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Another Gentleman’s Agreement Made Between Professional Call of Duty Players Over New Burst Weapon

Published: 13/May/2018 13:32 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:52

by Calum Patterson

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As the Call of Duty: WWII CWL season continues with the CWL Pro League Stage Two this week, it looks like a major change has come into play at the professional level.

In April, the new burst Assault Rifle (AR) in CoD: WWII was made available in the competitive ruleset, with developers seemingly keen that it be used in CWL play.

They were aware that adding a new weapon – and one so powerful – could well cause issues to the balance of the game competitively, and se were open to feedback.

And it didn’t take long before a large majority of pro players were vocally against the weapon being used, claiming it was too powerful and gave a significant advantage to AR players.

Regardless, many continued to practice and scrim while using the weapon, and so it was expected that it would still be in play come May 15th, the start of Stage Two of the Pro League, with Division A.

However, the rumor now, and judging from the recent streamed practice of pro players, is that the weapon has become subject to a gentleman’s agreement – where all Pro League teams agree upon not using it between themselves.

In a recent stream including OpTic Gaming’s Sam “Octane” Larew – who is a main AR player – he was seen using only alternatives. Further, the chat command response to ‘!itra’ is now “The ITRA has been GA’d” – so make of that what you will.

We will of course need to wait until matches begin on Tuesday May 15th, to know for sure if the gentleman’s agreement has been enforced across all teams.

It is possible that the agreement has been put in place only for Division B teams (whose matches begin on May 29th), but it is more likely that it has been agreed by all teams.

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Scump says “a lot could go wrong” with CDL switching to PC next season

Published: 21/Oct/2020 0:06

by Albert Petrosyan

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With the Call of Duty League switching from console to PC for the 2021 season, at least at the professional level, Chicago Huntsmen’s legendary CoD pro Seth ‘Scump’ Abner has detailed some of the potential issues that could arise.

The Call of Duty League’s switch from console to PC was inevitable, but that doesn’t mean the transition will be without its faults; one major concern, of course, has been hacking. Maybe not in the competitive scene, but the growing presence of PC in CoD this year (with the addition of cross-play and Warzone) has exposed Activision’s inability to handle the issue on a large scale.

Add in the fact that the CDL’s Challengers circuit and in-game ranked mode(s), for example, will support both console & PC, and suddenly the concern is heightened. And while it’s unlikely that anyone in the pro ranks would cheat, if the 2021 season starts out online, there’s a chance that, at the very least, accusations could start flying around.

Scump was asked about this switch during one of his recent streams and, uncoincidentally, hacking was the first thing he brought up: “The one thing that could go wrong – if there’s hackers, any kind of competitive playlist is chalked. That’s definitely something to worry about.”

“That is going to be very annoying if hackers just run rampant in all the ranked playlists,” he went on. “If there are hackers, it’s chalked. There’s supposed to be anti-cheat in the works? Hopefully, they do a good job with it and hopefully, everything is good.”

The veteran also brought up the potential situations where the gaming rigs experience issues during competitions: “‘PC crash during a tournament is bound to happen,’ more than likely, yeah. There’s a lot of things that could go wrong, definitely a LOT of things that could go wrong.”

There was one positive bit of news that Scump revealed during this discussion: the CDL is working on adding a ‘pause feature’ that would allow them to stop and start matches if need be.

The lack of such a feature really became apparent during the 2020 campaign, especially the CDL Playoffs, when teams like OpTic Gaming LA and London Royal Ravens had players booted offline mid-match.

As a result, since the disconnections occurred too late into the respective Hardpoint games, both teams had to play the round a man down, 4v5, which inevitably led them to lose.

Needless to say, had a pause feature existed, the whole situation could have been avoided. Instead, the CDL was forced to stream all matches with a massive delay so that viewers with ill-intentions couldn’t hit anyone offline.

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Without a pause feature, the CDL installed these unpopular rules for if/when Hardpoint matches needed to be restarted.

Ultimately, the Call of Duty League’s switch to PC is a “step in the right direction,” as Scump remarked, but there are definitely potential problems that could stem from the transition. We’ll just have to wait and see.

For more information about the upcoming campaign, make sure to visit our CDL 2021 season hub.