Denial eSports is a North American esports organization, sponsoring multiple teams across various games such as Call of Duty, Halo, League of Legends, Smite and fighting games. For information about their Halo and League of Legends teams check out their Halo Esportspedia page and their LoL Esportspedia page.
The Rise of Denial
In the 2014 season of Call of Duty: Ghosts, Denial entered the scene with a 13-16th placement at UMG Philadelphia 2014 and an 8th place finish out of eight teams at the Call of Duty Winter Invitational. The Wolf Pack was disappointed with their past two placings and looked to make changes heading into the COD Champs season with a new plan involved, two teams. Denial would end up picking up two rosters to compete for them under the names Denial.West and Denial.East. However, neither of the teams would qualify for COD Champs at the Call of Duty Championship 2014: US Regional Final. West finished with a 9-12th placing and East finished 13-16th, the teams were disbanded later on because they didn't qualify.
Denial eSports would get their first true recognition when they entered Season 2 of the MLG CoD League in place of Erupt Gaming with a roster consisting of Legal, PRPLXD, VeXeD, and ZooMaa. The would finish in 7th place with a 23-21 record, they're placement in the top 8 earned them a spot at the Season 2 Playoffs in Anaheim. They would go on to beat Curse Black 3-2, before they fell down into the Loser's Bracket after losing to XGAMES Champions, OpTic Gaming, 3-0. They were then eliminated by TCM Gaming 3-0 and placed 11th, but were able to hold their heads up high as OpTic and TCM would go on to place 2nd and 3rd at the event, respectively. After the event all of the players except ZooMaa, was released. The entire community was really impressed by his performance, so Denial would look to rebuild their roster around him. They ended up putting together a roster that consisted of ZooMaa as captain, Replays, Saints, and StuDyy. Many people thought this team was a top 3 contender, but because of Saints being unable to travel outside of the U.S. the team would miss Gfinity 3. Their first event with the new squad would be UMG Dallas 2014, where the team dominated the competition with a map count of 15-3 to take home their first 1st place. Only a week later did the team attend a minor LAN event with Censor in place of Saints, and they took home another 1st place finish at ETG 7.
They would not see success for the rest of the Call of Duty: Ghosts season as they placed 2nd, 6th, and 6th at UMG Nashville 2014, MLG CoD League Season 3 Regular Season, and S3 Playoffs. The team would however see their first roster change in five months immediately after the playoffs, as the would then release StuDyy to pick up another young rising star in Attach heading into the Advanced Warfare season. This was a change that many saw coming since Attach was one of the people ZooMaa originally wanted to pick up back in June, but could not due to contract issues.
New Game, New Struggles
Heading into the Advanced Warfare season the team was seeing immediate success in online tournaments, but then a change that shocked many happened. It was announced that Replays and recent pick up Attach were released. After a few days they were eventually picked back up with Denial's CEO and ZooMaa saying that they made a huge mistake and that Replays would be captain moving forward, many speculated that the plan was to pick up the legendary duo of ACHES and TeePee but that their plans fell through. On November 28th, 2014, Denial headed to their first LAN event of AW in Columbus for the Columbus Open 25k. The Wolf Pack started the tournament off strong by winning their pool 4-0 with a map count of 12-3 winners bracket, but ended up losing 3-2 to Team EnVyUs in Winner's Bracket Round 1. The team fell down into round 4 of the Loser's Bracket, where they 3-1 and then 3-0 Automatic Reload and Team JusTus, respectively. Their Loser's Bracket run ended though as they lost 2-3 to eventual champions, FaZe Clan, to place 6th at the tournament. The teams struggles didn't end there though, after going home and recollecting themselves the team headed to UMG Orlando 2015. Here they finished pool play in 2nd with a 10-5 record and had to play Team Kaliber in the first round of the Winner's Bracket. tK proved to be little competition for them as the Wolf Pack won 3-0 and advanced to play the tournament's dark horse, Stunner Gaming. The team lost 3-0 and dropped down to the Loser's Bracket where they 3-2 and 3-1 Team eLevate and Team JusTus to advance to the Loser's Bracket Finals. Here Denial had to face off against Stunner Gaming once again, the results weren't very different though. Stunner won the series 3-1 and eliminated them from the tournament with a 3rd place finish. The team improved on their 6th place placing, but were not satisfied with 3rd place because of the standards they set in the previous title.
Road To COD Champs
After a few weeks of playing in the MLG Pro League Season 1, Denial saw their first roster change since AW launched. ZooMaa and Saints showed interest in leaving the team and joining Team EnVyUs, the easiest way to do this through the league's rules was to trade them to nV for Clayster and JKap. The plan was for them to pick up JKap and for Clayster to join Prophecy, but after their performance against OpTic Gaming in a league match Clay decided to join the team. They finished Season 1 in 2nd place with a record of 29-15, this made Denial go in to S1 Playoffs confident with the #2 seed. The first round of the tournament brought the match that everyone wanted to see, Denial eSports vs Team EnVyUs. The Wolf Pack however lost the series 1-3 to ZooMaa's and Saint's nV to drop down to the Loser's Bracket. That loss lit a fire inside the players of the Denial as they climbed their way through the Loser's Bracket by winning series 3-1, 3-2, 3-1, and 3-0 against Prophecy, Aware.NA, FaZe Clan, and Team Kaliber to advanced to the Grand Finals to play OpTic Gaming. The GreenWall held their ground as they beat the Wolf Pack 3-0, this marked their first top 2 placement in AW and since UMG Nashville 2014.
After Denial qualified for the Call of Duty Championship 2015: NA Regional Finals through the online qualifiers they went in once again confident, but had issues on Friday with one of their players. Clayster ended up arriving late to the tournament due to car troubles so their match against Aztec Gaming was pushed back, but that didn't stop them from beating the Mexican team 3-0 before falling down to Loser's Bracket after being beaten by Team Revenge 3-0. They ended up making a long run through the Loser's Bracket by beating teams such as XGN, Rise, Prophecy, and tK by winning the series 3-0, 3-1, 3-0, and 3-1. Their next opponent that stood in their way of a top 4 placement was Team Revenge, this time tR was dismantled by Denial as they ended up losing the series 0-3 to the Wolf Pack. After another rough start Denial eSports was looking at another top 3 placement but didn't stop there as they beat both OpTic Nation and FaZe Red 3-1 to advance to the Grand Finals to play the reigning champions again, OpTic Gaming. OG once again bested Denial as they beat them 3-0, giving Denial eSports back-to-back 2nd place finishes.
Heading in to the biggest tournament of the year, Call of Duty Championship 2015, Denial eSports went in confident with the #2 seed and well practiced. They were placed in Pool B with Prophecy, HyperGames, and Klar1ty Gaming where they finished 2nd with a 8-3 map count. Their only loss was to Prophecy, where they lost 2-3 in a lackluster game 5 SnD. However, the team bounced back strong and looked forward to bracket play where their first match was against tournament favorites and reining champs, OpTic Gaming. This time Clayster led the Wolf Pack through the GreenWall as they crushed OG in all gamemodes (besides the Uplink) to send the tournament favorites down in to the Loser's Bracket. After causing the biggest upset of the event in the very first round Denial powered through the rest of the bracket by crushing Team Kaliber and Automatic Reload. This got them to the Winner's Bracket Finals against the event's wildcard team, Team Revenge. This time neither team had the advantage over the other as both teams fought hard, but in the end Denial came out on top as they beat tR 3-2 to advance to the Grand Finals of COD Champs. Denial sat back and watched the Loser's Bracket Finals to see what team they'd play in the Finals. Revenge ended up bouncing back to the Finals to face the Wolf Pack. Clayster ended up leading the team through another hard fought series against tR, but Denial ended up killing the last man alive on tR, Faccento, while Attach defused the bomb in game 5, round 10 on Riot Search and Destroy to take the tournament. Denial eSports took home the biggest tournament of the year, the $400,000 check, the rings, the title "World Champions, and Clayster took home the COD Champs MVP trophy.
The Fall of The World Champions
The Wolf Pack would then go back home to play more league matches in Season 2 of the MLG Pro League before heading out to Paris to defend their newly earned title. At ESWC Zénith 2015 Denial would go 2-1 in group play, only dropping a series to OpTic Gaming on last map. In their first match of bracket play they had to once again play Team Revenge, this series ended up going the distance as the Wolf Pack clutched up on Recovery Search and Destroy in round 11 to advance to another Grand Finals. Here they would face the GreenWall once again in another finals, this time OpTic bested Denial as they won the series 3-1. Denial walked away with another $10,000 and another 2nd place finish, they would get a shot at redemption one week later in London at Gfinity's Spring Masters 1. After making it out of the Winner's bracket side of their pool, Denial would fall to OpTic Nation in the first round of the Knockout Stage. This meant that they placed 5-8, out of the money and the organization's worst placing in Advanced Warfare. The team then headed back to the states after a disappointing trip over seas, they missed UMG California due to Attach going to his high school's prom.
The Wolf Pack finished out Season 2 of the online league in 3rd place with a 27-17 match record, same as 2nd place team FaZe. Next event was the MLG Pro League Season 2 Playoffs at this year's summer XGAMES in Austin, Texas. Clayster tried to defend the title and win back-to-back gold medals, but wasn't able to as the team fell to FaZe Clan in the second round of bracket play after beating Rise Nation in a dominating fashion. This was the final straw though because following the event the team underwent numerous roster changes, the first being the release of team captain, Replays, and JKap. This left the new captain, Clayster, and Attach looking for two players to play under Denial eSports. After some time passed, Clayster and Attach left the team to join FaZe Clan. Clayster shared his side of the story in a YouTube video, he stated that Replays and JKap offered to step down from the team so him and Attach tried picking up ZooMaa from FaZe and then look for another 4th. ZooMaa turned them down instantly so then they approached SlasheR and Huke, also from FaZe. After those two players considered the offer, Enable and ZooMaa offered Clay and Attach a spot in FaZe, which they ended up taking. This left Denial looking for 4 players to represent them.
After the previous ownership had a big complications regarding their finances, a new owner took over. After a month long of tweeting about a new CoD roster being announce, on January they revealed their 2019 roster comprised of Breszyy, rizK, nxtshay, Wailers and Zeeked with Keyvan joining as coach. Taking over Overtime eSport.
|Date Joined||Player||Real Name||Role|
|ID||Name||Primary Role||Next Team|
|Complex||Duc Nguyen Ho||Slayer||Team eLevate|
|FoRePLayy||Skyler Johnson||Slayer||Gamma Gamers|
|Blfire||Mike Glushenok||OBJ||Team JusTus|
|ASSASS1N||Robert Walsh||OBJ||XGN Competitive|
|TwiZz||Eric Servello||Slayer||Team JusTus|
|FLawLesS||Richard Ferreira||Slayer||vVv Gaming|
|NoXiDe||William Cardona||Slayer||Team Orbit NA|
|Legal||Tyree Glover||Slayer||VexX Gaming|
|MeLo||Pele Riley||Support||Team Infused|
|Wonder||Jemelle Rowey||OBJ||Team Infused|
|Realize||Josh Taylor||OBJ||Total eCircuit|
|Robz||Joe Roberts||Slayer||Barrage eSports|
|VeXeD||Hamza Pirzada||Slayer||Team Orbit|
|Perplexed||Brian Ladd||OBJ||Stunner Gaming|
|StuDyy||Jeremy Astacio||Slayer||Noble eSports|
|ZooMaa||Tommy Paparratto||OBJ/Slayer||Team EnVyUs|
|Saints||Renato Forza||Slayer||Team EnVyUs|
|Clayster||James Eubanks||Slayer||FaZe Clan|
|Attach||Dillon Price||Slayer||FaZe Clan|
|JKap||Jordan Kaplan||Support||Team EnVyUs|
|Replays||Chris Crowder||OBJ||Team Orbit|
|Classic||Nicholas DiCostanzo||OBJ||Rise Nation|
|Huke||Cuyler Garland||Slayer||Enigma6 Group|
|Temp||Donovan Laroda||Support||Enigma6 Group|
|SlasheR||Austin Liddicoat||Slayer||Team EnVyUs|
|Methodz||Anthony Zinni||OBJ||Counter Logic Gaming|
|FeLonY||Tyler Johnson||Support||Counter Logic Gaming|
|Blfire||Mikhail Glushenok||OBJ||Counter Logic Gaming|
|CMPLX||Aaron Vetelino||Slayer||Counter Logic Gaming|
|FroZn||Ray Arsenault||COO||Team eLevate|
- April 16th, Denial 2015 CoD Champs Montage - Edited by Hastings
- August 26th, Chubby Bunny Challenge with Denial eSports | HyperX Moments by HyperX