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David Vonderhaar to be first guest on OpTic H3CZ’s brand new podcast

Published: 18/Sep/2018 23:09 Updated: 18/Sep/2018 23:24

by Albert Petrosyan


OpTic Gaming owner and CEO Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez has unveiled his brand new podcast, which he is calling ‘The Eavesdrop Podcast.’

In an announcement video posted on his Twitter page, H3CZ excitedly present his new podcast’s name and logo, while also revealing that the first episode will air on Monday, September 24.

“I am pleased and excited and just incredibly elated to let you know, that starting Monday next week, the first episode of my podcast, ‘The Eavesdrop,’ is coming to you,” he announced enthusiastically.

He went on to also reveal that his first ever guest on the new podcast will be David Vonderhaar, Game Design Director at Treyarch.

While the topics that H3CZ will discuss with Vonderhaar have not yet been revealed, they will likely heavily involve the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Multiplayer and Blackout modes, both of which have already been available to the public for beta testing.

Additionally, the podcast is scheduled for after next competitive season’s format is revealed on September 19, so that will also likely be one of the areas of discussion at some point during the episode.

Fans will be able to contribute to the discussion by recording a video of themselves asking a question for H3CZ and Vonderhaar and posting it in the comments section of the announcement tweet

The first episode of The Eavesdrop Podcast will be available on September 24 across a variety of platforms, including YouTube, iTunes, Google Podcast, Anchor, and Soundcloud. 

Links to the episode, as well as its exact release time, will likely revealed by H3CZ as the release date draws closer. 

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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.