Top 20 players of Modern Warfare: #19 Priestahh

Preston “Priestahh” Greiner officially made his professional debut at the age of 16, placing in top 20 at UMG California 2015 with Royalty Gaming. Two years later, he was able to get a taste of the Pro League, after Patrick ‘ACHES’ Price and Cloud 9 signed him for Stage 2 of the 2017 Pro League. The two-time world champion asserted that his teammates’ movement mechanics were among the best in Infinite Warfare as they placed 4th at CWL Anaheim 2017 – a significant improvement from C9’s top 12 finish in the event prior.

The next season was a memorable one, as he won his first major – the 2018 Pro League Stage 1 Playoffs with FaZe Clan. His sophomore season culminated with a third-place finish at Champs, and he would continue to play for FaZe for the following season.

It was the Black Ops 4 season where Priestahh truly cemented himself as one of the best players in the world. After failing to make the Pro League with FaZe Clan, Priestahh was able to bounce back and win back-to-back tournaments with a returning 100 Thieves organization. A further second-place finish at Champs added immense experience to his young career, setting him up perfectly for further success in the 2020 franchised league.

And he did just that. Making his return to the FaZe Clan organization, Priestahh joined the recently crowned World Champions, Simp and aBeZy, along with rising stars in Cellium and MajorManiak to form what seemed to be a top 3 roster on paper. The team, however, lacked a veteran leader. It was Priestahh himself who had the most experience on the roster, despite being just 21 years old, causing many fans to question how FaZe will hold up in the long run.

YEAR IN REVIEW

FaZe shrugged off the critics in the season opener games in Minnesota, cruising to a 2-0 record with just one map loss. Priestahh finished the weekend with the #4 Search and Destroy kill death (KD) ratio, and #5 Overall KD ratio for ‘Flex’ players.

This impressive start carried over to the Atlanta Home series. Priestahh was able to drop a 1.45 KD ratio in the opening match versus OpTic Gaming Los Angeles, including a 34-14 performance in the Hardpoint – his all-time best KD ratio in the game mode. A further three wins meant that FaZe were able to win the Atlanta Home series in front of their home crowd. Not only did they show their dominance in this event, but also their composure to come back from two map losses to reverse sweep Minnesota RØKKR in the semi-final.

Five wins in five. It didn’t take long for Atlanta to click with each other and was a sign that bigger and better things were about to come. Unfortunately, this was not the case, as the team came up short in the trip to Los Angeles. Two triumphs against the eventual finalists put Priestahh and his teammates in prime position to take back-to-back championships. Standing in their way was Minnesota RØKKR, who were out for blood after the embarrassing and heartbreaking reverse sweep in the event prior. FaZe had the ability to close out the series in map 4 on Rammaza, but lost the map by just three points, followed by a 6-2 defeat on Piccadilly to end their unbeaten run.

With that being said, Preston was still performing well individually, finishing each of the first three tournaments with a top 20 KD ratio. His consistency, which was instrumental to FaZe’s early success, went under the radar due to the MVP-like performances from his teammates.

The next stop for FaZe was the event hosted by the Huntsmen. Although, instead of making the flight to Chicago, Priestahh would be playing this one online with the outbreak of COVID-19. Atlanta continued the pattern of starting events hot, making their third straight semi-final without losing. After brushing aside Surge in the semi-finals, FaZe were set for their third encounter with Dallas Empire – a team they defeated 3-0 on both occasions. Dallas were expected to be a much stronger side with the switch to online and showed exactly that. FaZe suffered only their second loss of the season – losing 3-1 to Dallas Empire.

COVID undoubtedly added a new complexion to the first year of the CDL. Priestahh had his worst event from a KD ratio standpoint, and Atlanta as a whole needed to figure out a new game plan in time for the next event. Back with a vengeance, Atlanta FaZe managed to win the Florida Home series, seemingly without breaking a sweat. No player on the team had an overall KD ratio below 1.00 for the second time in the season – a perfect summary of what makes them such an impressive team. Priestahh’s consistency was on show again as he made another appearance in the top 20 KD leaderboard. Although he was teaming with the ‘Tiny Terrors’ of Simp and aBeZy, Priestahh was actually the member on the FaZe lineup which had been involved in the most engagements – an incredible feat, as he (mentioned above) managed to have a positive kill/death ratio

For the Minnesota Home Series, both players that lead the charge for Atlanta in aBeZy and Priestahh dropped a negative KD throughout the tournament, and the team received their second Grand Final loss of the CDL; this time, at the hands of the Florida Mutineers. With three straight game five victories, including a controversial reverse sweep against Seattle Surge, before falling to Florida Mutineers, it was quite apparent that FaZe overachieved in this Home series. Was there a bigger issue at hand in regards to the team chemistry?

Success wise, nothing seemed to have changed much for FaZe at the following Home series hosted by Paris Legion. Narrow 3-2 victories remained a commonality, and, despite making yet another Grand Final, FaZe were no longer able to bully their way there as they did in the past. Standing in their way for the second time was a resurgent Florida Mutineers team who were playing like the best team in the game, and again, Crowder’s men could not cut the mustard.

Three of the top five overall KD ratios at the Paris home series were Mutineers players, leading everyone to believe that no team was ever going to stop them from winning back-to-back events – especially one that could only win via a map 5 victory in the six games prior. Priestahh and aBeZy bounced back from Minnesota, playing more like their usual selves. But still, FaZe were not able to reach their peak performance and there was no doubt that something major needed to be changed for the remaining three Home series as well as Champs.

This was not to be, as FaZe continued to make downward steps from their amazing start to the season. Their first-ever loss in qualifiers came at the New York Home series at the hands of Toronto Ultra. To add insult to injury, Chicago Huntsmen, a strong rival and team that FaZe never got to face all season, decimated them 3-0 to hand them two losses in one tournament for the first time ever.

Priestahh ended the event with a 0.86 KD ratio, which was unacceptable by his standards, and FaZe had become a shell of their former self. Regardless of the fact that they continued to attend nearly every Grand Final, at the end of the day they only had two trophies to show for it. Would this team be seen as one of the greatest teams of all time as it stood?

Toronto hosted the final Home series of the season before Champs ensued, and everyone knew that whoever won this event would be in a great spot to do serious damage at Champs. For an Atlanta FaZe team struggling to chain together victories, they surprisingly played their best Call of Duty in recent times. Three consecutive 3-0 wins, including one against Dallas Empire, put FaZe in pole position of winning their third Home series of the regular season. Toronto Ultra was the opposition. In a back and forth affair, the series went all the way to a game five round 11. Prior to this round, Priestahh was involved in one of the greatest plays of the season. With the help of aBeZy, the two were able to clutch a two versus four retake on defense, giving FaZe an added momentum for the rest of the game. This, however, was not enough to get their team the win as Methodz was able to get Ultra across the line with a one versus two clutch.


FaZe were unfortunate to go out in the fashion they did after playing so well throughout the tournament. Priestahh found a new lease of life, being in the top 5 KD ratio for the very first time, and shattering his personal best. With Champs just around the corner, the timing for this improvement couldn’t have happened at a better time.

Champs was underway and Atlanta FaZe were matched up with Chicago Huntsmen in winners round three. Priestahh hit the ground running, getting the most kills in the entire lobby in games one and two. The series went all the way to game five which was taken by FaZe who were able to avenge their previous loss at the New York home series. Their second game at Champs also went game five, but Dallas Empire looked like the more prepared team on Rammaza Search and Destroy. Priestahh continued to be the leading light for the team, ending that series with the most kills and highest KD ratio of any player. FaZe recuperated from this tough loss in the losers’ final, taking down Huntsmen for the second time to book a spot in the Grand Final. Unfortunately for Priestahh and the rest of Atlanta FaZe , they were unable to defeat Dallas Empire who were playing on another level all tournament.

Why 19?

In the 2020 season, Priestahh was a consistent player who operated around the map with intensity and aggression. He frequently had the most deaths on FaZe at each event, and took a step back from his usual main slayer job to facilitate for the star players around him. The fact that he was able to maintain such a high KD ratio shows how good he performed his role.

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