Evil Geniuses Coach Bevils and Rise Nation's SlasheR Disagree on How Pros Should Approach Practicing Search and Destroy - Dexerto
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Evil Geniuses Coach Bevils and Rise Nation’s SlasheR Disagree on How Pros Should Approach Practicing Search and Destroy

Published: 3/May/2018 15:03 Updated: 14/Mar/2019 13:08

by Ross Deason


Embry ‘Bevils’ Bevil and Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat have discussed the lack of the Search and Destroy practice that professional Call of Duty teams put in, disagreeing on its importance.

Known as a Search and Destroy star, Bevils sat out the entirety of the Black Ops 3 and Infinite Warfare seasons before deciding to take another shot at the professional scene with the release of Call of Duty: WWII.

Following a handful of top 12 finishes Bevils surprisingly decided to retire from playing right in the middle of Season 1 of the CWL Pro League before accepting a spot as the coach of Evil Geniuses in April.

The new lineup found immediate success with a second place finish at CWL Seattle and it looks like they have decided to keep Bevils on heading into Season 2 of the CWL Pro League.

With his Search and Destroy roots, it is only natural that Bevils has some strong opinions about the game mode and in the early hours of May 3rd he took to Twitter to make it clear that he finds it surprising that so few professional teams practice it.

Rise Nation’s SlasheR responded explaining that he has rarely found Search and Destroy scrims to be productive, but Bevils was quick to fire back by saying that this is because of the mindset that the players have with nobody taking it seriously.

With every best of five series featuring two maps of Search and Destroy, it seems counter-intuitive for players not to want to practice the mode but SlasheR gave two reasons why he doesn’t like to practice against his competition.

He states that he prefers to play against ameteur teams because they “take it seriously” and then goes on to say that he is less worried about showing them his strategies and that he sees “no value in scrimming SnD against contenders to win an event”.

Once again Bevils responded saying that Rise Nation is one of the best teams in Search and Destroy and has some of the best players in that mode so he understands why they might not want to scrim against their competition and give away too many tactics.

However, he finishes by saying that he finds it “unacceptable” that so many professional teams are so “bad” at SnD and that the lack practice simply leads to them winging it in official matches and hoping for the best.

SlasheR’s opinion about not wanting to show tactics to other teams is one that has been held by many of the top players for a number of years in the Call of Duty scene.

Some would argue that the fact that top CS:GO teams scrim against one another an a daily basis and then play each other in competitions is evidence that this is a non-issue.

However, others would point out that CS:GO’s depth of tactics and strategies with varies grenades and setups make it much harder to predict what someone will do.

It does seem that Bevils has a point, though. To completely avoid practicing a crucial aspect of the game just so that nobody else can practice it and potentially learn something feels a bit like everyone deciding to shoot themselves in the foot.

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Crimsix backs “underrated” Slacked after CoD pro is snubbed by CDL teams

Published: 31/Oct/2020 11:10

by Joe Craven


Call of Duty legend Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter has backed fellow pro player Josiah ‘Slacked’ Berry, after Slacked revealed he is set for a period in the Challengers League with no CDL teams willing to take him. 

While not a competitor for the title of best player of all time, Josiah ‘Slacked’ Berry has consistently proven himself to be among the very best Call of Duty professionals in the world. He has won a host of major tournaments, most recently CWL Fort Worth in Black Ops 4 and CWL Birmingham in WWII.

However, the Modern Warfare season proved incredibly challenging for Slacked and his Seattle Surge roster. The team were barely competitive at any tournament, and three-time CoD World Champion Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow announced his retirement amid their struggles.

Now, as the Call of Duty League heads towards its second season, it seems the Surge’s struggles are fresh in the minds of the powers that be, because Slacked is set to face a season in the Challengers portion of the League.

Seattle Surge original roster for the first CDL season
Twitter: Seattle Surge
Seattle Surge’s roster has collapsed off the back of a poor first season.

Slacked to miss out on CDL?

On October 30, the ex-Luminosity pro tweeted that he was “shocked” at how the offseason has gone so far, with offers from CDL teams essentially non-existent.

“[I’m] still a F/A and looking like challengers,” he said. “Won back to back to back to back titles & had the best average placing before MW out of anyone other than the OpTic dynasty. So sad how the CoD scene is ran nowadays.”

CoD World Champion and all-time great Crimsix involved himself in the discussion, backing his fellow pro to find a CDL team ahead of the new season.

“CDL teams… cmon guys…” he tweeted. “Slacked is a prime example of a player who makes the people around him better. Consistent for years and, in my humble opinion, severely underrated in terms of what he can bring to a team.”

The endorsement, particularly from one of the very best to ever play Call of Duty, is a big compliment for Slacked. Whether it sees him picked up by a CDL outfit remains another issue, but it’s clear that at least some of those at the very top believe Slacked has what it takes to perform at the highest level.

The second CDL season is set to be fascinating, with Nadeshot’s 100 Thieves set to acquire the spot previously held by Los Angeles OpTic, and rumors that the Greenwall brand will find its way back to H3CZ in Chicago. We’ll be the first to update you if it does.