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CoD fans frustrated with incorrect pronunciation of Minnesota Røkkr

Published: 7/Nov/2019 15:23 Updated: 5/Dec/2020 20:14

by Jacob Hale

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When the Call of Duty League, there was a lot of skepticism about the name – but it turns out Scandinavian fans aren’t entirely happy about it.

As time has gone on, many fans have simply referred to the team representing Minnesota phonetically, calling them “Minnesota Rocker”. The term, Røkkr, as well as the branding surrounding the team, were heavily inspired by old Nordic mythology and culture, similar to their partnered NFL team Minnesota Vikings.

This branding was evidently very important to the team behind Røkkr, and was something noted throughout the process as being so. So, it’s quite surprising to see fans from the Scandinavian region in the likes of Iceland, Norway and Denmark questioning the team’s pronunciation of the word.

Minnesota RokkrBrianSaint (left) and Assault (right) will be representing Røkkr as coach and player respectively.

In a tweet posted on November 2, a clip taken from the Røkkr’s podcast sees the group ask how the word is pronounced, which was clearly a question they have been asked a lot since the branding announcement.

In unison, they all pronounce it phonetically, like many do, as “rocker”. However, in the responses to the tweet, many have called them out for mispronouncing the word.

Some users suggest they have been pronouncing it “Roe-ker”, others say it is more of an “UH” sound, hence “Ruh-ker”. According to pronunciation website Forvo, the word is of Icelandic origin, the correct pronunciation being “Ruh-kur” with rolling R’s. 

Whether this changes how the people within the organization pronounce the word remains to be seen – we imagine by now they’re pretty set on their pronunciation of Røkkr as it is. But, with how important the Nordic branding is to them, maybe they may look to find a compromise in the future.

Minnesota will be hosting the first homestand of the franchised Call of Duty League, at the Minneapolis Armory from January 24-26, a venue with an 8,400 capacity.

While no other team’s home events have been announced yet, all teams will be traveling for their matches to compete in different teams’ home arenas. Thus far, no other home arenas have been announced.

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CDL pros concerned after several Challengers players appear to be hacking

Published: 5/Dec/2020 23:46 Updated: 6/Dec/2020 0:44

by Albert Petrosyan

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Videos have surfaced showing amateur CoD players potentially cheating during the CDL’s first Challengers Cup tournament of the season, and now several Call of Duty League pros have expressed worry about the state of the competitive scene.

When the Call of Duty League first announced that PC would be used for competitive play in the upcoming season, many immediately showed concern about the potential emergence of hacking issues – maybe not at the pro level but certainly in the Challengers amateur circuit.

Now, they might actually have something to worry about, as several clips from the season’s first Challengers Cup have popped up on social media showing some players performing very suspiciously.

Of course, while no one’s technically been proven to be cheating, the community isn’t waiting for the court to be adjourned; Call of Duty has always been played a certain way, and when some previously-unknown players begin to distinguish themselves as outliers suddenly after using a PC is an option, everyone takes notice.

“LMAO Online PC s**t is a joke with no anti-cheat,” New York Subliners star, Clayster, said in response to the clips above. “Apparently this dude dropped 71 kills in control too, ahahahaha.”

“Boy dropped 71, 19 kills from winning three rounds by HIMSELF,” said former Seattle Surge starter, Pandur. “Y’all thought last year was bad, we in the PC realm now boys. Can’t trust nobody.”

Surge head coach JoeyNubzy also chipped in with a similar sentiment: “Useless admins and blatant cheating – we have to do better to help the Challengers scene thrive and keep players around.”

Here are some more reactions to potential hackers in the Challengers Cup, as clips are spreading around social media like wildfire after many top-name players started sharing them for awareness.

What can be done about this?

Challengers is meant to be a pipeline for future pro-level players while also giving everyone else an official platform to compete for prize money and recognition. Needless to say, something definitely has to be done about this before the competitive integrity of the amateur division is compromised beyond repair.

While it’s unlikely for the league to revert its decision allowing Challengers players to use either PC or console, they could require all those playing on PC to stream their POV, which is currently not the case.

Not counting the first Challengers Cup, which is still currently ongoing, there are three more such tournaments scheduled up to mid-January, all of which could definitely lose their validity if hacking & cheating continue to be a major issue.

As always, we will continue to bring you the latest on this topic as things develop, so make sure to follow us on Twitter, @Dexertointel, for all the latest news, updates, and more.