Written by Luke “Bidz” Biddle
Where to even begin?
Myself and the Singularity team at the time consisting of Detain, Insight, Keza and CleanX had ended the Black ops 4 season in 2019, by placing 9th-12th at the biggest event of the year, the Call of Duty World League Championships 2019. However, upon entering the 2019 – 2020 season on MW, the team had been forced into a change, with CleanX being drafted to the Toronto Ultra.
We decided to start the season with two fresh faces, Jack Maple and Sam Chain.
The season did not begin as we had anticipated, as we had finished T32 in our first
tournament together, the GameBattles EU Challengers: 2000 Series Tournament #1. However, we got our act together and proceeded to win the next Challenger tournament, a week later.
With this team, we continued to place well in the tournament until our first major test of 2020, attending the Call of Duty Challengers Launch Weekend Open 2020, in Minnesota.
We dropped into the losers’ bracket from WR6 after a loss to Renegades 3-0 however, we showed our character from the losers. We had won every game from this point on, securing
a spot on the grand finals against Hybrid Black. We had to win two best of fives to secure the win. We won the first series in a 3-0 fashion. We defeated them in the second Bo5 3-2, last map to secure $80,000 for the team.
After the win, this helped the team grow stronger and more confident, as we went B2B on LAN, taking the Call of Duty Challengers London Open 2020, defeating Trainhard esports in the final, and the team of our current Head Coach, securing $6,000.
At this stage, the events would come thick and fast, and we would place 2nd at both the Call of Duty Challengers Paris Open 2020 and Call of Duty Challengers Los Angeles Open 2020
securing $3,000 and $7,000 respectively. Before the LA open, the team and management decided it would be best to bootcamp in the states, to get the best practice possible.
The bootcamp in the states proved fruitful, as we a multitude of events including first at the GameBattles NA Challengers: 1000 Series Tournament #10, Call of Duty Challengers 2020 Cup #1 North America and Call of Duty Challengers Chicago Open 2020 North America.
However, this would be the start of issues arising from the team. Upon winning as much as we could in the US, we were confident about our return to Europe however, winning did not hide the cracks, which were forming. To cut a long story short, issues with the team resulted in benching Sam Chain after the Call of Duty Challengers 2020 Cup #2 Europe.
We felt like we needed something new and fresh and decided to take a chance on the upcoming talent, Joey Gismo.
We still had some issues that we needed resolving with Joey Gismo and we were not performing to the same heights as we did early on into the season, with a plethora of 3rd places.
However, when we needed to perform at the end of the season, so we decided to make another change and bench Jack maple and pick up Sam chain, in the hopes of rediscovering our early season form. We had improved as much as we could for the biggest event of the season, the Call of Duty Challengers 2020 Finals Europe.
Our tournament began successful as we defeated Cowana, BDS and our closest rivals in Team war to book a place in the grand finals from the winners.
However, it was not enough to take the tournament, as Team War had taken both BO5 from losers, both in a 3-1 fashion and we had to settle for 2nd and $28,000 but this was a defeat which would sting and I knew I had to do better.
After the announcement of 4v4 and with Jamie Insight being signed on Toronto Ultra, we had been forced into more changes.
I had decided that the best chance of success would be to play with both Jed and Maple but picking up serial winner BsDenza. We had also made a change in Head Coach and brought
in DREAL who we all knew could bring a different dynamic and value to the team. Currently, we had won both the ASTRO Gaming Community Showdown 2020 EU Finals and Esports Hub $1,000 4v4 Variant 2020-12-27 as well as placing 2nd at the Call of Duty Challengers 2021 Cup #1 Europe.
Call of Duty transfers 2020:
- Tobias “CleanX” Juul Jønnson à Toronto ULTRA (CDL S1)
- Jamie “Insight” Craven à Toronto ULTRA (CDL S2)
”I’m incredibly proud of the Call of Duty team and their achievements in 2020! Even though our start to the season was greater than our finish then the season also changed format from lan events to online cups when Covid-19 shut down the world, which was most likely the most obvious reason for our change in dominance throughout the year.
I’m looking forward to a great 2021, and I hope we’ll be able to solidify ourselves as the top EU team throughout the season”. Commented Atle S. Stehouwer, Founder & CEO, Team Singularity.