WELCOME TO THE TEAM

If you ever want to manage your favourites, change your details or update your marketing preferences, just visit ‘My Account’

Personalise your GGRecon experience so that the information presented is bespoke to your likes
Games
Vanguard
Warzone
Overwatch
VALORANT
Apex Legends
Fortnite
Streamers
LOL
CS:GO
RL
Trending
FIFA
PUBG
Dota 2
Why Should I Join GGRECON?
Welcome
to the team
Sign Up via Social Media:
Or Sign Up Manually
Select A Country
Already got an account? Login Here
WHY GGRECON?

Customise the 'My News' page to create your own personalised experience

Recommended content based on your favourite games, teams, streaming stars and esports players

Exclusive articles, features, interviews and guides by our
award-nominated editorial team

Follow your favourite
players & streamers

RESET YOUR PASSWORD
Complete!
Success! You’ve reset your password
You’ll now be able to use this password to login successfully
RESET YOUR PASSWORD
RESET YOUR
PASSWORD
FORGOT PASSWORD
FORGOT PASSWORD
Email sent! Check your inbox

We’ve sent a link to the email ‘’.

Please follow the instructions in this email
to reset your password

FORGOT PASSWORD
FORGOT PASSWORD
Please enter your username so we can send you a link to reset your password
Welcome back to
Enter your details below to log into the GGRecon Site:
Login via Social Media:
Or Login Manually
Not a GGRecon member yet? Sign Up Here
WHY GGRECON?

Customise the 'My News' page to create your own personalised experience

Recommended content based on your favourite games, teams, streaming stars and esports players

Exclusive articles, features, interviews and guides by our
award-nominated editorial team

Follow your favourite
players & streamers

Coming Soon

We're making improvements to your experience, and we'll have new features ready for you in the near future!

Want to be the first to here about it?

Why Should I Join GGRECON?
Complete your sign up
 
Select A Country
Already got an account? Login Here
WHY GGRECON?

Customise the 'My News' page to create your own personalised experience

Recommended content based on your favourite games, teams, streaming stars and esports players

Exclusive articles, features, interviews and guides by our
award-nominated editorial team

Follow your favourite
players & streamers

Advertisement

Scroll to read

The Story Of Swanny - Europe's Forgotten Superstar

Written by 

Cameron Taylor

Posted 

5th Jun 2021 17:09

Share via:

After beginning his rise to prominence on Call of Duty 4 in 2010, Callum "Swanny" Swan quickly earned a name for himself in the scene being picked up by once-prestigious organisation TCM gaming.

Advertisement

However, such was the nature of Call of Duty esports at the time, roster moves were almost inevitable after every event, leading to Swanny bouncing around multiple rosters throughout the MW2, Black Ops 2 and MW3 seasons, with his most notable success coming from finishing fourth at CoD XP 2011 and earning his share of the $100,000 that his team earned. At the time, this was an astounding amount of money for competitive Call of Duty, dwarfing all other prize pools, and was just a taste for Swanny of what was to come for him in the future.

The Turning Point

Heading into Black Ops 2, it was now widely recognised that Swanny was one of the best ARs Europe had to offer, consistently placing first at the EU event, Insomnia 48, whilst competing alongside Europe’s elite in players such as Gunshy, XLNC, and Tommey, all of whom are considered legends to EU fans. However, after playing with mainly UK players for most of the season, Swanny found himself in an unusual position leading into the biggest tournament of the year, Call of Duty Championship 2013. Having played the qualifier earlier in the year with an Italian roster, Swanny was forced to rejoin the roster for a one-off tournament with his team using Clayster in his place due to the majority of Unite Gaming being under the age limit of 18. Due to the obvious issues such as a lack of practice and the language barrier, expectations for the roster were basically non-existent.

As luck would have it Swanny would find himself placed in a group against his teammates and shockingly, mainly due to his insane performance, the majority Italian roster found themselves taking second place in the group and making it to the playoffs. Eventually, the team would finish eighth place taking home $25,000. Individually, many argue that this was Swanny’s best event of his career, achieving an unthinkable 1.48 K/D over 22 maps, the highest for any player making it out of groups.

A Rollercoaster of Results

Advertisement

Following COD Champs 2013, Swanny found himself in what would be the organisation he would spend the majority of his career with - Epsilon Esports. 

After a couple of impressive second-place finishes towards the end of Black Ops 2, Epsilon found themselves as a clear top-two team in Europe alongside long-term rivals TCM Gaming. This would stay the same for most of the next year in COD: Ghosts. However, whilst regional success was easy to come by, international successes were few and far between. This clearly frustrated Swanny, as he was no longer happy being the big fish in a small pond. This inspired him to once again try his luck playing overseas, becoming the second European player to make the big leap and play for an NA team. Although this time he was not in luck.

Whilst his individual performances weren’t necessarily poor, his OpTic Nation team built with the intention of challenging for titles, instead found themselves always looking from the outside-in on the top-eight and the game’s elite. After a string of mediocre results and a rule change, Swanny jumped ship on the OpTic Nation project and once again rejoined Epsilon Esports, where he played with a string of different rosters for the org for the remainder of the Advanced Warfare season.

Black ops 3

Finally, heading into the newly reformed regionalised CWL for the Black Ops 3 season, Swanny finally found himself on what many considered the best EU team of all time, Millenium. The roster featured former teammates Madcat and Tommey, alongside SMG all-star Jurd. Millenium spent the season as the clear number-one team in Europe placing first in both the EU CWL playoffs season 1 and 2 and earning the #1 seed from Europe for the years Call of Duty Champs

Finally, fans were excited to potentially see Swanny and the EU juggernaut challenge for the title. Then it happened….out of nowhere it was announced just before the biggest tournament of the year that Swanny was stepping down from the roster for apparent health issues, however, many rumours suggested that this may have not been the case. This came as a major shock in the scene, with many left to wonder 'what could’ve been' for the Millenium roster? 

Recent years

After teasing potential returns in recent years, playing some online tournaments at the beginning of game cycles, his ever-anticipated return has never happened and looks increasingly likely that it never will.

Tragically, new fans to the game will never have experienced the prime years of Swanny’s career and will likely never see him compete again. The story of Swanny started off as one of immense potential and ended as a big 'what if?'

What would have happened had he played at CoD champs? What was the real reason he retired to never play again? Unfortunately, these questions are unlikely to ever be answered, which is where the story of Swanny ends, as one of CoD’s finest players, who left the game in his prime.
 

Images via Activision | Epsilon | Millenium 

Advertisement

Advertisement

Trending
Stick Or Twist: Which CDL Teams Need To Make Roster Changes For 2022?
Can Subliners Finally Rid Roster Turmoil To Showcase Their True Championship Winning Quality?
Which Team Will Win The 2021 CDL Championship?
The CDL Needs To Expand In 2022 – Here’s Why
How Vanguard Could Finally Kill Warzone
Advertisement

Advertisement

Related Articles
Team Delirium CEO Targets Warzone Esports To Become UK Powerhouse
Call Of Duty League Elites Of The Week - Stage V Major
Minnesota And Seattle Shine In Stage 5 Major
Should Call Of Duty Esports Use A Fixed Map Pool?
3 Spicy Storylines Heading Into The Stage 5 CDL Major
Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

Scroll to read

Vanguard’s Campaign Will Create New Franchise Icons

Activision

Written by 

Jonno Nicholson

Posted 

14th Oct 2021 18:21

Share via: