Top 20 players of Modern Warfare: #16 Wuskin

Reunited with his brother Matthew “Skrapz” Marshall, Wuskin entered the 2020 season full of motivation, and both players were still searching for their first championship. Though he didn’t make waves in the 2019 season, switching to franchising seemed to have given him a new lease of life.

SEASON IN REVIEW

Early Season

At the launch weekend of the CDL, Wuskin finished first in the kill death ratio leaderboard, ending his first series with a 2.09 KD to dismantle New York Subliners. In this game, he was able to complete a jaw-dropping one-versus-three clutch in map two on Piccadilly, where he showcased his prowess with both a sniper and Assault rifle.

The next event took place in London, and Wuskin and his teammates were buzzing to play in front of their passionate home crowd. After brushing aside Toronto Ultra in the first group match, London were already scheduled to play their first rematch of the season against New York. The match was not as easy as the initial 3-0 win in Minnesota, but in the end, they were able to take the win in map five, sending them to the semi-finals. Unfortunately for Wuskin and his teammates, this is where the road would stop. Despite hitting the ground running with a 2-0 lead, London let Dallas claw back in the series and take three straight maps to book their place in the Grand Final. Wuskin had already suffered heartbreak in front of his supporters at the first Home Series of the year. He continued to perform at a high level, compiling the second-highest KD ratio at the London Home Series behind Samuel “Octane” Larew. There was no doubt that many fans had Wuskin on the top of their list.

The next chapter in the season was a rough one for Wuskin. After cruising through Florida Mutineers in their first game at the Atlanta Home series, London Royal Ravens ran into a brick wall in the form of Atlanta Faze, losing the series 3-1. To make matters worse, they were unable to take down a Florida team they had just defeated the day before, kicking them out of the tournament with just one win.

For the second time in the season, Wuskin finished the event in the top three for KD ratio, this time with his team failing to make the top four. In map one against Atlanta FaZe, he achieved a 1.76 KD ratio with the next highest on his team being 1.00. This posed several questions regarding whether Wuskin was playing out of his mind, or whether he was playing for kills.

The switch to online play

Moving to online as a result of COVID-19, London Royal Ravens decided to bench Rhys “Rated” Price for substitute Sean “Seany” O’Connor. In principle, Wuskin and Rated were both natural Assault rifle players, and, with competitive play predominantly a one-AR meta, this was bound to be problematic eventually. This roster change ended up being a step backward for the team, initially at least. The Royal Ravens were unsuccessful in the far-fetched task of defeating FaZe and Huntsmen to progress to bracket play. Wuskin failed to break into the top ten for KD, but the Chicago Home series was supposed to be more of a learning process for the entire team.

At the following Home Series hosted by Florida Mutineers, London made a step in the right direction by defeating Optic Gaming Los Angeles. A five map thriller ending with a legendary sniper battle between Wuskin and Dashy put fans on the edge of their seats and wanting more. But the fun stopped there for the Royal Ravens, as they were unable to win another series in the tournament. Wuskin was able to re-enter the top ten KD leaderboard but with a lower slaying output than in the past. He may have had the number one KD, but Dylan and Skrapz were compiling more kills, and Seany and Jurd were getting in more engagements.

Before preparing for the next tournament, London finally found it’s solution. Trei “Zer0” Morris was signed from New York Subliners and immediately rejuvenated the side in his debut tournament at the Seattle Home Series. A close 3-2 victory, with Wuskin dropping the highest KD in the lobby, gave the ‘6th raven’ something to cheer about, and also some hope for the future. Fans also cheered in game two when Wuskin sniped four Guerillas players in a single round.

The success didn’t stop there. Wins against Subliners and Optic sent Wuskin to his first Grand Final in the season. Standing in their way was a rebuilt Chicago Huntsmen team with newly acquired Preston “Prestinni” Sanderson, but the mission was too difficult for LRR to complete in the end. At the next two Home Series, London underwent the same issue which plagued their entire season – which is failing to defeat the top echelon of teams. “To be the best you have to beat the best”, but for the Royal Ravens overcoming the final hurdle was too much to ask. They were unable to reach bracket play for the Paris and New York Home Series, putting them back to square one before the second London Home Series. Bradley Marshall continued to succeed individually, making the top three in the KD leaderboard on both occasions. But how meaningful was this without the wins to show for his effort?

In what looked to be a downwards trend for the London Royal Ravens, the team managed to score arguably the most important victory in their season yet. After seeing Seattle Surge in the opening series, London came toe to toe with Florida Mutineers – a team that was crowned victorious in the previous two Home Series. Florida took maps one and two, and it was looking like another loss for Wuskin and his teammates against a top tier team. But this was a Home Series hosted by London, and with the support of the 6th raven, they were able to fight back heroically, taking three straight maps and handing Florida their first loss in ten games. The momentum gained from this triumph didn’t translate to the rest of the tournament, but looking at the bigger picture this was a massive step in the right direction heading to Champs.

The Champs run

London had no breathing room from the get-go at Champs. Their first contest was against recent Home Series Champions Toronto Ultra, who were able to keep the ball rolling and send the Royal Ravens to the losers bracket. With tournament life on the line, Wuskin increased his KD ratio from 0.88 to 1.32 to help his team defeat Paris Legion 3-1. Next in line was New York Subliners coming off a tough game five loss versus Chicago Huntsmen. The series went the distance but it was London who came out on top, despite no player achieving a positive KD ratio.

Next up was the rematch against Ultra – a team making their way into the losers bracket after a tough game five loss against eventual winners Empire. Toronto let off some steam by taking the first map, although London didn’t make it easy for the odds-on favorite, restricting the score deficit to just 30. As the odds stacked against them even further, Wuskin and his teammates overcame adversity to take three straight maps and increase their minimum prize money by $150,000. After a heroic loser’s bracket run, London Royal Ravens were finally knocked out of Champs by Chicago Huntsmen, ending in fourth place and a total prize of $450,000. This two-versus-four clutch in game two alongside Seany summed up London’s passion and desire throughout the entire tournament.


STATISTICAL SUMMARY

Why 16?

As a player who was getting MVP shouts for the first half of the season, Wuskin completely deserved the number 16 spot. A slow, accurate Assault Rifle player with the ability to stay alive for long durations, he also put fear in the hearts of every opponent in SND, putting out the message that he will not miss a single snipe if you gave him even the smallest windows of opportunity. Often criticized for not playing his role properly, Wuskin could become one of the best talents in the world on a more consistent basis if he improves in that regard.

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