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FaZe Clan eliminated from CWL Pro League Qualifier tournament

Published: 20/Jan/2019 23:39 Updated: 21/Jan/2019 1:01

by Albert Petrosyan


In a surprising turn of events, FaZe Clan’s Call of Duty team has been eliminated from the qualifier tournament for the Call of Duty World League’s Pro League.

FaZe lost to French team Overtime Esports 2-3 in the second round of the Loser’s Bracket, a match the turned out to be a tight, back-and-forth affair that went the distance.

The match started with FaZe taking the lead after a 250-199 win on Seaside Hardpoint, but Overtime responded with a 6-3 win on Gridlock Search and Destroy.

Overtime would win their second map in a row, 3-2 on Arsenal Control, but FaZe forced a game five with a strong 250-112 Hardpoint victory on Gridlock.

With everyone on the line, Overtime proved to be the more clutch of the two teams and flexed their S&D ability with a 6-2 victory on Arsenal S&D. 

This result means that last season’s Pro League Season One champions will not participate in the premier competition of the Black Ops 4 season, and will instead be forced to compete in the Amateur Circuit.

While the prospect of FaZe not being in the Pro League is stunning, it does not come as a major shock to those who have been keeping up with the team’s performances so far this season.

After a disappointing 13-16th placing at CWL Vegas, the org looked to quickly turn things around and moved to sign talented prospect Cellium, who had never competed professionally prior to joining FaZe. 

Despite their new recruit’s high potential, the team struggled out of the games at the Pro League Qualifier, but eventually qualified for bracket play after some clutch victories in their final few Pool matches.

They were then defeated 3-2 by Excelerate Gaming in their first Winner’s Bracket match, which knocked them down to the do-or-die Loser’s Bracket, where they beat Tainted Minds 3-0 before coming up against Overtime. 

MLGThe future remains uncertain for a FaZe roster that gelled so well during the WWII season.

What this ultimately means for FaZe’s roster remains to be seen, as it’s hard to imagine all five players will be content on playing at the amateur level for the rest of the season.

We could see the roster broken apart after what was such a promising WWII season, in which they won the first half of the Pro League and placed third at the 2018 CWL Championship. 

For more information on the Pro League Qualifier, including the format, scores, brackets, and more, make sure to check our 2019 CWL Pro League Qualifier hub.

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Dr Disrespect explains how Black Ops Cold War could be “so much more fun”

Published: 21/Oct/2020 3:29

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Dr Disrespect has chimed in on the much-maligned SBMM system used in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and other titles, and although he doesn’t blame Treyarch, the Doc is less than impressed with the system and wants it removed.

Dr Disrespect is all about violence, speed, and momentum. However, he hasn’t been able to spread his wings in Black Ops Cold War and fly like the eagle he was born to be, and he blames it all on SBMM.

SBMM, which stands for skill-based matchmaking, is a system used in many popular games to try and balance out lobbies.

Some players and developers think it’s a good thing, but many others believe it tends to ‘punish’ higher-skilled players like Dr Disrespect. It throws them into lobbies with other elite players, which results in ‘sweaty’ games where everyone is good and trying really hard to win.

The game becomes more serious and less casual, and it demands more effort, which is less than ideal for streamers like the Doc, who want to entertain.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is one of many games that uses SBMM.

Dr Disrespect has never been one to hold his tongue and mince his words on matters important to him. In his latest stream, he had a frustrating time playing Black Ops Cold War due to SBMM and shared his thoughts.

Man, that SBMM, what a… what a…” he said, struggling to find the words to summarize his rage. “SBMM results to exact same fight every single time.” It’s a sentiment shared by players from many different games and skill brackets.

“It has nothing to do with… game design,” he added.

“Treyarch knocks it out the park… I just think it has something to do with a lot of the technical stuff… I would take that tech out.”

Dr Disrespect
Dr Disrespect isn’t one to hold back on his opinions, especially when it comes to games.

Dr Disrespect knows that it isn’t Treyarchs fault. Instead, he refers to a “third-party” who works with them and “manages all the data and everything.” He says, “they’re able to make all these tweaks, and all that stuff,” and the fact that SBMM is implemented at all is “such a bummer.”

“I want some sheep in my lobbies,” he said. “I want a couple triple peekers. The game could like just be so much more fun. I don’t understand why they have it.”

The related segment begins at 3:38:30 in the video below.

Dr Disrespect isn’t the first person to express his concerns about SBMM, and he won’t be the last. However, the Doc is a pillar in the gaming community. He has also been involved in some behind-the-scenes level design, so his opinion has some weight.

Either way, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is still loads of fun. SBMM might even help you become a better player if you’re willing to embrace it.