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Crimsix reveals major argument with Scump after CoD Champs elimination

Published: 15/Nov/2019 14:33

by Jacob Hale

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In an episode of Call of Duty podcast ‘The CoDCast’, Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter has revealed the details of an argument he had with then-teammate Seth ‘Scump’ Abner after their CoD Champs elimination in 2018.

Scump and Crimsix teamed on OpTic Gaming for nearly five years, across five different Call of Duty titles, and won just about everything possible together.

Theirs was a level of teamwork and chemistry that we may never see again in Call of Duty, a level of dominance that may never be replicated.

Despite this, the two didn’t necessarily split on good terms, with some back-and-forth between the two that seem to toe the line between jokes and complete seriousness, leaving fans slightly confused between where exactly the relationship between two of CoD’s biggest superstars really is.

Crimsix/YouTubeScump and Crimsix started teaming in 2014.

During the November 14 episode of The CoDCast, Crimsix spoke with Anthony ‘Nameless’ Wheeler and Jonathan ‘Pacman’ Tucker about his tenure with OpTic, his Dallas Empire team’s dominance and, at one point, the issues he had with his former teammate Scump.

With Nameless saying that Scump is “in his [Crimsix] head,” Crim denies the allegation and discusses an argument the two had following their elimination from CoD Champs in 2018, where they placed 17-24th and bombed out in the group stage, much to everyone’s shock.

“At the end of the day we go to the back and Seth goes ‘Dude, I knew we shouldn’t have played Gibraltar’,” he started. “Before he even finished the sentence, I freaked the f*ck out. I was like ‘Bro, you shut the f*ck up, you went negative 16, if you went negative 14 we win the map.’”

“I literally lost my sh*t,” he explained, elaborating that he had never been in a situation where he only needed to win one map to make it out of groups at a tournament.

As someone that always came across as a natural leader on the team, it’s no surprise to hear that Crim was the one who had to lay down the law after their World War II Champs performance.

It’s also a surprise to look back to those days, and hear more about how much the players would struggle internally, and figure out how they managed to stick together for so long especially after they stopped winning so much.

Chicago Huntsmen versus the Dallas Empire will likely be one of the biggest rivalries of this coming season, with Crim playing for Dallas and Scump and Matthew ‘Formal‘ Piper playing together again on the Chicago team.

With Dallas looking dominant in scrims and online tournaments, it looks like Crimsix has the upper hand for now, but seeing how these rivalries develop is going to be interesting in the franchised Call of Duty League’s first season.

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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

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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.