After winning CWL Fort Worth, Luminosity's Nicholas 'Classic' DiCostanzo thanked the 'Rampart' assault rifle for helping his side to victory.
However, that same weapon is now the cause of Luminosity's current situation, which sees them being blocked from practicing with and against other professional teams.
It appears that following their victory, other professional teams are fighting to have to Rampart permanently removed from the weapon pool, by way of an unofficial 'gentleman's agreement'.
The weapon is viewed by some players to be too powerful and therefore detrimental to the overall 'meta' of the game - but Classic and LG are standing firm, and plan to continue using the weapon, gentleman's agreement or not.
Clips surfaced from a number of livestreams showing Luminosity's Classic being kicked from a lobby due to being 'blacklisted'.
Other LG players, including Josiah 'Slacked' Berry were given similar treatment, simply by their decision to side with their teammate on the Rampart debate.
Hahahahahah crimsix blacklisted LG from playing CoD— LG Slacked (@Slacked) March 27, 2019
OpTic Gaming's Ian 'Crimsix' Porter has been placed at the forefront of the debate. He argues that all players with the exception of Classic (79:1) are in support of the Rampart GA, in responding to analyst and former pro Anthony 'NAMELESS' Wheeler.
79-1— Ian (@OpTic_Crimsix) March 27, 2019
NAMELESS responded by suggesting that Call of Duty appears to be the only esport where players are unwilling to adapt to a new meta if it doesn't suit their team, but Crimsix actually explained that he believes OpTic would benefit from the Rampart being allowed.
In my honest opinion, if we had someone run it, it would be Damon. And I honestly believe that he would fry so fucking hard with that gun. I dead grass think we would be better with it in.— Ian (@OpTic_Crimsix) March 27, 2019
However, he explains that the gun is just "so cheesy", and it's inclusion would ruin an otherwise "perfect meta".
Gun is just so cheesy. That's why I believe Damon would be good with it. Meta is incredible as is. Almost a perfect balance except maybe the Saug being underpowered.— Ian (@OpTic_Crimsix) March 27, 2019
For now, the issue remains unresolved, with LG appearing to forgo practice in favor of continuing to stand their ground on using the Rampart.
Gentleman's agreements have typically been quickly agreed by all teams, or at least enough of a majority to push the decision through, but things are getting trickier now that one team in particular is benefitting so much from a certain weapon.