Top 20 players of Modern Warfare: #3 aBeZy

The best entry fragger of 2020, Tyler “aBeZy” Pharris takes home third place in the Top 20 players of Modern Warfare, powered by Battle Beaver. aBeZy was the tip of the spear for the Atlanta FaZe, helping them take home two homestands and reach seven Grand Finals.

Last year was the first iteration of the top 20 where analysts, content creators, and personalities voted on the top 20 players in the recent season. This year we have 16 voters in our polls, with the likes of Brandon “NovusVita” Hewitt (Paris Legion Analyst for the ’19-’20 season), Ryan “Flux” Oldfield (Toronto Ultra analyst), IUOTurtle (Community Statistics), Cam Allen (European Analyst), and more joining us to vote on who their top 20 players were for the Modern Warfare season.

The rise of the entry fragger

aBeZy entered the CoD scene officially at the end of 2017 with the WWII title. Despite lackluster placements, his skill did not go unnoticed earning him a spot on the E6 roster alongside Jordon “General” General, Troy “Sender” Michaels, and Steven “Diabolic” Rivero. However, even with the new roster, E6 continued to struggle in placements finishing the season 17-24 at CoD Champs.

A new year with Black Ops 4 and 5v5 meant new beginnings for aBeZy with eUnited purchasing his contract putting him next to Alec “Arcitys” Sanderson, Preston “Prestinni” Sanderson, James “Clayster” Eubanks, and Jordan “JKap” Kaplan to start the year. Their first tournament was a success placing 2nd at CWL Las Vegas, however, they could not keep the momentum going in the following event placing 13-16 at CWL Fort Worth. This led to a change bringing in Chris “Simp” Lehr in place for JKap beginning what would be one of the most iconic duos of the season; the “tiny terrors”. aBeZy and the team would cruise through the upcoming events and matches placing 1st in the Pro League and going back-to-back at the biggest tournaments of the year – 1st at Pro League Playoffs and 1st at CoD Champs. This concluded the Black Ops 4 season but aBeZy had plans to continue the success and dominance going into Modern Warfare.

rollercoaster season with Atlanta

On October 26, Atlanta FaZe signed aBezy, MajorManiak, Simp, aBeZy, and Priestahh. This was a roster full of potential, but there were also questions raised about the lack of experience between the players. The tiny terrors were going into the season fresh off a World Championship victory though, so there was no denying how much potential

At the Launch Weekend of the CDL, FaZe defeated both New York Subliners and Dallas Empire without dropping a single round in SND. Fans, casters, and analysts projected FaZe to take home multiple Championships in Modern Warfare. Atlanta were scheduled to host the next tournament in front of their home crowd. This support helped FaZe massively, as the team went on to win the event with just four maps dropped.

Atlanta were favorites to win the next Home Series in Los Angeles with the exclusion of Chicago Huntsmen. However, Minnesota RØKKR instead defeated them in the semi finals 3-2. FaZe also failed to get over the final hurdle in the next tournament, which was held online amid the Coronavirus outbreak. Going into their second finals of the season, Atlanta locked horns with Dallas Empire who were attending their third. Clayster and his men were firing on all cylinders at the Chicago Home Series, and took home their second trophy of the season, at the expense of FaZe.

Each failed tournament victory increased the hunger and desire of Atlanta Faze to get their second chip in Modern Warfare. At the Florida Home Series, Faze clashed with two rejuvenated teams in New York Subliners, with the addition of Mack, and OpTic Gaming Los Angeles. After a narrow 3-2 victory against New York, FaZe overcame OpTic in the final to win their second Home Series of the season.

Minnesota and Paris were the next stops for the two-time champs, who attended three finals in the season so far. A further two more finals were added to the total, but Atlanta, unfortunately, couldn’t get it done both times – with Florida Mutineers handing them the L to take both trophies home. The addition of Owakening gave Florida a new lease of life, and FaZe were humbled in the second Grand Final on Domination, losing 235-70 on Hackney Yard – one of the biggest defeats of the season.

The bad form continued over to the New York Home Series. FaZe were swept in the semi finals by Chicago Huntsmen, preventing them from attending their third straight finals. In the final Home Series hosted by Toronto, FaZe came up short again in the finals. Six Grand Finals but only two victories to show – were early claims that this team lacked experience coming true?

Nonetheless, FaZe had the number one seed in the league heading into Champs, and aBezy was poised to win back-to-back World Championships. After getting embarrassed in the previous meeting, FaZe were set to play Huntsmen in their first match of the tournament. Despite losing map two in round 11, FaZe maintained their composure to take the series 3-2. In the winners’ final, Cellium and his teammates came up against Dallas Empire – the team they whitewashed in the previous Home Series. In this match, however, Dallas put up a better fight. The series went all the way to game five, and Clayster’s men ended up taking the win. A rematch against Huntsmen in the losers semi went the way of FaZe, and a rematch between Atlanta and Empire in the Grand Finals was on the cards. The stakes couldn’t get any higher. It was a $600,000 match of Call of Duty where the winner would be the first ever champion in the Call of Duty League.

Empire drew first blood on Azhir Cave Hardpoint. And second blood. And third. Hanging by a thread, FaZe managed to bounce back and take map four, but the toughest of tasks was ahead of them. They couldn’t afford to lose any more matches but did exactly that in the following match on Rammaza SND. Dallas Empire were champions, and FaZe were the runners up.

statistical breakdown

Being the entry fragger of a team can be harsh individually on the player’s statistics, but aBeZy proved to be an exception. He finished the season with positive KDs in each of the three modes and had above-average slayer statistics in each as well. Domination was his best mode over the course of the year, as he had seven events where he finished with a 1.10 KD or better and finished with a 1.17 KD overall for the year. Here is a breakdown of aBeZy’s key statistics throughout the season:

The statistics are formatted for their individual tournaments. If the cell is red, then it was on the low percentile for that said tournament. For the remaining colors, green is high percentile and yellow is average.

Tyler really hit his stride at the end of the season, finishing CDL New York with the highest KD of the tournament and CDL Toronto with the second-highest KD. While Domination was his best mode of the season, he got better as the season went along in both SnD and Hardpoint. While known for his relentless aggression and playmaking ability in SnD, he did have his share of struggles when the league went to the online format. In Hardpoint he wasn’t his strongest to start the season, finishing 5 of his first 6 events below a 1.00 KD, but found how to slay at a high efficiency in the final 4 events. Check out his detailed game mode breakdowns below:

It’s hard to say what are elite statistics for entry SMG in hardpoint, but most would probably point to aBeZy’s to end the season. CDL New York was his signature event, finishing with season highs of kills in a single map (40), kills per 10 minutes (30.12), event KD (1.24), event +/- (+37), and percentage of FaZe’s total kills (24.2%). He was a walking tank during the tournament, and carried that form into CDL Toronto and Champs.

It took a while for aBeZy to get started to begin the year, ending 15 of his first 20 maps negative. The pacing of the team adjusted with the online format and the team started using their utility much better, which helped. aBeZy on the frontlines. He ended the season the exact opposite of the start, going positive in 22 of his final 26 maps. Going into Cold War with both an experienced IGL in Arcitys and a switch to 4v4, aBeZy should be even better in 2021.

aBeZy was known for his SnD aggression, as his impact was well noted throughout the year. But how good was he? He certainly had his ups and downs. He was at his best during CDL Atlanta, New York, and Toronto. At New York, he’d hit his highest form, ending with 0.96 kills per round and a 1.30 KD for the tournament. His impact was very high in the mode over the season, with 96 opening duels won. He was the best at his role in the League and thrived in the chaos he created.

Although aBeZy made a lot of flashy plays, had a lot of opening duel wins, and had three tournaments with a KD above a 1.24, he did have his struggles. With his high number of opening duel wins, came a lot of losses. 100 to be exact. At times, teams would single him out and use his aggression against him. You see this at CDL Chicago where he lost 17 opening duels over 50 rounds. His early round plays could be untradeable and put Atlanta in early disadvantages. But this is what comes with his aggression. With the great plays came some missteps along the way. Look for aBeZy to continue to be a force to reckon with in Black Ops Cold War, as his team is primed to be one of the best in the game mode.

The last mode was Tyler’s best during Modern Warfare. He played Domination as good as you could while using the MP5 and being relentless on the map. He’d finish 7 events positive throughout the season, with five events above a 1.22 KD. In every event hed finished with his kills per game over 20 kills. His cumulative KD was steadily around a. 1.20 for the year, ending with a 1.17 for the year. He’d finish 29 out of 37 domination maps positive as well, showing off his consistency in the mode.

Tyler was a high ceiling, high floor SMG star in the mode. His worst event was CDL Paris, where he finished with a 0.96 KD in the mode with 20.25 kills per game. Still very good numbers for the aggressive SMG. He was at his best at CDL New York, the event after Paris. It was the event he’d regain that star form, ending with a 1.44 KD in the mode with 27.0 kills per game. He was very efficient in his engagements, finishing 64.1% of them in either kills or assists. With the competitive scene getting a new 3rd game mode in Black Ops Cold War, don’t think aBeZy will lose this MVP form. With star teammates Simp, Cellium, and Arcitys, he’ll continue to have a team that will be elite in respawns.

Here are aBeZy’s season series statistics. It breaks down how he did in each length of series, whether the series went 3, 4, or 5 maps. He hit his high for kills during a 5 map series versus the Toronto Ultra at CDL New York when he finished with 109 kills and 78 deaths (1.40 KD). This would not be the only time the SMG star would get triple digits kills, having hit the mark 5 times total. Tyler would also hit 90+ kills thirteen times over the course of the season as well. As for his highest KD marks, he finished with a high of 1.76 series KD in quick three-game series versus the Paris Legion. In the stomping, aBeZy finished with 81 kills across the three maps with only 46 deaths (+35 total, 1.76 KD overall KD). Check out more series data below:

Why #3 for aBeZy

There’s no debate that Atlanta had one of the most dominant seasons with two 1st place finishes, four 2nd place finishes, two 3-4 placements, and placing 2nd at CoD Champs. FaZe never missed a semi-final. The team had the highest overall map win-rate (62.5%) with the best Search & Destroy (63.5%) and Domination win-rate (67.6%), and 2nd best Hardpoint win-rate (58.7%). This success was in large part due to the team’s ability to slay but also play together as a team. As a team, Atlanta had the highest team KD ratio across all game modes indicating their consistent ability to outslay their opponents. This strength was so dominant that at times they would simply rely on breaking hills through their teamwork and slaying evidenced by having the highest Hardpoint Break Success Rate across multiple maps.

aBeZy led his team in slaying with a respawn kills per 10 minutes of 25.8 as well as engagements per 10 minutes at 49.8. This may not have been the highest in the league, but the combined effect of working together as a team meant Atlanta was always in the top 3 teams for slaying in Hardpoint or Domination. However, this aggressive playstyle didn’t just stop at respawn, he carried this aggressive playstyle into Search & Destroy. Atlanta had the highest rate of producing first bloods, the lowest rate of getting first blooded, and the 3rd highest first blood conversion rate (converting first bloods into round wins). All in thanks to aBeZy, the pinnacle of an entry player, having a 40% chance of being involved in an opening duel (nearly one every two rounds) with a 50% success rate of winning the opening duel. Let’s not forget aBeZy on Gun Runner “vents go brrr”, with the team posting up an 11-3 record by the end of the season, their best of any Search & Destroy map. Across all game modes, this combination of aBeZy’s aggressiveness and playing around the team had major contributions to the success FaZe saw this season.

Looking towards Cold War

Tyler had his contract extended into 2021 by the Atlanta FaZe during this offseason. Great expected, aBeZy will be returning with Cellium and Simp. The trio will be joined by high slaying, IGL Alec “Arcitys” Sanderson. The team on paper is the favorite for 2021, as the team has the most star power and slay depth in the CDL. Each of the roles for the players also makes perfect sense for the FaZe side. Arcitys will be going back to his natural role in being the Main AR. He will also do wonders as the IGL of the team, helping the 3 younger players maintain fundamentals and composure. Having a steady backline of Arcitys and Cellium will help aBeZy maintain his form. He’ll have great fundamentals and good tactical play out of the team, which helps him win more of his 50/50 gunfights. Look forward to the Atlanta team competing for Championships in 2021.

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