Call of Duty

FormaL & Clayster call out CDL pros for exploiting minimap bug

Published: 27/Jul/2020 11:43

by Andy Williams


With the Call of Duty League main season done and dusted, some notable CoD pros have banded together and encouraged Infinity Ward to fix the ‘start glitch’ before CDL Champs kicks off.

An exploit which originally surfaced in MW2 has made an unsolicited return to Modern Warfare, mere weeks before the start of the biggest Call of Duty event in the game’s history.

Aptly referred to as the ‘start glitch,’ the exploit allows players to briefly locate their enemies’ position on the minimap by opening up the start menu during the killcam players see after dying.

With a total of $4.6 million up for grabs at CDL Champs in August, Huntsmen’s FormaL and co. have expressed their concerns with the glitch still being in the game as we approach the first ever online world championships for Call of Duty.

Chicago Huntsmen's FormaL.
FormaL has been competing at the highest level for many years.

Following the Chicago Huntsmen’s early exit during CDL Toronto, the former world champ urged the developers to fix the glitch, given the obvious implications it can have on the CDL Champs.

“They need to fix this start glitch (or whatever), I didn’t know it was like that,” FormaL began in his Tweet.

“And if you’re a pro and you used it this weekend, you’re just a weirdo and should feel ashamed even though I know you probably don’t… ‘The other team is doing it blah, blah.’”

London Royal Ravens’ Flex player, Matthew ‘skrapz’ Marshall, was quick to draw parallels to how long it took Infinity Ward to nerf the MP5, saying: “Matt, it took nine months to nerf the MP5. Chalk it brother, grind out this month do everything you can in your power to try to win Champs.”

With that in mind, Subliners’ Tommy ‘ZooMaa’ Paparatto suggested turning off killcams as a temporary solution before Champs. And while this is far from ideal, it would avoid players being able to unfairly gain an advantage via the exploit.

FormaL wasn’t the only one to call for a fix, with Dallas Empire’s James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks also venting his concerns. Huntsmen’s Alec ‘Arcitys’ Sanderson swiftly replied, suggesting Modern Warfare’s glitch has teams “throwing integrity out of the window,” which is no surprise, considering the amount of cash that is on the line.

Of course, there’s still time left for Infinity Ward to push out a hotfix to resolve the issue before Champs begins on August 20.

Although, it’s worth noting that the bug is yet to appear on the developer’s Issue Tracker at the time of writing.

Call of Duty

FormaL trash talks CoD players who bet $1k on Black Ops Cold War match

Published: 17/Jan/2021 11:08

by Joe Craven


OpTic Chicago’s Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper hilariously trash-talked some amateur Black Ops Cold War players in a 3v3 match, which somehow ended with $1,000 on the line. Thankfully for the 2017 World Champion, he, Scump and Dashy came out on the winning side. 

The OpTic Chicago roster coming into the 2021 Call of Duty League season is one of the scariest in the world of esports. The King – better known as Scump – is joined by fellow World Champion and ex-OpTic Gaming teammate FormaL, with young starlets Envoy and Dashy rounding out the team.

It came as much of a shock, then, when Dashy, FormaL and Scump found themselves up against an over-confident opponent, who decided to trash talk the Infinite Warfare World Champion.

As you can imagine, FormaL didn’t take the criticism sitting down, and hilariously wagered his opponents $1,000 on the 3v3 match of Black Ops Cold War.

OpTic Gaming winning tournament back in Black Ops III
Scump and FormaL made up half of CoD’s best ever roster.

“Yo, you shut the f**k up,” he said, much to the amusement of Scump and Dashy. “Shut the f**k up. You shut the f**k up. Look at our levels and look at you guys. Look at our levels. You wanna bet a thousand bucks on this match?”

Much to the delight of the watching Scump, their opponents hilariously suggested upping the wager from $1,000 to $1,000,000. It’s fair to say that was never going to happen, but the $1,000 wager seemed to stick.

“I just put a thousand bucks on this match,” FormaL said. “[It was with] Unemployment. So he really needs this.”

The match went about how fans would have expected, with Formal, Scump and Dashy running out fairly comfortable winners. While Scump and Dashy used snipers, FormaL had his hands on an AK-74u, and finished the game with a jaw-dropping 7,100 damage.

He made his feelings known at the end of the game too, obnoxiously shouting through the microphone as the Play of the Game showed a nice 5-piece. As you can imagine, Scump collapsed into laughter, calling his T2P duo an “idiot.”

We can’t confirm whether the $1,000 wager was actually paid, but it’s one of the funniest stream moments we’ve seen in a long time.

Fans will be hoping that OpTic Chicago can take their confidence and winning habits into the CDL when it kicks off on January 23.