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Gen.G move SpaceLy back into starting lineup for CWL Pro League

Published: 24/Jun/2019 21:29 Updated: 24/Jun/2019 23:28

by Albert Petrosyan


Gen.G have made a roster change for their professional Call of Duty team ahead of their final week of matches in the CWL Pro League

On Monday, June 24, Gen.G put out a tweet announcing that substitute Michael ‘SpaceLy’ Schmale would be promoted to the starting lineup.

The news comes with just one week of matches remaining for the team in the CWL Pro League – a total of four matches to be played during Week 12.

According to the post, SpaceLy will be definitely be playing in those four remaining regular season matches, but his involvement in the upcoming CWL Finals and Champs remains unconfirmed for now. 

However, assuming that Gen.G will clinch a spot in the Playoffs, it’s likely that the team will opt to go with SpaceLy during the $1.25 million postseason tournament in Miami.

As for who SpaceLy will be replacing in the starting lineup, Gen.G’s tweet did not name a specific player, although a tweet put out shortly after by Jared ‘Nagafen’ Harrell confirmed it to be him.

“No words, to be honest,” he tweeted. “Good luck to every team competing at cross-division these next two weeks.”

Joey ‘Nubzy’ DiGiacomo, coach of the CoD team, also put out a tweet of his own following the announcement, calling Nagafen a “great player” and asking fans to show “nothing but respect” to all the players.

“Not going to make the same mistakes as last change by responding to anything,” he wrote. “Jared is a great player and he’s shown that throughout the years. There are some things that people won’t understand, but I ask that nothing but respect be shown to the players and Jared.”

Uncertainty now clouds Nagafen’s future going into the final phase of the Black Ops 4 CWL season. With no more roster change periods remaining, his only hope of featuring for a pro team again is if he gets promoted back into Gen.G’s starting lineup.

His only other option will be to try his hand in the Open Bracket tournament at CWL Finals, where the top 16 teams will qualify for Champs. 

We have reached out to Nagafen for a comment about his plans moving forward. 

MLGNagafen (left) will likely have to play in the Open Bracket tournament at CWL Finals if he wants to make it to Champs.

SpaceLy was first dropped from the starting lineup on March 6, replaced days later by Midnight Esports’ Dylan ‘Envoy’ Envoy ahead of CWL Fort Worth.

Since that change, Gen.G have had a relatively up-and-down several months of competition, which included the CWL major tournaments in Forth Worth, London, and Anaheim.

While their second-place finish at Anaheim was probably the highlight of their season so far, it was not good enough to paper over the poor 2-5 split they had in the Pro League during May, which saw them go from first place in Division A down to third.

However, with their 11-7 record and a healthy two game lead over fifth-place, they are still heavy favorites to finish in the top-four and clinch a Playoff spot, and they could prove to be a very dangerous team at the CWL Finals in Miami. 

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Nadeshot clarifies SBMM argument in Black Ops Cold War rant

Published: 3/Dec/2020 2:10 Updated: 3/Dec/2020 2:15

by Jacob Hale


Update (December 2 – 6:00 PM PT): Nadeshot has since followed up on his Skill-Based Matchmaking rant, addressing how it’s easy to lose your temper while grinding for specific weapon camo challenges.

“SBMM is a topic of discussion that has a lot of nuances,” he said in a December 2 follow-up tweet. “What I really want to clarify once and for all… I don’t have a fear of playing players as good as me. I don’t disagree with the idea of playing against players as good as me. All I’m asking for is that people see the level of skill I’m playing at.”

Obviously, a ranked playlist of sorts has been requested to no end in the community. While the feature has been subtly confirmed, it’s still yet to enter the game. Therefore, the only form of matchmaking is standard public games, which happen to have SBMM cranked all the way up.

“If I’m going up against six starting players in the Call of Duty League, I want a rank to reflect that. I understand why SBMM is a necessity, I just don’t agree with the way it’s presented. Right now it’s ambiguous, you never really know who you’re up against and the level of skill they’re at.”

The original story is as follows.

Skill-based matchmaking has been a major complaint from top Call of Duty players for years now, and 100 Thieves CEO and former pro player Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag has finally snapped, going on a rant against SBMM in the new Black Ops Cold War.

Nadeshot has never made it a secret that he, alongside a huge number of Call of Duty players, is anti-SBMM.

Though the sentiment makes sense — pit players of equal skill against one another — in practice, many players aren’t happy with it and want to see it removed or at least tuned down.

Nadeshot clearly falls into that category, and let his opinion be known during a December 1 stream while playing on the latest edition of Nuketown, Nuketown ‘84.

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Black Ops Cold War has been welcomed with mixed reviews, but SBMM has been a major sticking point.

As you can tell immediately from the scoreline alone and the carnage unfolding around him, the match is an intense one, and he wasn’t impressed.

He said: “It’s time to lower the skill-based matchmaking. This is not fun. I know we want the kids that have never played Call of Duty to be in a safe space, but please stop alienating the people that have been playing your game for over a decade.”

That wasn’t all, though, as Haag continued to complain as he struggled to make much of an impact on the game. “This is not an enjoyable experience,” he said. “Especially trying to get the challenges done on these weapons… Everyone’s got a scorestreak because it’s participation and not skill.”

Both the SBMM and scorestreak complaints have been popular ones for Black Ops Cold War players, and the sentiment seems to be echoed from the top down.

Whether Activision or Treyarch make changes to either issue remains to be seen, but we might not see Nadeshot streaming Black Ops Cold War for too much longer at this rate.