By Corey Dieteman
October 12, 2018
The Splyce Halo team is set to make esports history by becoming the first team to compete in both the Halo Championship Series (HCS) and the Call of Duty World League (CWL). Splyce announced this unprecedented move Thursday via Twitter.
The North American squad of Jonathan “Renegade” Willette, Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas-Castro, Braedon “StelluR” Boettcher, and Kevin “Eco” Smith will compete in the 2019 season of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. After earning ten first-place finishes in Halo 5, there’s no doubt this team knows what it takes to compete at the highest level. Splyce has conquered four consecutive Halo LAN events, including the 2018 World Championships. Their streak ended when they were defeated by TOX Gaming last month at HCS London 2018.
Splyce must replace Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas-Castro for the beginning portion of the CWL due to age restriction rules. Players must be at least 18 years old to compete in Call of Duty World League tournaments. Cuevas-Castro will turn 18 on July 4, 2019.
Splyce’s Halo team will also need to add a fifth member to compete in the CWL. It is unclear at this time who will be that fifth member. In September, the CWL announced a brand-new format for the 2019 season which sees teams transitioning from four players to five.
The Halo team is the second Call of Duty lineup announced by Splyce this month. On October 4, Splyce announced the signing of Lamar “Accuracy” Abedi, Daniel “Loony” Loza, Ulysses “Aqua” Silva, and Donovan “Temp” Laroda to compete alongside European veteran Jordan “Jurd” Crowley.
The first major LAN event for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will be CWL Las Vegas. The event runs from December 7-9. The tournament features a multi-stage competition with an open bracket, pool play, and a Championship bracket. The top four teams will qualify for 2019 CWL Pro League.
The CWL Pro League returns in February. Teams finishing 5th-32nd at CWL Las Vegas will qualify for the 2019 CWL Pro League play-in tournament in January at the MLG Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The top 12 teams from the play-in event will move up to the CWL Pro League.