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Call of Duty League Player Profile: Ben "Beans" McMellon Interview

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A professional Call of Duty League player with the Boston Breach, Beans burst onto the scene during MW2 for his rookie season. He's shown he can be dangerous as an AR or with the sniper on Search and Destroy.

Beans started his professional gaming career in 2020 and played for several teams in the Challengers division, including Ultra Academy EU and Boston Breach Academy, before joining the Boston Breach in 2022. He started competing at a young age, beginning in Europe and moved to Dubai.

We spoke to Beans to discuss what it's like being an away team at a Home Series, how he has felt throughout his rookie season, and Asilo SnD strategy.

You played at the Minnesota Home Series. How was that event for an away team?

Going into it, the guys were a little bit apprehensive because it was one match and we had to fly to Minnesota. It was a 10-hour travel day to fly there and play just one match. So beforehand, we were not in great spirits, but when we got there, we saw the event, and CoD was on the mind. It was smooth sailing from there. The event was awesome and it was really set up well. I think Minnesota set a really good precedent now for other teams to follow on from this. I think Boston is definitely in the realm of doing this next year, and I think that's already on the card for them and definitely other franchises as well will be really keen to do this. It's really good for the fans and it's good for the players because players are always going on about how they'd love to play LAN matches more so it just brings out the players and I made a Tweet about it after the game. I think was really good, and just with a couple more tweaks, it could be really good for the CDL.

Tell us a little bit about how you got into competing, your time and challenges and then moving on to the CDL.

I first started playing CoD at about 8 or 9, something like that years ago in the UK and then moved abroad because the family moved to the Middle East in Dubai, which was a bit of a life changeup. I played some competitively when I got over there and met a lot of new people because there's still some sort of a scene there for gaming, especially CoD as well. It was quite good. I came back to the UK, and then in early Modern Warfare 2019, I started competing seriously, obviously when I was old enough at 18. From then on it's just been a grind to make it to the league and this year was the year I finally did it.

What's that mindset like going into this final Major when you're fighting for seeding in Champs?

I said to the coaching staff when I first came in because it's never a guarantee that you make champs, but I've always said the same thing to them, don't worry, we'll make Champs. I've got a feeling. I always knew that we'll make Champs because I just think that with the caliber of players we have on the roster and then how we play, we'd have to really mess it up to not make Champs. I think we're fine in that regard. Now, it's more of working towards getting a better seed for Champs. That's quite important. You don't want to play in the best team in the first round, you want a bit of momentum game. I think there will be a lot of mix-ups, a lot of crazy games coming up. Obviously, our game against the Rokkr was a big one. It was ten points for us, but in the grand scheme of things, it was probably 20 because they lose out on ten but we gained 10. Obviously, that fight between Vegas and Minnesota is quite crazy. It's going to be a wild finish, and it's gonna be an exciting one for fans, and I can't imagine the player's feelings behind that. It's gonna be exciting to watch for the final part of the season.

Take us through a day in the life of beings when Beans when preparing for a match from start to finish.

Wake up, around 10-11 AM, and then we normally get to the facility 3 hours early. So if it's a 6:00 PM match, we'll get there at three. We chill out for a little bit at the start of the day, not doing anything too hectic, just chill with the guys and then we'll get into some warm-up scrims, maybe watch a little bit of VOD and go over the other team's stuff, see what they're doing, which normally we would have prepared a couple of days beforehand, but just to go over it again. We're not going 100% hard in the warmup scrim. You want to reserve energy. Obviously, not troll, but you want to have a little bit of fun in the scrim and get the comms flowing, get the guns going and then load into the match and hopefully get the win.

What's it like going to a team that had someone like something like Zinni and taking over for a guy like that? 

It was pretty daunting at first because if I were going to a team that wasn't that great, I can just do me. But I was going to a team that, though placements might not have shown it as much, was a really good, solid team. Watching them at Major 2, they choked a lot of games, and they could have done way better than they did. They knew how good they were. The coaches know how good they were. So coming in at first was a little bit daunting. But as long as you trust yourself and how good you are there. It was a little bit of a learning curve in the first week or so, but after that, we got into it, and it was pretty good from now on.