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Preston "Prestinni" Sanderson is an AR Slayer for eUnited.
Black Ops 3
A burgeoning amateur player, Prestinni began his proffessional playing career under Apotheon Esports, during the tail end of the Black Ops 3 Season. His team managed modest placings, but Prestinni had undoubtedly proven his natural ability and remained a prospect for the upcoming Infinite Warfare season.
Prestinni attended the first event of the new season, 2017 CWL Las Vegas Open, with GosuCrew, alongside his twin brother Arcitys, and other new talents Gunless and DraMa. Managing a top 12 placing, Prestinni and the squads potential had been noticed, and, with the exception of DraMa, were recruited by eUnited, to join up with SiLLY. This roster began making waves in the online scene, winning 2 of 3 MLG 2K Series in the month of January 2017. Despite these impressive performances from a relatively low profile team, the nature of their online wins were not expected to transfer over to the LAN environment. The team quickly quietened the naysayers however, winning their pool in dominating fashion with a 4-0 record and a 12-2 map count, beating out even the likes of a rejuvenated Team EnVyUs. eUnited kept the upsets coming in their run in the winners bracket, first taking out Splyce and favorites FaZe in tight 3-2 victories, before doing the double over EnVyUs with a 3-0 in the winners bracket finals. The team would face an in form OpTic Gaming in the Grand Final's, who had just made an incredible losers bracket run after being beaten by EnVy in the first winners bracket round. Despite their performance throughout, eUnited were still not expected to win the Grand Finals, even though OpTic would have to beat them in two best of 5's. OpTic became the first team to take a series from eUnited however, winning the first best of 5 comfortably 3-0. eUnited were not fazed however, and came back strong in the second series. After an intense first hardpoint, which eUnited closed out 250-204, OpTic managed an incredible comeback from being 5-2 down in Retaliation Search and Destroy to tie the series up 1-1. eUnited then lost the uplink fairly easily, falling 7-2 to OG. Now down 2-1, eUnited had to battle back in the penultimate map 4 Hardpoint, and did just that, only just managing to take a narrow 250-230 victory. Finally, losers bracket road was proven too long for OpTic, who seemed to run out of steam, and eUnited took the map and the Championship. Gunless was awarded the MVP trophy for his incredible slaying power throughout the event, and Burns gave an emotional few lines to the crowd, stating how proud he was that this team was able to win a championship with him as manager, something he hadn't been able to do as a player.
Following their incredible victory, eUnited jetted off to Paris to compete at the 2017 CWL Paris Open. They were unable to replicate their performance however, and fell short of their own expectations, placing 13-16th. They returned to the states to continue practicing for the next event, CWl Dallas, and take part in the online 2K tournaments.
With the top seed now lost to OpTic Gaming, after their impressive Paris win, eUnited went to Dallas as the 2nd. This earned them an arguably easier pool than they had at Atlanta, but still had to face off some top teams. They came out on top however, dropping only one series (to the open bracket team Team Kaliber) and moved into winners bracket. The beat out an in form E6 in the first round to set up a winners semi match against FaZe Clan. After a tight series, FaZe won out 3-2, and placed eUnited into losers bracket. eUnited made a determined run however, taking out EnVyUs and Splyce in dominant 3-0 wins, to set up the rematch against FaZe in the losers final. eUnited faired better, only losing the uplink in overtime, and winnin the series 3-1 overall, with strong performances in Hardpoint and 6-5 victory in Retaliation Search and Destroy.
After beating out FaZe in the losers final 3-1, eUnited came into the Grand Final after making a similar losers bracket run as OpTic had done back in CWL Atlanta, and would now need to beat OpTic in two best of 5 series to win the event. In the opening map of the Grand Final, OpTic put eUnited to the sword, '100-point clubbing' them, winning by 250-67. Many believed after such a convincing win, the team would be too demoralized to bring the series back in map 2. Despite this, eUnited went up 5-1 in the Search and Destroy, and had Gunless with full streaks after only 3 rounds. Somehow though, OpTic battled back, making another incredible S&D comeback, winning 6-5. After suffering such a comeback defeat, and with the crowd now heavily favoring OpTic, eUnited looked doomed in the first best of 5 series. But then they made one of the most incredible reverse sweep comeback's to take the series 3-2. They narrowly won the uplink by 8-7, with a toss in the final seconds. They then obliterated OpTic in the second Hardpoint, winning by over 80 points. Finally, the Search and Destroy was much closer, going all the way to round 11. But after a monster performance from Gunless, who finished the map with 18 kills and only 6 deaths, eUnited won the last round to take the series and complete the unbelievable reverse sweep. Going into the 2nd best of 5, the eUnited fans started to believe that the impossible was now do-able. However, they did not start well once again. OpTic won the scorch Hardpoint 250-187, and also took the Search and Destroy, going up 2-0 in the series once again. Then came Throwback Uplink - one of the most incredible uplinks so far in Infinite Warfare. After a tight first round, eUnited opened up a 5 point lead, with the score 6-1 in their favor with only 30 seconds remaining. OpTic rallied all 5 points in the time however, with a buzzer beater toss from Karma, to take the map to overtime. eUnited managed to close it out though, scoring in 46 seconds, and then scoring again in the second side to close out the map. Back on hardpoint, eUnited played well as a team, including some very smart plays from Prestinni to secure spawns for his team, and won the map 250-118. Now with eUnited on the verge of 2 reverse sweeps and winning the tournament, it was time for the veteran players on OpTic to step up in the game 5, Scorch Search and Destroy. And stepped up did Karma, opening up 7-1, gaining full streaks and just steamrolling through the eUnited players. Karma clutched 2 1v2's, and got an ace in round 4, leading his team to a dominating 6-0 win on the final map, winning OG the tournament. The eUnited players were visibly dejected as OpTic lifted the trophy. OpTic players congratulated the team on their performance, and said that it wiped away any lingering thoughts that they were 'onliners'. FormaL even said that eUnited's Gunless was his toughest opposition at that moment. Despite the heartbreaking defeat, this eUnited roster had cemented their place in CoD eSport history, and their outlook remained bright for the remainder of the IW season after such strong performances all round.
The Gunless Saga
Despite their success, the fairytale start to the season was about to take a disappointing turn. Next for the team was the Playoff's for 2017 CWL Global Pro League Stage 1 and the team were unable to replicate the strength of their previous performances, placing 5-6th. It was a surprisingly poor placing, but not so bad that anyone suspected major changes. However, due to a combination of Gunless' MVP worthy individual performances, and a number of other teams considering their roster options, Gunless spot on eUnited came into question. The player posted a message to fans on Twitter, claiming that the organisation had refused him the opportunity to explore other team options, and placed a $200,000 USD buyout clause, making a buyout near impossible. eUnited responded saying they had allows Gunless the opportunity to explore options, but had to keep the organizations prosperity at the heart of all decisions. Prestinni openly chastised his teammate in an interview, stating "I don’t like how he handled the situation and as a result, I no longer like him. I couldn’t trust him if he returned because I don’t respect him and I’d just be expecting him to try and leave." As a result of this clash, Gunless announced that he would 'bench' himself, effectively taking no part in any future events for the team. It forced eUnited into finding a substitute player for the 2017 CWL Anaheim Open, and they did so in Swarley. With Swarley as fill in, the team perhaps unsurprisingly underperformed at the event, placing top 12, and it was clear that a resolution would need to be found.
In a culmination of FaZe Clan's similar ill-fortune lately, it was ultimately decided that veteran player Clayster would be traded to eUnited, with Gunless transferring the other way. There was no shortage controversy surrounding the move, and it was the first major roster move of the season involving 2 top level teams and high profile players.
However, the newly formed roster didn't manage the success they had hoped the change would bring. Despite a promising start at Playoffs for Stage 2 of the Pro League, the team were swept 0-3 by Team EnVyUsin the Winner's Final, before losing a close match to eventual Winners OpTic Gaming, placing 3rd for the event. Despite the disappointment, Prestinni and the team were still optimistic for the 2017 Call of Duty World League Championship. eUnited made quick work of their Group Play matches, not dropping a single map. The continued in strong fashion winning their first match of bracket play 3-1 against fierce opposition in Luminosity Gaming. In their next match facing up against clear underdogs Team Allegiance, Clayster's veteran leadership and the slaying power of Prestinni particularly, proved dominant once more, and they advanced to Round 3 to face Team EnVyUs. In a repeat of Stage 2 Playoffs, nV would send eUnited down to the losers bracket after an incredible comeback, winning the uplink match after eUnited had opened up a 12-0 advantage. The manner of such a defeat obviously shook the teams confidence, and they fell in their next matchup against the team they had previously beaten, Luminosity Gaming. Placing eUnited 5-6th for the final event of the IW Season.
- Prestinni and Arcitys are twins.
- Prestinni's favorite Call of Duty is Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
|2017-08-13||5 - 6th||2017 Call of Duty World League Championship||$55,000||eUnited|
|2017-07-30||3rd||2017 CWL Global Pro League Stage 2||$92,500||eUnited|
|2017-06-18||9 - 12th||2017 CWL Anaheim Open||eUnited|
|2017-05-28||5 - 6th||2017 CWL Global Pro League Stage 1||$32,500||eUnited|
|2017-03-19||2nd||2017 CWL Dallas Open||$48,000||eUnited|
- May 28, Exclusive eUnited Prestinni Interview on Gunless Transfer Situation By Mike Kent on Dexerto
- December 14, Prestinni of The Gosu Crew Interview “I’d Agree, We Are An Online Team” by Mike Kent on Dexerto
- December 17, TGC Prestinni Interview After Beating FaZe “I’ve Never Felt So Happy” by Mike Kent on Dexerto