7 players to watch during CDL Florida - Dexerto
Call of Duty

7 players to watch during CDL Florida

Published: 6/May/2020 18:28 Updated: 8/May/2020 14:43

by Andy Williams


As Florida Mutineers host their first Call of Duty League event, we look at the seven hottest players heading into the mid-way point of the season.

CDL Florida will mark the exact midpoint of the season, where we welcome the Mutineers, RØKKR, Legion and Ultra back into the fold for the third online event of the inaugural season.

With the reigning champs from CDL Chicago out of action, Florida will be looking to make it back-to-back event wins and defend their home series. With that said, who’ll be looking to make an impact this weekend and who should you keep a keen eye on?

Maurice ‘Fero’ Henriquez (Florida Mutineers)

Florida Mutineers' Fero.
Will Fero continue his hot streak? Or was it just a one-off?

Undoubtedly Florida’s star man during CDL Dallas, Fero proved to be an absolute menace on the server for enemy teams. Alongside racking up the most kills in any CDL event this season, Fero proved to be Huntsmen’s kryptonite — showing that he could school the very best in the game.

After stepping into the shoes of Preston ‘Prestinni’ Sanderson’s, the 21-year-old has delivered. But with all eyes looking towards Henriquez, will the youngster be able to hold his own under pressure and deliver yet another outstanding online performance?

Donovan ‘Temp’ Laroda (New York Subliners)

New York Subliners' Temp.
What has Temp got in the locker for this weekend? Can he continue the Subliners’ resurgence, was it just a blip in form?

Despite having a rocky start to the season, the Subliners finally look to have found their groove with the addition of Makenzie ‘Mack’ Kelley to their starting roster. But the credit is largely due to both Dillon ‘Attach’ Price and Temp putting in the work when it matters the most.

During their five-map thriller against Chicago Huntsmen, Laroda was a nuisance throughout the series — leading his team to a monumental victory over one of the league’s favorites. Despite not making it out of groups, Temp and co. built a solid foundation to work from leading up to CDL Florida — but will they be able to make it past Ultra, RØKKR and Mutineers?

Alex ‘Alexx’ Carpenter (Minnesota RØKKR)

Minnesota ROKKR's Alexx.
ROKKR (Twitter)
Alexx’ SMG talents are an essential part to RØKKR’s success in respawn.

While much of the spotlight has been on both Adam ‘Assault’ Garcia and Adam ‘GodRx’ Brown for the most part of RØKKR’s successes, Alexx has been a driving force in their season so far.

As Minnesota’s main SMG, Alexx has been putting on a slaying clinic around the objective, making it easier for the likes of Assault and GodRx to rack up time in the hill.

As the second-highest fragging SMG in the league to-date – second only to Empire’s Anthony ‘Shotzzy’ Cuevas-Castro – keep an eye on how Alexx gets up close and personal with his opposite number, making it near impossible to get near the Hardpoint.

Martin ‘Chino’ Chino (OpTic Gaming Los Angeles)

OpTic Gaming Los Angeles' Chino and former tK members.
Chino (far right) will make his CDL debut during Florida’s event and could be exactly what OGLA were missing.

OpTic Gaming’s latest recruit, Chino, replaces two-time world champ, Jordan ‘JKap’ Kaplan in the starting lineup for OGLA. After a turbulent start to the season, OpTic have shuffled around their talent in a bid to get back on track. And the squad have turned to Chino to find the missing piece in the puzzle.

Chino will likely be running an SMG alongside former duo, Kenny ‘Kuavo’ Williams, as OpTic also look to settle on either Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell or Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat as the team’s Main AR. After missing out on half of the season’s action already, will Chino be able to keep up with the pace and be the answer to OpTic’s season woes?

Chris ‘Simp’ Lehr (Atlanta FaZe)

Atlanta FaZe's Simp.
Simp is already hailed as one of Call of Duty’s greats.

Standing in OpTic’s way in Group B is none other than Atlanta FaZe. After proving to be no match for Empire in the CDL Chicago Grand Final, Simp and co. will be out for blood during CDL Florida.

As far as star quality goes, FaZe has the most star-studded lineup on the paper. But despite having all the talent in the world, they’ve struggled to find a consistent groove.

Simp remains one of the most dominant players in the game. Proving that he’s not just a one-trick pony, Lehr has been FaZe’s best performer in both S&D and respawn game modes. So can the Tiny Terror lead his team back to winning ways during Florida’s home series event?

Matthew ‘Skrapz’ Marshall (London Royal Ravens)

London Royal Ravens' Skrapz.
Skrapz has been turning up big for Royal Ravens and will be looking to turn their dip in form around this weekend.

While all the focus has been on the other half of the Marshall twins (Bradley ‘wuskin’ Marshall) for the majority of the season, Skrapz’ performance has flown under the radar for the most part. Statistically speaking, Skrapz is carrying Royal Ravens’ S&D. As the only player to break the 100-kill barrier (115) with a 1.37 K/D, the Brit has made a name for himself as London’s resident S&D expert.

To top things off, Skrapz’ respawn improved significantly during CDL Chicago, as he was the only player to post respectable numbers before their early exit. Skrapz will be looking to lead the charge to get the British squad back to winning ways during Florida’s home series.

Denholm ‘Denz’ Taylor (Paris Legion)

Paris Legion's Denz.
Denz has his work cut-out, if he’s going to spoil Atlanta’s party.

One player who’ll have something to say about that is the Legion’s Denz. Representing the only other European outfit in the CDL, Denz has been the only silver-lining so far this season.

With a positive kill swing of +161 alongside the highest hill time for his squad, Taylor is instrumental in his team’s respawn successes. As Legion’s frontman, Denz will need to hold his own throughout the weekend if Legion wants to make it out of groups and earn their second playoff spot of the season.

After this event, teams will be on the home straight and will have one eye on the season-closer at the backend of the season. But who will put themselves in good stead?

Keep an eye on these seven players, as they’ll all be looking to get one over on their competition and bag those all important CDL Points. Stay tuned into our CDL coverage to ensure that you don’t miss a minute of what is set to be a jam-packed weekend of Call of Duty action.

Call of Duty

Dr Disrespect calls out Activision & Warzone tourney admins for hacker drama

Published: 23/Jan/2021 0:41

by Theo Salaun


Following scandal over a disqualified cheater in a Warzone tournament, Dr Disrespect is calling out Activision’s lack of an anti-cheat and Twitch Rivals’ lack of a formal process for investigating hacks.

In hours of drama that rocked the competitive Call of Duty: Warzone community, a smaller streamer, ‘Metzy_B,’ was accused of cheating during the $250K Twitch Rivals Doritos Bowl tournament. Prior to the final match of the event, his team was disqualified by tournament admins and stripped of any chance at tournament earnings.

Twitch Rivals have remained relatively quiet on the issue, practically ignoring it during the broadcast and offering up a minimally worded explanation over Twitter. In their explanation, the admins simply explained that Metzy “was ruled to be cheating” and subsequently “removed from the event.”

With that lack of transparency, rumors and accusations flew. Former Call of Duty League pro, one of the highest Warzone earners currently, Thomas ‘Tommey’ Trewren spent hours interrogating the accused and having a friend take control of Metzy’s PC to dive through his logs for any proof of hacks. This all leads to Dr Disrespect asserting that, with or without an Activision anti-cheat, tournament organizers need to do better.

As shared by ‘WickedGoodGames,’ the Two-Time has a clear perspective on this issue. If the developers can’t institute an effective anti-cheat, then every single tournament must “define a process in finding out if he is [cheating] or not … obviously outside of the whole Call of Duty not having an anti-cheat kind of software built in.”

The drama was obviously divisive, as most participants in the tournament believed Metzy (and others) to be cheating, while others weren’t so sure. With no one knowing precisely how Twitch handled the situation, the community was left to investigate themselves.

As Dr Disrespect has heard, the “purple snakes” disqualified Metzy based on “a couple suspicious clips” and without asking to check his computer. This is echoed by the accused himself, who has since commended Tommey for trying to figure out what the admins had failed to.

That account goes directly against others, as fellow competitor BobbyPoff reacted by alleging that Metzy was, in fact, originally reluctant to display his task manager logs.

While the truth may be impossible to find at this point, as Twitch Rivals have given no explanation of their process and any number of files could have been deleted by the time Tommey got access, Dr Disrespect’s point is proven by the drama.

If Activision can’t deliver a functioning anti-cheat and tournament organizers don’t have a strict, transparent policy for hackers — then community infighting over a “grey area” is unavoidable.