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Censor demands Call of Duty League change substitute rulings

Published: 15/May/2020 6:42 Updated: 15/May/2020 6:58

by Brad Norton


Call of Duty veteran Doug ‘Censor’ Martin has voiced his concerns with the League’s substitute rulings, explaining how the current system is holding him back.

Four months into the inaugural Call of Duty League season and Censor appears to be fed up with his position on the bench. Serving as one of three substitutes for the New York Subliners, the longtime competitor and content creator believes that a shakeup is necessary.

As Challengers players get called up to starting lineups around him, he’s adamant that the CDL rules need to adapt.

Doug 'Censor' Martin could be in line for his CDL debut

“Being a substitute in the league is being set up to fail,” he said on May 14. Having ‘warmed the bench’ for months on end, he’s hoping that League rules will adapt and give substitutes something to grind for.

“Hopefully the League can change the rules so subs are allowed to play with other subs, especially since everything is online now.”

Players in the Challengers scene are able to promote themselves week in and week out with regular competitions highlighting the best teams and the best players in each major region. A handful of these players have already been called up to the big leagues, as Censor highlighted.

Reece ‘Vivid’ Drost landed a spot on the Los Angeles Guerrillas starting roster after a top-four run at the Launch Weekend event. Makenzie ‘Mack’ Kelley even jumped to New York’s starting roster ahead of Censor, after just one Challengers campaign.

Various players “become starters in the league by grinding Challengers and performing while substitutes like myself and [Thomas ‘Tommey’ Trewren] are warming a bench unable to get any practice, Censor said.

“First year in my career I’ll never play at a single event since Call of Duty 4,” Tommey responded. Grinding Warzone and playing the occasional series of Modern Warfare wagers is essentially all CDL substitutes can do in the current climate, he added.

“As a player in the league that wants to see the league become successful and use my following to help, it feels like I’m in a situation where I can’t be used in any capacity to contribute towards my team or myself,” Censor continued. “Really hope the league can change this now instead of later.”

While two-way contracts are within the rules, New York Subliners would need its own Academy team for Censor to be eligible. As it currently stands, Atlanta FaZe and the Royal Ravens are the only CDL teams to ever operate Academy squads, though the Ravens Academy disbanded in April.

With six Home Series events remaining in the first CDL season, only a few months remain for rules to change.

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Team Tommey wins $20K Totino’s Black Ops Brawl tourney: Final results

Published: 25/Nov/2020 1:25 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 1:36

by Jacob Hale


Totino’s was the latest to host a massive esports event with $20,000 on the line in one of the first proper  Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War tournaments, one that featured top pro players and some of the most popular streamers.

Over the years, we’ve seen the frozen pizza brand host tournaments in multiple games as well as form sponsorships with the likes of 100 Thieves, who recently entered the Call of Duty League with the LA Thieves.

Now, with Black Ops Cold War out and players starting to really get to grips with the game, they teamed up with a number of top names in Call of Duty, including the Minnesota RØKKR CDL team, to put on a show for fans. Here’s everything you need to catch up on the event.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl recap

With a single-elimination bracket, teams only had one life to prove themselves with. As a result, four teams were immediately knocked out from the first round with no chance at redemption. Nameless, Swagg, Hitch, and Symfuhny all crashed out of the competition early on with their teams taken down right away.

While Tommey’s team advanced through to the grand final, they met a dominant force in the last series of the day. TeeP and his stacked squad refused to drop a map throughout the day. They came away with 3-0 wins over Symfuhny and Crowder to land in the finals.

The opening Hardpoint on Moscow came down to the wire with TeeP’s team narrowly edging it out. However, the next SnD on Miami was the polar opposite. Tommey’s team struck back with an insane 6-0 performance to tie things up. From here on out, their team kept the momentum rolling and closed out the grand final victory.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl results

Black Ops Brawl event
The final bracket for Totino’s Black Ops Brawl.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl stream & schedule

The Totino’s Black Ops Brawl was a four-hour event that took place on Tuesday, November 24.

The show kicked off at 3pm ET (12pm PT/8pm GMT) live from Totino’s Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded here for you to easily rewatch.

It was hosted by Call of Duty League casters Joe ‘Merk’ Deluca and Clint ‘Maven’ Evans, with $20,000 on the line for competing teams.

Who played in the Black Ops Brawl event?

From the most accomplished pro players to the most popular streamers, plenty of big names got involved in this $20k competition. If you’ve been following Cold War events since launch, all of the familiar faces turned out for this one as well. Simp, Tommey, Shotzzy, and Symfuhny were just a handful of names that got involved. Below is a full overview of the captains for the Black Ops Brawl tournament.

  • Symfuhny
  • Swagg
  • Tommey
  • Censor
  • Crowder
  • Hitch
  • Nameless
  • TeePee
Totino's Black Ops Brawl casters Merk and Maven
Merk and Maven hosted the Black Ops Brawl.

Format and prize pool

Eight teams were lined up for the start of the event as the single-elimination bracket got underway. One series loss was all anyone could afford. In total, the winning team had to get through three consecutive best of three matchups against the top challengers.

As for the prize pool, there was $20,000 on the line, with $15,000 going directly to the winning team and the remaining $5,000 going to the team that finished in second place.