Despite sitting comfortably in second place in the Call of Duty League standings, the New York Subliners have made a change to their roster ahead of the upcoming Stage Four Major. In what will be the first CDL LAN tournament in over 12 months, Jacob “Decemate” Cato will come in for Obaid “Asim” Asim.
Asim is unable to travel to the event, which is due to get underway in Texas later this week. Announcing the switch via Twitter, the Subliners posted: Join us in welcoming @Decemate as he answers the call for Major IV. Let’s show ’em what we’re made of.”
Why New York Opted to Add Decemate to Its Roster
The matchup between the Subliners and the Atlanta FaZe has been much talked about, with one position and 110 points separating the two teams at this stage. A series win for New York against the Minnesota RØKKR would set up a fascinating 1st vs 2nd showdown. However, with Asim out of the picture, it will be down to Decemate to step up.
Decemate most recently played for the Seattle Surge, who sit rock bottom of the Call of Duty League standings, as a result of their 5-19 record. Decemate and Seattle parted ways after just three series, with the 23-year-old having had an overall K/D of 0.91 during his time with the Surge. The former Team Envy, G2 Esports LA Guerillas and WestR pro will now team up with Makenzie “Mack” Kelley, James “Clayster” Eubanks, Paco “HyDra” Rusiewiez and Conor “Diamondcon” Johst.
How Will the Absence of Asim Effect the Subliners Chances?
Speaking on the task of finding a stand-in for Asim just before the event, Clayster stated that: “This is your shot to get into the league and get paid,” he said on Twitter. “You’re coming into a good team with a good system in a good place, I don’t get giving up the opportunity.”
However, Clayster did talk up a potential surprise return for Asim, mentioning that: “Asim has the potential to still arrive. And that’s a diceroll that some people don’t want to take as they wouldn’t be able to play in the am cup if they signed with us and Asim showed up.”
The Subliners remain one of the favourites to win the Stage Four Major, however the loss of Asim is almost certain to have an effect. They get their campaign underway on June 17, when they take on Minnesota.