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H3CZ explains why CDL teams should pick up non-CoD players

Published: 28/Nov/2019 13:31 Updated: 28/Nov/2019 13:40

by Jacob Hale


NRG and Chicago Huntsmen co-CEO Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez has explained why he thinks Call of Duty League franchises should pick up players from outside of Call of Duty to fill out their squads in the upcoming season.

H3CZ is heading up the Chicago Huntsmen franchise alongside his co-workers at NRG Esports, with the Call of Duty League starting in January 2020 and 11 other teams joining Chicago in the league.

One feature the league has implemented this season, unlike in others, is a soft salary cap with a luxury tax for going over it. This means teams can only salary their players up to a certain amount (believed to be in the region of $1.5m across the entire team per year) and will be taxed for going over it.

YouTube: OpTic GamingH3CZ joined NRG and created Chicago Huntsmen in October 2019

When asked about the salary cap in an episode of EGL’s Spitfire podcast, H3CZ explained that thanks to his following he has a structure in place that allows him to attract the best players.

He added, though, that new teams to the league might want to take a different approach to sourcing players and utilizing the salary cap.

“If I’m coming into the league and all the popular personalities are taken, I’m going into Halo, Rainbow Six, all these other communities, and trying to convince people to come play for my team.”

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H3CZ then goes on to say that he understands people will hate the idea because you’ve got to take care of your own, but adds that “from a business standpoint, I’m going to create a storyline for myself.”

He cites players like Crimsix and Formal moving over from Halo to Call of Duty, and the unparalleled success they’ve seen since, adding that if he was new to the space he would be going and picking up the TOX Halo players to join the team, multiple-time world champions that previously represented OpTic under H3CZ’s watch.

The idea of using players from other games for narrative purposes is a unique viewpoint that not many would have considered, but makes sense after H3CZ’s explanation. Without the threat of relegation, teams are able to take risks and have eyes on them by default – something Hector is all too familiar with.

H3CZ is a master of storylines in esports, building brands off the back of the content they create and the stories they can tell. He has a level of experience running Call of Duty teams that very few can replicate

It could also be a solid move for players in other esports: a guaranteed minimum salary of $50,000 and a stable place of work is a luxury you can’t take for granted.

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Best Warzone kills against cheaters exploiting the Stim glitch

Published: 18/Jan/2021 5:12

by Theo Salaun


Taking matters into their own hands, some of Call of Duty: Warzone’s bravest players have, quite literally, gone out of their way to punish cheating exploiters who abuse the notorious Stim glitch.

As most Warzone fans have become familiar with by now, there is an unlimited Stim Shot glitch that pops into existence, gets patched out, and then returns every once in a while. The bug allows you to use an infinite amount of Stim Shots, enabling players to remain in the gas indefinitely and secure easy wins while those who play fairly die to the final circles.

Unfortunately, as time passes, more and more exploiters have become aware of the glitch and prone to abusing it. Fortunately, more and more players with competitive integrity have become aware of those exploiters and prone to exacting justice by punishing them.

While few things are more satisfying than a high-kill Warzone victory, one such thing is the cathartic sensation of a cheater being killed and therefore robbed of their illegitimate win. Highlighted by one of Warzone’s very best, Liam ‘Jukeyz’ James, here are the best kills against Stim glitch exploiters.

Unwilling to be denied their 100-kill victory, Jukeyz and his team got set up with self-revives, gas masks, and a UAV to go seek out and eliminate the exploiter in their lobby. Driving directly into the toxic gas, Jukeyz is able to hop out (as his driver is downed by the green cloud) and delete the prone cheater.

And Jukeyz isn’t alone in obliterating these exploiters. Reddit’s ‘thebigeasy31’ decimated the hubris of one such exploiter, who brashly thought they could start Stim glitching earlier in the game with a Most Wanted contact on his head. Instead, bigeasy gave him a bullet to the head.

And last, but certainly not least, Reddit’s ‘Millertime166’ took it upon themself to pull off a one-man vigilante act by seeking out a Stim glitcher on Rebirth Island. Heading into the gas, copping a Gas Mask, and getting into a vehicle, Millertime used their last remaining HP to kill off a silly cheater who was hidden behind a wall.

Wasn’t about to let a stim glitcher steal my squads W from CODWarzone

While the Stim glitch was supposed to have been removed during the January 13 patch, some believe it persists, albeit in a more limited fashion. Nevertheless, most expect it could possibly make a return at some point.

If it does come back, these players prove that the game’s developers are not the only ones who can counteract cheaters. Like those who killed off exploiters who were abusing the Promenade truck glitch, Verdansk’s finest have begun carrying out their own brand of justice.