Ahead of the start of the Cold War Challengers season we have asked all our players and our coach to evaluate their individual previous season and give us some insights to their thoughts about the past and the future.
“So last year began with me retiring from competitive Call of Duty, after a long but, not necessarily super successful career. I will take pride with some of the accomplishments I had achieved while competing, attending COD Champs 2017 and 2018, as well as gaining some good results under my belt, and travelling the world for a video game. But the competitive drive started to become toxic, to both my physical and mental health, so I decided to retire and move on. However, I had never fulfilled my dream of making it to the top echelon of COD and I knew this would always be a chip on my shoulder.
Last year, I had received the offer to coach Elevate, a team in the CWL, for the CWL championships 2019. It was an eye-opening experience, to the difficulties and hardships involved in coaching a professional team, but it was one that I thoroughly enjoyed. If I did not have the ability to make it into the CDL, maybe I could help others to do so. At that time, I decided that I wanted to finally complete my final years of my Biomedical science degree and use this to move on with my career. Also, because competitive COD left long term effects on me, I had decided that it was the best time to start weightlifting and rediscover my passion for boxing. My new training regime provided me with the perfect opportunity to expand my coaching skills, as I had enrolled on modules into learning about sports science, sports management and sports psychology with a practical application in boxing. It would open my eyes on the complex nature of coaching, and everything involved in dealing with top class athletes. It taught me that you are not born a winner, rather, winning is a consequence of positive affirmation and actions. This was the year where I truly developed my coaching philosophy.
Now, onto the MW season. After coaching Elevate, Wailers approached me to coach the train hard team for the MW season. I wanted to continue to learn and felt like this would be an amazing opportunity to use TH as a case study. We had a very inconsistent season, with a lot of 2nd places but, a season that I am grateful for Wailers and the team for, none the less. Coaching players like Wailers, Hydra, Breszy, Defrag and Peatie, truly opened my eyes on what it took to win, and what It meant to play to win. A lot of details which I missed as a player and ultimately resulted in my mediocre success. Before Hydra became the phenom that he is on NY, he was shy and quiet player, with very broken English. To help the team win, I took it upon myself to help teach him English, using the sources that my university had provided. With very week, he became more and more confident on speaking English and this would eventually translate over to our results. I take great pride in Hydra and I’m incredibly proud to see him land on a CDL team, seeing as I had failed many times. I wish everyone on that team could be on a CDL franchise, they deserved it. I still have a lot to learn about coaching, and even more to learn about the game but, I am certain I can bring something to the table that not many can. I want to have a great mix of in game playing experience at a high level as well as my thirst for gaining coaching knowledge.
Now this had led me to SNG. After TrainHard had dissolved, Luke and the team had approached me to coach the team, and they wanted no other. I know the guys really well, and I know how talented they all are. I had personally teamed with Denza on WW2, where I had won 2x French national circuits as well as other success. I am truly grateful for the team for giving me the opportunity to work with them, to grow with them and to win with them. We have a lot to learn, we will keep our heads down and I’m sure we will do SNG proud. And finally, thank you Atle for giving me, personally, the opportunity to represent such an esteemed organisation, one which I’ve looked favourably upon since I first saw the tissue with an issue, CleanX represent you with pride.”Ehsan “DREAL” Javed, Call of Duty coach, Team Singularity