The #7 player of the Cold War season, brought to you by Elgato, is none other than Alec “Arcitys” Sanderson. The Main AR for the World Champions Atlanta FaZe breaks into the top 10 after an excellent 2021 campaign.
Arcitys was an integral piece to the puzzle for the Atlanta FaZe, as they brought home four championships after bringing in the veteran in-game leader. After a 2020 season that saw the FaZe struggle in Grand Finals from time to time, Alec brought the leadership and late-game playmaking that the team needed to take them over the finish line in the big moment. The trio of Arcitys, Chris “Simp” Lehr, & Tyler “aBeZy” Pharris now have 6 championships, two CoD Champs victories, and an average placement of 2.4 over 10 events. They have been in the Grand Finals together 8 times (6-2 record) and have won $3,414,375 over just under two seasons together. This will certainly be a scary team for the foreseeable future.
Individual statistics don’t do Arcitys justice for what he brings to the table. The playmaking and the way he controls the map helps to open up lanes for his teammates to take advantage of. The leadership helped calm the tone down and allowed Atlanta to shine in high-pressure moments that plagued them in 2020. The system that he helped create launched the team to a new level. They made 5 Grand Finals, won 4 Championships, and set the record for highest win percentage in a 3rd game mode (40-9 record in Control). Here is his 2021 season review!
Atlanta FaZe might have been the top dog at the end of the year, but they weren’t everyone’s favorites to win Stage 1. Both the Dallas Empire & OpTic Chicago were threats that could take the early victory in the 2021 season. The team would quickly change that perception. They blazed through Stage 1 with a 26-8 map count, including 11-2 in the Major to take home the victory. This would be the first of many for the FaZe side.
Alec performed very well over the first stage, finishing with a 1.22 KD in Search & Destroy and 1.05 adjusted KD for the Stage. Arcitys was a key contributor to the 11-1 record Atlanta had in SnD, finishing 7th in the league for KD in the mode. He also had 5 clutches (2 1v2s) and had a team-high 13 plants over the Stage. He’d look to continue improving into Stage 2.
The 2nd stage of the season wasn’t as easy for the Atlanta FaZe. The squad would set the record for longest series win streak before falling to the LA Guerrillas in the group stage. They would bounce back to get the 1st seed in their group and take down both the Toronto Ultra & Dallas Empire at the Major. The squad would have a rematch in the Grand Finals, taking on a very hot Toronto Ultra. The Ultra would deal them their only loss in the Grand Finals, with the Canadian organization winning 5-3.
The team as a whole struggled throughout the stage in Search & Destroy, having a 4-7 record in Stage 2. While Arcitys was very solid in both respawn modes, he did have his struggles in SnD. Atlanta played Express 5 times (1-4 record) where Alec was in an island role that is not kind to individual statistics. The 0.74 KD in the mode was his lowest for the season, and he’d look to bounce back in Stage 3.
Stage 3 was the bounce-back Stage for Atlanta, as they had to fight back from their defeat. While they would end up falling to New York in groups, they would end with a 4-1 record and claim the 2nd seed going into 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. Atlanta started by taking down both Dallas & Toronto before falling to New York in the Winners’ Finals. After a very close affair with Toronto in the Losers’ Finals, the team would move on to face off against New York again. Arcitys would be the key to taking down the Subliners and winning the 2nd Major for Atlanta. His 1.23 KD in the series showcased Alec at his best and how he is a top AR in the League.
Arcitys finished the Stage with the highest overall KD & 2nd highest Hardpoint KD in the League. His AR play shined, as he looked unstoppable at times. The 8-2 record, major win, and great individual statistics powered Alec to the Player of Stage and MVP of the Finals.
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 wouldn’t slow down at the Major, as the team tried to prove that LAN wouldn’t slow them down. FaZe would take down the Rokkr 3-0 & the Ultra 3-1 en route to the Finals. It would be a rematch from Stage 1 Finals, as the Empire matched up against FaZe for the first LAN crown in many months. 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.
While some of Arcitys individual statistics went down, his map control allowed for Atlanta to play at its best. The veteran IGL guided the team to a 19-3 respawn record and made many crucial plays along the way. Without his guidance, the squad may not have reached such a high peak at this stage.
The final Stage of the season for Atlanta would be a rocky one. The team would finish the group stage with a 4-1 record, only falling 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. This would not be the case as they fell in consecutive matches to Minnesota & Seattle to be knocked out of Major 5 in 7th/8th. 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 was Arcitys worst overall Stage of the season. He struggled in Hardpoint, as the game often looked chaotic and the team’s holds were very unorganized. This hurt the IGL Main AR’s ability to put up good individual numbers, as each of the three key HP statistics fell. He would have to help the team regain their past form and revamp their Hardpoint play.
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 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 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 their 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.
The biggest addition to the 2021 FaZe team was the veteran leadership that Alec brought, something that many said was missing from the 2020 team. One of the only weaknesses from the 2020 team was that they struggled at times in the Grand Finals, having only a 2-5 record including a loss to the Dallas Empire in the 2020 CDL Playoffs Finals. The script was flipped in 2021 when Atlanta FaZe ended with a 4-1 Grand Finals record. This major change to the roster was the injection of leadership & past chemistry Arcitys, who won the 2019 CoD Championship with Simp & aBeZy. In addition, the team got another year of chemistry between aBeZy-Simp-Cellium. They will surely be a force to reckon with going into 2022.
How good was Arcitys in 2021?
The first mode we will look at is Hardpoint. Arcitys was in a tough individual situation, as he was surrounded by three highly aggressive slayers. This left him to manage rotations and man the backline often. Therefore, his individual statistics weren’t “eye-catching” in the mode but show how consistent he was.
In five of the six hardpoint maps, Arcitys had a 1.01 KD or higher. He had a 0.98 overall KD against the top three teams in the League (ATL, TOR, DAL) and had a respectable 4155 damage per 10 minutes. He was a model of consistency in the mode and did his job to help the team win.
Search & Destory
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). This led to many difficult positions for Arcitys on the team. He frequently played on an island and was caught in uncomfortable scenarios. He had excellent maps, for example, 1.30 KD on Checkmate & 2.00 KD on Garrison, but also had his weaker maps like Standoff (0.83 KD) & Express (0.84 KD).
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.
Arcitys was a major part of that success. He had a 1.06 KD or higher on all three maps, had a 1.12 KD in majors, and a 1.18 KD in the mode on LAN. He was truly a dominant force on the map.
A look ahead to Vanguard
Alec will be returning to the Atlanta FaZe alongside Simp, Cellium, and aBeZy in Call of Duty Vanguard. One of only two 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 three SMGs on the map per team. It will be fun to watch Arcitys run the map as the solo Main AR on the team and command the troops as they push for another World Championship title. Watch for Alec to keep improving and stay as one of the best Main ARs in the game.
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.