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How Evil Geniuses Won the 2018 CWL Championship

Published: 4/Sep/2018 13:59 Updated: 4/Sep/2018 14:14

by Ross Deason


If you’ve been living under a rock since August, you might not be aware that the Evil Geniuses Call of Duty players shocked the world to take the 2018 Call of Duty World League Championship. In the video above, you can find out exactly how it happened.

The EG story caught the eyes of many as they looked to bounce back from the bitter disappointment of missing the CWL Pro League Stage 2 Finals to take home the trophy at the biggest tournament of the year.

They didn’t have things all go their own way in Columbus; they were quite literally one map away from elimination in the group stage and had to beat the always dangerous OpTic Gaming 3-0 just to keep their tournament hopes alive.

However, in one of the best underdog stories in the history of competitive Call of Duty, Patrick ‘ACHES’ Price, Adam ‘Assault’ Garcia, Justin ‘SiLLY’ Fargo-Palmer and Bryan ‘Apathy’ Zhelyazkov managed to do everything that was needed of them and eventually went on to win the $1.5 million tournament.

It took everything that the players had in the tank, and two best-of-five series, to defeat Team Kaliber, who had won the CWL Pro League just weeks before, but EG eventually prevailed.

Assault, who had never won a major event before, was named the MVP of the tournament for his dominant display throughout, and SiLLY was widely regarded as one of the most improved players by the time the Grand Final rolled round.

Apathy and ACHES both claimed their second world championships after one of the most difficult seasons of their careers that saw even some of their biggest fans lose faith in them.

For ACHES, the championship also marked the end of a drought that dated back to 2014 and could well be a sign that the king of Call of Duty trash talk is here to stay and ready to take over once more.

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NICKMERCS rates the best Warzone players from to Scump to HusKerrs

Published: 24/Oct/2020 1:06

by Theo Salaun


Tasked with drafting a team for a Call of Duty: Warzone tournament, NICKMERCS went through some of the game’s biggest names, ranking them while determining who he would most want to duo with.

To start Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards’ $10,000 “Cracked Creators” Warzone tournament, 16 creators were tasked with drafting their duo from 16 “cracked” streamers.

As one of the creators allowed to select their tandem, NICKMERCS sifted through 16 of the game’s best to determine who he would prefer to play with.

Ultimately, the FaZe streamer ended up putting his decision to a poll among his fans. But, before doing so, he originally went through all 16 and gave thoughts on how each of them ranks. And the options were varied, but all shared one thing in common: talent.

With professional Call of Duty League players like Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper and Seth ‘Scump’ Abner available, as well as Warzone streamers like Aydan and HusKerrs, the candidates were excellent. Still, NICKMERCS sifted through and broke down who he truly believes ranks as the battle royale’s best.

Segment begins at 00:20:45.

NICKMERCS starts by going through the list and just expressing what an absolute struggle it will be to pick from such a talented crop of peers: “Oh, it’s going to be so hard to pick man … No matter what, everybody that I would pick from is cracked.” But, after going through and complimenting practically everybody, he starts the process of elimination.

Since Nick chooses second after DrDisrespect, he immediately eliminates Zlaner as Doc’s likely first pick. Then, he eliminates JoeWo with two simple reasons: “I’ve never played with him and every time I play against him, I beat that little ass.”

Then, BobbyPoff is gone: “BobbyPoff, I love the guy, but take him off the list.” And the “Scarf Lord” is followed quickly by the Chicago Huntsmen’s FormaL and Scump: “Love ‘em, love ‘em. But I feel like there’s better BR players.” After that, things start getting complicated.

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The list of “cracked” players in Hitch’s Cracked Creators Warzone tournament.

Similar to Zlaner, Nick decides to sacrifice Merk so that he can play with his longtime duo, Maven. Then, recognizing that all of these remaining players are absolute menaces on Verdansk, he goes with two simple metrics to determine his personal preference. He immediately prioritizes controller players and the highest earners in Warzone tournaments.

That eliminates stars like HusKerrs and Symfuhny for their mouse and keyboard usage, while also eliminating Crowder and DougIsRaw for their low earnings. Finally, he eliminates Jukeyz because of his struggles understanding the UK maestro’s accent and decides to put the decision to a poll.


Ultimately, it’s between Aydan and Tommey, with Cloakzy popping on to let NICKMERCS know that Aydan’s been playing some Fortnite recently. That leaves the FaZe star choosing Tommey, noting that “he’s got great communication, phenomenal player, guaranteed to get some chopper kills off rip.”

Despite going through full rankings for his options and landing upon an excellent duo, the decision-making process proved to be futile. NICKMERCS and Tommey could only end in the Top 12 for the tournament, while the easily dismissed BobbyPoff actually came in first place.