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Chino explains OpTic Gaming CDL situation after getting benched again

Published: 7/Jul/2020 0:41 Updated: 7/Jul/2020 0:51

by Albert Petrosyan

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Veteran pro player Martin Chino has provided an update on his situation with OpTic Gaming Los Angeles in the Call of Duty League.

After being forced to the fringes of the bench at the start of the newly formed Call of Duty League, Chino was given a chance at redemption when he was promoted to the starting lineup in May.

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However, it appears that his stint as a member of the main squad has been short-lived, as the longtime competitor posted a video on July 6 strongly suggesting he’d been relegated to the substitute’s role yet again.

“Last night, I was pretty upset, mad, angry, frustrated, but at the end of the day, those guys are some of my best friends and my teammates,” he said. “If they felt the decisions were the best for the team, I’m not going to be frustrated by it. It’s just hard.”

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“Who knows, maybe I’ll get a chance to play at Champs or something like that if the team needs me, and next year, hopefully, I can become a starter and try do my best with what I’m given.”

This video comes after Chino expressed his frustrations in a series of July 5 tweets, which a lot of fans interpreted as a sign that he’d been removed from the lineup, even though no roster changes have been officially announced.

“Never appreciated, always a second option,” he wrote. “Tired of not putting myself first.”

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After starting the season on the OGLA bench, along with fellow veteran Goonjar, Chino was brought in to replace the struggling JKap in the Green Wall’s starting lineup. The team showed instant signs of improvements, advancing all the way to the grand final of the Florida Home Series before another top-four finish at CDL Seattle.

However, that success quickly evaporated when they were eliminated in the first round of the most recent tournament – hosted by Paris Legion – after many were starting to rekindle the same high expectations they had for the squad from prior to the season.

The question now turns to who will be replacing the veteran in the lineup; all indications are that OpTic will not be bringing back JKap and instead are looking to sign two players from the amateur Challengers circuit, a strategy that has worked for other teams like the Subliners (Mack) and Mutineers (Owakening).

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According to reports, the two amateurs that OGLA are considering are Drazah and Hollow, both of whom currently play for UYU.

OpTic Gaming LAChino and Goonjar were OpTic Gaming LA’s two substitutes to kick off the 2020 CDL season.

We could see one replace Chino while the other is reportedly set to take the place of superstar Dashy, whose inconsistent performances this year have drawn criticism from fans and pundits alike, despite his status as one of the esport’s greats.

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Of course, none of this can be considered a done deal until OpTic Gaming make an official announcement, which they haven’t at the time of publication.

It might be a while before we see something like that, however, considering that they won’t be playing in the upcoming New York Home Series and their next appearance won’t be until CDL London July 17.

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NICKMERCS reveals his AUG Warzone loadout to replace the MP5

Published: 13/Oct/2020 17:50 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 17:51

by Jacob Hale

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Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff has revealed what his ideal AUG loadout is in Warzone, offering a viable alternative to the more popular MP5 and MP7 SMGs.

For most people, they’ve got their Warzone loadouts figured out and often run what is typically considered the meta; the Kilo 141, with an MP5 in your back pocket.

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While there is occasionally some variation, with some players maybe opting for the likes of the M4A1, an MP7 or a sniper rifle of some sort, there are some weapons that you’ll almost never see in Verdansk.

Season 6 launched back on September 29, and players have been testing out the new weapons, as well as how balancing might have changed the existing crop of guns — and Nick thinks the AUG could be a sleeper pick for your loadout.

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The new Season 6 SP-R208 Marksman Rifle has been a particularly popular addition to Warzone.

After mentioning how pro Call of Duty players actually banned the AUG in pro scrims and matches earlier in 2020, as one of the weapons they made a “gentleman’s agreement” to not use, Nick explains that he believes the AUG can actually go toe-to-toe with the likes of the MP5 and MP7.

So, if you’re looking for a new submachine gun to run, and want to use something slightly different to the usual and take enemies by surprise, this AUG loadout might be for you. Here’s what Nick stacks on his:

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: 407mm Extended Barrel
  • Laser: 5mW Laser
  • Underbarrel: Commando Foregrip
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip Tape

While most of this follows what we would typically expect from an SMG loadout in Warzone, there are some notable differences, but the biggest is the lack of ammunition options. Usually, you would see someone put some kind of magazine extension on their weapon, as is often necessary when finishing your kills in Warzone.

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Instead, Nick’s AUG uses the standard magazine, and he opts for the Stippled Grip Tape underbarrel instead, improving recoil control and aiming stability. With this, you should hopefully hit more shots on your target and not have need for an extended magazine.

You’re not likely to see the AUG used much in Warzone, so with this loadout you might be able to catch your opponents by surprise and pick up some eliminations you wouldn’t have before.