CoD pro James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks is known to get loud on stage when his team is playing well, but that does not always sit well with fans.
Clayster received some criticism after trash talking OpTic Gaming throughout their Pro League match on July 12, a match that Clayster and eUnited would end up losing.
Some of his comments were loud enough to be picked up by the stream, like when he got hyped after Prestinni’s ninja defuse.
In response to his critics, Clay took to Twitter to explain the reasons for his talking.
I mean you guys want SC2 or Hearthstone robots after a game? Bring back the energy into CoD, it’s been severely lacking.— eU Clayster (@Clayster) July 13, 2018
He references the Starcraft 2 and Hearthstone professional scenes, which are known to be significantly more friendly after a match compared to Call of Duty.
However, some feel that trash talk and player rivalries are what makes Call of Duty an exciting esport, but that behavior may be slowing down. Clayster’s antics are an attempt to keep rivalries alive.
A number of fellow pros agree and responded to the series of tweets, expressing support for animated post match behavior. Even members of OpTic, most often on the receiving end of Clay's yells, do not mind.
Most of them are friends outside of the game, so none of the trash talk is taken too seriously.
Makes it way more exciting for those watching. ggs Jameson— OpTic Methodz (@Methodz) July 13, 2018
People don’t see us being friends outside the game, so they take it as massive disrespect. Just trying to get the squadron hyped— Seth Abner (@OpTic_Scumper) July 13, 2018
Clayster and eUnited are currently in the fourth and final playoff spot, despite the loss to OpTic. They will be in action when the CWL Stage 2 Pro League resumes on July 17, presumably with Clayster continuing to yell across the the stage.
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