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Crimsix lashes out as CDL GA list keeps growing ahead of New York

Published: 8/Jul/2020 8:56

by Brad Norton


The latest set of Gentlemen’s Agreements (GAs) among the competitive Call of Duty scene – agreements that restricted the AUG –  has “pushed” veteran Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter “over the edge” as he demands a change to the system.

Agreements between Call of Duty League players have been in place to prevent the use of certain in-game weapons, equipment, and even mechanics. These restrictions tend to change with each major update and the June 29 Modern Warfare patch has brought some of the biggest changes thus far.

Following on from the update, as a new meta rises to the surface, tensions have boiled over within the competitive community. The AUG was the latest SMG to be restricted from competitive play, though the decision evidently upset a variety of pro players.

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The AUG has become the go-to SMG since the nerf of the MP5 on June 29.

Dallas Empire veteran Crimsix voiced his frustrations in a July 7 post, detailing the shortcomings of the GA system. While it may help remove ‘broken’ features, it has also been used as a way for lower-ranked teams to alter the state of competition, according to Crimsix.

“Anyone who isn’t in the top four would rather change the meta than take the harder path of just simply getting better,” he explained.

With only three events remaining the regular season, lower-ranked CDL teams will be looking to improve their position before the playoffs. However, Crimsix believes they’re not trying to improve by grinding the game. They’re trying to improve by changing the game.

“Eight out of 12 teams are constantly voting to get rid of or add things into the meta to mix gameplay up, which sometimes results in team power rankings also mixing up. I rarely ever see a team in the lower half of the standings voting against a proposed GA.”

This problem is exaggerated further by the limited practice teams can get once a new list of GAs are approved. “Don’t agree to the GAs? Get blacklisted. No practice for you until you agree. No team scrims and no 10s,” he said.

The crux of the issue lies with “majority voting,” according to the two-time world champion. While all teams are allowed to vote on what weapons are restricted or what items are banned, it can often feel like some rosters “don’t have a choice in the matter.” As a result, Crimsix has demanded “something be done,” fast.

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The AUG appears to have been the straw that broke the camels back. One too many GAs has led Crimsix to lash out in response.

Why was the AUG restricted from competitive play?

While the MP5 reigned supreme throughout much of Modern Warfare’s competitive cycle, the June 29 update nerfed it into the ground. Teams have been practicing with the latest balance changes ever since. It took a few days but the AUG quickly became the next go-to weapon among pro players.

It has a rather high rate of fire coupled with exceptional damage output. It’s by and large a frontrunner in its class. As a result, a majority of both Challengers players and CDL pros were quick to remove it from competitive play.

GAs have been a common practice in the Call of Duty scene for a number of years. With most annual releases, however, it’s usually the same old features that are pulled from competitive play. From killstreaks to perks, things often remain the same, though Modern Warfare has included a number of weapons deemed too broken for the highest level of competition.

Only time will tell if Activision will step in and change things around for the League moving forward. Certain pro players have evidently reached their breaking point following the AUG GA, though the competition goes on. The next CDL event is set for this coming weekend as the New York Home Series starts on July 10.

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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.