NAMELESS on Being a Member of the CWL Broadcast Team: "I Want to Be the Best There is"

Nicholas Barth,

June 19, 2018 5:35 PM

Twin Galaxies was able to sit down with Anthony "NAMELESS" Wheeler at CWL Anaheim and discuss his transition from professional player to CWL broadcast team member and many other topics.

Anthony "NAMELESS" Wheeler has been a veteran of the professional Call of Duty scene for over a decade seeing success in every single Call of Duty title you can think of. However, the competing days of NAMELESS came to an end in the 2018 Call of Duty World League (CWL) season, but that has not stopped him from continuing to make a name for himself, contrary to his in-game name, in the world of Call of Duty. Utilizing his knowledge of the competitive scene, NAMELESS has quickly become a star on the broadcast team for the CWL providing the insight of a former professional player to the thousands of viewers who tune in to watch their favorite teams and players compete.

Twin Galaxies was able to catch up with NAMELESS this past weekend at CWL Anaheim and discuss his transition to his new role in the community, the challenges he has faced, the inspiration of the CoDCast and many other topics. 

NAMELESS competing with his former team of Evil Geniuses. (Source: MLG)
NAMELESS competing with his former team of Evil Geniuses. (Source: MLG)

Twin Galaxies: How has the transition been from professional Call of Duty player to becoming a member of the Call of Duty World League broadcast team?

NAMELESS: "The transition has actually been fantastic. I was a pro player for 10 to 12 years, so moving onto something new has been a challenge. A lot of things that I didn't know that I am now learning. The staff at MLG (Major League Gaming) has been incredible, and the broadcast team has helped me in ways that I didn't even know about. They have taught me how to talk on stage, how to fill and how to do certain things that I had no idea would be challenges for me. It has been a learning experience, and I have been enjoying it. It has been something new, and I love it."

Twin Galaxies: What would you say has been the most challenging aspect and the easiest aspect of the transition?

NAMELESS: "The easiest part has definitely been just analyzing Call of Duty. I mean I have been doing it so long that when I get up there it is just natural to talk strategy with the guys up there. The hardest part has definitely been finding the right words to say and not repeating myself. I found myself going home and thinking 'How can I reword this to maybe engage different people' and just expand my horizon my knowledge on how to commentate. That has definitely been the hardest thing, but I feel like I have developed over time and after a few months I got the hang of it." 

Twin Galaxies: Do you see competitive Call of Duty any differently now that you are a broadcast member or do you still see it through the eyes of a professional player?

NAMELESS: "I see it differently, but in a better way though. Now that I watch Call of Duty all day, I can pick up on players' tendencies, and I am like 'Wow I wish I was doing this before'. I would have been so much better as a player because I am forced to watch nonstop, so I know everyone's strategies, and I know how people play. All of this information is public, so I am surprised that not more players go re-watch it and learn, but I have learned a lot more about the game in the two months I have been doing this, so it has been extremely beneficial."

NAMELESS has found a new calling in the world of Call of Duty and has shown no signs of slowing down.
NAMELESS has found success in his new calling in the world of Call of Duty and has shown no signs of slowing down.

Twin Galaxies: If you could become a professional player in any esports title, besides Call of Duty, what would it be?

NAMELESS: "Ah that is a tough one man. Call of Duty will always be my favorite. When I was a kid, I loved it so much. I guess it would probably be Counter-Strike because it is the closest thing to Call of Duty. I have always loved Search and Destroy, and that is kinda all Search and Destroy, so I think my strategic mind would work well over there. If I could get down with a mouse and keyboard I would do it, but right now I think I am going to just lay low and be on-air now." 

Twin Galaxies: What has been your favorite casting/analyst moment so far in your young career?

NAMELESS: "It is hard to narrow it down because there is so many games. I think Seattle was pretty fun simply because of the craziness of the tournament and just watching so many upsets and new rosters come in and do damage. In terms of casting, every cast is something new and different that happens to me. I have only been casting for a short time, I think I have casted 10 games so far, so every game is a pleasure. I can't really narrow it down to one moment."

Twin Galaxies: What do you miss the most about competing professionally?

NAMELESS: "What you just said, competing. I miss going up against people. Trying to be the best is the one thing that I miss. Trying to get that trophy is something that you go to sleep and think about until the next day. You wake up that next day and you are like 'I dreamed about this last night' and you know that you want that trophy. You walk into the venue, and you see the hall of champions. That feeling, I don't really have that much of anymore, and I kinda have to live vicariously through my friends, so that is definitely what I miss."

Twin Galaxies: What do you not miss from competing professionally?

NAMELESS: "I do not miss the stress. Losing a match, your teammates all getting mad at each other, arguing and coming from different points of view and not being able to come to a conclusion sometimes is very stressful. That is something I do not miss at all."

Twin Galaxies: What was the inspiration behind the CoDCast?

"All of the pros and I are friends, and I have been around forever, so I can relate to new and old timers. It has been a thing where we have this mumble where we all chill in and play games in. At night, we would have these discussions about Call of Duty, and I was like 'Wouldn't it be cool if we had a podcast for an hour and a half where we broke down all of the things that we talked about at night'. That was about a year ago and then this year when I retired, I had a lot of extra time to be able to set it up. I got a few players on, and we just fired it up and had no idea how it would go. We averaged 10,000 viewers in that very first episode and have covered some great topics in a manner where the players can get their opinions out there without tweeting it and having it sound aggressive or being taken the wrong way. 

Twin Galaxies: What are you most excited about your future as a member of the Call of Duty World League broadcast team?

NAMELESS: "I am just excited to learn and get better. Being a competitor for so long, I want to be the best there is. I build up everybody around me, and I try to make the next person better, but I want to be the best as well." 

You can follow all of NAMELESS' CWL broadcast adventures on his Twitter account and check out the CoDCast on his personal Twitch channel.



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