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Zach “Zed” Denyer announced his retirement from Call of Duty on Thursday, after becoming a free agent ahead of the 2022 season.
His statement comes off his release from the London Royal Ravens after an unsuccessful season in the Call of Duty League. Before joining the Call of Duty League, Zed played in the World League on several different European teams. His most notable team was Team Reciprocity, which he joined in October of 2018 before the Black Ops 4 season.
Team Reciprocity brought a lot of success to the European region after finishing third overall at CWL Fort Worth in 2019 and finishing fourth at the CWL Pro League 2019 Playoffs. All five of the former Team Reciprocity members have fallen out of the Call of Duty League scene after their performance during the World League. However, Zed is the only one from the group that has officially retired.
Zed reluctantly retires after a lack of offers
In his TwitLonger, Zed expressed that he felt that he was still good enough to compete in the Call of Duty League. However, he didn’t think someone with his “play style” would gain much traction in Challengers.
“I still feel like I’m good enough to compete in the league but unfortunately the odds are not in my favour this time, and personally I don’t think a player with my play style will gain much traction in challengers,” Zed said. “I do wish the best of luck to everyone fighting to make it, it’s harder than most people think.”
“To be honest with you all, this may be the scariest moment of my life, all I’ve ever known since I was 17 is Call Of Duty, I gave up everything else to be here, I don’t know anything else. I’ll be full time streaming and making as much content as I can in the meantime, Coaching is something I’ve thought about and would love to have a go at, but I can’t sit here and wait for that opportunity to come.”
Danny Appleford is an esports journalist for Upcomer that started writing for Daily Esports in 2020. He now specializes in articles surrounding League of Legends, Call of Duty, VALORANT and Halo.