In today’s professional Call of Duty scene, every tournament brings with it a torrent of drama once the weekend comes to a close. Throughout the last year, there has been a sole commanding force, Team Complexity, who can be credited as the cause of all the drama.
Since June of 2013, Team Complexity has won ten out of the last eleven tournaments finishing second in their only defeat, (they also finished runner-up at the North American Qualifier for the 2014 Call of Duty Championships, but since the tournament was for qualification at the World Championships it is not technically considered a loss). Their sheer dominance has caused their fellow peers in the community to question what the key to success truly is. The collective answer seems to be change.
The communal thought that a change is what will put their team in the driver’s seat has brought with it what many have dubbed Rostermania, the post-tournament event that we in the community have come to know all too well. Once the festivities of a tournament subside and Complexity has once again been crowned champion, every other team is left to find that missing piece to the puzzle. The result is a slew of free agents and rosters filled with empty holes. Many of the teams that emerge once players are picked up and roster slots are filled seem to consist of four of the best individually talented players in the game, who inevitably break up after the next tournament.
This brings up the main question of this article, what is better to have four of the most individually talented players in the game or four players that may not be the best individually, but collectively they are one of the best teams in the game.
If history is to show, the latter should be the conclusion, but why is it that that does not become the case.
So you may be wondering how history proves that a collectively talented group that has superior chemistry is the key to victory, well allow me to show you.
Since winning the Major League Gaming (MLG) Spring Invitational, sparking their current winning streak, Team Complexity has only made one roster change, replacing James “Clayster” Eubanks with Damon “Karma” Barlow, who won the 2013 Call of Duty World Championships as a member of Fariko Impact. Other than that move, they have stuck with their core lineup of Ian “Crimsix” Porter, Tyler “TeePee” Polchow, and Patrick “Aches” Price. Both Aches and TeePee have been competing together for over three years, having picked up Crimsix, who came over from Halo, at the start of Black Ops 2. The three have been competing together ever since.
Since the inception of that core lineup, their lowest placing has been two consecutive 4th place finishes in Black Ops 2 at the MLG Winter Championship and the 2013 Call of Duty Championships, again having won ten of the last eleven since that fourth place finish at the 2013 Call of Duty Championships.
So what is it that makes Complexity so dominant, well I will tell you. It all comes down to one word: chemistry.
Yes, that is right, chemistry. You may be wondering what chemistry has to do with Call of Duty or why it is important in an aspect such as a video game, but that answer is the same as in any sort of team whether it is in sports or business, you need to mesh with those around so that you can achieve a common goal. The fact that Aches and TeePee have been on the same team for over three years and with Crimsix for one year, should immediately prove that chemistry is vital, seeing as they haven’t finished outside the top two in their last eleven tournaments or top four since they began competing together.
With their chemistry comes a major sense of teamwork and selflessness that show in their gameplay. Complexity has taken on the mindset of doing whatever it takes to win, meaning that they will not allow ego to play a role, in game. They will step up and do whatever is best for the team, an aspect that not many other players are able to do.
At any moment a member of Complexity can play any role on the team, whether that is slayer, objective, or support, and when you match that with their profound knowledge of the game and their incredible sense of where there teammates are going to be and what they are going to be doing without having to communicate at all, is truly what sets them apart from the rest of the community.
So about now you may be thinking that this is just an article on Team Complexity and what makes them successful, well you are partially right in that assumption, because in order for me to emphasize the importance of sustained team chemistry, there is only one team that has shown that it works.
But this is also a formula that the rest of the community must obtain and if they are able to obtain that principle, then not only would tournaments be even more competitive than they are now, but we may even finally see a new champion crowned and a temporary abolishment of Rostermania.
Until the rest of the community comes to the realization that sustained chemistry, not individual skill, is what can put them into the driver’s seat, then we will continue to see the only team that seems to understand that, continue to assert their dominance and everyone else will continue to compete for second place.