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CDL’s London Royal Ravens drop Rated for up and coming player Nastiee

Published: 13/Mar/2020 19:35 Updated: 13/Mar/2020 20:15

by Albert Petrosyan

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The London Royal Ravens Call of Duty League team have added rising star Byron ‘Nastiee’ Plumridge to their starting lineup, reportedly demoting veteran Rhys ‘Rated’ Price to the bench ahead of what was supposed to be CDL Dallas weekend.

It’s been a crazy week in the Call of Duty League to say the least, after Activision announced that all 2020 Home Series events would be cancelled due to Coronavirus and matches would instead be played online.

In the wake of that news, the London franchise has made a roster change that many were expecting – the reported removal of Rated from the starting lineup in favor of Nastiee, a newcomer to the pro scene.

Nastiee will make his pro debut for the Royal Ravens at the upcoming round of matches, which was supposed to be at the CDL Dallas event but will now be played online.

London were one of eight teams set to compete at the Home Series, but it’s not clear how the league will be structuring the schedule moving forward.

They’re currently seventh in the season standings, with 40 points and four wins from their first eight matches. Their promising start to the season – going 1-1 at Launch Weekend and finishing top-four at their own Home Series – gave away to disappointment at CDL Atlanta, where they won only one of three matches and failed to get out of their group.

London Royal RavensLondon Royal Ravens’ best event so far was at their own Home Series, where they placed top-four.

London confirmed that it would indeed be the veteran Welshman who will be removed from the starting lineup in a tweet that they deleted shortly after posting.

It’s not clear whether they deleted it because the announcement was premature or if they’re waiting for league approval on the roster change before actually making it public.

Either way, the former Red Reserve and Splyce pro has been moved to the bench, joining Dylan ‘MadCat’ Daly and Sean ‘Seany’ O’Connor, both of whom were seemingly passed over when the team signed Nastiee.

Nastiee joins London after a very successful 2019-2020 at the amateur level. In July of 2019, he joined The Bhoys and placed first at the CWL Amateur Finals, earning $60,000 and a trip to CoD Champs, where they represented Celtic FC Esports.

After a brief spell with TrainHard Esport, with whom he placed second at the CDL London Challengers Open, Nastiee joined Team WaR and got first place at the Challengers event in Paris.

This was enough for Royal Ravens to be convinced that this rising star was the real deal and worthy of a shot at the professional level.

They’ll hope that the rookie can provide the spark the team needs to find its groove again and start earning more of those precious CDL points as the season moves along.

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Black Ops Cold War player hits first prestige without a single kill

Published: 19/Jan/2021 2:20

by Brad Norton

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An extremely patient Call of Duty player has just reached first prestige in Black Ops Cold War, without ever dealing damage to their opponents.

The name of the game with Call of Duty has always been simple. Kill your opponents before they kill you. It’s the core principle for which every other system in the franchise has been built around.

While a majority of players stick to fundamentals and play the game as intended, there’s always some that veer from the path. As gamers are sinking their teeth into Black Ops Cold War, many have reached new heights with the innovative prestige system. Though one player has taken their time in reaching the very first prestige.

They’re not worrying about their KD. They don’t care for weapon camos or powerful attachments. They’re never trying to top the leaderboards. All this player cares about is ending each match with zero kills to their name.

Black Ops Cold War combat record
Reddit: Pilgore1
This player reached first prestige in Black Ops Cold War without a single kill to their name.

It took a full 37 hours of game time for Reddit user ‘Pilgore1’ to accomplish their goal. Without ever killing another player, they reached the first prestige over the course of 200 games.

Their highest killstreak throughout this effort was a whopping zero. This player literally never acquired a single-elimination, not even accidentally. Instead, they spent their time focusing on other aspects of the game.

Playing the objective and “clearing the sky,” were the key factors that gained this player XP over time. It clearly took longer than the typical prestige, but they still managed to make it happen.

Surprisingly, their overall record was positive despite the lack of slaying power. 102 wins to 83 losses was the final tally. They even had a career-best winning streak of seven games in a row, according to the player.

They used “all three LMGs” with a heavy focus on “vehicle damage” attachments. Moreover, the Engineer perk came in handy as did Cold Blooded. When the skies were clear of enemy streaks and it came time to focus on the objective, however, they simply “[threw their] body on there.”

There’s no telling what drove them to play Call of Duty in such a unique way. Though they still managed to enjoy the process. “I just find doing it fun,” they explained. “I also have a lot, maybe too much, patience, so that helps.”