“This game changed my life”
Anthony “Methodz” Zinni has officially retired from professional Call of Duty. The announcement arrived unexpectedly during CDL Boston Major 2 after the Boston Breach exited the tournament at the hands of OpTic Texas on Saturday. Methodz took to the stage on Championship Sunday with a heartfelt farewell to Call of Duty.
Methodz announces retirement from Call of Duty
According to CDL analyst Anthony “NAMELESS” Wheeler, Methodz had contemplated this decision for some time. Despite performing well at his team’s hometown Major 2 competition, he decided to bow out in front of the Boston Breach faithful following a top-six placement at the event.
“I’m going to do my best not to break down right now,” said Methodz as he took the stage. “This game changed my life. I was an overweight 15-year-old kid who didn’t feel like I had much purpose, and this game, this community, legitimately changed my life and gave me confidence and made me feel like someone.”
Methodz paid tribute to his family, who were attending Boston Major 2, thanking them for traveling with him to tournaments from a young age. Then, he announced his decision to go full-time with content creation and thanked the Boston Breach for giving him an opportunity.
“The future is green”
Before exiting the stage, Methodz said, “the future is green,” leading some to believe this was a tease that he would join OpTic Gaming. As a long-time friend of recently retired player Seth “Scump” Abner, the move would make sense for both parties. It’s only a matter of how long until we see OpTic Methodz trending on Twitter.
The legacy of Methodz
After Scump retired, Methodz and Las Vegas Legion player James “Clayster” Eubanks represented the last two players from the Black Ops 2 generation. Methodz began his career in Modern Warfare 3 and bounced from team to team for the following 11 years. His personality and skill made him a valuable asset to any organization. Over his lengthy career, Methodz secured two Championships.
Many fellow professional CoD players, including his former Boston Breach teammate, Owakening, bid farewell to the legend on Twitter. He’ll now roll the dice in the world of content creation—a path his good friend Scump chose mere weeks ago. As for the Boston Breach, it is believed that Ben "Beans" McMellon will move from the Breach Academy to the CDL roster shortly.