The New York Subliners announced Friday the signing of veteran Call of Duty League player James "Clayster" Eubanks.
Clayster has been playing competitive Call of Duty since 2007. He has won three titles, including back-to-back 2019 and 2020 championships with eUnited and the Dallas Empire, respectively.
Due to required roster cuts with the competitive scene shrinking from 5 vs. 5 play in 2020 to 4 vs. 4 play in 2021, Clayster was one of the first to become a restricted free agent with the Empire on Sept. 1, immediately after Dallas won the 2020 Call of Duty League Championship. In a twitlonger released that same day, Clayster reiterated how much he loved the Dallas Empire and that he had no hard feelings towards the organization or his former teammates.
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"You know the type of player you're getting with me, and if this is my last hurrah I'm giving it all I got. I don't want it to be the last ride, but who knows after how these last two years turned out," he wrote. "All I've ever asked was to be appreciated and wanted, and as soon as an org shows that back to me I'm there for life."
Clayster is known for his in-game leadership and has also expressed his desire to continue leading younger players and teams to unlock their potential.
Current Subliners players Thomas "ZooMaa" Paparatto and Makenzie "Mack" Kelley's contracts were both extended for the 2021 season on Sept. 9 according to the Call of Duty League website. ZooMaa was a staple of the Subliners roster since Launch Weekend and rookie Mack came onto the team mid-season, helping them win their own home series event in July.
After a slow start to the year, the New York Subliners finished fifth overall in the regular season and were eliminated by the London Royal Ravens in the third round of the losers' bracket at the 2020 Call of Duty League Championship.