By: Zachary Lange
Ahead of the first major open tournament for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, eUnited has agreed to the extension of two members on the squad.
Preston “Prestinni” Sanderson has signed an extension that will carry him through the 2020 season of competitive Call of Duty. Additionally, coach Brian “Saintt” Baroska will return for the entirety of the Black Ops 4 cycle through 2019.
Along with his brother Alec “Arcitys” Sanderson, Prestinni is the longest-tenured player in eUnited history, joining the team in December of 2016.
Resigning at eUnited took some time to think about, but Prestinni ultimately wanted to return to the team he calls home.
"I love representing them (eUnited)," Prestinni said. "They’ve grown so fast in the past few years and this organization has become a part of me. It’s where my career in gaming actually began."
The 20-year-old Prestinni typically plays a submachine role for eUnited. During the summer stretch run at the Call of Duty World League Stage 2 Playoffs and the 2018 CWL Championship, he rebounded from a rough beginning of the World War II season to consistently end games as a top contributor for the team.
Prestinni said that he is most excited for the opportunity to start fresh for the new year while practicing with a team that he enjoys playing with in preparation for upcoming events.
Saintt joined eUnited in March of this year and immediately began turning around a team that was struggling and in trouble. Saintt helped lead the team to both stages of the playoffs in the CWL Pro League, as well as consistently win matchups in the regular season against top teams such as OpTic Gaming and Red Reserve. In Stage 2 of the pro league, eUnited was the only team with a winning map count against every other team in its division.
"It feels great to be back with eU for another season," Saintt said. "There’s no place I’d rather be than here again."
With an extended pro league and multiple LAN tournaments in store for fans during the Black Ops 4 season, Saintt will be a key piece of the puzzle in the picks and bans portion of each matchup.
The 2018 CWL Las Vegas Open is set to begin on Dec. 7. eUnited will face off against 100 Thieves, Team Reciprocity and two teams to be determined in the pool play portion of the weekend. Coach Saintt expects the team to perform a high level and be in contention to win.
"I genuinely think the team looks the best they ever have," Saintt said. "The past week leading up to the event has been extremely productive and it’s looking like we could very well be the best team in the game."
Coverage of the event can be found across all social media platforms and will stream live from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Call of Duty’s official Twitch channel.