The Most Underrated Call Of Duty Pros Of All Time
It would be nearly impossible to give an entire list for this since there are plenty of pros who never really reached the highs their talents were capable of, or simply with fans forgetting just how amazing some players were in the past.
In this article, we will discuss a list of some of the most underrated Call of Duty pros of all time. This list consists of a mix of world champions and players who never managed to secure a LAN championship at all. Here we go!
1. Jordan ‘Jkap’ Kaplan
It feels a little weird to have a two-time world champion and one of the most decorated Call of Duty players of all time on this list, especially those who are comparatively newer to the scene, are somewhat ignorant of just how great Jkap used to be at a time.
If truth be told, considering how much success Jkap has seen during the latter stages of his career, it is actually the early days where he truly excelled. During that time, he was one of the most feared players in Modern Warfare 2 as well as Black Ops 1.
Even though players might make fun of Jkap’s stats in his final seasons, he always found himself on winning teams, and that clearly not an accident.
2. Ian ‘Enable’ Wyatt
The one-thumb phenom, also known as Enable, had quite a successful Call of Duty career. However, he seldom got his flowers for it.
He managed to go to a world championship grand final in back-to-back seasons, a ‘dirty work’ type of player who would not be dropping 1.2 KDs each series but would always be doing what was best for the team.
Unfortunately, he found himself on a Seattle Surge team at the beginning of franchising, in which only one player is still actively playing to this day. The rest of them retired somewhat hastily either during the season or in the months following it.
3. James ‘Replays’ Crowder
Previously, Crowder used to be known as Replays before he decided to adopt his surname as his go-to alias. Crowder is a name that is rarely spoken about in the world of Call of Duty, regardless of his extensive success in the Call of Duty scene as a coach and as a player.
Crowder won a world championship back in 2015, along with two other major championships in the entirety of his career. He has also helped mold plenty of top talent to become the players that they became.
As a coach, he has excelled beyond any other with 100 Thieves and Atlanta FaZe.
4. Jordan ‘Jurd’ Crowley
The Irishman, a European star whose career never really took off the way it should have, was blessed with immense talent, but the timing wasn't quite right.
Alongside people such as Swanny, Tommey, and Madcat, Jurd was a part of a veteran group of European players who frequently went up against North Americans and even won himself a championship in Infinite Warfare.
However, out of all of those players, Jurd always felt like he could most naturally fit into an NA side and have a successful career competing in America.
In case he (and the others mentioned above) was 18 or 19 going into the launch of the CDL, his playstyle would have made him a player who was highly sought-after.
5. Denholm ‘Denz’ Taylor
Even if European Call of Duty fans feel like they are having a hard time in their region, then it is safe to safe that it's nothing compared to what the Australians on the opposite side of the world are experiencing.
Before franchising, Mindfreak was the only Australian team that could actually compete against the EU and NA teams. Arguably the best out of everyone on the team (and definitely the highest earner as well) was Denz.
He also played for Reciprocity in Black Ops 4 as well as Paris Legion in Modern Warfare. Now, he is the general manager of Boston Breach. You might be wondering whether his fortunes would have changed If he had come from the US.
Statistically speaking, he was always a terrific performer and showed in Infinite Warfare that he could easily go up against the best teams and place high.
6. Jonathan ‘John’ Perez
For any player who is new to the Call of Duty scene, John was a random Challengers player who maybe had a bit of a backstory, who came into the big leagues in order to join LA Thieves and Paris Legion for a really short, forgettable stint.
However, in reality, John was an absolute beast for most of his career, dating all the way back to the days of the original Black ops 1.
He managed to win in nearly every title he ever played up until the Black Ops 4 Season ended, including one world championship and a second-place finish the following year, alongside Jkap in Black Ops 3 and Infinite Warfare.
7. Daniel ‘Loony’ Loza
As of right now, Loony is a coach at Minnesota Røkkr after a lengthy career winning championships as the glue guy for a couple of top teams.
Similar to many of the other names present on this list, Loony had a brain for Call of Duty that not a lot of players did. He always put himself in winning positions regardless of not always being the greatest player or most individually talented player.
8. Nicholas ‘Classic’ DeConstanzo
Classic, also known as NickyD, the FaZe reaper as he has come to be known in the later stages of his career, is a criminally underrated player, and he has been for quite some time now.
He is a player who has regularly won championships over the years, for a very long time, a supremely capable flex player that could easily go head-to-head with the best of the best.
To this day, he is still competing and was even a Challengers Champs winner in 2022, which shows that there is still some fight left in him.
Needless to say, there are so many other players that could easily become a part of this list, but it would be impossible to list each one.
The likes of Rambo, Nameless, BigTymer, Saints, Tommey, and so many more all deserve a mention as players who instigated the Esports scene in one way or the other or didn't get appreciated for having been great players once upon a time.
More often than not, those most underrated pros are the ones who were not making flashy plays with high KDs, so it will be interesting to see what a list like this would look like in the next five or ten years’ time as the current crop of players starts retiring.