Dropped CWL Pro League player FA5TBALLA hits back at being called "toxic and uncoachable" - Dexerto
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Dropped CWL Pro League player FA5TBALLA hits back at being called “toxic and uncoachable”

Published: 26/Feb/2019 0:52 Updated: 26/Feb/2019 1:47

by Albert Petrosyan


The dramatic saga between the Excelerate Gaming esports organization and Call of Duty player Ethan ‘FA5TBALLA’ Wedgeworth continues to roll on as the player has responded to accusations made against him by members of the org.

On February 25, FA5TBALLA put out a message on Twitter in which he addressed the Reddit post that ExG’s General Manager Jay ‘j0rdinho’ Helton had put out about the CoD player following his demotion from their starting squad at the CWL Pro League.

The Reddit post was published by j0rdinho in order tell the team’s side of the story concerning the roster move, and in it he put the majority of the blame on FA5TBALLA, calling him “incredibly toxic and uncoachable,” and claiming that he “refused to listed to anyone but himself.”

This claim was pretty much backed up by the official statement that ExG put out via their own Twitter, in which they stated that the decision stemmed from the team and was carried out “based on their remarks regarding team atmosphere and overall cohesion.”

FA5TBALLA was emotional once again when describing how much time and dedication he had invested into become a Call of Duty pro player.

As expected, FA5TBALLA has challenged the accuracy of these statements, claiming that he and j0rdinho had never once spoken to each other and that the manager had never watched or listened in to any team scrims.

“The fact the he would go to Reddit and speak on business which he has little to no information about is ridiculous,” he wrote. “The fact that someone who’s never spoken a word with me made up such a statement is crazy.”

FA5TBALLA was surprised by the comments made by ExG manager Jay ‘j0rdinho’ Helton, claiming that the two had never once spoken.

He did go on to admit that the team chemistry may have not been optimal, but claimed that the lack of cohesion was not due to his actions but rather to the disrespect he was treated with by some of his teammates.

“Arguments would burst out and become extremely personal, so much to the point I was told ‘it’s actually embarrassing how bad you are’ and ‘every map we lost at the PLQ was your fault.’

“I put my hear and soul into achieving my dream and got it ripped away from me,” he went on. “Then I was told I was toxic and uncoachable and people believed it. I was treated with little to no respect by some of my teammates and it was honestly a depressing atmosphere.”

Of course, all of this stems from ExG’s roster move on February 23, which saw FA5TBALLA moved to the substitute’s role and former sub RobbieB being promoted to the starting squad.

This led to a whirlwind of controversy in the competitive CoD community, in which accusations were sent flying left and right while fans and pro players alike expressed their own judgments on social media. 

Since then, FA5TBALLA has been accused of leaving a “parting gift” at the team’s Pro League apartments, clogging the toilet before he left for the airport.

Which side of the story do you believe more in regards to this controversial roster change and the accusations made in its aftermath? Share your thoughts with us by tweeting @DexertoINTEL!

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Black Ops Cold War player hits first prestige without a single kill

Published: 19/Jan/2021 2:20

by Brad Norton


An extremely patient Call of Duty player has just reached first prestige in Black Ops Cold War, without ever dealing damage to their opponents.

The name of the game with Call of Duty has always been simple. Kill your opponents before they kill you. It’s the core principle for which every other system in the franchise has been built around.

While a majority of players stick to fundamentals and play the game as intended, there’s always some that veer from the path. As gamers are sinking their teeth into Black Ops Cold War, many have reached new heights with the innovative prestige system. Though one player has taken their time in reaching the very first prestige.

They’re not worrying about their KD. They don’t care for weapon camos or powerful attachments. They’re never trying to top the leaderboards. All this player cares about is ending each match with zero kills to their name.

Black Ops Cold War combat record
Reddit: Pilgore1
This player reached first prestige in Black Ops Cold War without a single kill to their name.

It took a full 37 hours of game time for Reddit user ‘Pilgore1’ to accomplish their goal. Without ever killing another player, they reached the first prestige over the course of 200 games.

Their highest killstreak throughout this effort was a whopping zero. This player literally never acquired a single-elimination, not even accidentally. Instead, they spent their time focusing on other aspects of the game.

Playing the objective and “clearing the sky,” were the key factors that gained this player XP over time. It clearly took longer than the typical prestige, but they still managed to make it happen.

Surprisingly, their overall record was positive despite the lack of slaying power. 102 wins to 83 losses was the final tally. They even had a career-best winning streak of seven games in a row, according to the player.

They used “all three LMGs” with a heavy focus on “vehicle damage” attachments. Moreover, the Engineer perk came in handy as did Cold Blooded. When the skies were clear of enemy streaks and it came time to focus on the objective, however, they simply “[threw their] body on there.”

There’s no telling what drove them to play Call of Duty in such a unique way. Though they still managed to enjoy the process. “I just find doing it fun,” they explained. “I also have a lot, maybe too much, patience, so that helps.”