Call of Duty

Tainted Minds has been a staple in the APAC Call of Duty scene since the start of Black Ops 3 CWL began. Always looking to push for the top spot in our region while having some of the best players in our scene Tainted Minds are looking to be the kings of APAC Call of Duty.

The team is made up of:

Hayden 'Damage' Handakas [C]
Cody "Excite" Rugulo
Daniel "Swifty" Hickey
Giancarlo "Nimble" Vagnini

After falling just short in qualifying for CWL Global Pro League, the teams now will be focusing on qualifying for Call Of Duty World Championships at Crown Melbourne Last Chance Qualifiers. 

Achievements:

  • Call of Duty: World League ANZ Stage 1 - Qualification
  • Call of Duty: World League ANZ Stage 1 - 2nd Place
  • Crown Invitational - 3rd/4th Place
  • CyberGamer Premier League Challenge Division - Finalists
  • Call of Duty: World League ANZ Stage 2 - 5th
  • Call of Duty: CWL Sydney Open - 2nd
  • CyberGamer Premier League - 2nd
  • Call of Duty: CWL Sydney Open #2 - 8th

Hayden 'Damage' Handakas [C]

Captain of the Tainted Minds Call of Duty roster, Hayden has been the centrepiece of the Tainted Minds roster since it's entrance into the scene. Having been involved in the "Trident T1 Dotters" squad that placed 5th at the Call of Duty World Championship in 2014 Hayden brings the vital international experience and leadership to the team. Having been playing since the early PS3 5v5 Search and Destroy days it comes as no surprise that he is one of the smartest Search and Destroy players in our region.

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Daniel "Swifty" Hickey

Swifty having only recently turning 18 and being allowed to participate at the highest level of APAC Call Of Duty comes with the reputation of being one of the best young players in our region. Swifty is one of a handful of players that have won a LAN in Australia in recent times having won ACL Sydney for Call Of Duty Ghosts. Now playing for Tainted Minds he's looking to add some extra victories to his name.

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Giancarlo "Nimble" Vagnini

Nimble is a relative newcomer to the scene, only really starting his competitive career in Advanced Warfare with some average placings. Once the CWL was announced for Black Ops 3 he nailed down and became what was seen as one of the best SMG players in our region playing for "Orbit" and qualifying for Call Of Duty World Championships with that squad. The last remaining member of that Orbit squad Nimble is looking to take this Tainted Minds team to the next level.

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Cody "Excite" Rugulo

Cody, the newest member of the Tainted Minds Call of Duty team has been seen as one of the top players during the Infinite Warfare season with his position on the top APAC team "Mindfreak". Cody lead the team to a win at both CWL Sydney events and qualified with Mindfreak for Call Of Duty World Championships with a solid placing during Season 1 of the CWL Global Pro League. Having been replaced on Mindfreak for Denz, Cody is now looking to prove it wasn't a fluke with his new team.

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