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100 Thieves CoD coach Crowder explains why coaches shouldn’t be allowed on stage

Published: 10/May/2019 19:53 Updated: 10/May/2019 20:04

by Albert Petrosyan


Despite being the coach of 100 Thieves’ professional Call of Duty team, James ‘Crowder’ Crowder does not believe coaches should be allowed to be with their teams on stage during matches. 

The question of whether coaches should be allowed on stage during matches has been circling around the competitive CoD community for several years now.

In previous years, such as the Black Ops 2 season, coaches were allowed to stand behind their team and be in constant communication with them, even during the course of matches.

The rule change led to a sharp decline in the number of coaches for a few years, until almost every pro-level team began to hire coaches again over the past 12 months or so, leading to more and more fans wondering if the CWL will begin to let them be on stage during matches again. 

Speaking on this topic on their March 9 podcast, Crowder, FaZe Clan’s ZooMaa, CWL caster Maven, and CWL analyst NAMELESS all seemed to agree that it would not be such a good idea. 

Red BullMatt ‘Mr X’ Morello is arguably the most recognizable coach in CoD esports history, as he was ever-present on stage during matches.

Cheating could become an issue

The first argument brought up against having coaches on stage was that it could open the door for a lot of teams to start trying to take unfair advantage of having an extra man be involved in the match.

“I don’t think so, and my reasoning is because people can cheat if they do that,” said NAMELESS.

Maven, who himself has had some coaching experience with UNiTE Gaming and Team Curse, gave a first-hand account of how big of an advantage a coach can have. 

“When I coached UNiTE, because I didn’t know CoD like that, literally all I did was I was their eyes bro,” added Maven. “Like when someone didn’t spot something, because you know when you’re really focused on one side of the screen, you’ll miss stuff. I was literally just there eyes, that’s just horseshit.”

Esports AwardsFormer coach and now CWL caster Maven believes that having a coach on stage would present an unfair advantage.

Might take away from player roles

The reason that Crowder, who just coached 100 Thieves to their first ever major tournament win at CWL London, doesn’t want coaches to be allowed on stage is because he fears it will impede player development.

“Having an in-game leader, having that aspect to you as a player goes a long way,” he said. “If you were able to have a coach to be the leader while everyone is zoned in and playing, it would kind of be lame.”

100 Thieves - Twitter100 Thieves coach Crowder (middle) believes that the presence of a coach on stage would take away from players’ roles on a team,

ZooMaa, a prominent pro player himself, believes that players should not be able to rely on a coach to do some of their job for them.

“I feel like part of being a good player is being aware, and if a coach is doing that job for you, it just takes the whole point away,” he explained.”

You can watch the entirety of episode one of the Crowder Hours podcast below, with the discussion about coaches starting right at the beginning. 

With all four pretty much in total agreement about why coaches shouldn’t be allowed on stage during matches, it’s probably safe to assume that most, if not all, of the pro players and coaches agree with them as well.

With that said, it’s highly unlikely that the CWL and MLG will change their stance on their policy regarding coaches, so fans should not expect to see a sixth member on stage anytime soon. 

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Best KSP 45 loadout Black Ops Cold War: Attachments, Wildcard, more

Published: 27/Nov/2020 11:59

by James Busby


Black Ops Cold War is certainly no stranger to burst fire weapons, particularly those of the assault rifle kind. However, there is also one SMG that shares this firing pattern. Here are all the attachments you should be using to unleash the KSP 45’s full potential.

The KSP 45 may not be your go-to SMG in Black Ops Cold War, especially when the likes of the MP5 and Milano dominate the category. However, despite being a three-round burst weapon, the KSP 45 offers great damage and decent range. Only one burst is needed to drop an enemy in close-quarters engagements, while two are needed at mid-range. 

This deadly gun blends both AR and SMG playstyle together, making it a great choice for those that want to remain competitive across all distances. In order to help you get the most out of the KSP 45 in Treyarch’s latest title, we’ve created a loadout that will help you secure more frags in no time. 

Best KSP 45 loadout in Black Ops Cold War

KSP 45
Activision / Treyarch
This loadout balances the KSP 45’s range and close-quarter effectiveness.

Here’s how you need to kit out your KS5 45 SMG to dish out the most damage across all ranges. 


  • Barrel: 10.5 Reinforced Heavy 
  • Body: SWAT 5MW Laser Sight
  • Underbarrel: Front Grip
  • Magazine: 42 RND
  • Stock: Tactical Stock


  • 1911


  • Stimshot
  • Semtex
  • Field Mic


  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket + Tactical Mask
  • Perk 2: Assassin + Scavenger 
  • Perk 3: Ninja + Ghost


  • Perk Greed

Whether you prefer to seek out close-quarter firefights or take down foes in mid-range engagements with deadly precision, then this KSP 45 loadout will enable you to do just that. The 10.5 Reinforced Heavy increases the SMG’s effectiveness at range and bolsters its bullet velocity. 

Combine this with the horizontal recoil control from the Front Grip and you have an extremely accurate SMG. While the KSP 45 will still struggle to outgun the game’s meta assault rifles, you’ll at least have a fighting chance. After all, being able to take down mid-range targets in just two bursts is hardly anything to scoff at. 

Meanwhile, the SWAT 5MW Laser Sight improves the gun’s hip-fire accuracy. Mobility and ADS speed remains a big part of Black Ops Cold War, especially when you’re playing on maps like Nuketwon ‘84. As a result, being able to accurately kill any targets without ever looking down your gun’s sights is great.

The 42 RND Mags ensure you have plenty of ammo when it comes to snagging those game-winning multi-kills. Lastly, the Tactical Stock increases aim walking movement speed, enabling you to keep on your toes and quickly sweep those corners. 

KSP 45 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
The KSP 45 may not be as dominant as the MP5, but it still packs a punch.

This loadout uses Perk Greed, which allows players to take six perks. The combination of Flak Jacket and Tactical Mask will keep you safe from any explosives and noxious gas. These perks are important for most loadouts, but especially hyper-aggressive ones that prefer the run and gun approach to combat.

Assassin enables you to shut down any enemies that are currently on killstreaks, while Scavenger keeps your ammunition reserves healthy. Lastly, Ghost and Ninja keep you hidden from pesky enemy spy planes and silences your footsteps. 

In terms of equipment, we’ve chosen the standard Stimshot, Semtex, and Field Mic items. Having the healing from Stimshot will keep you fighting, while the Field Mic allows you to pick up on any enemy movements. 

So there you have it, an extremely deadly and versatile KSP 45 loadout. If you want to keep updated with all the latest Call of Duty news and updates, then follow us over on @DexertoIntel