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Drake congratulates 100 Thieves’ victory at CWL London in a special way

Published: 6/May/2019 1:19 Updated: 6/May/2019 1:22

by Albert Petrosyan

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With 100 Thieves winning their first major tournament at CWL London on May 5, popular music star Drake decided to congratulate them in a very special way.

There have been a lot of reactions pouring in about 100 Thieves’ victory at the CWL London pro Call of Duty tournament, but Drake’s may have been the most special for the players and organization so far.

The global music icon, who is one of the investors that’s poured a lot of funding into 100T, took to his Instagram story just hours after the tournament concluded to post a congratulatory message to the team. 

“Congrats to the guys. 100 Thieves CWL London champs,” he wrote over an image of the players hoisting their first ever major trophy as a squad.

Drake - InstagramDrake congratulated 100 Thieves for winning CWL London with a special message on his Instagram story.
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Considering that Drake’s Instagram currently has over 56.8 million followers, this is obviously a huge PR break for 100 Thieves.

Assuming that a large majority of Drake’s followers don’t really know much about CoD esports, it’s likely that at least some will start paying more attention to 100T after the post on his story. 

100 ThievesDrake’s involvement with Nadeshot and 100 Thieves is well documented, as he’s one of the investors that’s poured money into the org.

Drake and 100 Thieves

As mentioned earlier, Drake has a reason to be interested in 100 Thieves and their progress in esports, as he and SB Projects founder Scooter Braun were two of the heavy-hitters to contribute to 100T’s Series A funding round back in October 2018.

The announcement sent major shockwaves around the world of esports at the time, especially due to 100T’s rise in popularity as an esports org and, of course, Drake’s status as one of the biggest music artists in the world.

100 Thieves’ victory at CWL London was their first major trophy as an esports organization.

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100 Thieves’ victory at CWL London marked their first ever major tournament win as an esports organization.

Surprisingly, their tournament journey wasn’t all too difficult or rocky, despite the fact that they finished second in Pool A after having lost to OpTic Gaming.

The exacted their revenge in the Winners Bracket finals, beating OpTic 3-1 to move on to meet Losers Bracket winners eUnited in the Grand Final.

100 Thieves wrapped up their convincing tournament run with a 3-1 win against eU, further sealing themselves as arguably the best team currently in the CWL. 

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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.