Rise Nation intent to ‘stay humble, stay hungry’

Rise Nation Call of Duty flex player Pierce "Gunless" Hillman isn't ready to say "dynasty." Not quite yet. OpTic Gaming from 2015 to this May, the compLexity Gaming and Evil Geniuses roster circa 2013-2014 -- those were dynasties. Both teams brought in double-digit championships to cement those legacies. And despite tearing through its competition so far this year, despite not missing the top eight at a tournament since December 10, 2017, despite three Call of Duty World League titles in the span of three months this year, Gunless said his team hasn't even sown the seeds of a dynasty.

"We've just got to do what people who have been a part of dynasties do. OpTic, they've won a countless amount of championships in those three years they were together," Gunless said following Rise's victory at CWL Anaheim in Anaheim, California. "EG and compLexity, I think they've won just as many tournaments as OpTic, almost. "We're not a dynasty yet, nor even close. I'll answer that question when and if we win the championship." OpTic brought in 13 major titles during its reign. The core of the compLexity and Evil Geniuses rosters won 12 of their own. But as OpTic rebuilds following May's roster shuffle, a new team is on the rise -- and if Rise can beat OpTic on Tuesday, with the two teams tied at 8-3 in Division B of the CWL Stage 2 standings, it might be another sign of a changing of the guard.

Rise Nation was dominant in Anaheim, where it went 6-2 in matches and 22-11 in maps according to CoD Stats. The addition of former world champion AR player Austin "SlasheR" Liddicoat has helped turn a powerhouse squad into one that's nearly unstoppable: He and Gunless were in the top-15 of nearly every major kills/deaths stat at the CWL Anaheim Open, with Thomas "TJHaLy" Haly upping his game in the bracket stage to become a difference-maker as the No. 6 player with a 1.6 K/D on Search and Destroy maps. Anaheim wasn't an outlier, either. Rise is 13-5 on Hardpoint and 11-4 in Search and Destroy maps so far in CWL Stage 2, though it is 4-7 on Capture the Flag.

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