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Aspiring CoD Player Starts GoFundMe to Chase his Dream After Being Made Homeless

Published: 25/Jul/2018 14:45 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:08

by Calum Patterson


Once a rising star in competitive Call of Duty, Anthony “DraMa” Padilla has fallen on hard times and is asking the community for help to continue to chasing his dream.

DraMa recently revealed that he had been made homeless, after he was evicted and then kicked out by his parents, saying that qualification for the World Championship in August was his ‘only hope’.

But his team, Vertacon, were eliminated after two losses at the Last Chance Qualifier for CoD Champs, dashing his hopes of making the money he needs from the tournament.

After claiming to have applied for ten jobs but receiving no reply, DraMa has put his faith in the community to help him out, starting a GoFundMe page.

He explained that after failing to land a job, he saw it as a “sign” to continue pursuing professional Call of Duty and to be “the best player to ever do it.”

Over the years I’ve grinded my heart out trying to accomplish my goals but have felt short every year do to really bad In real life experiences. For example, this year I went through really bad depression and alcoholism and it really affected my life and Call of Duty career terribly. I’m happy to say I’m over that though.

Unfortunately, a week ago I was Evicted from my home then kicked out by my parents, almost stuck living in the streets. I know it could’ve been avoided if I got a job but I have a bad relationship with my parents. We don’t speak very much and I wasn’t told we were in bad debt. Everything just hit me in really quick and I wasn’t ready for it.

His attempt to qualify for the World Championship was, he says, “a risk” that didn’t pay off.

I took a risk after I got evicted. I could’ve helped my family out but by getting 2 jobs but instead I kept pursuing CoD and tried to qualify for CoD Champs. That way I could get the $3250 to put my family back in a house and could get my time in the spot light to show the community that I was really good again.

But DraMa claims he will reimburse everyone who donates when he ‘makes it’, asking anyone who does contribute to leave their Twitter handle as a message.

I’m asking for help from the CoD community please to help my family and I so I can keep on chasing my dream and make them happy again. I give you my word that I’m going to make it, and that’s on everything I love. I promise to pay everyone back once I make it so if you could please reply with your twitter @ on the donation, I’d really appreciate it.

With the WWII season now over for DraMa, he will presumably be focusing on the next title, Black Ops 4, set for release on October 12th, which will signal the start of the next competitive season.

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NICKMERCS rates the best Warzone players from to Scump to HusKerrs

Published: 24/Oct/2020 1:06

by Theo Salaun


Tasked with drafting a team for a Call of Duty: Warzone tournament, NICKMERCS went through some of the game’s biggest names, ranking them while determining who he would most want to duo with.

To start Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards’ $10,000 “Cracked Creators” Warzone tournament, 16 creators were tasked with drafting their duo from 16 “cracked” streamers.

As one of the creators allowed to select their tandem, NICKMERCS sifted through 16 of the game’s best to determine who he would prefer to play with.

Ultimately, the FaZe streamer ended up putting his decision to a poll among his fans. But, before doing so, he originally went through all 16 and gave thoughts on how each of them ranks. And the options were varied, but all shared one thing in common: talent.

With professional Call of Duty League players like Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper and Seth ‘Scump’ Abner available, as well as Warzone streamers like Aydan and HusKerrs, the candidates were excellent. Still, NICKMERCS sifted through and broke down who he truly believes ranks as the battle royale’s best.

Segment begins at 00:20:45.

NICKMERCS starts by going through the list and just expressing what an absolute struggle it will be to pick from such a talented crop of peers: “Oh, it’s going to be so hard to pick man … No matter what, everybody that I would pick from is cracked.” But, after going through and complimenting practically everybody, he starts the process of elimination.

Since Nick chooses second after DrDisrespect, he immediately eliminates Zlaner as Doc’s likely first pick. Then, he eliminates JoeWo with two simple reasons: “I’ve never played with him and every time I play against him, I beat that little ass.”

Then, BobbyPoff is gone: “BobbyPoff, I love the guy, but take him off the list.” And the “Scarf Lord” is followed quickly by the Chicago Huntsmen’s FormaL and Scump: “Love ‘em, love ‘em. But I feel like there’s better BR players.” After that, things start getting complicated.

Cracked Creators Warzone
The list of “cracked” players in Hitch’s Cracked Creators Warzone tournament.

Similar to Zlaner, Nick decides to sacrifice Merk so that he can play with his longtime duo, Maven. Then, recognizing that all of these remaining players are absolute menaces on Verdansk, he goes with two simple metrics to determine his personal preference. He immediately prioritizes controller players and the highest earners in Warzone tournaments.

That eliminates stars like HusKerrs and Symfuhny for their mouse and keyboard usage, while also eliminating Crowder and DougIsRaw for their low earnings. Finally, he eliminates Jukeyz because of his struggles understanding the UK maestro’s accent and decides to put the decision to a poll.


Ultimately, it’s between Aydan and Tommey, with Cloakzy popping on to let NICKMERCS know that Aydan’s been playing some Fortnite recently. That leaves the FaZe star choosing Tommey, noting that “he’s got great communication, phenomenal player, guaranteed to get some chopper kills off rip.”

Despite going through full rankings for his options and landing upon an excellent duo, the decision-making process proved to be futile. NICKMERCS and Tommey could only end in the Top 12 for the tournament, while the easily dismissed BobbyPoff actually came in first place.