Bryan "Apathy" Zhelyazkov is an American Call of Duty player for Evil Geniuses. He is a 2016 World Champion and is well known for his roles on teams such as Strictly Business, Team Kaliber, and FaZe Clan.
Getting his start on the PlayStation One, Apathy gained his reigns to the basics of gaming by replaying single player games over and over. It was when he heard about the Halo series; particularly Halo 3, which his interest for multiplayer games grew and he quickly found a way to get his hands on an Xbox 360 and the Halo 3 title. Playing competitive Halo for about two years, Apathy decided that he needed to make a change if he was going to continue to grow in his competitive gaming career. He saw this change with the Call of Duty chain, beginning with the MW2 title.
Black Ops and Black Ops 2
Apathy began to gain recognition during the Call of Duty: Black Ops season. While on Fly Society, Apathy achievedhis first Top 10 placing, finishing 9th at MLG Columbus. Bryan then achieved his highest placing of the season while on apeX.Collapse, finishing 2nd at MLG Raleigh. He struggled during the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Season, playing on Quantic LeveraGe, Xtravagant, Twisted Method, and Team Curse. Apathy's highest placing during the BO2 season was 8th at UMG Chicago with Twisted Method.
Apathy really began to shine in Call of Duty: Ghosts, while on Strictly Business. Finishing 8th at the MLG Spring Championship. Bryan, along with Censor, Dedo, and Saints, were one of the few teams to beat the juggernaut Complexity squad, finishing 1st at the Call of Duty Championship 2014: US Regional Final. After a 4th place finish at the Call of Duty Championship, Apathy left Strictly Business to join Team Kaliber. He did not attend UGC Niagara, but did compete at the MLG X Games Invitational. His play sent Team Kaliber into the championship match with OpTic Gaming. They fell just short, losing Game 5 Search and Destroy on Sovereign 6-4, becoming the first Call of Duty Silver Medalists. Team Kaliber narrowly made the Championship Bracket for the MLG Championship Anaheim, by finishing in 8th place in the MLG CoD League Season 2. However, the team came short, placing 7th/8th at the tournament. Apathy chose to leave tK, and join Censor, Dedo, and Parasite on FaZe Clan. This team faired well, earning 1st place at UMG Nashville 2014.
Still under FaZe, now playing with ACHES, SlasheR and Censor, the team won the first major of the season, MLG Columbus Open 2014. Playing through losers bracket, they beat out a very strong OpTic Gaming squad in the grand finals by winning two best of 5 series. However after a poor performance at UMG Orlando 2015, Apathy moved around a number of different teams, including Team JusTus, Prophecy NA and Rise Nation but struggled to find consistent success. Under FaZe Black, with teammates Censor, ProoFy and StuDyy, Apathy placed 13th-16th at Call of Duty Championship 2015.
Black Ops 3
The Black Ops 3 season was Apathy's most successful thus far. However, it started poorly - now teaming with Enigma6 Gold with long time teammate Censor, as well as Dedo and Saints, the team failed to qualify for the 2016 NA CWL Stage 1 Regular Season. Apathy, along with StuDyy then moved to Team Liquid to join Burnsoff and MerK. The outlook looked bright for this squad after 3rd-4th at their first event as a team (UMG South Carolina 2016 Champion Tournament). The team then attended the 2016 NA CWL Stage 1 Relegation through qualifying online. The team faced h2k-Gaming and were 3-0 up before being reverse swept, and therefore not qualifying for 2016 NA CWL Stage 2 Regular Season. Following MerK's retirement, Team Liquid released the roster. However, Apathy's talent had been recognised, and he was seen as a top SMG player. Consequently, he and John were both picked up by Team EnVyUs, to replace ACHES and TeePee, for the rest of the Black Ops 3 season, and this team was to see a lot of success. Despite a slow start, finishing 7-8th at MLG Anaheim Open 2016, the team found consistency, coming 1st in both the 2016 NA CWL Stage 2 Regular Season (although this was only due to OpTic Gaming forfeiting 4 series due to CWL rulings and suspensions), and the 2016 NA CWL Stage 2 Playoffs, which netted Apathy his largest cash prize ($16,500) since 2014 champs. At MLG Orlando Open 2016, the final event before champs, the team finished 2nd to OpTic Gaming.
Winning the 2016 World Championship
Team EnVyUs were placed in Group G with fellow NA team Cloud 9, EU squad Team Vitality and the Australian arm of Orbit - Team Orbit ANZ. Apathy and his team won the group finishing 3-0 series count, and 9-3 map count. Due to OpTic finishing 2nd in group H, the teams met in winner's bracket round 1. nV took the match 3-1, winning the final map (Fringe CTF) 1-0, after Karma made a notoriously questionable play with a dart, taking him out of the action while SlasheR made the only flag cap of the game. In winner's bracket round 2, Apathy and nV faced FaZe, and won the series convincingly 3-0, scoring 18 points to 8 in the Uplink on Evac. In the 3rd round of winners, they came up against the surprise package of the tournament, FAB Games eSports, in what was a closer contest than the FaZe match. nV won the Hardpoint and Uplink comfortably, but dropped the Search and Destroy 5-6. However they closed out to win the series 3-1 in the end, winning the Game 4 CTF 3-2, after John secured the match with a capture with only 22 seconds remaining. Apathy got both the other caps for the team. They now faced Elevate in winners finals. nV took the first map comfortably, winning Evac Hardpoint 250-100, notably all players on the team had over 1 minute in the Hardpoint. Elevate won the Search and Destroy and the Uplink though, leaving Apathy and his team fighting for their tournament life. Apathy and John performed very well on Stronghold CTF, going 26-13 and 24-13 (k/d) respectively, and Apathy secured 2 captures for his team. With the series now tied 2-2 going into Infection Search and Destroy, Apathy once again performed strongly finish with 10 kills and only 3 deaths, leading his team to a 6-2 victory against a team renowned for Search and Destroy. Now in Grand Finals, they faced EU team Splyce. Surprisingly, nV lost the hardpoint, a mode they had only lost twice previously in the tournament. However they won the next 3 maps with reasonable ease, and won the series 3-1, crowning them Champions for 2016 Call of Duty World League Championship.
Due to Apathy's marriage and JKap's and SlasheR's school commitments, the team were less practiced than normal and placed uncharacteristically poorly at the first event of the season 2017 CWL Las Vegas Open, finishing in 17-32nd place. As a result of this, and poor placing's in the the online MLG GameBattles 2K Series tournaments, nV's place in pools at the next event, 2017 CWL Atlanta Open was far from secure. However, winning a 2k tournament, the team just managed to have enough pro points to make pool play. They played well at the event, but fell just short, finishing 3rd. The team then flew to Paris to compete at the 2017 CWL Paris Open. Surprisingly, the team finished as poorly as they had done back in Vegas, placing 9-12th, following back to back 3-0 losses to OpTic Gaming and Splyce. The team practiced heavily after the event, knowing that their placing in Paris was well below their expected standard, and placed top 4 at both of the subsequent online 2K series. The next event for the squad was the Dallas Open, and the team did fair slightly better. Losses in pool play to OpTic, and the surprisingly strong GosuCrew who came from the Open Bracket, meant EnVy had to play through losers bracket. The team made an admirable run, beating SetToDestroyX, Cloud 9 and Luminosity, before eventually being beating in a map 5 by eventual runners up eUnited, placing EnVy in 5-6th for the event.
Despite their relatively poor placings at the first 4 events, EnVy were still high enough in the pro points rankings to qualify as the 5th seed for the 2017 CWL Global Pro League Stage 1. EnVy were placed into group red with the top EU team Splyce, the top APAC team Mindfreak, as well as fellow NA Squad Cloud 9, to compete in week 1. They began the weekend up against the overall 4th seed Splyce, and lost a close match 3-1. They won the remainder of their matches over the weekend against Cloud 9 and Mindfreak, and Apathy performed particularly well. For the final match against Splyce, EnVy would have to win the match 3-0 to top the group. EnVy surprised many to do just that, winning the Hardpoint and Search and Destroy narrowly, before completing the clean sweep in a more comfortable Uplink. Apathy had an incredible performance particularly in the Uplink, with over 35 kills, winning the All Star award for his team over the weekend. Following their 1st place in the group stages, EnVy went to Stage 1 playoffs as a top seed. Apathy and the squad were unable to play at their normal standard however, losing to both Luminosity and OpTic, placing 7-8th for the event.
Apathy was disappointed with their placing at playoffs, but having lost to arguably the top 2 teams in Infinite Warfare, was still hopeful of improvement at the 2017 CWL Anaheim Open. However the event was to be EnVy's worst of the year so far. After a poor performance in pool play, where they lost to Epsilon eSports, Luminosity and even the team from open bracket, Rogue. Despite winning their match against Red Reserve EU, EnVy still finished last in the group as Rogue and a superior map count. Falling immediately to loser's bracket round 1, they faced Team Allegiance. Given that the Allegiance squad was up and coming players, Apathy and his teammates were heavy favourites to win the match up. In a shock defeat though, Apathy's weekend hit its lowest point, as they fell 3-2, losing the game 5 Retaliation Search and Destroy in a crushing round 11, 5-6. EnVyUs placed 21st-24th, Apathy's worst placing in over 4 years.
As a result of the poor placing, it was expected by many that a roster change was imminent. Numerous rumours involving a number of players were linked with moves to the nV roster, but ultimately, no deals were struck. The roster, that had now been together over a year, decided to bootcamp for 2 weeks prior to their group weekend at Stage 2 of the Global Pro League. The consensus in the community was that EnVy had been drawn into the toughest pool, with OpTic Gaming, Epsilon eSports, and Cloud 9, and many polls suggested fans didn't expect them to qualify for playoffs. However, the team proved the doubters wrong, beating all the opposition except OpTic, to manage 2nd place in the group, and qualify for Playoffs, which took place only a week later. Again EnVy surprised, and went unbeaten all the way to the Grand Final's, taking out top opposition in FaZe Clan, Luminosity Gaming and eUnited on their way. Meeting them in the final was the squad they had failed to overcome in the group stage, OpTic Gaming. Coming from the losers bracket however, OpTic had to win 2 best of 5 series. To EnVy's disappointment, they did just that, winning both series 3-1. Despite missing out on the trophy, Apathy's improvement from the top 24 placing at Anaheim was impressive on all counts, looking more like the top level player he was known as, and hoped to continue this going into the final event of the year.
2017 World Championship
Despite the rollercoaster year, Team EnVyUs had a very impressive resume at previous Call of Duty Championships, reaching the Grand Finals 3 out of 4 years. They were also the only squad to return with the same roster to two Championships in an attempt to defend their title. Placed in a pool with Team eLevate, Mindfreak.Black and Projekt Evil, the team expected to, and ultimately did, cruise through to bracket play. Dropping only one map in pool play, EnVy went in as 1st seed in their group, to face against the second place team from Group A, Epsilon eSports. A familiar match up from Stage 2 of the Pro League, EnVy overcame this first hurdle with relative ease, despite dropping first map, winning 3-1. Moving on to Saturday, the team came up against one of the suggested dark horses for the tournament in Ghost Gaming. Again however, EnVy proved too experienced for this newly composed squad, and won a tight match 3-0. In one of the most incredible series, Apathy and the squad made a hugely impressive comeback over eUnited in the Winners semi's. With Apathy providing much of the shot calling, as well as contributing with full killstreaks and a number of points, the team overcame a 0-10 deficit in Uplink, winning 12-10. The team completed the series with a 3-1 victory.
The team would face their so far unbeatable foe in OpTic Gaming in the Winners final, for a spot in the Grand Final. They dropped the first map once again, however, Apathy played outstandingly well in the next 3 maps, going 11-2 in the S&D, and managing over 30 kills in both the uplink and map 4 hardpoint. Off the back of Apathy's strong performance, they secured a place in the Grand Final - Apathy's 2nd in as many years. It was once again OpTic Gaming who EnVy would face in the final. Like Stage 2 Playoffs, OpTic would again have to beat EnVy in 2 best of 5 series. EnVy suffered a heart breaking defeat however, dropping the first series 3-1, before completely running out of momentum and being swept 3-0 by OpTic in the second. It was a case of OpTic being at their very best while on the hunt for their first World Championship, and Team EnVyUs simply seeming devoid of the spark which they had shown throughout the tournament. Apathy was unable to replicate his incredible performance from the earlier match, and seemed to have run out of steam. Despite the loss, once again Apathy had shown great resilience and remained regarded as one of the best SMG/Flex players in Call of Duty.