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Gen.G coach defends their controversial CoD substitutions, believes other teams will follow suit

Published: 10/Jul/2019 15:12 Updated: 10/Jul/2019 16:46

by Kamil Malinowski

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Gen.G coach Joey ‘Nubzy’ DiGiacomo has spoken in depth about the state of substitutions in Call of Duty on the DraftBuff podcast.

Nubzy defended his team’s choices to sub out Jared ‘Nagafen’ Harrell for Michael ‘Spacely’ Schmale, only to bring back Nagafen two weeks later, and boldly claimed that all the other CWL teams will soon follow suit.

The American team faced criticism on July 3 as they announced SpaceLy would be taking Nagafen’s spot just two weeks after making the reverse move. Following this change, Nubzy suggested that it was unfair for the organization was called unprofessional and cynical for doing something no one else had.

MLGGen.G have been criticized by Call of Duty fans for their approach to substitutions.

He said that this was an intended move and that Gen.G are: “The first team to take advantage of this”. “This” being using an active professional player as a substitute.

The discussion followed on from Nubzy’s argument that subs weren’t taken seriously at all in 2019, with multiple teams – such as 100 Thieves and OpTic gaming – using their coaches to fill the sub role. However, Gen.G have taken advantage of this extra position on the roster, using it as a tool for rotating the squad, based on the form of individual players. Much like any traditional sports team would do.

Nubzy claimed that more teams will follow suit and take advantage of substitutions in the future. “Next year, your favorite professional players are getting swapped out when they have bad series,” he said.

Some fans took this final statement as a hint that the Call of Duty League will follow in the steps Activision’s other franchise league, the OWL, and allow teams to make substitutions mid-series. Poklane on Reddit said: “Pretty interesting little thing he says at the end, he heavily implies that next year you’ll be able to sub players in and out every series.”

However, Nubzy has since confirmed that his statements were not supposed to foreshadow any imminent changes to the rules surrounding substitutions in competitive CoD:

“Just to clear up any confusion, I am not sure at all on how subs will work for next year. What I said at the end was more of an example of subs in every other since work.”

Last updated 12:33 ET, July 10, 2019.

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Scump explains why new CDL “bubble” in Texas is a big advantage

Published: 28/Jan/2021 5:55 Updated: 28/Jan/2021 6:01

by Brad Norton

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All of OpTic Chicago, along with a majority of other pro teams, have relocated to Texas for the Call of Duty League 2021 season, and Seth ‘Scump’ Abner believes it’s going to give them a huge “advantage” over their CDL rivals.

With the switch to online play in 2020, teams were scattered across the United States. Players could be competing from the other side of the country with a significant network disadvantage.

Given LAN events are still a ways off due to the ongoing global crisis, a majority of CDL pros have established a makeshift “bubble” in Texas to combat the issue. With all players in one location, Scump argues that it only benefits teams for the year ahead.

“I absolutely love it,” he said on January 27. With his teammates all training out the H3CZQUARTERS facility, there appear to be no excuses for the upcoming season.

Being in the one location affords a degree of team bonding that you just can’t get online, according to Scump.“I think it has tremendously improved our team chemistry. Every single night [the team] is always hanging out after scrims.”

“You can just tell. It feels like we trust each other a lot more inside of the game. We trust each other to make good decisions and do the right things on the map.”

From OpTic’s standpoint, it’s not just the team chemistry that’s proving valuable. “On top of that, you have the sheer connection advantage,” Scump added.

“I believe 31 of 48 players are in Texas right now and it might even be more than that. Clearly, Texas has some sort of connection advantage for people to want to pick up their lives and move down here to compete.”

We’ve already seen the move pay dividends for OpTic as they recently blitzed through the LA Thieves 3-0 in the Kickoff Classic. “We’ve been playing super good. I can’t even remember the last time we lost a scrim set. It’s been amazing to have the whole team here and I think it’s only going to benefit us moving forward.”

With other teams having followed suit with a move to Texas, it should help establish a more even playing field for a majority of matchups this year.