The Call of Duty League franchise, New York Subliners, announced the signing of Ehsan “DREAL” Javed on Monday, November 1. The former CoD esports pro joins the team as a performance coach ahead of the 2022 season.
Subliners Bolster Coaching Staff
DREAL joins New York Subliners as a performance coach and will work alongside the Subliners’ head coach John “Revan” Boble, and analyst JohnPaul “JP Krez” Krez to help the team reach new heights in the 2022 CDL season. However, this is not DREAL’s first stint in the role, as he has spent the past two years coaching several CoD teams, including Elevate, TrainHard, Team Singularity, and Passion.
Despite New York Subliners’ limited success in 2021, DREAL is the only coaching change the team have made this offseason. Revan has initially left the team in August but resigned at the start of October, whereas JP Krez has been with the team since August 2019.
An Experienced Figure
DREAL joins New York Subliners as a highly experienced figure, having been involved in the CoD esports scene since June 2015. The 26-year-old made his CoD debut with IGI eSports and has since been jumping between some lesser teams.
Throughout his CoD career, DREAL played for Levity Gaming, KILLERFISH eSport, Orbit eSport, Wizards e-Sport Club, Black Forest Games, Revoltables, Opulent eSports, eRa Eternity, Brash eSports, Gone Gaming, and Legion Gaming.
Although he has not won anything of note during his career as a pro player, DREAL has landed a spot as a head coach in Elevate in July 2019. This began the most successful period of DREAL’s esports career,
DREAL led Elevate to a top-12 finish at the 2019 CWL Championship and later helped TrainHard Esport finish second in the 2020 CoD Challengers New York and London Open. The team finished the season with an impressive top-eight finish in CoD Challengers 2020 Finals Europe.
DREAL teamed up with Singularity for the Cold War season but eventually returned to Elevate in April after Singularity released its roster. During his second stint with Elevate, DREAL has won four tournaments and pocketed nine silver medals.
A Busy Offseason
While signing DREAL is Subliner’s only coaching personnel change this offseason, he is not the only addition the New York squad has made ahead of the CDL 2022.
After finishing the 2021 CDL season in a disappointing fifth-sixth place, the New York Subliners made the call to rebuild their roster for the next year. As a result, the team parted ways with Conor “Diamondcon” Johst, Obaid “Asim” Asim, and Makenzie “Mack” Kelley, and kept only James “Clayster” Eubanks and Paco “HyDra” Rusiewiez.
To fill in the gaps, the Subliners signed Travis “Neptune” McCloud from Florida Mutineers, who joined the team on Friday, October 22. And while a huge signing, it wasn’t until Saturday, October 23, when the Subliners made a huge splash.
In one of the biggest offseason signings, New York Subliners acquired the three-time CoD esports world champion, Ian “C6” Porter. The Cod veteran has joined the team from Dallas Empire.
With HyDra, Clayster, Neptune, and C6 on the roster, New York Subliners enter the 2022 season as one of the most stacked teams in the league. However, it remains to be seen whether they will live up to the high expectations.
Last term, the New York Subliners had a brief run of greatness, finishing second in CDL Stage 3 Major. However, it was also their only Major finals appearance of the season, as the team struggled to find any serious traction.
In the 2021 CDL Championship, the Subliners won against OpTic Chicago (3-2) in the first round of the upper bracket but couldn’t make a deep run. They would suffer back-to-back losses against the eventual champions, Atlanta FaZe (0-3) and Minnesota RØKKR (1-3), who eliminated them from the playoffs.