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Crimsix explains why losing OpTic brand in franchised CWL wouldn’t matter

Published: 15/Jun/2019 13:39 Updated: 15/Jun/2019 14:59

by Marcus Banks


OpTic Gaming star Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter has confirmed he will compete in the upcoming franchised Call of Duty World League, with or without the OpTic brand.

OpTic are currently competing at CWL Anaheim amid the controversy surrounding the successful takeover of parent company Infinite, by Immortals Gaming Club – which was made official on June 12.

had previously suggested that the new owners could scrap the Call of Duty team, but in a statement made after their purchase, Immortals confirmed they recognized the value of OpTic Gaming as a premier CoD brand and would be retained as a result.

MLGOpTic CoD won’t be scrapped by Immortals following their successful takeover of Infinite Entertainment.

Nevertheless, Crimsix admitted that the nostalgic value of a team name’s means very little to him, and confirmed he will compete in the upcoming franchised league regardless of the brand’s involvement.

“Personally, I’ve never had that nostalgia factor – ‘I only like a team because of their name and not because of their players’” he told Dexerto. “Fans out there want to see those players – they don’t really care about the name.”

The 27-year-old played down the significance of the OpTic tag and said he hoped the GreenWall would support continue to support their current roster of players regardless of their location.

“Whether it’s OpTic Gaming or not OpTic Gaming next year, I hope everyone follows us wherever we decide to go,” Crimsix added.

The 2017 World Champion completely dismissed the idea of retiring should OpTic not gain a spot in the franchised league, and reaffirmed his desire to become the most winningest player in Call of Duty history; even under a brand-new name.

“We’ll play under a different name,” he said. “I’m not done until [I’ve won] 40 championships. That’s the goal I set out for myself after last year and I have every intention of completing it.”

Crimsix currently sits on 32 LAN championship wins (although he personally counts it as 33 – including the online Frag Cup in 2012) and will be hoping to add another when CWL Anaheim reaches its conclusion.

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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.