FaZe Clan's ZooMaa explains why he's not competing at CWL Fort Worth - Dexerto
Call of Duty

FaZe Clan’s ZooMaa explains why he’s not competing at CWL Fort Worth

Published: 8/Mar/2019 22:43 Updated: 9/Mar/2019 0:19

by Albert Petrosyan


The second major tournament of the CWL season will be taking place at Fort Worth, Texas, but Call of Duty pro player Thomas ‘ZooMaa’ Paparatto has announced that he will not be competing. 

Despite participating in the CWL Pro League with OpTic Gaming, ZooMaa was never officially a member of the team, as he had simply been borrowed from FaZe Clan as a substitute player and nothing more. 

This meant that he would not be able to compete in at CWL Fort Worth unless he either joined a Pro League team that had a guaranteed spot in the pro tournament, or assembled a team for the Open Bracket of the amateur competition. 

However, the longtime competitior has chosen to do neither, choosing to sit out the tournament and focus on the remainder of the season instead.

“Will not be competing at Fort Worth,” he tweeted. “I feel like it’s in my best interest to wait this one out and see what the future has in store for me come next roster change period. Good luck to everyone competing.”

So what does this mean for ZooMaa’s future? First of all, with the roster lock put back in place on March 8, the FaZe star will have to continue being OpTic’s substitute until the next roster change window opens, which will be April 5-22.

Judging by the fact that he took this long to make this announcement, it’s likely that ZooMaa tried his best to find the most suitable situation for himself before the March 8 deadline, but ultimately decided that playing the waiting game was better than rushing into something he may not have been totally comfortable will. 

ZooMaa’s decision not to join a new pro team for CWL Fort Worth means that he will continue serving as a sub for OpTic Gaming in the CWL Pro League.

ZooMaa will not be the only high-profile CoD player to skip out on CWL Fort Worth; 100 Thieves’ Maurice ‘Fero’ Henriquez made a similar announcement on March 7.

Much like his FaZe counterpart, Fero cited his longer term goals as a reason for missing the tournament, as he will continue serving as 100 Thieves’ substitute in the CWL Pro League for the time being. 

Call of Duty

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.