Pro player Rhys 'Rated' Price, part of the Division A squad that formerly represented Red Reserve, was very critical of the Pro League analysts panel, accusing them of being disrespectful and having bias.
Rated's claims came against a panel that primarily features four analysts, three of whom are former established pro players themselves - Jeremy 'StuDyy' Astacio, Jonathan 'Pacman' Tucker, and Anthony 'NAMELESS' Wheeler.
The example he brought up to justify his comments was the apparent disparity in the panel's analysis of Evil Geniuses and Denial Esports, despite the fact that both teams sit at the bottom of their respective Divisions.
He claims that the panel was overly critical of Denial when they were 0-5, calling for a massive roster overhaul, when they were not nearly as harsh in their judgement of Evil Geniuses when they themselves were 0-6.
Desk is making me salty, EG we literally 0-6 whilst being expected to be T4 in the division & only thing was said was there sub should be brought in, Denial are 0-5 whilst being expected to be towards the bottom but need to get rid of the whole roster, complete bias & disrespect.— Rhys Price (@Rated_COD) February 27, 2019
Upon seeing the tweets, several others involved with the pro scene chimed in, and almost all of them were very much in agreement with Rated's assessment of the analysts.
"I could go on literal three hour rant about this desk," tweeted Gen.G coach Joey Nubzy. "I feel genuinely awful for the amount of disrespect being shown. Not their place to speak on internal things they have no knowledge of."
Former pro player Reedy was a bit more unfiltered with his choice of words: "The desk is legit such a toxic place, all trying trying to be people they're not. It's actually so jokes."
The desk is legit such a toxic place all trying to be people their not it’s actually so jokes.— Reedy (@Reedy_1905) February 27, 2019
The tweets did not stop there, as more and more reactions started pouring in the comments section of Rated's original post.
If I could speak fluent English these lot would be done out here.— Dylan Daly (@MadCat) February 27, 2019
Wanted to tweet the same thing yesterday. I can’t tell if it’s unprofessional or if I’m out of touch but listening to “yeah they need to drop this whole roster” by the whole desk AND casters.. 🤯— Mitchell Mader (@MF_BuZZO) February 27, 2019
It's actually unacceptable.— Colt (@ColtHavok) February 27, 2019
not on broadcast you didn’t, all was said was “they need to sub GodRx In”, maybe two changes not anywhere near the amount of dirt that’s put on Denials name & both teams are completely different in expectations.— Rhys Price (@Rated_COD) February 27, 2019
I’ve already said, pay me half of what they’re paying the people on the desk I’ll play & analyse at the same time.— Rhys Price (@Rated_COD) February 27, 2019
I was saying the exact same thing— 🦉UYU Mayhem (@OvOMayhem) February 27, 2019
well said rhys pal, well said— SB (@SunnyBCoD) February 27, 2019
Of course, this is not the first time that players have had public spats with the CWL broadcast teams; there have been numerous verbal altercations between both sides in the past, some of which have gotten quite heated and personal.
However, at least at the time of this article's writing, no one from the analyst panel has yet to comment or respond to Rated's tweets.