Top 20 players of Modern Warfare: #4 Envoy

SMG Star player Dylan “Envoy” Hannon is the next player in our Top 20 Players of Modern Warfare, powered by Battle Beaver. Envoy was a key factor to the success that the Chicago Huntsmen found this season, playing the MP5 role perfectly in respawns and being one of the best SnD players in the League.

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.

Underaged Keyboarder to MVP Candidate

Envoy made his competitive debut during the Advanced Warfare season with Team JusTus alongside Adam “Assault” Garcia, Michael “Spacely” Schmale, and Kenny “Kenny” Williams finishing the season 5-6 at the MLG World Finals in 2015. With the age restriction established the year following, Envoy was forced to step back from competing.

During his hiatus, he gained a reputation for keyboarding and other various feats. But all this was to keep things interesting and challenging for a young Envoy who would re-enter the scene during WWII upon turning 18. It took him some time to find his footing with a team jumping from Team WaR in WWII to Midnight Esports at the start of Black Ops 4. Mid-way through the Black Ops 4 season, Gen.G announced their entrance into the Call of Duty ecosystem with Envoy as one of their focal point players. In a similar fashion to Envoy, Gen.G slowly found their footing throughout the season peaking two 2nd place finishes and a 3-4 placing during the Pro League.

Season in Review

Chicago Huntsmen signed Envoy along with Scump, FormaL, Arcitys, and Gunless. This was a big occasion for Dylan as his new teammates were rich in Championships as well as fans. The reunion of Scump and Formal drew a lot of eyes on the team, and it was up to Envoy to showcase his ability in front of the biggest fanbase in the league.

At the Launch Weekend in Minnesota, Huntsmen went undefeated by beating Dallas Empire and OpTic Gaming Los Angeles. Envoy started off slow in series one against Dallas, but soon found his footing in the following match, increasing his Overall KD from 0.86 to a 1.15. This was the perfect start for Envoy and his teammates, and the group were poised for their first tournament victory of the season in London. Envoy hit the ground running in this event, dominating the first series against Guerillas followed by the rematch against Empire. A second win against Empire in the Grand Final meant that Huntsmen were the London Home Series winners, and Envoy claimed his first ever tournament in his career.

Huntsmen tasted defeat for the first time at the Atlanta Home Series. After going flawless in pool play and extending their win streak to eight, Florida Mutineers burst into life in the semi finals, going on to face FaZe for the Championship. Chicago’s momentum came to a standstill, and they would not get to play another series in a LAN environment due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Envoy made the most of an unfortunate situation though. In the first series of the Dallas Online Home Series, he dropped 14 kills to help Huntsmen complete a 5-0 comeback in map two to deliver one of the biggest comebacks in Call of Duty history. The SND excellence didn’t stop there though. In the following series, Envoy compiled 15 kills against Minnesota Rokkr on the exact same map – St. Petrograd. Two victories off the back of these SND performances saw Huntsmen lock horns with Mutineers for the second time. This time round they sported a different team as Fero joined the team for Prestinni, but the outcome was the same. Huntsmen now had two losses in the season, both of which against Florida Mutineers.

Chicago Huntsmen decided it was time to make a roster change. With Mutineers being their kryptonite, the team decided to pick up Prestinni in place of Gunless on May 4. Reunited with his brother Arcitys, Chicago went on to win the Seattle Home Series – their second Championship of the season.

As the season progressed, Envoy continued to make waves in SND. In the next two Home Series, he finished four series with a 2.0 KD or above. Ultimately, Chicago couldn’t add to their trophy cabinet in these two events, but Envoy made himself known as the best Search and Destroy player in the world. Huntsmen ended the season relatively weak by their standards. They were unable to dispatch a bottom tier team in LA Guerillas in a crucial qualifying match at the Minnesota Home Series. The losses continued to pile on, and Chicago ended the regular season with back-to-back defeats.

Chicago’s vulnerability continued over to the Call of Duty League Championship 2020 in Winners Round two where they met New York Subliners. A back and forth affair saw the game go to the distance, but Huntsmen managed to close the series out thanks to a 2v4 clutch from Envoy and Scump. FaZe were too hot to handle in the following round, and the team dropped to the losers bracket where a rejuvenated OpTic Gaming team were ready and waiting. Yet again Chicago took part in a gruelling series, with an intense map five which lasted the full 11 rounds. A one versus one featuring Envoy and TJHaly was to decide the series. The gunfight required composure, discipline and guts. After finding cover in front of the bombsite, Envoy was able to deliver the final blow to take Huntsmen to the next round. This gunfight cemented him as the best SND player in Modern Warfare. This was bitter-sweet for Dylan though. Chicago Huntsmen failed to beat FaZe in the losers final, and he was unsuccessful in winning his first World Championship in COD.

Statistical Breakdown

With Scump, Gunless, and then Prestinni on the Huntsmen roster, Envoy was left to do a lot of the dirty work around the map for the Chicago side. He performed very well doing this, filling different roles and managing whichever parts of the maps the Huntsmen needed. While his KDs weren’t flashy, he consistently put up above-average numbers in the objective categories and was a force in Search & Destroy. Without his star presence in the SnD mode, Chicago’s season could’ve been very different. Here is a breakdown of Cellium’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.

It’s hard for some casual fans to look at his KDs in Hardpoint & Domination and justify the #4 position. But Call of Duty isn’t all about KD, we aren’t playing Team Deathmatch. Envoy played a hard role with an MP5, where kills weren’t as easy to come by without being traded out. Dylan finishing with a 0.98 in Hardpoint and 1.01 in Domination for his role was actually very impressive. Fans have to remember that Envoy had slayers that perform very, very well in respawns in FormaL, Scump, and Arcitys on his team. His role was to play the scrappy positions that helped make the rest of his team better on the map, and he performed his role better than anyone in the CDL. Check out his detailed game mode breakdowns below:

Hardpoint was Envoy’s “weakest” in terms of individual statistics. He finished just 4 events above a 1.00 KD in the mode and had a high of 1.11 (at CDL London) for the season. Again, just because his KD wasn’t flashy doesn’t mean he was ineffective in the mode. Dylan supplemented his KD with great hill time scores and high kills per 10 minutes. He consistently hit 25+ Kp10M at events (6/10) and had the 2nd highest hill time in a map at 175 seconds. He’d average 60.24 seconds in the hill for the season, 5th highest for an SMG player.

He played the role Chicago needed him to at a high level, and that’s what helped make his teammates better players.

When looking at advanced statistics, we would have liked to see his T.E.S. a bit higher at the start of the season, but he ended the season with very respectable numbers on the MP5 at CDL Toronto (58.6%) and CoD Champs (58.4%). His best performance in the mode was at CDL London where he finished with 30 kills, 12 deaths, 2.50 KD, and 175 seconds of hill time versus the Dallas Empire. It was his signature moment of the season, putting record objective numbers while slaying at a high level. With Call of Duty returning to the 4v4 format, Envoy’s role will be crucial. Look for Chicago to still be a dominant Hardpoint team in Cold War.

An elite player at Search & Destroy, Envoy made a name for himself this season with his devastating flanks and really cerebral plays on the map. He had 2nd best KD of the season, with a 1.28, just behind Simp. He backed that up with the 3rd best Kills per Round (0.87), best K-DpR (0.19), and finished with 53 opening duels won. He starred on the defense side, finishing with 32 opening duels won on that side alone (4th best in the league) and won 59.3% of those duels. He made flanking look easy for Chicago, having countless highlights of sneaking around enemy lines to finish multi-kill rounds with ease.

He had countless great performances in the mode, but his best was versus the Paris Legion at CDL Dallas. He would go on a tear, finishing with 15 kills and 5 deaths over 10 rounds to finish with a 3.00 KD and 1.50 kills per round. While he was known for his flanks and entries, he also finished with the highest amount of plants and defuses on the team. He was a true do-it-all star for the Huntsmen in the mode.

Domination was another great mode for the SMG Star. Dylan was at his best at the beginning of the season, finishing the first three events with his highest KDs and kills per game of the season. CDL Atlanta was his signature event of the season, where he dropped 27.0 kills per game, a 1.37 KD in the mode, and 25.0% of Chicago’s kills in the mode. He was a beast, finishing 61.9% of his engagements with a kill or assist. He had two of his best maps at that event, versus the Minnesota Rokkr and Toronto Ultra. Against the Ultra Envoy finished 29-19 (+10, 1.53 KD) and follow that up vs the Rokkr where he’d go 29-16 (+13, 1.81 KD) for the win.

While he starred in the first three events, he did have his struggles. His KDs dropped to end the season, finishing 6 of his last 7 events below the 1.00 mark. His engagements per game and kills per game would also drop. A lot of this can be contributed to a couple of factors. We see that his captures per game spiked, so we can link a change of playstyle to this dip in production. Also, the team started to struggle a bit in the mode, having a 14-12 record in the final 7 events. Envoy was far less efficient in losses, having a 0.86 KD and 5.4 captures per game in losses compared to a 1.11 KD and 6.6 captures in wins. When the Huntsmen performed well, Envoy was helping lead the way.

Here are Envoy’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 Florida Mutineers at CDL Atlanta when he dropped his lone 100 kill series. Dylan would hit 90+ kills eight times over the course of the season as well, coming close to breaking triple digits a couple of times. As for his highest KD marks, he finished with a high of 1.39 series KD in one of the most important matches of the season versus the London Royal Ravens at CoD Champs. He would finish the crucial series with 89 kills and 64 deaths over the 4 map series. Check out more series data below:

Why #4 for Envoy?

The best route man? The best flanker? Envoy was a force on the map. There’s a reason why Chicago had the 2nd highest map win-rate at 61.3% and the 2nd highest series win-rate at 68.6%. Only twice this entire season did they not make it to a semi-final netting them two 1st place finishes, one 2nd, three 3-4 placements, and a 3rd place finish at CoD Champs.

Huntsmen were the best Hardpoint team all year with a win-rate of 63.9%. They had an astounding 8-1 record on Azhir Cave with every other map also having a positive win-rate. Envoy’s focus was always on making the right play setting his team up for the early rotation, the perfect pinch, or the right timing to net his team a Hardpoint break. Similarly in Domination, as the 3rd best team all year (57% win-rate), Envoy continued to prioritize flag de-captures, overextensions, any type of play to put his team in the best position to win.

Saving the best for last, Search & Destroy was Envoy’s playground this year. At times, single-handedly winning rounds through his ability to read opponents, remain unpredictable to them, and understanding of when to play his life. There’s a reason why fans began calling St. Petrograd – St. Envoygrad, with Huntsmen posting a 7-1 record on the map and a 2.05 KD ratio for Envoy. Overall, he had the 2nd highest KD ratio at 1.28 behind Simp and the 3rd most kills per round at 0.87. He also was involved in 25% of opening duels winning half of them. This points to his ability to be versatile engaging in opening duels but also contributing mid-round behind a teammate’s first blood playing positions to always put himself in a situation for a favorable outcome.

A look ahead to Black Ops Cold War

Envoy had his contract extended by the Chicago Huntsmen to kick off the offseason. This was highly expected, as the star SMG is one of the focal points of the future for Hecz’s franchise. He will be joined in the starting roster by Modern Warfare teammates Seth “Scump” Abner, Matthew “FormaL” Piper, and newcomer Brandon “Dashy” Otell. The team will be a dangerous one in Black Ops Cold War, with a lot of firepower and chemistry. A roster with Scump and FormaL will always be a threat in respawns, but the duo of Envoy and Dashy should make them just as dangerous in Search & Destroy.

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