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Denial CEO responds to criticism for baiting fans about new Black Ops 4 roster

Published: 11/Jan/2019 11:51 Updated: 12/Jan/2019 1:38

by Matt Porter


Denial Esports CEO Zach Smith has responded to backlash from Call of Duty fans who believe that the organization is baiting fans by not announcing their new lineup.

Denial have been hinting that they are making a return to the popular first-person-shooter in which the organization has a rich history, winning the 2015 Call of Duty World Championships.

After disappearing for most of 2018, Denial made its comeback to esports in December, with the new owners paying off debts that had been owed to players across a variety of esports titles.

While the Denial Twitter account dropped an over-the-top hint that they would be signing Michael ‘SpaceLy’ Schmale’s squad for the CWL Pro League Qualifiers, the organization have yet to officially announce their roster, and it seems some fans are getting tired of waiting.

In response to Denial announcing their new Gears of War roster, a fan posted that they were disappointed that it wasn’t the Call of Duty roster, to which Smith replied: “You’re obsessed.”

The twitter user named MattTyphoon stressed that he was “happy for all the players” joining Denial, but that the organization had been baiting fans for week, with Smith telling him that he’ll “wait more as well,” seemingly confirming that the announcement won’t be made in the near future.

While Denial may have hoped that teasing the announcement would build hype for the new squad, it appears it might have backfired with CoD fans on Reddit stating that they were “over it” and had lost interest.

SpaceLy’s squad are set to take part in the CWL Pro League Qualifier, which kicks off on Wednesday, January 16 as 28 teams battle for their spot in the CWL Pro League. Denial’s roster if they do acquire the squad will be:

  • Michael ‘SpaceLy‘ Schmale
  • Colt ‘Havok‘ McLendon
  • Chance ‘Maux‘ Moncivaez
  • Michael ‘MajorManiak‘ Szymaniak
  • Jared ‘Nagafen‘ Harrell
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How to watch Atlanta FaZe’s Black Ops 4 Throwback Invitational: all teams

Published: 22/Oct/2020 7:52

by Brad Norton


While we’re in the midst of the Call of Duty League off-season, Atlanta FaZe is hosting an enormous event with $25,000 up for grabs in the Black Ops 4 Throwback Invitational.

From Ghosts competitions to Modern Warfare 2 tournaments, the current off-season has treated us to a proper look back in time. Many of the world’s best CoD players from over the years have gathered together for a handful of events already and there are no signs of the festivities slowing down soon.

Atlanta FaZe is next in line for a major event, and sights are set on the more recent Black Ops 4. From CDL talent to Academy players and even those that made it through open qualifiers, the best of the best are set to compete.

It’s one of the biggest tournaments over the off-season, taking place across multiple days. Fear not though, we’ve got you covered with a complete overview of all there is to know.

How to watch the Black Ops 4 Throwback Invitational

Get ready for a long weekend of action. The Black Ops 4 event is set to kick off on October 23 and run through to October 25. No exact times have been locked in just yet, but we’ll update you as soon as the information is made available.

There’s every chance that individual competitors will be streaming their own perspectives during the matches. However, ATL FaZe is also hosting the event through a dedicated hub stream that we’ve embedded below for your convenience.

Teams competing in the Black Ops 4 Throwback Invitational

It’s safe to say this event is one of the most stacked we’ll see in the off-season. Six CDL teams have put rosters forward for the tournament. They’re joined by an assortment of top talent coming from Challengers, along with eight teams that earned a spot through the open qualifiers.

Not only is this a step back in time, but it’s also a unique look ahead. FaZe aims to give fans their first “opportunity to see new 2021 CDL 4v4 rosters in action.”

The full list of teams competing in the Black Ops 4 tournament can be found below.

Team Players
Atlanta FaZe Abezy, Arcitys, Cellium, Simp
Dallas Empire Crixical, Huke, Illey, Temp
OpTic LA Accuracy, Kenny, Slasher, TJHaly
LA Guerrillas Apathy, Assault, Silly, Vivid
Chicago Huntsmen Dashy, Envoy, Formal, Scump
Seattle Surge Goonjar, Gunless, Loony, Prestinni
Mood Swings Blazt, Decemate, F3rocitys, Slacked
Westr Jintroid, Paulehx, Spart, Venom
West Coast Goons  Gonplue, Otflick, Ryanbacardi, Savysita
The Boys  Godrx, Kismet, Maux, Pandur
AF Academy  Archivs, Hyper, Phantomz, Sibilants
Team LBX  Exceed, Neropoiison, Noysii, Xotic
Four Horsemen  General, Standy, Proto, Royalty
Arial Arise  Crazie, Crimson, Horizinsfall, Kyuhm
HYXR  Estreal, Fflames, Hazy, Lurid
Dgeneration Sangar, DeadlyResults, Strezy, Yspry
Lost Angels  Aapex, Beehzy, Conbix, TheHolyToaster
Diamond Gaming  Spekcy, Uncivil, XinfinitX, Yemon
Magic  Huntsmann, Kips, Parzelion, Yeezy
Team Moch  Mochilla, Tech, TeddyRecks, Ttinyy

Black Ops 4 Throwback Invitational Format

Not much is known about the structure just yet, though it’s clear teams will begin in various groups. 20 teams in total have been revealed, though four teams from the open qualifiers have already been relegated to the first round of the lower bracket.

This means we can expect to see four groups of four in the initial stages. After the opening matchups, the most successful teams within each group will likely advance through to the double-elimination bracket.

$25,000 is on offer. Only three teams can actually place in the money though. $15,000 will be awarded to the top team, second place will be treated to $7,500, while third place nabs $2,500 for their efforts.

Atlanta FaZe Black Ops 4 Throwback Event
Atlanta FaZe
The Black Ops 4 Throwback Invitational takes place across three full days of action.

The finalized groups along with a full schedule will be made public on October 22. Be sure to check back here as updates come through.