Excelerate Gaming CoD manager explains why FA5TBALLA is being dropped from CWL Pro League team - Dexerto
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Excelerate Gaming CoD manager explains why FA5TBALLA is being dropped from CWL Pro League team

Published: 23/Feb/2019 2:38 Updated: 23/Feb/2019 9:59

by Albert Petrosyan

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Another controversial roster change has captured headlines in Call of Duty esports, this time involving North American organization Excelerate Gaming. 

On February 22, Excelerate Gaming announced that they were transitioning Ethan ‘FA5TBALLA’ Wedgeworth to the substitute’s role and promoting former sub Christopher ‘RobbieB3319’ Astudillo to the starting squad.

As a result, FA5TBALLA will lose his status as a pro player, and any benefits that come along with it, such as a guaranteed spot in future tournaments and any potential prize money.

After the roster change became official, FA5TBALLA posted a message on Twitter in which he emotionally recounted his side of the story, expressing his frustrations and sadness at the demotion.

“It was extremely hard for me to even type this out as I had a mental breakdown and went into shock when I received the news,” he wrote. “I have been up for 40 hours or so now, I have no idea what the future holds for me. I can only hope for the best.”

In response to some of the comments on Twitter, he also claimed that the main reason as to why the CEO of ExG, Justin, decided to drop him was because of his Kill/Death ratio in the CWL Pro League.

“I asked him [Justin] if he knew where all of the Hardpoints were located on the CWL maps and that there is more to CoD then a sheet of K/Ds,” he tweeted. “He had no answer.”

Apparently that tweet was the last straw for ExG, who had not yet released an official statement or explanation at that time, and CoD team manager ‘j0rdinho’ proceeded to explain on Reddit that FA5TBALLA was not telling the full story.

“Justin didn’t use his K/D as justification,” he posted. “Ethan refused to listen to what was being told of him, and HE used his K/D as the reason he was being scapegoated. He wasn’t dropped for K/D, he was dropped because he was incredibly toxic and uncoachable, and refused to listen to anyone but himself.”

At this point, the official ExG Twitter account also released a full and formal statement, this time from CEO Justin himself, which essentially confirmed what the team manager had said.

“This change stemmed from the team, and as an organization we felt the need to carry out the decision based on their remarked regarding team atmosphere and overall cohesion.”

As one would expect, this roster move sparked a storm of reactions from the competitive CoD community, as many fans and pro players alike expressed their outrage at the roster change. 

Their main contention was with the fact that ExG has played just three matches in the CWL Pro League thus far, going 1-2, and that it was way too early for a change of this magnitude. 

ExG currently sit in sixth place of Division B at the CWL Pro League, tied with Team Envy and 100 Thieves at 1-2. You can keep updated on all scores, schedules, and standings my visiting our dedicated CWL Pro League hub.


How do you feel about this roster change? Do you think FA5TBALLA has a right to be upset, or is his demotion his own fault. Tweet us @DexertoINTEL and let us know what you think!

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Dr Disrespect calls out Activision & Warzone tourney admins for hacker drama

Published: 23/Jan/2021 0:41

by Theo Salaun

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Following scandal over a disqualified cheater in a Warzone tournament, Dr Disrespect is calling out Activision’s lack of an anti-cheat and Twitch Rivals’ lack of a formal process for investigating hacks.

In hours of drama that rocked the competitive Call of Duty: Warzone community, a smaller streamer, ‘Metzy_B,’ was accused of cheating during the $250K Twitch Rivals Doritos Bowl tournament. Prior to the final match of the event, his team was disqualified by tournament admins and stripped of any chance at tournament earnings.

Twitch Rivals have remained relatively quiet on the issue, practically ignoring it during the broadcast and offering up a minimally worded explanation over Twitter. In their explanation, the admins simply explained that Metzy “was ruled to be cheating” and subsequently “removed from the event.”

With that lack of transparency, rumors and accusations flew. Former Call of Duty League pro, one of the highest Warzone earners currently, Thomas ‘Tommey’ Trewren spent hours interrogating the accused and having a friend take control of Metzy’s PC to dive through his logs for any proof of hacks. This all leads to Dr Disrespect asserting that, with or without an Activision anti-cheat, tournament organizers need to do better.

As shared by ‘WickedGoodGames,’ the Two-Time has a clear perspective on this issue. If the developers can’t institute an effective anti-cheat, then every single tournament must “define a process in finding out if he is [cheating] or not … obviously outside of the whole Call of Duty not having an anti-cheat kind of software built in.”

The drama was obviously divisive, as most participants in the tournament believed Metzy (and others) to be cheating, while others weren’t so sure. With no one knowing precisely how Twitch handled the situation, the community was left to investigate themselves.

As Dr Disrespect has heard, the “purple snakes” disqualified Metzy based on “a couple suspicious clips” and without asking to check his computer. This is echoed by the accused himself, who has since commended Tommey for trying to figure out what the admins had failed to.

That account goes directly against others, as fellow competitor BobbyPoff reacted by alleging that Metzy was, in fact, originally reluctant to display his task manager logs.

While the truth may be impossible to find at this point, as Twitch Rivals have given no explanation of their process and any number of files could have been deleted by the time Tommey got access, Dr Disrespect’s point is proven by the drama.

If Activision can’t deliver a functioning anti-cheat and tournament organizers don’t have a strict, transparent policy for hackers — then community infighting over a “grey area” is unavoidable.