The #1 player of Vanguard is the MVP of the Call of Duty League, McArthur “Cellium” Jovel. Cellium led the League in many statistical categories and was of the most feared players in the CDL!
Cellium ended the last season as the #3 player of the Cold War season. He helped Atlanta win 4 tournaments across the season, including CoD Champs. During Vanguard, the team wasn’t able to replicate that success but saw MC hit new levels. Leading the League in many categories like Overall KD, Damage per life, Hardpoint KD, and SnD KD. The MVP of the League was lights out from start to finish!
Cellium was the dominant force for Atlanta FaZe in the Vanguard season. In every game mode he stood out above the rest and remained consistent from the get go proving to be both a consistent slayer as well as a near impossible kill. He had no shortage of highlight moments in the Vanguard season and even less low moments very rarely going negative in a series over the entire season.
Atlanta FaZe were the most consistent team for the Vanguard season but just could not manage to get that Championship Victory. Starting the season off as the clear favorites they fell short in the Grand Finals to OpTic Texas and then Los Angeles Guerrillas at Major 1 and 2 respectively. They were felled by a iLLeY-less OpTic Texas at the Pro-Am to fall out in the Quarter Finals in a very disappointing manner. Another 2nd place faced them at Major 3 this time to the Seattle Surge before a 3rd place finish at Major 4.
Atlanta FaZe wouldn’t let their disappointing season hold them down at Champs as they clutched up in Game 5s against the New York Subliners and Seattle Surge to move to the Winners Finals. They were dominated by LA Thieves before reaching the teams 3rd straight CDL Champs Grand Final by defeating Seattle Surge in the Losers Finals in a 3-1 fashion. They fell once again to the Los Angeles Thieves 5-2 in the Grand Finals and concluded the season with a 4th 2nd place finish.
How good was Cellium in 2022?
Cellium had one of the most consistent seasons of Hardpoint in CDL history. MC finished each of the four stages and Champs with a KD higher than a 1.20, while having a 1.38 during CoD Champs. For the season, he had a 1.27 KD in the mode with 25.4 kills per 10 minutes and 73.0% non-traded kill percentage. Cellium led the league in KD, TES Rating, and Damage per life in Hardpoint. MC was at his best during the final tournament of the season at CoD Champs. There he finished with a 1.38 for Hardpoint with 26.1 kills per 10 minutes and a 64.4% TES Rating. When the lights shined brightest, MC was there to perform like an MVP.
Cellium wasn’t just beating on the lower teams in the League, he did it against the top teams as well. Against the Top 3 teams (LAT, ATL, TX), Cellium finished the season with a 1.30 KD. He added 25.0 Kp10M, 3166.2 DMGp10M, and 72.4% non-traded kill percentage. Against the top teams, MC was still the MVP!
Search & Destroy
Cellium started the season off in record form in Search & Destroy during Vanguard. Overall for the year, MC ended with a 1.21 KD in the mode with 0.72 kills per round and 102.12 ADR. He led the League in KD for the year, while also having the highest KD in a single stage. During Stage 1 of the regular season, Cellium had an unreal 1.61 KD. He added 0.77 kills per round, 106.49 ADR, and 57.1% opening duel win percentage. This was one of the best individual stages of the season.
Cellium was deadly on Desert Siege, being able to take down Snipers from across the map with just the automaton on countless occasions. On the map, Cellium finished with a 1.43 KD. He added 0.75 kills per round, 105.9 ADR, and 66.2% non-traded kill percentage. He was a stud on the map. Overall, Cellium was also just one of two players to get a 1v4. On Berlin, Cellium went on a rampage to take down Seattle in a 1v4. Just like in the other two modes, Cellium was terrific in SnD during Vanguard.
Statistically his weakest game mode of the season, Cellium finished Control with a 1.19 KD during Vanguard. He was lethal in the mode on the defensive side, being able to post up and take control of whole portions of the map. MC was at his best in Control during the Final tournament of the year, Champs. There he finished with a 1.26 KD with 18.4 Kp10M, 2646.3 DMGp10M, and 80.3% non-traded kill percentage. With this momentum in the mode, next season Cellium should continue being one of the best Control players in the CDL.
A look ahead to Modern Warfare II
MC & Atlanta FaZe will look a bit different heading into the next season. They will be making a change for the first time in two years, acquiring Austin “SlasheR” Liddicoat from the LA Guerrillas. SlasheR will be filling the Main AR position for the squad as Alec “Arcitys” Sanderson moved onto the LA Guerrillas starting roster. With the addition of Slasher, FaZe will be looking to overcome their lack of results in Grand Finals last season. The departure of Arcitys will be tough to fill, but SlasheR is one of the best players to do just that. Expect Atlanta FaZe to continuously fight for championships all of 2023!