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FormaL criticizes Call of Duty League schedule for 2020 Season

Published: 16/Nov/2019 9:55 Updated: 16/Nov/2019 10:03

by Joe Craven

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Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper, main AR for the Chicago Huntsmen, has lashed out at the Call of Duty League’s scheduling, ahead of its inaugural 2020 season for Modern Warfare.

The upcoming Call of Duty League Season is arguably the most anticipated of all time. It is the first time that CoD esports has adopted a franchise-based system, with a number of star-studded rosters ready to face off. 

The schedule for the inaugural Modern Warfare season has been announced, seeing each franchise host two separate weekends of fixtures. It all kicks off in Minnesota on January 24, seeing the ROKKR as the first franchise to defend their home-town. 

Despite the excitement, some pros have been quick to point out potential issues with the CDL’s initial scheduling. One of these pros is FormaL, whose reunion with Scump sees them form the backbone of an exciting Chicago Huntsmen roster

The full CDL schedule has been confirmed.

In a November 15 tweet, Piper said: “Lol international events for one series to be played for some of the teams.” 

While the CWL has seen international events in the past, they have always been at least a few days long and seen a tournament take place.

However, the CDL will see certain teams fly outside of the USA – to London, Toronto or Paris – sometimes for just one ‘best of five’ series. 

He then clarified his comments in reply to a fan, who suggested FormaL was complaining about being able to travel across the world to compete in Call of Duty. 

“Trust me I’m truly grateful for the position I’m in, it’s awesome,” FormaL said. “But at the same time I’m a competitor, and I’d like to compete.” Other prominent members of the Call of Duty scene appeared to agree with Piper. 

Chicago teammate Arcitys joked that he’d be getting “sick” when it comes to traveling across the world for one series, while OpTic Gaming’s GM, Muddawg, stated that his side “have to fly to Paris to play a singular regular season match vs Atlanta”.

In this case, the problem with the scheduling is clear. OpTic Gaming will have to fly from the west coast of the USA to France, all in order to play one series against Georgia-based Atlanta. FormaL and Muddawg clearly feel this is wasteful of both time and money to simply facilitate one series.

Many fans and players have suggested that the CDL would have been better off scheduling longer tournaments which would see franchises playing multiple series, rather than just one match.

One ‘best of five’ series in past CoD games has typically lasted up to an hour and a half at most, while a flight from Los Angeles to Paris is roughly 11 hours either way. 

Franchises will, of course, stay for a few days, but many players seem worried about the impact the travel will have on their ability to compete. 

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Warzone players outraged as stats change protects hackers & SBMM abuse

Published: 16/Jan/2021 14:41 Updated: 16/Jan/2021 14:47

by Connor Bennett

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Call of Duty: Warzone players have aired their concerns with the recent changes making profile stats private following the companion app drama, with some players pointing out that the change helps cheaters hide from punishment. 

Like many other multiplayer games, Warzone has had its issues with both hackers and skill-based matchmaking ruining the experience for some players.

While they’ve both always been an annoyance, players recently discovered that some were using an app from the CoDTracker site, and another called ‘SBMMWarzone’, that helped them pick and choose their lobbies. These apps were, initially, meant to be used to root out cheaters, but it backfired and SBMM abuse became the primary use. 

Changes were made to the app to help quell the abuse, and Activision even made every Warzone account private so that the data couldn’t reach similar apps. However, that has caused annoyance as well.

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SBMM in Black Ops Cold War & Warzone has been an issue for a while.

CoD YouTuber Drift0r pointed out that, given how annoying the new opt-in process is to share Warzone stats – and that it isn’t mandatory, either – players will simply choose to stay hidden. 

“Some of them (pro players and record holders) might not want to opt-in, or like me, might not be able too or it might take a while, which means that if anybody is cheating at a high level, either to get YouTube content or to stream tournaments, they can just opt out of all this and keep the cheating private,” he said.

The YouTuber noted that, while Activision might have the data on their end and could root out cheaters, it makes it harder for the community to assist them in that fight. 

Other players backed up Drift0r’s concerns about the cheating and SBMM abuse, with some offering up ideas for future changes. 

“They’ll literally do everything except just tone down SBMM, which would mitigate all these other issues,” said one player. “There’s an elephant in the room and its name is cheating. Activision just reopened the highway for cheating. Shameful,” added another.

Others, though, took a different slant, saying: “This officially ruined the game for me. I liked having public stats. It gave me something to work towards in improving… now what’s the point since no one can see them and I have nothing to compare mine to.”

As Drift0r notes, it could become a case where the opt-in process is made mandatory in the future, as it seems to a situation that is majorly in flux – given that there have been two changes in quick succession.

It could also be the case that Activision decides to not do anything else, and this is their final move. Though, given the outrage from the community, that seems unlikely.