Aches calls out Atlanta FaZe for not being ‘cocky’ enough

Aches calls out Atlanta FaZe for not being ‘cocky’ enough
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Written by 

Jack Marsh


28th Feb 2024 15:58

What makes Champions tick? Skill, confidence, passion, or a mixture of all three?

And then where is the line drawn between belief and arrogance?

Well, for Call of Duty's most elite team of the modern age, and possibly even of all time, one former Champion claims that they're far too conservative on that parameter, and should be more cocksure of their own ability.

Aches calls out Atlanta FaZe over runners-up record

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Atlanta FaZe might go down in history as the best Call of Duty core team ever, with Chris "Simp" Lehr, Tyler "aBeZy" Pharris, and McArthur "Cellium" Jovel (accompanied currently by Zack "Drazah" Jordan) having already multiple championships together.

However, they also have the unfortunate record of being serial runner-ups, having finished second at two World Championships, third at another, and silver medalists at a number of Majors throughout the last five years.

With this in mind, popular former player and now talk show co-host Patrick "Aches" Price has claimed that their mentality is the reason that they don't win more and cement themselves as the best dynasty to ever touch Call of Duty.

Speaking in a recent episode of Reverse Sweep, hosted by Dexerto, Aches called out FaZe for not being "cocky" enough to install a winners mentality, despite being the most talented players around.

"I don't think this team is cocky enough," he said. "I think they are aware of how good they are from a talent perspective, but I don't think they are cocky enough to where they walk into the venue and they're like 'we're the best team here, we're going to win the event'."

Aches calls on FaZe to become 'delusionally confident' with mentality shift


The roster has already earned themselves a second-place finish in Major 1 of the 2024 season, losing out to the ever-confident Thomas "Scrappy" Ernst and his Toronto Ultra outfit, who do have that arrogance of winners.

Now Aches is calling on the roster to shift their mindset and begin living up to their reputation and skill status.

"[FaZe] need a mindset shift. They need to start being delusionally confident with how talented they actually are," he continued.

"This team should be walking into every venue and every event thinking that they cannot lose, it should be impossible for them to lose."

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FaZe's Major 2 run has started off in a typically brutal fashion, winning their only qualifying match so far with a victory over Miami Heretics, but they will be looking to go one better than last time and net their first trophy of the year.

Jack is an Esports Journalist at GGRecon. Graduating from the University of Chester, with a BA Honours degree in Journalism, Jack is an avid esports enthusiast and specialises in Rocket League, Call of Duty, VALORANT, and trending gaming news.

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