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100 Thieves rise, FaZe Clan falls on Day Three of CWL Pro League Qualifier

Published: 19/Jan/2019 0:23 Updated: 19/Jan/2019 1:21

by Wyatt Donigan

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The third day of Pool Play at the CWL Pro League Qualifier has come and gone, leaving behind plenty of surprising results as we head into the final day before Sunday’s playoffs.

During the first few days of the Qualifier, just about has gone to plan as top teams have crumbled under the expectations laid before them.

As such, only one team, Midnight Esports, has qualified for the CWL Pro League and only two teams, Nation of Power and Team Divine, have been eliminated from contention, leaving the other 25 teams to fight for the final 11 spots in the Pro League.

Coming into Day Three, there were four teams that we outlined who needed to step things up to avoid certain disaster. Only two of them have done so, with the remaining two hanging on for dear life heading into Day Four.

100 Thieves managed to right the ship with a perfect 2-0 day that put them in position to possibly manage a second place finish in Group C despite a lackluster Days One and Two.

Red Reserve played just one series on Day Three, but they certainly made it count, taking out the previously undefeated Mindfreak 3-1 to even up their record in Pool D at 2-2.

100Thieves100 Thieves finally lived up to expectations with a 2-0 performance on Day Three of the CWL Pro League Qualifier.

FaZe Clan, on the other hand, came up short in their only game of Day Three, getting crushed by Team Reciprocity in a quick 3-0 series. Sitting at 1-3 and tied for last place in Pool A, FaZe is on the verge of missing out on the Pro League altogether.

Lightning Pandas also couldn’t manage to right the ship, losing their only match against Fact Revolution ina 3-2 nailbiter. With no wins on the books thus far, Lightning Pandas will need a miracle to earn a spot in the Pro League.

On the other side of the table, both Team Envy and Mindfreak look poised to advance to the Pro League from Pool Play as both sit atop their Pool B and Pool D with 4-0 and 4-1 records, respectively. Barring some last-minute slipups, they should surely be the next teams to lock up their spots early on Day Four.

The final day of Pool Play will kick off at 9am PST / 12pm EST / 5pm GMT.

You can find the Pool standings at the end of Day Three below:

Pool A

Team Record Map Count Map Win %
1 Team Sween 3-1 9-3 75%
2 Enigma6 3-1 11-5 69%
3 FC Black 3-2 9-8 53%
4 Team Reciprocity 3-2 10-8 56%
5 Project 18 2-3 8-11 42%
6 FaZe Clan 1-3 5-9 36%
777 Team Divine 1-4 4-12 25%

Pool B

Team Record Map Count Map %
1 Team Envy 4-0 12-4 75%
2 Heretics KFC 4-1 14-4 78%
3 G2 Esports 3-1 11-5 69%
4 Fact Revolution 3-2 10-8 56%
5 Tainted Minds 1-4 4-13 24%
6 Vodafone Giants 1-4 4-13 24%
7 Lightning Pandas 0-4 4-12 25%

Pool C

Team Record Map Count Map %
1 Midnight Esports 5-0 15-6 71%
2 Excelerate Gaming 3-2 11-9 55%
3 100 Thieves 3-2 10-11 48%
4 Pittsburgh Knights 2-2 8-7 53%
5 Overtime eSport 2-3 11-9 55%
6 Team SpaceLy 1-3 6-9 40%
7 Mazer Gaming 0-4 2-12 14%

Pool D

Team Record Map Count Map %
1 Mindfreak 4-1 13-7 65%
2 UYU 3-1 11-4 73%
3 Evil Geniuses 3-1 11-6 65%
4 Red Reserve 2-2 9-8 53%
5 Movistar Riders 2-3 6-13 32%
6 The Imperial 2-3 10-13 43%
7 Nation of Power 0-5 6-15 29%
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Dr Disrespect explains how Black Ops Cold War could be “so much more fun”

Published: 21/Oct/2020 3:29

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Dr Disrespect has chimed in on the much-maligned SBMM system used in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and other titles, and although he doesn’t blame Treyarch, the Doc is less than impressed with the system and wants it removed.

Dr Disrespect is all about violence, speed, and momentum. However, he hasn’t been able to spread his wings in Black Ops Cold War and fly like the eagle he was born to be, and he blames it all on SBMM.

SBMM, which stands for skill-based matchmaking, is a system used in many popular games to try and balance out lobbies.

Some players and developers think it’s a good thing, but many others believe it tends to ‘punish’ higher-skilled players like Dr Disrespect. It throws them into lobbies with other elite players, which results in ‘sweaty’ games where everyone is good and trying really hard to win.

The game becomes more serious and less casual, and it demands more effort, which is less than ideal for streamers like the Doc, who want to entertain.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is one of many games that uses SBMM.

Dr Disrespect has never been one to hold his tongue and mince his words on matters important to him. In his latest stream, he had a frustrating time playing Black Ops Cold War due to SBMM and shared his thoughts.

Man, that SBMM, what a… what a…” he said, struggling to find the words to summarize his rage. “SBMM results to exact same fight every single time.” It’s a sentiment shared by players from many different games and skill brackets.

“It has nothing to do with… game design,” he added.

“Treyarch knocks it out the park… I just think it has something to do with a lot of the technical stuff… I would take that tech out.”

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Dr Disrespect isn’t one to hold back on his opinions, especially when it comes to games.

Dr Disrespect knows that it isn’t Treyarchs fault. Instead, he refers to a “third-party” who works with them and “manages all the data and everything.” He says, “they’re able to make all these tweaks, and all that stuff,” and the fact that SBMM is implemented at all is “such a bummer.”

“I want some sheep in my lobbies,” he said. “I want a couple triple peekers. The game could like just be so much more fun. I don’t understand why they have it.”

The related segment begins at 3:38:30 in the video below.

Dr Disrespect isn’t the first person to express his concerns about SBMM, and he won’t be the last. However, the Doc is a pillar in the gaming community. He has also been involved in some behind-the-scenes level design, so his opinion has some weight.

Either way, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is still loads of fun. SBMM might even help you become a better player if you’re willing to embrace it.