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Call of Duty League caster Momo fired after investigation of misconduct

Published: 4/Jul/2020 16:52 Updated: 4/Jul/2020 17:04

by Calum Patterson

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Prominent Call of Duty caster Philip ‘Momo’ Whitfield has confirmed that he has been released from employment with Activision Blizzard, following an investigation into messages he sent to female members of the gaming community.

On July 4, Whitfield stated that his contract as a caster and host for the Call of Duty League had been terminated, effective on June 30.

Various social media posts in the days prior had alleged that the cause of his termination was due to complaints made confidentially to Activision about Whitfield’s conduct.

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Instagram: Philip "Momo" Whitfield
Momo’s contract was terminated on June 30.

“This decision follows what was described to me as an internal investigation after old messages that I’d sent to female members of the gaming community had been passed to my employer,” Whitfield said.

“For confidentiality reasons, the detail of these messages and the recipients were not disclosed, which I fully respect. I cannot therefore respond to the specific allegations and their context.”

According to Momo, the content of the messages “made the recipients feel uncomfortable.” He explained that he was ‘trying his luck’ “with women who hadn’t invited my attention, and I was being forward when I shouldn’t have been.”

“I did not believe at the time that I was making the recipients uncomfortable. Had I known this I would not have continued conversing in this way.”

Concluding his statement, Momo said “the person I was back then is not the person I am now. I take full ownership for my misjudgments and would stress how sorry I am for my conduct.”

Momo's official statement

“I’m sorry for my immaturity, I’m sorry for any explicit content or graphic language I used, I’m sorry for any tasteless humour, and I’m sorry to anybody who I’ve caused offense to or who has suffered in any way as a result of my actions. I hope they read this message and believe these words.”

Momo was formerly a professional Call of Duty player before he moved into casting, and was one of the main voices on CWL broadcasts, and later CDL, when the inaugural season of the franchised league began in late 2019.

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NICKMERCS’ overpowered VLK Rogue Warzone loadout kills in “one shot”

Published: 29/Nov/2020 20:53

by Theo Salaun

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Shotguns have dominated the Call of Duty: Warzone meta for a while now and FaZe Clan’s NICKMERCS thinks that a souped up, “one-shot” VLK Rogue class might be the next one up. 

First, it was the Origin-12 that supplanted the MP5 as everyone’s favorite secondary weapon in Warzone. After that got nerfed, people pivoted to the R9-0, also known as the “Doof Doof,” which, bolstered by Dragon’s Breath rounds, knocks fully armored enemies in just two shots.

Now, in anticipation of a nerf that many are hoping will come to the R9, Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff is taking TimTheTatMan’s suggestion and trying out the VLK Rogue. While many have become somewhat enamored with the semi-automatic shotgun in the early game, given its potency as ground loot, few have truly experimented with it in their loadouts.

Basing his class on Tim’s, Nick ran a Dragon’s Breath-powered VLK in a game with Swagg and the results were surprising. Although it may not overtake the R9 until nerfs come through, the potential is undeniable.

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The VLK Rogue doesn’t look that big, but it packs a punch.

Noting that Tim and chat had been telling him to try the VLK, Nick built out a class for it and proceeded to drop a casual 30-bomb. Using the Kilo 141 at range, he managed to pull off some nasty close-quarters kills with the Rogue, suggesting it may actually be viable. 

Here’s the full class that Nick used to bully enemies with the VLK:

  • Muzzle: FORGE TAC Marauder
  • Barrel: 16” Warlord
  • Laser: 5mW Laser
  • Ammunition: 8-R Dragon’s Breath
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip Tape

After taking some time to get his loadout, Nick got his first kill with the Rogue at about the 6:20 mark in the video. In that fight, he encountered a bathroom camper and easily one-shot him as the enemy tried to turn the corner. 

Pulling off similar kills throughout the big game, the popular streamer proceeded to confirm suspicions that this shotgun really could play into the next meta once the R9 gets nerfed.

“If the R9 nerf actually does come in, do we think that the VLK is gonna take its place? Personally, I do. I think this is next up. If the R9 gets nerfed, I think people go to the VLK (or maybe we go back to the MP5).”