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Clayster “can’t believe” location choice for CDL Launch Weekend

Published: 21/Jan/2020 22:25

by Jacob Hale


Dallas Empire Call of Duty star James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks has said he “can’t believe” the decision to host the CDL Launch Weekend in Minnesota, especially in January.

Minnesota is one of the twelve cities represented in the franchised Call of Duty League, and local team RØKKR are bringing their CDL opponents to their hometown to kick the action off.

However, anybody that knows Minnesota knows the weather can creep pretty low at times – especially in January, deep in the heart of the winter season.

Clayster is a veteran of the CoD esports scene and two-time world champion.

In a tweet posted on January 21, Clay put his thoughts out there pretty clearly, questioning why the League opted to host the very first event of the inaugural season in Minnesota, particularly during one of the coldest months of the year.

“Can’t believe they put the first event in Minnesota in f**king January”, the Empire player said, which, although he doesn’t explicitly say it, many believe to be a comment on how cold it gets in the North Star State.

He also joked about fans not wanting to attend the event, saying he “hopes to see all ten of the fans there!”

While several fans making jokes about it, saying they’re “pretty sure he’ll be playing indoors,” some other pro players responded to him too.

Former teammate Chris ‘Simp’ Lehr of Atlanta FaZe was one of the first to respond, simply telling Clay that he’s “shook already,” while Seattle Surge’s Josiah ‘Slacked’ Berry asked “What do you mean man? Mall of America is here, it’s lit.”

There’s no doubt Minnesota will be a bit chilly throughout the event, but with the players traveling all across North America and Europe over the coming months, Clay and his peers will likely get more than their fair of sunshine and warm weather at other events.

The Call of Duty Launch Weekend is in Minnesota’s Minneapolis Armory, with all twelve teams in attendance. Despite Clay’s concerns about the event, there is no doubt fans will be incredibly excited to see the professional Call of Duty circuit kick off once again.

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Nadeshot clarifies SBMM argument in Black Ops Cold War rant

Published: 3/Dec/2020 2:10 Updated: 3/Dec/2020 2:15

by Jacob Hale


Update (December 2 – 6:00 PM PT): Nadeshot has since followed up on his Skill-Based Matchmaking rant, addressing how it’s easy to lose your temper while grinding for specific weapon camo challenges.

“SBMM is a topic of discussion that has a lot of nuances,” he said in a December 2 follow-up tweet. “What I really want to clarify once and for all… I don’t have a fear of playing players as good as me. I don’t disagree with the idea of playing against players as good as me. All I’m asking for is that people see the level of skill I’m playing at.”

Obviously, a ranked playlist of sorts has been requested to no end in the community. While the feature has been subtly confirmed, it’s still yet to enter the game. Therefore, the only form of matchmaking is standard public games, which happen to have SBMM cranked all the way up.

“If I’m going up against six starting players in the Call of Duty League, I want a rank to reflect that. I understand why SBMM is a necessity, I just don’t agree with the way it’s presented. Right now it’s ambiguous, you never really know who you’re up against and the level of skill they’re at.”

The original story is as follows.

Skill-based matchmaking has been a major complaint from top Call of Duty players for years now, and 100 Thieves CEO and former pro player Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag has finally snapped, going on a rant against SBMM in the new Black Ops Cold War.

Nadeshot has never made it a secret that he, alongside a huge number of Call of Duty players, is anti-SBMM.

Though the sentiment makes sense — pit players of equal skill against one another — in practice, many players aren’t happy with it and want to see it removed or at least tuned down.

Nadeshot clearly falls into that category, and let his opinion be known during a December 1 stream while playing on the latest edition of Nuketown, Nuketown ‘84.

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Black Ops Cold War has been welcomed with mixed reviews, but SBMM has been a major sticking point.

As you can tell immediately from the scoreline alone and the carnage unfolding around him, the match is an intense one, and he wasn’t impressed.

He said: “It’s time to lower the skill-based matchmaking. This is not fun. I know we want the kids that have never played Call of Duty to be in a safe space, but please stop alienating the people that have been playing your game for over a decade.”

That wasn’t all, though, as Haag continued to complain as he struggled to make much of an impact on the game. “This is not an enjoyable experience,” he said. “Especially trying to get the challenges done on these weapons… Everyone’s got a scorestreak because it’s participation and not skill.”

Both the SBMM and scorestreak complaints have been popular ones for Black Ops Cold War players, and the sentiment seems to be echoed from the top down.

Whether Activision or Treyarch make changes to either issue remains to be seen, but we might not see Nadeshot streaming Black Ops Cold War for too much longer at this rate.