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Here are this week’s top stories from the last seven days in the eSports scene.

UMG Orlando 2016 Cancelled

Unfortunately, with Hurricane Matthew heading towards Floridian shores, UMG had to make the tough decision to cancel their Call of Duty event this weekend in the interest of player safety. Taking to their website, UMG wrote:

“It is with regret that we announce that due to the hurricane that is anticipated hit Florida this weekend, UMG Orlando has been cancelled.

“Regardless of the financial losses, which not hosting the event exposes us to, we felt the safety of our community was obviously far more important.

“For UMG, the community comes first over everything.

“In due course we will be refunding all team passes and attendee passes.

“Our thoughts are with the people of Florida and all people impacted by this storm front, we hope you stay safe.”

Gears 4 Launch Invitational Teams

With Gears 4 on the horizon, the teams have been finalized for the first major tournament. The Gears 4 MLG Launch Invitational will take place at the MLG Arena in Columbus, Ohio on October 22nd , with $25,000 up for grabs over the course of the weekend. Six American teams – OpTic Gaming, EUnited, EnVyUS, eLevate, NRG, and Enigma6 – will be joined by Latin American Splyce and Australian Mindfreak in the 8 team showdown. Notably, Europe will be unrepresented in the competition after controversy led to the qualifying team being removed from the tournament and replaced by North Americans Enigma6.



Callum ‘Swanny’ Swan Announces Return

Swanny, one of Europe’s most decorated players, was forced to pull out of Call of Duty XP at the last minute following an unexpected illness. Millenium instead played with MiRx at this year’s World Championship but question marks still remained about Swanny and his Call of Duty future. This week, the Stage 2 Champion took to his private Twitter to reassure fans and thank them for their concern. He said:



Paris Saint-Germaine Esports Team Coming Soon

Yet another major sports team are set to join the eSports arms race, with news that French football team PSG will launch their own competitive gaming division in the near future. The announcement came as part of a bigger release that included news of ESWC being acquired by Webedia, the company behind prominent French esports team Millenium. The exact details of the PSG esports team are yet to be announced, but a brief release promised, “you will soon see the teams ‘Paris Saint-Germain eSports’, wearing the same jersey like the players of the football team.”.

Team Dignitas Acquired by Philadelphia 76ers

On a day when news broke that Team Liquid had been acquired by a consortium that already owned two basketball teams, Team Dignitas announced that they had been purchased by NBA team the Philadelphia 76ers. Also part of the deal is the acquisition of the Apex LCS team, who will merge into the Dignitas brand going forward. Dignitas have a long-standing history in both the PC and console esports scenes, supporting teams in Halo, Gears of War, Call of Duty and FIFA, among others, over the years.
A new DOOM game has arrived and we were super excited to fight our well through Hell and its waves of demons with our SCUF Controller. The game is an exciting and frantic run through multiple environments with enough nods to the past DOOM games to make any fan smile.

For anyone not familiar: DOOM is a First-Person Shooter centered on very fast paced gunfights against the varied spawn of Hell utilizing some crazy cool guns like the Sawed-Off Shotgun, Rocket Launcher, Gauss Cannon, and the ever popular BFG9000. The best part? You don’t have to reload your weapons, ever. This mechanic forces gamers to re-think a lot of their basic strategy when approaching fights, as the lack of reloading is nice, but some enemies can absorb bullets like sponges. We found the movement (you move normally at what most games would consider a sprint, and includes jumping, vaulting, and an eventual double jump) to be the most crucial aspect of survival in DOOM. This is where our SCUF Controller was incredibly helpful.

For DOOM we strongly recommend purchasing EMR with your custom SCUF Controller due to our paddle config of A/Right Stick Down on Xbox One or X/Right Stick Down on PS4. The A/X button is the jump, an obviously crucial tactic for dodging enemies before they have a chance to get you. Clicking on the right stick performs a “Glory Kill”. Do enough damage to an enemy to stagger it and it will flash blue, run up to it and hit Right Stick down to insta-kill the demon and get some health. Considering how much damage some of these enemies can do to you, you’ll be using Glory Kills quite often, which makes it perfect to set to your right paddle. We spent most of our time with DOOM jumping, vaulting, and performing Glory Kills with extreme efficiency thanks to our SCUF Controllers, and we highly recommend picking up a Custom SCUF Controller of your own to join the fight in Hell.

Customize a SCUF Infinity1 HERE, or a SCUF Infinity 4PS HERE and Fight like Hell
Gotaga and Prime SCUF Gaming House

In case you missed it, Scuf Gaming officially launched a brand-new Gaming House in France last week with a giant bash to welcome its new residents: famed professional gamer Corentin “Gotaga” Houssein and gamer, rapper, and style extraordinaire Amine “PrimeTimeFUT” Mekri, who will live stream, make music, and play games for their millions of fans.

“Gaming has evolved from a hobby into a lifestyle, and it’s making its mark in music, fashion, and the rest of the culture,” said Duncan Ironmonger, Scuf Gaming founder and CEO. “Gotaga and Prime are perfect examples of this. They’ve created international brands for themselves through their gaming skills, musical accomplishments, and fashion sense.”

SCUF French Gaming House

Situated in a historic Paris neighborhood, the stunning SCUF House France provides the ultimate living experience for its guests, complete with three terraces, an indoor swimming pool, a private bar, and a movie theater. Most importantly, the house includes dedicated areas for content creation, including a custom-built streaming room for Gotaga, a music studio for Prime, and a streaming station with room for five additional guests.

“I’ve always thought gaming should bring together different communities in music, fashion, and culture,” said Gotaga. “Together with Scuf, Prime, and my family, I’m excited to create an awesome mix of all that in the SCUF House. This house will be the ideal environment for us to showcase our style and to collaborate on work we know our fans will love.”

Finally, as part of the SCUF House France grand opening, a newly re-designed Gotaga SCUF controller has been launched featuring his iconic color palette and branding. Meanwhile, a new Prime-inspired SCUF controller design was also revealed and will be available soon.

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Buy the new Gotaga SCUF controller here

About Gotaga

Gotaga, a Red Bull athlete and long-standing partner of Scuf Gaming since 2014, is one of the most prominent players in the world, and an icon in French gaming with a YouTube Channel that boasts over 2.6 million subscribers and a Twitch stream with 1.2 million followers. Gotaga’s videos highlight his high level of skill and entertaining personality. They feature family members and friends from the world of professional gaming and content creation. During his career as a professional gamer, Gotaga has played for numerous leading European teams and has attended three Call of Duty Championships. He also organizes the Gotaga Barrière Show, a private gaming event that benefits children’s hospitals.

About Prime

Prime has grown his fame as a popular streamer and gamer to launch a career as a musician and fashion designer. He has performed before tens of thousands of fans, including at the historic Bataclan.

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This week’s profile features a member of the reigning world champion Team EnVyUs squad – Bryan ‘Apathy’ Zhelyazkov.


Origins


Apathy’s rise to prominence came first in the original Call of Duty: Black Ops. Having proven he could compete on LAN, he found himself playing alongside Chris ‘Parasite’ Duarte as part of apex.Collapse, a squad that placed second at MLG Raleigh and finished fourth to round out the year at the MLG National Championship in 2011.

After a solid but unexceptional Black Ops 2 season, Apathy cemented himself among the truly elite on Call of Duty Ghosts. Starting the year with Strictly Business, a few early roster changes built a team that would ultimately be the first to deny compLexity a title, albeit the prize-less Call of Duty Championships NA Qualifier.

His first real trophy came within the same year, after strictly Business had separated but still alongside Doug ‘Censor’ Martin. Apathy had moved to FaZe, where the addition of two World Champions – Chris ‘Parasite’ Duarte and Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow – rounded out an elite squad that collected FaZe Clan’s first ever championship victory at UMG Nashville.

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Current team


Since the mid-season of Black Ops 3, Apathy has played for Team EnVyUs. Following his addition to the squad, EnVy rose to become arguably the number one team in the world, appearing in the grand finals of the last three events of the year and winning two, including the Call of Duty Championships.

Since that moment of triumph, however, it’s been a downhill slope for the boys in blue. Though their Infinite Warfare season has seen periodic decent results – a third-place at the CWL Atlanta Open, top six at CWL Dallas – on the whole the team have been unable to live up to their former glory.

The decline culminated recently at the CWL Anaheim Open, where EnVyUs picked up their worst placing in the organisation’s history, a 21st-24th finish. It’s a huge fall from grace and one that certainly raises questions for the team.

EnVyUs defied the expectations of most by escaping a dangerous Group Green in Stage Two of the Global Pro League, assuring themselves a top-eight finish, but there’s still work to do if they are to return to being considered a truly elite team.

However, the source of their recent troubles seems to be largely based in team chemistry – individuals have still shone at times, with Apathy himself having some particularly stand-out series at some events. Whatever the future of the team, nobody is questioning that Apathy remains one of the most dangerous SMG players in the world.

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Greatest achievement


There’s no question as to Apathy’s greatest accomplishment in Call of Duty. He’s part of an exclusive group of players to have won the game’s most prestigious trophy – that of the Call of Duty Championships.

In Apathy’s case, it happened to also be the single biggest prize pool in Call of Duty history, but it’s not so much about that. The Call of Duty Championships has always been more about the competition than the money – the chance to own one of those exclusive rings, and call yourself a World Champion.

To do it, Apathy and co had to go through their toughest opponent – OpTic Gaming – in the very first round of bracket play. Having pulled off the victory, from there the team cruised through the winner bracket, ultimately beating Splyce in the grand finals.

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In-game


Apathy made his name as a fast-paced, high-impact SMG player. For many of his teams, he is the first point of contact, the sharp tip of the spear.

While at times over the years consistency has perhaps kept him out of the conversation for the best SMG in the world, Apathy always has a dominant game in him. When Apathy is on form he’s explosive, capable of taking over single-handedly and dictating the game.

The value of a player who poses such a threat is the room he creates for his team mates. When Apathy explodes, he’s a one-man wrecking ball, but the rest of the time he’s still drawing disproportionate attention from his opponents.

Whether or not they survive his attack, Apathy’s aim is to give the enemy no room to breathe – if he can’t take care of them himself, it still becomes all the easier for the rest of his squad to clean up.

Public persona


Often found with a smile on his face, Apathy often comes across as one of the more light-hearted professional players. Easy-going and likeable, Apathy has built a solid fanbase of supporters.

While he may not match the astronomical numbers of those players who have had extended tenure under the likes of the OpTic or FaZe brands, Apathy nevertheless tweets to more than 211,000 followers, streams to nearly 50,000 followers and occasionally uploads for his 96,000 YouTube subscribers.

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E3 Fornite and Stranger Things

We’re more than ready for the competition to heat up with the upcoming Fortnite World Cup, but that’s not stopping Epic Games from bringing the fire this summer. Word coming out of E3 is that they’re ready to keep us entertained between the weekend qualifiers with not one but two interesting promotions on the way.

First up is a new promotion that crosses over with the forthcoming third season of Stranger Things. Though it’s unknown exactly what will take place in Fortnite, there already have been glimpses of the Scoops Ahoy ice cream shop in the game. There’s a good chance that players could see skins based on characters, but we’re dying to see if any new game modes from the Upside Down or ‘80s-style weaponry will be introduced to shake up how we play the game.

Meanwhile, those keeping an eye on DrLupo’s activities from E3 last week may have seen this sneak peek of what appears to be a new Prop Hunt mode likely making its way to Fortnite soon.
This week’s affiliate profile takes a look at a legend of modern Halo in Tony ‘Lethul’ Campbell Jr.

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Origins


Lethul made his major event debut towards the end of the Halo 3 era, playing at MLG Columbus in 2010. It wasn’t a spectacular first outing, but at the start of the Halo Reach season just months later, Lethul would be launched into the spotlight for the new game, winning the MLG Washington D.C. Combine and following up with a win in the MLG Dallas Halo Reach exhibition tournament.

When the MLG circuit for Reach got going the following year, Lethul remained at the top, with finals appearances at MLG Dallas and MLG Orlando, and victory at MLG Raleigh as highlights of the season. Lethul remained among the elite for the whole of Reach and through Halo 4, but it was on Halo 2: Anniversary Edition that he would really stamp his authority on the game.

Playing under Evil Geniuses, Lethal would dominate for the entirety of the H2A season, winning the majority of the tournaments he attended, including both seasons of the Halo Championship Series. From the release of H2A to present, Lethul has been the most successful player in Halo, consistently winning trophies for the past three years.

Current team


Lethul currently represents OpTic Gaming as the most dominant and successful force in Halo 5. The squad originally came together at the game’s release under Counter Logic Gaming, before moving to the green wall in the summer of 2016.

Alongside Paul ‘SnakeBite’ Duarte, Matthew ‘Royal2’ Fiorante and Bradley ‘Frosty’ Bergstrom, Lethul has been a part of creating a dynasty which has so far spanned the entirety of Halo 5’s lifespan.

Since the game’s release, Lethul and co have been the most successful team in the world, and it’s not close. The squad has been a permanent feature of grand finals and won the majority of them. There is almost no accolade that the team hasn’t collected over the near two years of their rule.

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Great achievement


When success comes as consistently as it has for Lethul over the past three years, that in itself begins to eclipse any single moment. Many teams and players can win titles, almost none will ever experience anything close to the level of continued dominance Lethul has imposed upon the game.

Within such immense success, however, there are particular accomplishments that stand out even among the rest. In any game, for those that can claim it, the title of “World Champion” is usually the pinnacle achievement of a career.

In Halo, there are only four players that can make such a claim, and Lethul is among them. That’s not simply because there has only been one such event – there have been two since the Halo World Championships’ inception in 2016. Lethul and his team claimed victory at both.

In-game


Lethul has long been a really solid team player. Many would categorize him as something of a "glue guy," if you will to put it into a more traditional sports term. He’s constantly in good spots and shooting things to make things easier for his teammates. He’s a team first kind of player who has no problem dying if it means his teammates will get 2 or 3 kills or secure the objective. This unselfish play and ability to bring a team together has seen Lethul help his team to countless Major titles, including two World Championships.

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Public persona


Publicly, Lethul is known as something of a troll. Not one to shy away from the jokes, he’s embraced the extra publicity that comes part and parcel with representing OpTic Gaming. His unveiling as a member of OpTic was also iconic, teaming up with owner H3cz as part of a shock reveal at the end of an episode of OpTic Vision.
Get ready for Mayhem! Borderlands 3, the popular loot ‘n shooter by Gearbox Software and 2K Games has arrived on PS4™, Xbox One™, and PC. Like its predecessors, Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, the new title is packed with new adventures, vault hunters and enemies. Whether you’re playing solo or co-op with friends, be ready for anything that comes your way with your SCUF controller.

Just like selecting the best skills in the skill tree, you can pick the best options for better performance and gameplay with a SCUF. In this guide, we’ll be showing you how to get the most out of your SCUF controller in Borderlands 3 starting with the basics and then with advanced controller customizations.

Step One: The Outer Paddles

Let’s start with learning how to use the most important feature of a SCUF controller: the Paddle Control System. Starting with two paddles.

By default, the left paddle is mapped to Jump (X on PS4, A on Xbox) and the right paddle is mapped to Slide/Crouch/Ground Slam (O on PS4, B on Xbox). Practice using only the paddles for these functions and ignore their face buttons during gameplay. It will take a little while to get used to, but keep practicing and you will develop muscle memory. Mastering these two paddles will help you dodge your enemies, perform cool trick shots and gain the upperhand by jump sliding and doing damage with the ground slam without taking your thumbs off the thumbsticks.

Step Two: The Inner Paddles

While our SCUF Infinity4PS PRO for PS4 features two paddles, the IMPACT and Vantage for PS4, as well as the Prestige for Xbox One have four paddles available. Having more paddles available means that you can transfer more actions previously used with your thumbs to your back fingers to become faster and keep full control of your aim.

By default, the inner left paddle is mapped to Reload/Use (Square on PS4, X on Xbox) and the inner right paddle is mapped to Next Weapon (Triangle on PS4, Y on Xbox). Repeat the same process as before, but now incorporating one of the inner two paddles. Ignore their face buttons until you’re comfortable with using all the paddles instead of the facebuttons. With regular practice, it can take up to two weeks to be completely used to them. In a Loot ‘n Shooter like Borderlands 3, picking up items quickly and efficiently makes life easier with so many more items to pick up, and paddles vastly improve the experience.

Conquering all four paddles will give you the biggest advantage to quickly Jump, Reload/Use Items, Swap Weapons, and Slide/Crouch/Ground Slam all while keeping your thumb on the thumbstick, ready to aim.

Check out the Configurations below!

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Borderlands 3 PC and PS4 controller

Step Three: Configuring the Paddles

Now that you’ve mastered the paddles, let’s start remapping. If your controller is equipped with our remapping feature, you can remap the paddles by using our EMR Mag Key (or just slide the remapping switch into remapping mode if you’re a SCUF Vantage owner). Press and hold the button you want to map to your paddle or sax button. When finished, remove the EMR key (or slide the remap switch back into play mode on SCUF Vantage) and you’re ready to go. You can tailor your SCUF to your playstyle just like you can select the best vault hunter for your playstyle. Keep an eye out for an article on more Borderlands 3 layouts coming soon!

Step Four: Select the right Thumbsticks for you

Whether you’re an aggressive gamer like Amara, the elemental brawler siren, who runs into battle to pulverize enemies, or you’re a defensive gamer like FL4K, the beastmaster, who stalks his prey and sends out his pets, SCUF thumbsticks are interchangeable to match your unique preference of comfort and playstyle.

There are two parts to the thumbstick: its shape and its length.

  • Concave thumbsticks are designed for more movement control.

  • Domed thumbsticks are designed for more accuracy.

  • Short thumbsticks are designed for quicker movement speed.

  • Tall thumbsticks are designed to have more angle to play with.



For aggressive gamers, like shotgun players, we recommend a short concave thumbstick on the left and a short domed thumbstick on the right. You’ll be quick to move and still ready to quickly aim.

For defensive gamers, like sniper players, we recommend a short concave thumbstick on the left and a tall domed thumbstick on the right. You can still move quickly, but also be the most accurate when aiming.

Step Five: Activate the Trigger Control System

While paddles improve your overall performance and thumbsticks improve your aim, our trigger system will take your speed when aiming and shooting to the next level. SCUF’s Trigger Control system is available on every controller model and offers full trigger customization through adjustable trigger stops and hair triggers.

For Borderlands 3, you will want to have your trigger stops on except when you plan on using vehicles (which require the full trigger motion to operate). They will reduce the amount your trigger has to travel past the activation point and will allow for faster shooting and aiming.

To further tune your trigger movement, the hair triggers will allow you to modify the distance to the activation point. You should only adjust your hair triggers in game; start by turning the key until you hit the activation point which is where your weapon will start shooting on its own, then dial it back 1 turn, or to your preference.

Step Six: Selecting Other SCUF Options

Digital Tap Bumpers and Digital Tap Triggers

For dedicated shooter players, you can also choose our Digital Tap Bumpers and Digital Triggers options (for SCUF IMPACT & Infinity4PS PRO). These features completely eliminate the range of movement of the bumpers and triggers and provides a feel similar to a mouse click. This is only recommended for players who only play shooter games.

Vibration

Vibration can affect your aim, but also cause fatigue overtime from the added weight in your controller. We recommend ordering your SCUF without vibration modules / rumbles (or taking them out if you’re using a SCUF Vantage).

Sax Buttons

If you are a SCUF Vantage owner, you have two additional access points called Sax Buttons designed to further reduce finger movement and therefore improve your performance. These are located on the side of the controller which you can engage using your inner finger. We recommend mapping Action Skill (L1 on PS4) to S1 and Grenades (R1 on PS4 to S2 to start with. Activate your action skill and toss grenades in the middle of battle without moving your fingers off the triggers.

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Play

Now that you have customized the different aspects of your controller, it’s time to jump in-game and test your new setup. Like every change, adjusting to these new settings may take some time - however, with practice and dedication, every SCUF feature will help you reach your full potential and wreak havoc on Pandora and the Borderlands!


SCUF GAMING LAUNCHES SCUF TACTICAL APPAREL COLLECTION WITH A FOCUS ON STYLE, COMFORT & FIT FOR TODAY’S GAMER

 

PRESS RELEASE: 15th MAY 2014 – The SCUF TACTICAL collection is the new cool, whether you're a fashion guru, gamer or just simply elite, you’re going to love the way you look and feel in the new SCUF hoodie, hat and tees. The collection includes military design qualities and was designed with style and comfort in mind for extended gaming sessions.

 

Duncan Ironmonger, CEO & Co-Founder of Scuf Gaming says, “We’re extremely pleased with the way the SCUF TACTICAL collection came together and the positive feedback we’ve received from the gaming community. We designed the collection with a focus on style, fit and special features that we knew SCUF fans would appreciate, like the shoulder loop on the tees to make game-play easier. We’re confident our customers will become big fans of this new SCUF gear.”

 

The tees are made of 100% high grade, dense and breathable cotton and offer extreme comfort and durability for gamers to breath easy while their opponents struggle.  Tees come in two colors: CAMO and WHITE; offer a close fit and include the SCUF logo on the chest, curved shoulder seams and back shoulder panels.   An exciting new feature on the tees is the shoulder loops which allow for headphone cables to stay away from a gamer’s hands while in game-play.

 

The SCUF PURSUIT hoodie is perfect for major gaming events when the air temp is cool and you need to focus.  The black hoodie has a body armor effect at the torso and elbows, includes zipped pockets, raised SCUF logo on the chest and a military style interior patch. It’s a favorite among pro-players! 4

 

The SCUF TARGET Camo Cap is a cool new design. It includes a structured fit, high crown and normal bill with the SCUF logo font center. There are two sizes available to ensure a comfortable fit, small/medium and large/x-large. The interior includes branded taping and a moisture-absorbing sweatband.

 

The SCUF TACTICAL paddle has been subtly placed on the entire collection.

 

SCUF TACTICAL Collection Includes:

 

  • STEALTH CREW TEE - CAMO - (S-XXL) - $29.95

  • STEALTH V-NECK TEE - CAMO - (S-XXL) - $29.95

  • PACKED CREW TEE – WHITE - (S-XXL) - $24.95

  • PACKED V-NECK TEE – WHITE - (S-XXL) - $24.95

  • PURSUIT HOODIE JACKET – BLACK - (S-XXL) - $59.95

  • TARGET CAP – CAMO – (S/M & L/XL) - $24.95


ABOUT SCUF GAMING

Scuf Gaming is the manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, and restorer of custom video game equipment and accessories. A company focused on providing “tactical gear for elite gamers,” SCUF entered the market three years ago with the SCUF controller. Along with patented back paddles, Scuf Gaming controllers also feature adjustable hair triggers, trigger stops, military grade SCUF grip and optional domed or concave SCUF sticks. SCUF controllers are legally approved for use at most major competitions to include MLG, EGL, WGL, Gfinity, Reflex, UMG, ESL, etc. Scuf Gaming also sell a variety of accessories and apparel specifically designed for Elite Gamers.

 

Visit www.ScufGaming.com for more information.  Editorial and product photos available upon request.

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This week’s affiliate profile takes a look at console esports prodigy Cuyler ‘Huke’ Garland.

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Among console esports stars, Huke might well be the most unique. He was unusual to begin with, a young talent that seemingly came out of nowhere on Advanced Warfare. By the end of the year, he’d gone from unknown amateur to being hailed as one of the best players in the world – a feat few have managed.

What makes him particularly exceptional, however, is that having been forced out of the pro level by age restrictions, he then transitioned to Halo. Not only did he become one of very few players to ever successfully make the move in that direction (OpTic Gaming’s Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter being the only other high-profile example), he has become even more successful as a result.

Within a year of making the switch, Huke was representing major organisations and playing alongside legendary names as he had in Call of Duty, but in Halo he’s managed to go a step beyond and win championships as well.

Having found success in both games, Huke is already among an elite group – the likes of the aforementioned Crimsix, his OpTic Gaming team mate Matthew ‘Formal’ Piper, and Ian ‘Enable’ Wyatt being the other obvious members. The company Huke shares despite still being a young player makes him one of the most exciting prospects in console esports, a legend in the making.

With Call of Duty: WWII on the horizon, rumours are swirling that Huke might make a return to Call of Duty now that he’s old enough to compete in major events again. If he does, he’ll instantly be one of the most highly anticipated players on the circuit.

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Origins

Although Huke had competed briefly in Call of Duty Ghosts, his rise to prominence truly began in Advanced Warfare. Having kicked off the season with a top-16 placement alongside fellow amateur players at MLG Columbus, he’d launch himself into the spotlight by reaching the grand finals of UMG Orlando with a Stunner Gaming squad that had no business contending for the trophy on paper.

It didn’t take long for Huke to earn recognition as a rare talent despite his inexperience on a professional level. Age restrictions at the Call of Duty Championships arguably prevented him from joining an elite squad earlier, but by the mid-season he was playing for a FaZe squad that reached back-to-back grand finals at major events.

To close out Infinite Warfare Huke found himself playing under Denial, alongside Advanced Warfare World Champion James ‘Replays’ Crowder. The team remained at the pinnacle of the game, appearing in another two grand finals but never quite able to overcome the dominant OpTic Gaming squad.

By the end of his rookie season, Huke was one of the most exciting and sought-after players in the world, universally recognised as an extraordinary talent relative to his age and experience. Unfortunately, his Call of Duty career would be cut short – at least temporarily – by factors beyond his control.

The introduction of the Call of Duty World League meant that all major events the following year, not just the Call of Duty Championships, would require competitors to be over the age of eighteen. Unwilling to watch from the side-lines for two years, Huke made the switch to Halo, where he has gone on to even greater success.

Current team


Today, Huke competes in Halo 5: Guardians for Team EnVyUs. Champions of HCS Las Vegas 2016, the HCS Fall 2016 Finals, UMG Daytona 2017, as well as runners-up in the 2017 Halo World Championship, EnVy have been one of the most successful teams in the world during Huke’s time with them.

Since Huke’s addition to the team, they have been a constant presence on the podium, consistently placing third-place or higher. Over that period, they’ve been the primary obstacle in the way of an otherwise dominant OpTic Gaming squad, whom they’ve faced off against in several grand finals.

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Greatest achievement


Despite a meteoric rise in Advanced Warfare, Huke was never quite able to lift a trophy in Call of Duty. He reached four grand finals over the course of the season, but on every occasion ran into the indomitable OpTic Gaming, who were then only in the first year of the legendary roster that has terrorised the game since.

Having made the switch to Halo, it didn’t take Huke long to start reaching grand finals again. Having truly announced his arrival in the new game with a top-four finish at the 2016 Halo World Championship in March, he placed second in his first season of the Halo Championship Series.

It was the following season, however, that marked arguably his greatest achievement to date. Having moved to Team EnVyUs after HCS Summer 2016, the squad put together a dominant run for the HCS Fall 2016 season. Having topped the regular season, the squad were able to come back from the loser bracket to defeat the imperious OpTic Gaming in consecutive best-of-sevens to take the trophy.