Jason “Gahtzu” Diehl has joined Revenge as its first Super Smash Bros. Melee player. Revenge announced the signing in a tweet on Jan. 28.
Revenge is an esports brand based in the United Kingdom. The organization is perhaps best known for its Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 team. Notably, Revenge’s team placed in the top 24 of the 2019 CWL Las Vegas Open in December 2018.
Despite its strong performance in Call of Duty in 2018, the organization went on hiatus throughout all of 2019. Its Twitter page only became active again on Jan. 24, 2020. Revenge seems to be revamping, with “Dyzon” recently joining as General Manager and “Woody” joining shortly thereafter as Creative Director.
Gahtzu is the first pro player Revenge has signed since its return to social media. With this foray into competitive Smash, Revenge may be looking to kick-start its various esports teams once again.
— GUTZ (@Gahtzu) January 28, 2020
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Revenge is the first organization to sponsor Gahtzu since he parted ways with U4X eSports on Dec. 9, 2016. Even without a team, Gahtzu has consistently performed well in Melee, ranking in the top 50 every year since 2015. He peaked in 2018, when he was ranked No. 27 in the world.
Gahtzu was relatively inactive in 2019, attending only six events in the first half of the year. Even so, he picked up wins over Justin “Wizzrobe” Hallett, Kevin “PewPewU” Toy, and Steven “FatGoku” Callopy. As a result, Gahtzu was ranked No. 36 on the 2019 MPGR.
Gahtzu has had a bit of a rough start to 2020. He placed 49th at Genesis 7, suffering upset losses to Evan “Fizz” Akhavan and Joseph “Azel” Resplandor. However, now that he has partnered with Revenge, Gahtzu will hopefully be able to attend more events throughout the year. Doing so will undoubtedly allow him to accrue good enough results to make up for his lackluster performance at Genesis.