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Crimsix hits out at “unplayable” servers ahead of CDL Chicago

Published: 22/Apr/2020 23:43 Updated: 23/Apr/2020 0:08

by Alan Bernal

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Dallas Empire’s Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter expressed concerns with the Call of Duty League’s situation for the upcoming Chicago homestand, calling the official servers unplayable – even for host teams who are located near them.

Due to the worldwide health crisis, the CDL, as well as prominent esports leagues, have transitioned to a fully-online format. While esports fans can still enjoy these top tier events in some capacity, the execution for the new format has been having natural setbacks along the way.

One of those issues was noticeable stutters during the recent Dallas Home Series, which weren’t attributed to the stream of the event but were actually instances of game lag for the hosts, according to Crimsix.

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After going online, CDL pros have been noticing persistent online issues hindering matches.

This means that official CDL matches were being plagued with connection issues. While that’s to be expected from teams that are playing numerous states away from each other, Crim noted an added layer of difficulty for those located near one of these “neutrals servers.”

“The servers are not playable,” Crimsix said. “Every lag spike that you saw on stream last weekend, was not connection-based problem with the stream. It was the actual game lagging on the host. Us & Huntsmen getting punished for being in the same location by these so-called ‘neutrals.’”

According to the longtime Call of Duty veteran, notifying the CDL about the problems during the Dallas online event didn’t yield an encouraging outlook for Chicago.

“Went through proper channels and still nothing getting changed for CDL Chicago,” he said.

Crim showed a handy map of the servers across the U.S. Though teams like the Huntsmen and Empire are situated close to these locations, choosing to play on them during official matches “clearly isn’t neutral for [them, so it’s] not an option.”

With the CDL adapting to online conditions as much as possible, one concern lies in the competitive integrity of event matches.

One the one hand, it makes sense to make a team play on a distant, thus unreliable, server even though they’re situated next to one, relatively speaking. If not everyone can have a good connection, then no one does.

But in the case of teams like Empire, the next available server is halfway across the country, both ways, if they’re not allowed to play on the local source.

It’ll be interesting to see how the league responds to the public complaints which had very real implications during CDL Dallas to avoid potential issues for the upcoming Chicago Home Series.

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How to watch Hitch’s $20K Black Ops 2 tourney: stream, teams, bracket

Published: 28/Oct/2020 19:24 Updated: 28/Oct/2020 19:25

by Brad Norton

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Returning for his final event of the Call of Duty League offseason, Team Summertime’s Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards is hosting an enormous Black Ops 2 Invitational featuring former champions and popular content creators.

Throwback tournaments have been all the rage throughout the 2020 offseason and no one has been leading the charge quite like Hitch. Outside of hosting Warzone comps, his unique tournaments have spanned from Modern Warfare 2 to Black Ops 4. This time, his sights are set on 2012’s Black Ops 2.

Despite hackers ruining an early test for this particular event, the kinks have all seemingly been worked out. From former championship-winning teams to some of the biggest content creators, Hitch’s final event is set to be the biggest yet.

From how you can tune in, to every player joining the all-star Call of Duty event, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything there is to know about the Black Ops 2 Invitational.

How to watch the Black Ops 2 Invitational

The final event of the offseason is set to kick off on Wednesday, October 28. Opening matchups went live at 3PM EST (12PM PT) and the broadcast will likely run for most of the day.

As per usual, it’s all expected to be featured on Hitch’s own Twitch stream which we’ve embedded below. A majority of the players and creators will likely be sharing their own perspectives throughout the event as well.

Black Ops 2 Invitational teams & bracket

Some squads feature some of the most successful Call of Duty veterans while others consist of popular streamers. Regardless, every team is stacked with FPS talent so expect some close matchups.

Standing out among the eight rosters is a true throwback. The 2014 world championship team of Crimsix, Karma, TeePee, and ACHES, will be reuniting. Formerly representing Complexity and then Evil Geniuses, these four players haven’t been on the same team since 2014.

The full list of teams competing in the Black Ops 2 Invitational can be found below.

  • Team Dr Disrespect: Dr Disrespect, ZLaner, StoneMountain64, & KingRichard
  • Team CouRageJD: CouRageJD, Parad12e, LEQIQN, & MLGImpulse
  • Team The Mob: Classify, Mako, Froste, Flyroh
  • Team Scump: Scump, Envoy, Merk, & Rambo
  • Team Aydan: Aydan, Ritual, Kismet, & Parasite
  • Team Luli: Lulu, Blazt, Frozone, & Almxnd
  • Team Pamaj: Pamaj, Rated, JHaZe, & Exodass
  • Team TeePee: TeePee, Karma, Crimsix, & ACHES

Bracket

Here is the starting bracket for this competition, which is being updated live on the tournament’s web-page as the results from the various matches start filing in.

TST Black Ops 2 Bracket
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The official bracket for Hitch’s Black Ops 2 Invitational.

Format & rules

The biggest thing to note about this tournament’s format is that it’s being played on mouse and keyboard, unlike true competitive Call of Duty, which has always been played using controllers.

Outside of that, the only other important aspect to note as the map-mode rotations, which we’ve listed below for both the Winners and Losers Bracket rounds.

Winners Rounds:

  • WR1: Raid Hardpoint, Standoff SnD, Slums CTF, Standoff Hardpoint, Raid SnD
  • WR2: Slums Hardpoint, Express SnD, Raid CTF, Yemen Hardpoint, Meltdown SnD
  • WR3: Standoff Hardpoint, Raid SnD, Standoff CTF, Raid Hardpoint, Express SnD

Losers Rounds:

  • LR1: Slums Hardpoint, Express SnD, Raid CTF, Yemen Hardpoint, Meltdown SnD
  • LR2: Standoff Hardpoint, Raid SnD, Standoff CTF, Raid Hardpoint, Express SnD
  • LR3: Yemen Hardpoint, Meltdown SnD, Slums CTF, Slums Hardpoint, Standoff SnD
  • LR4: Standoff Hardpoint, Raid SnD, Raid CTF, Raid Hardpoint, Express

Finals Rounds:

  • GF: Yemen Hardpoint, Standoff SnD, Slums CTF, Raid Hardpoint, Raid SnD
  • GFR: Slums Hardpoint, Express SnD, Raid CTF, Standoff Hardpoint, Meltdown SnD

Movember charity

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TST is hosting several tournaments to raise money for the Movember charity.

This Black Ops 2 Invitational, like the rest of Team Summertime’s Off-Season Series, was created to raise money for Movember, which is the “leading charity changing the face of men’s health.”

If you’d like to donate to this cause, you can do so by visiting TST’s Movember charity page here.