We had the pleasure of sitting down for a quick chat with professional Call of Duty player, Anthony “Methodz” Zinni, during the WorldGaming Championship Series. Methodz has a storied career, having played at the top level for some time. He is known for his time at prestigious organizations such as FaZe Clan, OpTic Gaming, and G2 Esports. Currently, he plays for professional team UYU. We got to catch up with him before his matches to talk about the event, franchise players, and his Twitter antics.
Daily Esports: How’re you enjoying Toronto so far?
Anthony “Methodz” Zinni: It’s my first time here in Toronto. I’ve had the chance to explore a little bit. It’s a pretty dope city. I’m excited to play. Obviously, any time you can play Call of Duty on LAN is a good time, so I’m excited.
Where would you say is the best place your esports career has brought you?
The best place I’ve been because of esports, that’s a hard question. I’ve been to a lot of nice places. Like, California’s always a good time; Chicago is pretty cool. And I’d probably say Paris because we’re given the opportunity to explore a different country because of Call of Duty. It’s pretty dope.
How’s the squad feeling about the event?
Feeling confident here, obviously. This is not the type of competition like the [CWL] Pro League is. There are some pretty good teams and there are some teams that I’m not really sure what to expect, but I’m confident we can win this thing. Obviously, we’re playing with Blaztful instead of Parzelion. So it’s a little different playing with a new player on such short notice, but I think we’ve got a pretty good shot to win.
Picking up on that, you’re playing with a substitute instead of your main AR [Parzelion]. What sort of changes has the team made to adjust for that?
I mean we haven’t practiced at all. I’m sure it’ll be fine because I can run an ICR. That’s like my natural role. I’ll just main AR; Blaztful’s just gonna do what I do with a Maddox, so it should be pretty fluid.
You think with Blazt the team’s going to play a bit faster?
Yeah, I’d say we’ll probably play more aggressive with Blazt.
You’ve mentioned before that you’re helping build UYU’s presence off your own brand. Do you think that organizations should focus on building around franchise players?
I mean, I think every organization has its own franchise player for the most part. Some actually have a couple or even a whole team that has brands [so] that you can really have support for a team. I mean, just developing brands is important.
A lot of your tweets are a source of comedy for the Call of Duty community. How much thought do you put into them when tweeting?
I don’t put much thought into them at all. I mean, I just think of something and I tweet it. There’s not much thought that goes into it; I just come up with something and I tweet it.
Alright, thanks for the quick chat Methodz. I’ll let you get back to your warmup. Good luck on your matches.
We’d like to thank Methodz for taking the time to chat with us. If you want a laugh from the man himself, go check out his Twitter account. You can catch him and his team UYU in the upcoming major open CWL London next month, May 3 – 4. Matches will broadcast live from the official Call of Duty Twitch channel. And if you don’t know, it was actually Yerr that won the WorldGaming tournament.
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