Former Call of Duty champions join Noble Gaming
The organization bought into the Major League Gaming Call of Duty: Ghosts League by acquiring eLevate’s slot, and filled it with a lineup featuring budding superstar Austin “SlasheR” Liddicoat. The team looked poised for success in the new Advanced Warfare era.
But the team parted ways with Noble after the organization revealed it was considering picking up a second squad to the players.
Today Noble Gaming picked up three of the players who made up the Call of Duty Championship winning Impact team in 2013. The organation will go by the name "Noble Impact" with hopes to bring back some of that championship magic.
Rumors of a reunion between Christopher “Parasite” Duarte and his former impact teammates, Adam “KiLLa” Sloss and Marcus “MiRx” Carter, both members of OpTic Nation last season, are now confirmed.
But the trio won’t be joined by their old championship teammate, Damon “Karma” Barlow, who is slated for a rumored move to OpTic Nation once his contract situation with Evil Geniuses is resolved.
Instead they’ll be joined by Jeremy “StuDyy” Astacio, a member of the successful Denial team during the final season of MLG league play.
That well positions Noble Gaming to continue their success in Advanced Warfare, though with a more veteran lineup.
As for Noble Gaming-turned-Curse players, Liddicoat and friends’ time on Curse was short lived, as Curse has surprisingly dropped the young superstar.
Last major event 2nd. Major aw variant tournaments 2nd,2nd,1st. T4 pro points in AW. F/A smh
— Austin Liddicoat (@SlasheR_AL) November 12, 2014
Curse management continues to hint at big things to justify the move. One possiblity was the acquisition of European stars, as roster shakeups in Epsilon and TCM have left some of Europe’s biggest talents on the free agent market, like Callum “Swanny” Swan. But Curse denies that’s the plan, claiming they tried to make it work last offseason but couldn’t get the Europeans to commit to a move to America.
Whatever the case, the Call of Duty offseason continues to get crazier and crazier. Impact is back under the Noble banner, and Liddicoat, one of the top six or eight players statistically over the later period of Ghosts, is on the free agent market. There’s still plenty more to come.