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GGEA Announce Major Roster Update Regarding Call of Duty ‘Orange’ Team Ahead of CWL Anaheim

Published: 25/May/2018 21:02 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:59

by Calum Patterson

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GGEA (GG Esports Academy) have released their longest standing Call of Duty roster, following the squad narrowly missing out on the CWL Pro League Stage Two.

Operating under the Infinite Esports umbrella, who also operate OpTic Gaming, GGEA initially recruited two Call of Duty rosters early in the 2018 CWL season – ‘Blue’ and ‘Orange’, and later a ‘Purple’ team.

According to Bryan Yale, who lead the GGEA project, it was considered an ‘esports development’ programme, aiming to “develop amateur talent that will eventually feed into the major tournaments.”

And the GGEA Orange roster was the closest they came to realizing this vision, needing only one more match win against Australian side Tainted Minds to qualify for Stage Two of the CWL Pro League.

But the team were defeated in this deciding match, in a heartbreaking reverse sweep fashion no less, and ultimately missed out on Stage Two by the narrowest margin.

The team initially looked as though it would remain with GGEA, despite the Blue and Purple teams having already been released, and original member Austin “Believe” Smith was dropped from the Orange squad.

The remaining members, Dakota “Nova” Williams, Mehran “Mayhem” Anjomshoa and Tristan “Spoof” Green, played out the May 19th CWL 2K tournament with Tanner “Mosh” Clark, but finished top 16.

The core four players, including Believe, had previously teamed since early 2017, and have qualified for pool play from the open bracket at open events on numerous occasions.

But they were unable to overcome the final hurdle to break into the professional scene, and missing out on the Pro League in such a fashion was undoubtedly a hard pill to swallow for each of them.

GGEA Orange beat Pro League team eUnited to win the 2018 Canadian Championship Series

Individually and as a roster the players are obviously talented and can certainly be optimistic for the upcoming final events of the 2018 CoD: WWII season, especially with potential qualification for the World Championship on the horizon.

However, whether the core roster decides to stick or twist remains to be seen, and having these players disperse between different teams would shake up the amateur scene quite significantly.

As for GGEA and their next move in Call of Duty esports, it is likely they will step back at least until the new season, with the release of Black Ops 4 in October.

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Dr Disrespect explodes after stream snipers ruin charity Warzone event

Published: 22/Oct/2020 5:04

by Brad Norton

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Dr Disrespect was all set and ready to go in Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards’ $10,000 ‘Cracked Creators’ Warzone event, though his run was cut short due to pesky stream snipers that ruined his day.

The latest Warzone event threw elite players and content creators into Verdansk with a unique twist. Rather than forming their own teams, streamers had to pick their Duo from a list of “cracked” players.

From Seth ‘Scump’ Abner to Mason ‘Symfuhny’ Lanier, all of the biggest names were lined up to compete for a good cause. For most of them, the event went smoothly as they squared off with others in Warzone. For Dr Disrespect and his chosen partner ZLaner, things didn’t get off to a good start.

“It’s phony desperation everywhere,” Doc said in his very first round of action.

The pair ran into alleged stream snipers in the very first round, and after the Two-Time was executed out of nowhere he declared, “I’m never playing in another Warzone tournament without a delay, ever.”

Unfortunately for them, things didn’t improve over the next few rounds. Doc and ZLaner were unable to close out a single map win throughout their run in the event. They dropped two maps against Joseph ‘Merk’  DeLuca & Clint ‘Maven’ Evans before falling out of the lower bracket to Trevor May and Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper.

“That is it for me today stream,” Doc said the moment their final tournament map came to an end. “I am literally losing brain cells.”

Opposing players had tracked down their location in every map just to be the ones to steal the moment. For the next event, Dr Disrespect assured that the duo will “throw the delay on” to prevent any more stream sniping shenanigans.

“After the first game I checked out,” he admitted.

“The tournament completely took me out of it. Lesson learned. I didn’t think it was gonna be that big of an issue… but it’s a horrifically large issue.”

It didn’t take long before Doc took aim at stream snipers on social media as well. He followed up with a hilariously scathing tweet to put them in their place, listing off insult after insult as only he could.

“Nothin like being stream sniped by a bunch of blonde banged, chubby-cheeked, inward kneed, desperation for attention, purple brace face, unathletic, D- grades, Cheeto bags constantly emptied wannabe gamers… during a charity tournament,” he posted during the Oct. 21 event’s run-time.

Dr Disrespect and ZLaner weren’t the only ones impacted by the problem during the event. Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop also vented his frustrations, after losing every map he played in the Warzone competition as well.

“I’m officially retiring from Warzone tournaments,” he declared on Twitter.

Some Duos were able to have far more luck throughout the day, however. You can catch up on all of the final event results from Hitch’s “Cracked Creators” Warzone tournament in our official coverage hub here.