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Censor explains what must change for CoD franchising to be successful

Published: 8/Sep/2019 16:49 Updated: 8/Sep/2019 18:14

by Daniel Cleary


Popular Call of Duty star Doug ‘Censor’ Martin suggested that pro players “run” the esport, and has vowed to make a video discussing how the franchised league can be successful.

Competitive Call of Duty will be facing a new challenge starting with the franchised league, set to begin in 2020 with nine slots confirmed already.

Although many players and fans have voiced concerns about some of the major brands leaving the competitive scene, FaZe Clan’s Censor has previously expressed his excitement for the upcoming year and that franchising is the right move to grow CoD esports.

Complexity / TwitterCensor is set to return to competition for the inaugural season of the Call of Duty League.

The former pro has already announced that he would be returning to competitive CoD in previous weeks with the new franchised league and confirmed he has been in contact with multiple franchises about his next ‘exciting’ move.

On September 8, Censor stated that he would be making a video detailing what the upcoming franchise league will need to do in order to find the most success, claiming that current pro players have had too much control in the Pro League in recent years.

“Tomorrow I’m going to make a video talking about the big picture for CoD, and realistically how it can be successful. Players seem to run the league, and I don’t like that,” Censor explained to his followers, “I think you’ll learn something.”

When one of his followers claimed the developers did not care about competitive and that players should have a say in ‘how’ the CDL operates, Censor replied that he will go more in-depth on the topic in his upcoming video, looking at it from multiple perspectives.

“The developers seemed not to care while I made a career outside of being a player. My video will go in depth of how players think, franchises think, and what I think.”

Censor seems to be keen on making his return to competitive Call of Duty a strong one, with multiple ideas on how to grow the franchise league despite some of the criticism he has faced from not competing since WWII.

With so much competition though, and Censor having not competed at the top level in the Black Ops 4 season, he may have to more than most to convince organizations he is worthy of a pick-up.

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NICKMERCS rates the best Warzone players from to Scump to HusKerrs

Published: 24/Oct/2020 1:06

by Theo Salaun


Tasked with drafting a team for a Call of Duty: Warzone tournament, NICKMERCS went through some of the game’s biggest names, ranking them while determining who he would most want to duo with.

To start Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards’ $10,000 “Cracked Creators” Warzone tournament, 16 creators were tasked with drafting their duo from 16 “cracked” streamers.

As one of the creators allowed to select their tandem, NICKMERCS sifted through 16 of the game’s best to determine who he would prefer to play with.

Ultimately, the FaZe streamer ended up putting his decision to a poll among his fans. But, before doing so, he originally went through all 16 and gave thoughts on how each of them ranks. And the options were varied, but all shared one thing in common: talent.

With professional Call of Duty League players like Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper and Seth ‘Scump’ Abner available, as well as Warzone streamers like Aydan and HusKerrs, the candidates were excellent. Still, NICKMERCS sifted through and broke down who he truly believes ranks as the battle royale’s best.

Segment begins at 00:20:45.

NICKMERCS starts by going through the list and just expressing what an absolute struggle it will be to pick from such a talented crop of peers: “Oh, it’s going to be so hard to pick man … No matter what, everybody that I would pick from is cracked.” But, after going through and complimenting practically everybody, he starts the process of elimination.

Since Nick chooses second after DrDisrespect, he immediately eliminates Zlaner as Doc’s likely first pick. Then, he eliminates JoeWo with two simple reasons: “I’ve never played with him and every time I play against him, I beat that little ass.”

Then, BobbyPoff is gone: “BobbyPoff, I love the guy, but take him off the list.” And the “Scarf Lord” is followed quickly by the Chicago Huntsmen’s FormaL and Scump: “Love ‘em, love ‘em. But I feel like there’s better BR players.” After that, things start getting complicated.

Cracked Creators Warzone
The list of “cracked” players in Hitch’s Cracked Creators Warzone tournament.

Similar to Zlaner, Nick decides to sacrifice Merk so that he can play with his longtime duo, Maven. Then, recognizing that all of these remaining players are absolute menaces on Verdansk, he goes with two simple metrics to determine his personal preference. He immediately prioritizes controller players and the highest earners in Warzone tournaments.

That eliminates stars like HusKerrs and Symfuhny for their mouse and keyboard usage, while also eliminating Crowder and DougIsRaw for their low earnings. Finally, he eliminates Jukeyz because of his struggles understanding the UK maestro’s accent and decides to put the decision to a poll.


Ultimately, it’s between Aydan and Tommey, with Cloakzy popping on to let NICKMERCS know that Aydan’s been playing some Fortnite recently. That leaves the FaZe star choosing Tommey, noting that “he’s got great communication, phenomenal player, guaranteed to get some chopper kills off rip.”

Despite going through full rankings for his options and landing upon an excellent duo, the decision-making process proved to be futile. NICKMERCS and Tommey could only end in the Top 12 for the tournament, while the easily dismissed BobbyPoff actually came in first place.