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G2 Esports confirm recruit of former FaZe Clan CoD player

Published: 21/Dec/2018 19:26 Updated: 21/Dec/2018 19:59

by Albert Petrosyan


Spanish esports organization G2 Esports have announced two major roster moves for their North American based Call of Duty pro team. 

Anthony ‘Methodz’ Zinni and Andres ‘Lacefield’ Lacefield, formerly of FaZe Clan and Pittsburgh Knights respectively, will be joining a roster that also features existing G2 players Rasim ‘Blazt’ Ogresevic, Martin ‘Chino’ Chino, and Jacob ‘Decemate’ Cato.

The pair replaced Brice ‘Faccento’ Faccento and Richard ‘Ricky’ Stacy on the roster, both of whom had played for the team in the recent $250,000 CWL Vegas event.

The news was formerly announced on December 21 via a post on the official G2 Esports Twitter page, although many had already been expecting the moves to take place at some point prior to the qualifying tournament for the CWL Pro League.

Unless there are any last minute unexpected changes, this will the roster that G2 feature in the upcoming Pro League Qualifier, which is set to take place mid-January. 

G2 Esports were in dire need of a change considering their poor performance at CWL Vegas, which saw them finish bottom of Pool D after going winless in the group, including a loss to the Open Bracket team Excelerate Gaming.

The team did make a slight push in the Loser’s Bracket, winning their first two elimination games, but were dominated by 100 Thieves in the third round to finish 13th-16th. 

As mentioned above, these roster moves have not exactly come as a surprise to many since the this group of five players had been seen playing together numerous times during the week leading up to the announcement.

What did catch the community off guard was how quickly FaZe Clan decided to part ways with Methodz after bringing him on board during this past off-season.

However, the team has been largely disappointing in their results so far in Black Ops 4, and after a low 13th-16th finish at CWL Vegas, many felt that they had to make a change. 

These moves leave the future uncertain for the two players that were replaced, Ricky and Faccento, who will now have to find spots to fill on teams who will be playing in the Pro League qualifier next month.

Ricky confirmed that he was released by G2 in a long post on Twitter, in which he affirmed that he wants to continue playing at the highest level but is also open to a coaching position. 

These roster changes have kick-started what should be another frantic season of Rostermania, with both FaZe and Knights now set to make corresponding moves to fill out their empty roster spots.

There is heavy speculation that FaZe’s new player will be up-and-comer ‘Cellium,’ who will be eligible to play in the CWL once he turns 18 on December 24, which is likely the reason why they haven’t announced the move already.

Cellium, who is currently a member of eUnited’s Cadet team, is considered to be one of the best raw talents in the game and represents the next generation of young players coming through the ranks. 

Keep up with all of the roster moves and team changes that take place prior to the Pro League Qualifier by visiting our dedicated Rostermania hub.

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Warzone team banned from $250k Twitch Rivals event after cheating scandal

Published: 22/Jan/2021 10:34 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 10:42

by Brad Norton


The $250K Twitch Rivals Doritos Bowl Warzone event hit a major snag in the road on January 21, as alleged cheaters were disqualified from the competition ahead of the closing round.

One of the biggest Warzone events to date set the scene for one of the biggest cheating scandals to date. Amidst the five-rounds of private lobby action, a number of Warzone’s veteran competitors began to accuse players of cheating in the tournament.

The Trio of METZY_B, kyrptic_j0ker, & Unifyz were disqualified from the competition in light of these allegations. This ban came through before players dropped into the fifth and final match of the day.

“Based on the evidence submitted from various sources in and out of the tournament, [Twitch has] determined that [their] gameplay was unnatural beyond a reasonable doubt,” event host Caleb ‘WavePunk’ Simmons explained.

As a result of their disqualification, Twitch opted to move forward with the event. Rather than restarting or replaying on a different date, the fifth map continued with one less team.

Accusations made against Metzy_B

Accusations started piling up after the fourth round of action. Players noticed some extremely sharp aim coming from METZY_B in particular. 

Resident Warzone investigator Tommey was soon on the case, as he began to dissect the footage. It was peculiar auto-aim that caught his eye, as the suspected cheater immediately “locked on” to an opposing player in the clip.

Given the $250K up for grabs, there was plenty at stake. $45,000 was on the line for the winning team, while even a last place finish would have awarded the alleged cheaters $1,200. However, METZY_B and his team were “ineligible for prizing,” Twitch soon confirmed. 

Naturally, it didn’t take long for the controversy to spill across social media, with many of Warzone’s biggest names repeating their gripes with the lack of an effective anti-cheat system.

“Unfortunately without anti-cheat, authentic Warzone tournaments just aren’t possible anymore,” NICKMERCS said. “There’s too much cheese & way too many rats.”

Despite this, it later became clear that, perhaps, the players in the tournament had jumped the gun early with their accusations…

METZY_B clears his name

After being kicked from the tournament, METZY_B joined Tommey’s Discord call in an attempt to clear his name, showing his PC, the programs he’s been using and more.

While METZY wasn’t reinstated to the tournament, some critics have deleted their tweets and Tommey, after investigating the situation, conceded that he got it wrong this time and there “wasn’t enough to go as far as it did.”

He later clarified that he played no part in reporting METZY to the admins of the tournament or forcing his removal, but the player is “more than welcome to take his earnings” from the event.

Game five continued with one less team in the lobby. Champions were crowned and the $250K prize pool was split accordingly. Be sure to check out our event hub for a full recap of the troubled Twitch Rivals Warzone tournament.