May 20 2016 - 8:22 pm

Millenium: A Change of Heart

Millenium changed their minds about releasing MadCat.
Contributing Writer

24 hours ago, Millenium announced that they were releasing Dylan "MadCat" Daly from their Call of Duty World League roster and that they would be searching for a replacement immediately. 

Tom "Tommey" Trewen, the captain of the team, explained the reasoning behind the change in a Twitlonger post. He said that since the team’s inception “there have always been cracks and they've started to show as time has gone by”, leading them to struggle in Stage 2. Millenium is currently sitting in sixth place (out of 10) in the European Call of Duty World League with a record of 4-5. Some teams would not feel the need to make a drastic change like this while they are still in the top six, but Millenium felt they needed to considering the incredible Stage 1 they had. In the first stage of the CWL, Millenium finished tied for the best regular season record in Europe at 15-3 and eventually won the Stage 1 finals, netting the grand prize of $52,000. 

In the post, Tommey said that they have not been comfortable and they have not enjoyed playing together recently, but he assured that it was not one person’s fault but rather a whole team issue. This led to a lengthy team discussion, where all of the members offered themselves up to be released, eventually deciding that releasing MadCat would be the best move for their future. Tommey wished him the best in his post, saying, “It was a good ride, and we definitely accomplished what we set out to do. I wish him the best of luck [in] whatever is next and I've no doubt he'll have a new team in no time and be back to his old self.” 

But early this morning, Tommey released a new Twitlonger post. In this post, he stated that the roster change was not made and that Millenium would stay with the roster of himself, Jordan "Jurd" Crowley, Callum "Swanny" Swan, and MadCat. 

He explained the situation further in a YouTube video, saying that they were rushed into making a decision on who to release because of a looming roster lock at midnight, but that they could not find a good enough replacement to fill MadCat’s position, leading them to keep him on the roster. 

Despite not changing the roster, Tommey said that they have made changes within the game with MadCat switching to a submachine gun role and himself switching to an assault rifle role. He said that this change was made to prevent Swanny and MadCat from having similar roles, play styles and strategies, which has led to some of their problems recently. With this new setup, he said that they have felt more consistent and that they have felt better with their play. 

Now, Millenium looks forward to finishing Stage 2 out strong and hopefully qualify for the Call of Duty Championship near the end of the year where they will compete for at least a share of $1.6 million.

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