Envy's ACHES and Hastr0 respond to Crimsix' accusation of throwing at CWL Fort Worth - Dexerto
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Envy’s ACHES and Hastr0 respond to Crimsix’ accusation of throwing at CWL Fort Worth

Published: 16/Mar/2019 11:35 Updated: 16/Mar/2019 14:36

by Joe Craven

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Team Envy owner Mike ‘Hastr0’ Rufail and CoD captain Patrick ‘ACHES’ Price have taken to Twitter to respond to allegations of ‘throwing’ from OpTic Gaming’s Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter.

CWL Fort Worth got underway on March 15, with the Winners and Losers Brackets being decided as pool play concluded. The top two teams of each pro pool go into the Winners Bracket, while the bottom two teams are forced into the Losers Bracket.

OpTic Gaming’s Crimsix, seemingly frustrated by the day’s events, took to Twitter to convey his frustrations with Team Envy, late on March 15. Team Envy were 0-2 down in their pool play match versus Team Reciprocity; a match that had significant consequences for OpTic.

Call of DutyCWL Las Vegas finalists OpTic Gaming and eUnited both went into the Losers Bracket on March 15.

Were Envy to win, OpTic would have progressed to the Winners Bracket, given their head to head advantage over eUnited. However, were Reciprocity to win, they would have gone to a 2-1 standing and so finished second in the group, pushing OpTic into third and therefore into the Losers Bracket.

When Team Envy were 0-2 down against Team Reciprocity, Crimsix posted a GIF, showing MMA fighter Conor McGregor throwing objects into the crowd at one of his press conferences. The tweet, which has now been deleted, was quickly interpreted by the CoD community as a suggestion that Team Envy were ‘throwing’ their match, in order to force OpTic into the Losers Bracket.

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The tweet amassed lots of attention before it was deleted, with over 250 retweets and 2,000 likes. However, they were not taken to kindly by Team Envy’s CEO Mike ‘Hastr0’ Rufail, who quickly issued a couple of replies.

Hastr0 stated that OpTic Gaming, and Crimsix, “should have showed up earlier so you wouldn’t feel the need to subtweet accusations like this. A bit sad to see to be honest.”

He also tweeted again a few hours later, this time with a GIF of former US President Barack Obama looking confused, with the caption: “When you get accused of throwing by OpTic fans, but still managed to have a better performance vs Reciprocity than OpTic did while supposedly throwing.”

In his later tweet, Hastr0 is referencing the fact that, despite being 0-2 down against Reciprocity, Envy fought back to take the game to a Map 5, Round 11. Although they could not close it out, and so lost the series 2-3, they had a better result versus Reciprocity than OpTic did, who also lost their series 2-3, but did not take the final Search and Destroy to an eleventh round.

This was reinforced in a tweet by Team Envy’s Captain Patrick ‘ACHES’ Price, who also said: “It is and never will be my nor anyone’s responsibility “to ensure” one team makes it into the bracket. We came out slow and REC capitalized.”

CWL Las Vegas 2019 winners OpTic Gaming will now start in the Losers Bracket, after being upset by both Team Reciprocity and Team Envy. They will face Evil Geniuses on March 16.

eUnited, finalists at CWL Las Vegas in January 2019, are also forced into the Losers Bracket, where they match up against Nadeshot’s 100 Thieves on March 16, in a mouth-watering Losers Round 1 match.

Given Envy’s comeback in the match versus Reciprocity, it seems unlikely that they were trying to throw the match, but that did not stop the thought from crossing Crimsix’s mind. Remember you can stay up to date with all the events from CWL Fort Worth at our hub right here.

Envy face Red Reserve in winners, after falling to second in the group with the loss to Reciprocity.

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Renegades announce new CoD roster ahead of second Challengers season

Published: 31/Oct/2020 14:17 Updated: 31/Oct/2020 14:20

by Joe Craven

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Esports organisation Renegades have revealed their Call of Duty roster for the second season of the CDL’s Challengers Series, including players from last year’s Paris Legion roster. 

The switch from the Call of Duty World League to the Call of Duty League represents the greatest shake-up competitive CoD has ever seen. While latter tournaments in the CWL involved an amateur tournament running parallel to the main one, the introduction of Challengers’ Series gives a greater formalisation to competition below the best of the best.

With franchised spots in the CDL costing millions, it’s no surprise that some big name esports organisations have found themselves competing in the Challengers Series. One of these orgs is Renegades, the Detroit-based esports team that has come in and out of competitive CoD in recent years.

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Renegades have come and gone from the Call of Duty pro scene in the past.

On October 31, they announced their CoD roster for the upcoming Black Ops Cold War season, which will be the second season of the CDL and its accompanying Challenger Series.

Perhaps the biggest name in the new roster is Luke ‘Louqa’ Rigas, who represented Paris Legion in the CDL last year. It was an up-and-down year for the Paris Legion, who managed a second place finish at the online CDL Week 12 London event.

He is also joined by ex-Paris teammate Conrad ‘Shockz’ Rymarek, who is best known for his five years with Australian organisation Mindfreak from 2014 to 2019.

Rounding off the roster are Lincoln ‘Fighta’ Ferguson and Amer ‘Pred’ Zulbeari, making a fully Australian roster. The nationalities of all players means they will likely compete in the APAC region of the Challengers Series.

While Shockz and Louqa come off the back of mixed fortunes in the CDL, Fighta and Pred both joined Renegades in January of 2020. In the somewhat weaker field of APAC competition, their Renegades roster dominated the region’s Challenger tournaments during the Modern Warfare season.

Replacing half the team with CDL standard pros means it’s likely we’ll see similar domination this year, barring any shock performances from the other APAC teams.