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Call of Duty League announces server changes ahead of CDL Chicago

Published: 23/Apr/2020 19:01

by Albert Petrosyan


The Call of Duty League has implemented new measures that they hope will improve server connectivity for the upcoming Chicago Home Series on April 21.

The CoD League’s decision to restructure their inaugural season to an online format has forced the teams and production crew to make some major adjustments for the remaining slate of events.

Playing CoD online vs LAN is a huge difference, and despite the addition of dedicated servers, this past Dallas Home Series had its fair share of connectivity issues that caused major lag spikes during matches.

CDLTeams have had to adjust to online competition after the CoD League switched their format for this season.

On April 23, the CDL announced that they’d added four additional regional servers for the Chicago tournament, bringing the overall total of dedicated servers to nine.

“Through a number of server upgrades and rigorous testing, we are working toward improved match play connectivity and better protections against server lag spikes that led to connection issues during our last event,” they said in their announcement.

While they did not reveal where these four new ones are located, they come in addition to the ones already in San Francisco, Texas, Chicago, Ohio, and Virginia, according to Dallas Empire’s Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter.

Crimsix - TwitterThe locations of the CDL’s dedicated servers, according to Dallas Empire’s Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter.

In addition, the CDL are also introducing a new server veto process for all matches, starting with the Chicago Home Series: “Both teams will be provided three servers to test prior to the start of their match.”

The way this veto process will work is each team will submit a “blind veto” of one server, and if both teams end up choosing to veto the same server, the league will decide which of the other two will be used.

Once a server is chosen, the entire match (up to five maps) will be played on it. Over the past week, teams have gotten a chance to test out these changes during scheduled scrims so they can have a good idea of which servers they want to play on come tournament time.

CDLAll remaining Call of Duty League Home Series this season will be played online.

This announcement came a day after Crimsix’s rant on Twitter in which he openly complained about the online servers being “unplayable” during the Dallas Home Series.

He also claimed that his team and Chicago Huntsmen were being “punished” because the CDL was apparently not allowing them to play on nearby servers because they were too close, essentially forcing them to connect to ones that were much farther away.

The Chicago Home Series will take place April 24-26 featuring both Huntsmen and Empire in attendance. For more information about the event, make sure to check out our dedicated hub that includes the streams, schedule, brackets, and more.

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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.