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CDL Seattle Day 2 recap: Huntsmen & OpTic dominate, playoff bracket set

Published: 24/May/2020 2:32

by Albert Petrosyan

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Day two of the Call of Duty League’s Seattle Home Series wrapped up on May 23, leaving just four teams to battle it out on Championship Sunday.

Eight teams came into the Seattle Home Series but only four are left, following the six Saturday matches on that put half the field on the chopping block ahead of the final day of action.

Chicago Huntsmen, London Royal Ravens, OpTic Gaming LA, and New York Subliners all made it to Championship Sunday, while Paris Legion, Seattle Surge, Minnesota ROKKR, and LA Guerrillas fell short in group play.

Group A

London Royal Ravens 3-0 New York Subliners

It seems that the addition of Zer0 to their roster is all Royal Ravens needed to regain their spark, at least for now, as they’ve made it to their first semifinals since all the way back at CDL London.

The former Subliners player got his revenge, as a relentless effort saw them take the Hardpoint 250-180, S&D 6-3, and Domination 156-148 – all played on Gun Runner. They never gave New York a chance to find their footing, and it was undoubtedly one of London’s best and most complete performances of the season.

Los Angeles Guerrillas 3-1 Seattle Surge

Somehow, this matchup ends up taking place at pretty much every Home Series that these two teams attend, with this being already their fifth meeting this season. The difference this time, however, is that Guerrillas finally came out on top for the first time.

A 250-217 win on Rammaza HP and 6-1 on Picadilly S&D had Los Angeles up 2-0, and despite Seattle pulling out a 167-149 victory on Hackney Yard Dom, a final 250-165 result on Hackney Yard HP sealed the series win for LAG.

With the result, Guerrillas got the much-needed win and advanced to play Subliners for a spot in the semis, while Surge were eliminated in the first round at their own Home Series.

Surge were all over the place this weekend, it must be said; their first-ever mid-series substitution on Friday didn’t work, and it was followed by a decision to bench Enable on Saturday and move Pandur back into the starting lineup.

On top of all that, the team has now dropped to 4-12, one of the worst records in the league, as they failed to make any kind of noise at their own event.

Following the loss, star man Octane took to Twitter to express his frustrations, saying he “didn’t want to play anymore” and “wants this year to end.”

New York Subliners 3-1 Los Angeles Guerrillas

Eager to put their 3-0 shellacking at the hands of Royal Ravens behind them, Subliners couldn’t have asked for a better opponent to face with the final semifinal spot on the line.

That said, the series wasn’t as easy as one would think; New York took a 1-0 lead with a 250-191 win on Gun Runner HP before Los Angeles answered back with an expert 6-3 on Arklov Peak S&D.

However, as most would expect them to do, Subliners took care of business on the subsequent respawn modes – 158-149 on Hackney Yard Dom and 250-187 on St. Petrograd HP – to seal the series victory.

For the boys in yellow, it’s now back-to-back semifinal berths after their slow start to the season. As for their opponents, however, despite their improved performance this weekend, it’s yet another Home Series that ends in the group stage.

Group B

Chicago Huntsmen 3-0 Minnesota ROKKR

Whatever Prestinni has added to the Huntsmen roster seems to be working perfectly, as they steamrolled past ROKKR to advance to their fifth straight semifinals.

However, the series was a lot closer than the final scorelines would suggest; Chicago won Azhir Cave HP 250-233 and it took 11 rounds for them to take Gun Runner S&D 6-5. The Dom, on Hackney Yard, was the only one-sided game of the match, the final scoreline being 176-123.

As you’d expect, the S&D was a highlight reel of its own, especially when Alexx and Scump traded some impressive clutches in back-to-back rounds.

OpTic Gaming Los Angeles 3-1 Paris Legion

OpTic regained from their tough day one loss to ROKKR by putting in a very strong performance against Legion, who lost despite taking a 1-0 lead in the series with a 250-175 win on Azhir Cave HP.

Just two maps away from elimination, OGLA turned on their extra gear and won the next three games: 6-4 on Rammaza S&D, 170-143 on Hackney Yard Dom, and a tight 250-240 on Rammaza HP.

While Los Angeles got to advance to the next round, this was the end of the line for Paris, whose struggles continue for yet another Home Series. This was their fifth consecutive loss, and what was once such a promising start to the season has now turned into a string of disappointing results.

OpTic Gaming Los Angeles 3-0 Minnesota ROKKR

Whatever bitterness the OpTic players had from their tough loss on Friday, they used it to fuel their revenge effort, and it saw them bulldoze through ROKKR in the final match of day two.

A massive 80-point comeback win on Azhir Cave HP (250-241), followed by victories on Arklov Peak S&D (6-2) and Hackney Yard Dom (171-157) not only saw the Green Wall exact sweet vengeance but also clinched them a second-straight semifinal berth.

As for Minnesota, this is the second straight Home Series that they’ve failed to get out of their group, which could mean that their long-held status as the “fourth-best team” could be slipping away.

Looking ahead to Championship Sunday

The playoff bracket is now set – London Royal Ravens will be taking on OpTic Gaming LA in the first semifinal while Chicago Huntsmen will face XXX in the second.

All four teams have been in this position before, but only the Huntsmen have won a Home Series this season, so we’re either going to see them become the third team with multiple trophies (Dallas & Atlanta) or there will be a new champion crowned on Sunday.

Brackets & schedule

Group A Bracket

Group B Bracket

Playoff Bracket

Day 3 schedule

Round Match PST EST BST AEST (May 25)
Semifinal 1 London Royal Ravens vs OpTic Gaming LA 1:00 PM 4:00 PM 9:00 PM 6:00 AM
Semifinal 2 Chicago Huntsmen vs New York Subliners 2:30 PM 5:30 PM 10:30 PM 7:30 AM
Grand Final TBD vs TBD 4:00 PM 7:00 PM 12:00 AM 9:00 AM

Remember, you can watch these matches live and keep up with all of the Call of Duty action via our CDL Seattle hub, which includes streams, updated scores, brackets, and more.

Also, make sure to check out the CDL Seattle final placements to see who’s in and who’s out of the tournament, as well as the CDL Points they’ve earned.

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Warzone team banned from $250k Twitch Rivals event after cheating scandal

Published: 22/Jan/2021 10:34 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 10:42

by Brad Norton

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The $250K Twitch Rivals Doritos Bowl Warzone event hit a major snag in the road on January 21, as alleged cheaters were disqualified from the competition ahead of the closing round.

One of the biggest Warzone events to date set the scene for one of the biggest cheating scandals to date. Amidst the five-rounds of private lobby action, a number of Warzone’s veteran competitors began to accuse players of cheating in the tournament.

The Trio of METZY_B, kyrptic_j0ker, & Unifyz were disqualified from the competition in light of these allegations. This ban came through before players dropped into the fifth and final match of the day.

“Based on the evidence submitted from various sources in and out of the tournament, [Twitch has] determined that [their] gameplay was unnatural beyond a reasonable doubt,” event host Caleb ‘WavePunk’ Simmons explained.

As a result of their disqualification, Twitch opted to move forward with the event. Rather than restarting or replaying on a different date, the fifth map continued with one less team.

Accusations made against Metzy_B

Accusations started piling up after the fourth round of action. Players noticed some extremely sharp aim coming from METZY_B in particular. 

Resident Warzone investigator Tommey was soon on the case, as he began to dissect the footage. It was peculiar auto-aim that caught his eye, as the suspected cheater immediately “locked on” to an opposing player in the clip.

Given the $250K up for grabs, there was plenty at stake. $45,000 was on the line for the winning team, while even a last place finish would have awarded the alleged cheaters $1,200. However, METZY_B and his team were “ineligible for prizing,” Twitch soon confirmed. 

Naturally, it didn’t take long for the controversy to spill across social media, with many of Warzone’s biggest names repeating their gripes with the lack of an effective anti-cheat system.

“Unfortunately without anti-cheat, authentic Warzone tournaments just aren’t possible anymore,” NICKMERCS said. “There’s too much cheese & way too many rats.”

Despite this, it later became clear that, perhaps, the players in the tournament had jumped the gun early with their accusations…

METZY_B clears his name

After being kicked from the tournament, METZY_B joined Tommey’s Discord call in an attempt to clear his name, showing his PC, the programs he’s been using and more.

While METZY wasn’t reinstated to the tournament, some critics have deleted their tweets and Tommey, after investigating the situation, conceded that he got it wrong this time and there “wasn’t enough to go as far as it did.”

He later clarified that he played no part in reporting METZY to the admins of the tournament or forcing his removal, but the player is “more than welcome to take his earnings” from the event.

Game five continued with one less team in the lobby. Champions were crowned and the $250K prize pool was split accordingly. Be sure to check out our event hub for a full recap of the troubled Twitch Rivals Warzone tournament.