With a week before Stage two of the Call of Duty League starts, the Toronto Ultra are making a roster change. According to Twitter, Anthony “Methodz” Zinni has been benched, seemingly out of nowhere.
In this Season’s Call of Duty League, the Ultra are sitting in ninth place with a 3-5 record. Obviously, the organization wants an improved record before it’s too late to catch up to the top teams. However, making a roster change this early in the season is quite the surprise.
And, it’s even more surprising who Toronto decided to bench. Methodz has performed decently this season, putting up solid stats in most matches thus far. However, this apparently wasn’t enough, as the Ultra are going another way for Stage two of the CDL.
Methodz benched by the Toronto Ultra
The news of Methodz’s benching came through his Twitter. As of the time of writing, the Ultra and other roster members haven’t commented on the situation.
From the language of the tweet, this was a complete surprise to the assault rifle player. As he states, Black Ops Cold War is his “best game since WWII.” In WWII, Methodz took home a championship and MVP at CWL Atlanta.
The Toronto Ultra clearly feel differently about Methodz’s performance this year. At this time, there’s only speculation as to why the player was benched. Perhaps the organization wants a faster assault rifle player on the map to keep up with teams like Atlanta and Dallas.
There’s also the possibility that the Ultra are opting for an amateur, as other rosters have done this year. New York has seen great success with former amateur, Conor “Diamondcon” Johst, for example.
No matter the reason, professional players in the CDL reacted with shock when the player announced the news.
A respected veteran of the scene, it’s unclear what Methodz will do for the time being.