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Censor reportedly dropped from NYSL Challengers team after New York event

Published: 14/Jul/2020 8:14

by Brad Norton

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Doug ‘Censor’ Martin has reportedly been dropped from the New York Subliners’ brand-new Academy partnership team Triumph Gaming after just a single event with the Challengers roster.

Censor had long been clamoring for Call of Duty League officials to change the substitute rules. Official CDL subs are not allowed to compete in the Challengers scene unless it’s for an Academy roster. After months of sitting inactive on the bench, his wishes finally came true.

On July 10 the Subliners announced a new partnership with prominent Challengers organization Triumph Gaming. Through this newfound relationship, Censor was finally able to compete in the Modern Warfare cycle.

He didn’t reach the podium in his first run however, and now it appears Censor might not get another chance. The Academy team has reportedly already made plans to replace Censor after just a single appearance in the recent New York Open event.

The NSYL Academy squad finished in fourth place during the latest Challengers tournament. Just days later moves are already being made, as Censor has reportedly been rotated out of the starting lineup, according to CDL Intel.

Filling out the roster will now be relative newcomer Conor ‘Diamondcon’ Johst of North American organization Sixth Gear.

It quickly became clear that the team wasn’t satisfied with a fourth-place finish. “My performance that series was unacceptable,” Censor said. “Need to hit the damn lab and get better as a team,” teammate Eli ‘Standy’ Bentz added.

Given the nature of the CDL rulebook, Censor isn’t able to simply join another Challengers team. Being replaced on the NSYL Academy lineup means that he is back to square one. Sitting on the bench for the main Subliners roster unless he decides to cut ties with the organization entirely.

Having just won the latest League Home Series, it’s almost certain the main Subliners roster stays intact; currently sitting in fifth place overall, with two regular-season events left, slotting Censor into the main roster now, wouldn’t make much sense. Therefore, this Challengers run could very well be Censor’s only real competitive experience with Modern Warfare.

Call of Duty player Censor upset in front of the camera
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Just a single Challengers event could be all that we see of Censor in the Modern Warfare cycle.

While he’s usually vocal on social media, Censor has yet to address the roster shakeup. Official Subliners and Triumph channels are also yet to confirm the move.

Only two Challengers events remain before the final $250,000 North American Championship tournament in August. Whether Censor will find himself back in rotation before then, remains to be seen.

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Scump says “a lot could go wrong” with CDL switching to PC next season

Published: 21/Oct/2020 0:06

by Albert Petrosyan

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With the Call of Duty League switching from console to PC for the 2021 season, at least at the professional level, Chicago Huntsmen’s legendary CoD pro Seth ‘Scump’ Abner has detailed some of the potential issues that could arise.

The Call of Duty League’s switch from console to PC was inevitable, but that doesn’t mean the transition will be without its faults; one major concern, of course, has been hacking. Maybe not in the competitive scene, but the growing presence of PC in CoD this year (with the addition of cross-play and Warzone) has exposed Activision’s inability to handle the issue on a large scale.

Add in the fact that the CDL’s Challengers circuit and in-game ranked mode(s), for example, will support both console & PC, and suddenly the concern is heightened. And while it’s unlikely that anyone in the pro ranks would cheat, if the 2021 season starts out online, there’s a chance that, at the very least, accusations could start flying around.

Scump was asked about this switch during one of his recent streams and, uncoincidentally, hacking was the first thing he brought up: “The one thing that could go wrong – if there’s hackers, any kind of competitive playlist is chalked. That’s definitely something to worry about.”

“That is going to be very annoying if hackers just run rampant in all the ranked playlists,” he went on. “If there are hackers, it’s chalked. There’s supposed to be anti-cheat in the works? Hopefully, they do a good job with it and hopefully, everything is good.”

The veteran also brought up the potential situations where the gaming rigs experience issues during competitions: “‘PC crash during a tournament is bound to happen,’ more than likely, yeah. There’s a lot of things that could go wrong, definitely a LOT of things that could go wrong.”

There was one positive bit of news that Scump revealed during this discussion: the CDL is working on adding a ‘pause feature’ that would allow them to stop and start matches if need be.

The lack of such a feature really became apparent during the 2020 campaign, especially the CDL Playoffs, when teams like OpTic Gaming LA and London Royal Ravens had players booted offline mid-match.

As a result, since the disconnections occurred too late into the respective Hardpoint games, both teams had to play the round a man down, 4v5, which inevitably led them to lose.

Needless to say, had a pause feature existed, the whole situation could have been avoided. Instead, the CDL was forced to stream all matches with a massive delay so that viewers with ill-intentions couldn’t hit anyone offline.

CDL Hardpoint restart rules
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Without a pause feature, the CDL installed these unpopular rules for if/when Hardpoint matches needed to be restarted.

Ultimately, the Call of Duty League’s switch to PC is a “step in the right direction,” as Scump remarked, but there are definitely potential problems that could stem from the transition. We’ll just have to wait and see.

For more information about the upcoming campaign, make sure to visit our CDL 2021 season hub.