.50 objective kills per 10 minutes with a 1.13 KD in the mode. If he could continue that form in the CDL Playoffs, he could be a game-changer for Atlanta.
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 McArthur “Cellium” Jovel, 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
The first match was against one of their rivals New York Subliners. 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 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 actual match was anything but that, as Atlanta stomped the competition in 3-0 fashion. Arcitys & Co had regained their early season form and looked very sharp.
Atlanta FaZe vs Dallas Empire
Next up was the Dallas Empire for Atlanta, the same team that had knocked them out of the CDL Playoffs in 2020. 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. Those hopes would quickly be dashed away, as Atlanta again won in 3-0 fashion to knock Dallas into the Losers’ Bracket. The squad had clearly fixed the Hardpoint issues that plagued them in Stage 5.
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.
While Toronto started the series off hot, FaZe fought back after each map loss. They’d dominate both Raid Hardpoint & Raid Control, before making an unbelievable comeback on Garrison Control. 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.
Tyler had a fantastic Cold War campaign, leading the league in many categories over all three modes. He was the best entry SMG in the CDL, routinely making flashy plays entering into sites and hills. It felt like no other SMG could match him in close quarters on any map. The inner plane on Checkmate was his territory and no one could take that from him. He was the first blood machine and was constantly the first man in the fight. That made him one of the most valuable SnD players in the League, as his impact was MVP caliber all the time. It was an incredible season and was truly 2 E Z 4 aBeZy.
How good was aBeZy in 2021?
While he was known for his insane SnD gameplay, but he was top-tier in Hardpoint as well. For an entry SMG to finish with a positive KD in every single map is unheard up. Tyler did just that, not having a single negative KD on a map. His best map was Checkmate, having a 1.12 KD on the map with 25.69 kills and 4446.24 damage per 10 minutes. He also had a great impact against the best teams. aBeZy finished with a 1.08 KD against the top 3 teams with 23.78 kills per 10 minutes. He was very impactful and could change the odds of the map with just one play.
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
The SnD God, aBeZy put up absurd numbers in the Search & Destroy mode. He was most known for his entry numbers, leading the League by such a large margin. He had 126 opening duels won but also had a 51.43% win percentage in those duels. Tyler played his best on Checkmate, dominating the plane on attack and defense. He finished with a 1.63 KD on the map, adding 1.03 kills per round, 167.6 ADR, and won 56.7% of opening duels. aBeZy was a FORCE on that map. He continued this form against the top 3 teams in the game, adding 1.10 KD, 0.83 kills per round, and won 51% of the opening engagements.
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).
aBeZy was also a monster in Control, almost being underrated in his team of all superstars. His pressure on the map could break open any round and one life could win FaZe the round. His best map was Garrison overall. In the end, he had a 1.16 KD overall on the map and added a 1.17 KD on the attacking side. It was ridiculous to watch him challenge anyone anywhere on the map.
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
aBeZy will be returning to the Atlanta FaZe alongside Simp, Arcitys, and Cellium in Call of Duty Vanguard. One of only three teams that will not make a roster change, therefore Atlanta already looks like early favorites to repeat as World Champions. They already have one of the most individually skilled rosters in Call of Duty history but have developed a lot of chemistry. The longer the roster sticks the more this will continue to develop. With the competitive meta leaning towards three SMGs at the start, aBeZy could be the top dog again in Vanguard. Many look forward to watching Tyler’s reign in SnD continue, as the first blood King will surely not slow down and continue challenging anyone anywhere on the map.
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.