Denial Esports

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Denial Esports
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Team Information
Location: United States USA
Sponsor(s): HyperX
SCUF Gaming
DXRacer
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Organization
Sister Teams (Former): Denial eSports.East
Denial eSports.Europe
Denial eSports.West
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Rocket League
Vainglory
History
Created (1): 2013
Disbanded: 2015-12-02
Created (2): 2017-05-10
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Denial Esports is a North American eSports organization, sponsoring multiple teams across various games such as Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Guild Wars 2, Overwatch, H1Z1, Rocket League and Vainglory.

History

The Rise of Denial

In the 2014 season of Call of Duty: Ghosts, Denial entered the scene with a 13-16th placement at UMG Philadelphia 2014 and an 8th place finish out of eight teams at the Call of Duty Winter Invitational. The Wolf Pack was disappointed with their past two placings and looked to make changes heading into the COD Champs season with a new plan involved, two teams. Denial would end up picking up two rosters to compete for them under the names Denial.West and Denial.East. However, neither of the teams would qualify for COD Champs at the Call of Duty Championship 2014: US Regional Final. West finished with a 9-12th placing and East finished 13-16th, the teams were disbanded later on because they didn't qualify.

Denial eSports would get their first true recognition when they entered Season 2 of the MLG CoD League in place of Erupt Gaming with a roster consisting of Legal, PRPLXD, VeXeD, and ZooMaa. The would finish in 7th place with a 23-21 record, they're placement in the top 8 earned them a spot at the Season 2 Playoffs in Anaheim. They would go on to beat Curse Black 3-2, before they fell down into the Loser's Bracket after losing to XGAMES Champions, OpTic Gaming, 3-0. They were then eliminated by TCM Gaming 3-0 and placed 11th, but were able to hold their heads up high as OpTic and TCM would go on to place 2nd and 3rd at the event, respectively. After the event all of the players except ZooMaa, was released. The entire community was really impressed by his performance, so Denial would look to rebuild their roster around him. They ended up putting together a roster that consisted of ZooMaa as captain, Replays, Saints, and StuDyy. Many people thought this team was a top 3 contender, but because of Saints being unable to travel outside of the U.S. the team would miss Gfinity 3. Their first event with the new squad would be UMG Dallas 2014, where the team dominated the competition with a map count of 15-3 to take home their first 1st place. Only a week later did the team attend a minor LAN event with Censor in place of Saints, and they took home another 1st place finish at ETG 7.

They would not see success for the rest of the Call of Duty: Ghosts season as they placed 2nd, 6th, and 6th at UMG Nashville 2014, MLG CoD League Season 3 Regular Season, and S3 Playoffs. The team would however see their first roster change in five months immediately after the playoffs, as the would then release StuDyy to pick up another young rising star in Attach heading into the Advanced Warfare season. This was a change that many saw coming since Attach was one of the people ZooMaa originally wanted to pick up back in June, but could not due to contract issues.

New Game, New Struggles

Heading into the Advanced Warfare season the team was seeing immediate success in online tournaments, but then a change that shocked many happened. It was announced that Replays and recent pick up Attach were released. After a few days they were eventually picked back up with Denial's CEO and ZooMaa saying that they made a huge mistake and that Replays would be captain moving forward, many speculated that the plan was to pick up the legendary duo of ACHES and TeePee but that their plans fell through. On November 28th, 2014, Denial headed to their first LAN event of AW in Columbus for the Columbus Open 25k. The Wolf Pack started the tournament off strong by winning their pool 4-0 with a map count of 12-3 winners bracket, but ended up losing 3-2 to Team EnVyUs in Winner's Bracket Round 1. The team fell down into round 4 of the Loser's Bracket, where they 3-1 and then 3-0 Automatic Reload and Team JusTus, respectively. Their Loser's Bracket run ended though as they lost 2-3 to eventual champions, FaZe Clan, to place 6th at the tournament. The teams struggles didn't end there though, after going home and recollecting themselves the team headed to UMG Orlando 2015. Here they finished pool play in 2nd with a 10-5 record and had to play Team Kaliber in the first round of the Winner's Bracket. tK proved to be little competition for them as the Wolf Pack won 3-0 and advanced to play the tournament's dark horse, Stunner Gaming. The team lost 3-0 and dropped down to the Loser's Bracket where they 3-2 and 3-1 Team eLevate and Team JusTus to advance to the Loser's Bracket Finals. Here Denial had to face off against Stunner Gaming once again, the results weren't very different though. Stunner won the series 3-1 and eliminated them from the tournament with a 3rd place finish. The team improved on their 6th place placing, but were not satisfied with 3rd place because of the standards they set in the previous title.

Road To COD Champs

After a few weeks of playing in the MLG Pro League Season 1, Denial saw their first roster change since AW launched. ZooMaa and Saints showed interest in leaving the team and joining Team EnVyUs, the easiest way to do this through the league's rules was to trade them to nV for Clayster and JKap. The plan was for them to pick up JKap and for Clayster to join Prophecy, but after their performance against OpTic Gaming in a league match Clay decided to join the team. They finished Season 1 in 2nd place with a record of 29-15, this made Denial go in to S1 Playoffs confident with the #2 seed. The first round of the tournament brought the match that everyone wanted to see, Denial eSports vs Team EnVyUs. The Wolf Pack however lost the series 1-3 to ZooMaa's and Saint's nV to drop down to the Loser's Bracket. That loss lit a fire inside the players of the Denial as they climbed their way through the Loser's Bracket by winning series 3-1, 3-2, 3-1, and 3-0 against Prophecy, Aware.NA, FaZe Clan, and Team Kaliber to advanced to the Grand Finals to play OpTic Gaming. The GreenWall held their ground as they beat the Wolf Pack 3-0, this marked their first top 2 placement in AW and since UMG Nashville 2014.

After Denial qualified for the Call of Duty Championship 2015: NA Regional Finals through the online qualifiers they went in once again confident, but had issues on Friday with one of their players. Clayster ended up arriving late to the tournament due to car troubles so their match against Aztec Gaming was pushed back, but that didn't stop them from beating the Mexican team 3-0 before falling down to Loser's Bracket after being beaten by Team Revenge 3-0. They ended up making a long run through the Loser's Bracket by beating teams such as XGN, Rise, Prophecy, and tK by winning the series 3-0, 3-1, 3-0, and 3-1. Their next opponent that stood in their way of a top 4 placement was Team Revenge, this time tR was dismantled by Denial as they ended up losing the series 0-3 to the Wolf Pack. After another rough start Denial eSports was looking at another top 3 placement but didn't stop there as they beat both OpTic Nation and FaZe Red 3-1 to advance to the Grand Finals to play the reigning champions again, OpTic Gaming. OG once again bested Denial as they beat them 3-0, giving Denial eSports back-to-back 2nd place finishes.

Heading in to the biggest tournament of the year, Call of Duty Championship 2015, Denial eSports went in confident with the #2 seed and well practiced. They were placed in Pool B with Prophecy, HyperGames, and Klar1ty Gaming where they finished 2nd with a 8-3 map count. Their only loss was to Prophecy, where they lost 2-3 in a lackluster game 5 SnD. However, the team bounced back strong and looked forward to bracket play where their first match was against tournament favorites and reining champs, OpTic Gaming. This time Clayster led the Wolf Pack through the GreenWall as they crushed OG in all gamemodes (besides the Uplink) to send the tournament favorites down in to the Loser's Bracket. After causing the biggest upset of the event in the very first round Denial powered through the rest of the bracket by crushing Team Kaliber and Automatic Reload. This got them to the Winner's Bracket Finals against the event's wildcard team, Team Revenge. This time neither team had the advantage over the other as both teams fought hard, but in the end Denial came out on top as they beat tR 3-2 to advance to the Grand Finals of COD Champs. Denial sat back and watched the Loser's Bracket Finals to see what team they'd play in the Finals. Revenge ended up bouncing back to the Finals to face the Wolf Pack. Clayster ended up leading the team through another hard fought series against tR, but Denial ended up killing the last man alive on tR, Faccento, while Attach defused the bomb in game 5, round 10 on Riot Search and Destroy to take the tournament. Denial eSports took home the biggest tournament of the year, the $400,000 check, the rings, the title "World Champions, and Clayster took home the COD Champs MVP trophy.

The Fall of The World Champions

The Wolf Pack would then go back home to play more league matches in Season 2 of the MLG Pro League before heading out to Paris to defend their newly earned title. At ESWC 2015 Denial would go 2-1 in group play, only dropping a series to OpTic Gaming on last map. In their first match of bracket play they had to once again play Team Revenge, this series ended up going the distance as the Wolf Pack clutched up on Recovery Search and Destroy in round 11 to advance to another Grand Finals. Here they would face the GreenWall once again in another finals, this time OpTic bested Denial as they won the series 3-1. Denial walked away with another $10,000 and another 2nd place finish, they would get a shot at redemption one week later in London at Gfinity's Spring Masters 1. After making it out of the Winner's bracket side of their pool, Denial would fall to OpTic Nation in the first round of the Knockout Stage. This meant that they placed 5-8, out of the money and the organization's worst placing in Advanced Warfare. The team then headed back to the states after a disappointing trip over seas, they missed UMG California due to Attach going to his high school's prom.

The Wolf Pack finished out Season 2 of the online league in 3rd place with a 27-17 match record, same as 2nd place team FaZe. Next event was the MLG Pro League Season 2 Playoffs at this year's summer XGAMES in Austin, Texas. Clayster tried to defend the title and win back-to-back gold medals, but wasn't able to as the team fell to FaZe Clan in the second round of bracket play after beating Rise Nation in a dominating fashion. This was the final straw though because following the event the team underwent numerous roster changes, the first being the release of team captain, Replays, and JKap. This left the new captain, Clayster, and Attach looking for two players to play under Denial eSports. After some time passed, Clayster and Attach left the team to join FaZe Clan. Clayster shared his side of the story in a YouTube video, he stated that Replays and JKap offered to step down from the team so him and Attach tried picking up ZooMaa from FaZe and then look for another 4th. ZooMaa turned them down instantly so then they approached SlasheR and Huke, also from FaZe. After those two players considered the offer, Enable and ZooMaa offered Clay and Attach a spot in FaZe, which they ended up taking. This left Denial looking for 4 players to represent them.

Black Ops III

Denial eSports announced that they had picked up players Methodz, FeLonY, Blfire, and CMPLX to compete under the organization for the Call of Duty: Black Ops III season. Sadly, shortly after picking up the players, Counter Logic Gaming offered the players a better deal than Denial's. The players left Denial eSports, and the organization did not participate during the Black Ops III seasons.

Infinite Warfare

On May 10th, 2017, after a very long absence in Call of Duty eSports announced a new team after not having a team since the beginning of Black Ops III, was announced to be a roster of MiRx, Prophet, TwiZz, and Blfire. The team was very hyped up going into the next 2K tournament. Sadly, after multiple top 32 and top 16 finishes in the 2K tournaments the team thought it was time for a change. Player Blfire left the team and that lead 2013 Call of Duty Champion KiLLa to join the team.

Timeline

  • 2017

Player Roster

Active

ID Name Primary Role
USA TwiZz Eric Servello Template:RoleSortNumber Player
USA KiLLa Adam Sloss Template:RoleSortNumber Player

Temporary Subs

ID Name Primary Role Replacing Tournament
USA Censor Douglas Martin Template:RoleSortNumber OBJ United States Saints ETG 7

Former

ID Name Primary Role Next Team
USA MiRx Marcus Carter Template:RoleSortNumber Player Logo std2.png Havok eSports
USA Prophet Jason Nicoletti Template:RoleSortNumber Player ProjektElogo std.png Projekt Evil
USA Blfire Mikhail Glushenok Template:RoleSortNumber Player
None
USA Methodz Anthony Zinni Template:RoleSortNumber OBJ CLGlogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming
USA FeLonY Tyler Johnson Template:RoleSortNumber Support CLGlogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming
USA Blfire Mikhail Glushenok Template:RoleSortNumber OBJ CLGlogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming
USA CMPLX Aaron Vetelino Template:RoleSortNumber Slayer CLGlogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming
USA SlasheR Austin Liddicoat Template:RoleSortNumber Slayer NVlogo std.png Team EnVyUs
USA Huke Cuyler Garland Template:RoleSortNumber Slayer E6logo std.png Enigma6 Group
USA Temp Donovan Laroda Template:RoleSortNumber Support E6logo std.png Enigma6 Group
USA Classic Nicholas DiCostanzo Template:RoleSortNumber OBJ Riselogo std.png Rise Nation
USA Replays Chris Crowder Template:RoleSortNumber OBJ Orbitlogo std.png Orbit eSport
USA JKap Jordan Kaplan Template:RoleSortNumber Support NVlogo std.png Team EnVyUs
USA Clayster James Eubanks Template:RoleSortNumber Slayer FaZelogo std.png FaZe Clan
USA Attach Dillon Price Template:RoleSortNumber Slayer FaZelogo std.png FaZe Clan
USA ZooMaa Tommy Paparratto Template:RoleSortNumber OBJ Slayer NVlogo std.png Team EnVyUs
USA Saints Renato Forza Template:RoleSortNumber Slayer NVlogo std.png Team EnVyUs
USA StuDyy Jeremy Astacio Template:RoleSortNumber Slayer Noblelogo std.png Noble eSports
USA PRPLXD Brian Ladd Template:RoleSortNumber OBJ STNNRlogo std.png Stunner Gaming
USA VeXeD Hamza Pirzada Template:RoleSortNumber Slayer Orbitlogo std.png Orbit eSport
USA Legal Tyree Glover Template:RoleSortNumber Slayer Orbitlogo std.png Orbit eSport
USA NoXiDe William Cardona Template:RoleSortNumber Slayer Orbitlogo std.png Team Orbit NA
USA FLawLesS Richard Ferreira Template:RoleSortNumber Slayer VVvlogo std.png vVv Gaming
USA TwiZz Eric Servello Template:RoleSortNumber Slayer Juslogo std.png Team JusTus
USA Lawless Ryan Lawless Template:RoleSortNumber Slayer Nbl.Blklogo std.png Noble.Black
USA PHiZZURP Phillip Klemenov Template:RoleSortNumber OBJ Mutinylogo std.png Mutiny Gaming
USA ASSASS1N Robert Walsh Template:RoleSortNumber OBJ XGNlogo std.png XGN Competitive
USA Blfire Mike Glushenok Template:RoleSortNumber OBJ Juslogo std.png Team JusTus
USA FoRePLayy Skyler Johnson Template:RoleSortNumber Slayer Gammalogo std.png Gamma Gamers
Vietnam Complex Đức Nguyễn Template:RoleSortNumber Slayer Elevatelogo std.png Elevate

Organization

Current

ID Name Position
USA Ringokid Robby Ringnalda Chief Executive Officer
USA FroZn Ray Arsenault Chief Operating Officer
USA Jaypei John Perd Chief Administration Officer
USA zumbiezuza Zoe Chief Marketing Officer

Former

ID Name Role Next Team
USA xFoxtrotx Kevin Ramsey Chief Operating Officer
None
USA Hawkeye Mike Chapman Chief Marketing Officer
None
USA FroZn Ray Arsenault Chief Operating Officer Elevatelogo std.png Elevate

Team Achievements

Recent Achievements (full list)
Game Date Place Event Winnings Roster
GameIcon IW3.png 2017-06-18 D333 - 40th 2017 CWL Anaheim Open MiRxProphetTwiZzKiLLa
GameIcon AW.png 2015-10-18 A22nd MLG World Finals 2015 $60,000 TempHukeSlasheRClassic
GameIcon AW.png 2015-09-20 A55 - 6th MLG Pro League CoD AW Season 3 Playoffs $12,000 ReplaysTempHukeSlasheR
GameIcon AW.png 2015-09-06 A22nd UMG Washington DC 2015 $12,000 ReplaysTempHukeSlasheR
GameIcon AW.png 2015-07-12 A33rd UMG Dallas 2015 $5,000 ReplaysTempHukeSlasheR

Videos

Interviews

Articles

  • 2015

Gallery

See Also

External Links

References

  1. Introducing Denial COD - denialesports.com
  2. DenialEsports' Tweet about Blfire leaving - twitter.com
  3. DenialEsports' Tweet about KiLLa joining - twitter.com
  4. Prophet leaves Denial - dexerto.com