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How OpTic Gaming’s Scump became the king of Call of Duty esports

Published: 19/Feb/2019 4:12 Updated: 19/Feb/2019 7:33

by Albert Petrosyan

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When building the Mount Rushmore of Call of Duty esports, it would be hard to argue against OpTic Gaming superstar Seth ‘Scump’ Abner being included as one one of the icons.

While there have been numerous standouts in CoD esports history, few have managed to consistently maintain a high level of skill and production for as long as Scump has.

Even fewer have managed to extend their brand well beyond the scope of the esport, just as he’s has managed to establish himself as one of the truly premier members of the online gaming community as a whole. 

Where did it all start for Scump? How was he able to turn a passion for gaming into a successful career and a legacy that has already been cemented as one of the best ever?

It all started in the Black Ops season in 2010, which was Scump’s first as a competitive player. After bouncing around teams such as Team FeaR and Team Obey, he was able to find a temporary home with Quantic LeveraGe, winning his first championship at MLG Dallas followed by another first place finish at MLG Anaheim.

Scumps first CoD championship came as a member of Quantic LeveraGe in 2011.

Scump’s talent level did not go unnoticed, and he was picked up by OpTic Gaming early into the Modern Warfare 3 season in 2011, forging a partnership that will forever be engraved in CoD history books. 

After a strong start with Optic, the waters got a bit rough between Scump and his teammates, leading him to part ways with the Green Wall for Team EnVy during the Ghosts season. 

However, his return to OpTic just two weeks later sparked a resurgence in the squad that ultimately led them to win a gold medal at that season’s MLG X Games Invitational.

Red BullAfter returning from his two-week spell with EnVy, Scump and his OpTic team won gold medals at the MLG X Games Invitational.

Towards the end of the Advanced Warfare season, OpTic acquired then-2x world champion Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow to put the finishing touches on their dynasty roster.

With Scump, Karma, Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper, and Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter operating together like a well oiled machine, the Green Wall was able to exert its dominance throughout the Black Ops 3 and Infinity Warfare seasons.

Their legacy as a group was truly solidified as arguably the best ever when OpTic placed first at the 2017 CWL Championships, with Scump finally earning his first ring after years of it slipping through his fingers.

2G GamerzScump won his first and only ring at the 2017 CWL Championship, the final tournament he’d win with the dynasty roster.

The toughest spell of Scump’s career came during the WWII season, as it was his first ever competitive campaign in which he failed to win a single championship.

Scump has been the first to admit that he played poorly during the season, and their lack of success led to many rumblings of the King possibly retiring.

Although he’s admitted to giving the option of retirement some thought, Scump ultimately decided not to lay down the sticks, and it’s proved to be the right decision thus far as his new-look squad has been the team to beat so far during the Black Ops 4 season. 

After a tough WWII season, Scump and OpTic have bounced back with a bang, winning CWL Vegas, the only event so far of the Black Ops 4 season

This breakdown of Scump’s career simply doesn’t do it enough justice, because there is a lot more to his journey than just simply winning trophies.

Take a trip down the memory lane of Scump’s career in the video below, and experience for yourself how and why he’s the King of CoD esports.

Is Scump the greatest player in Call of Duty esports, and will there ever be anyone that can match what he’s been able to do all these years? Tweet us @DexertoINTEL and let us know what you think!

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CoD Mobile Season 1 New Order early patch notes: Weapons, new map, release date, more

Published: 22/Jan/2021 13:50

by Connor Bennett

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Call of Duty Mobile is gearing up for the start of Season 1: New Order, which will launch in the last week of January. So, here’s what we know so far in terms of patch notes. 

Even though CoD Mobile has plenty of content in it already, the devs have been rolling out regular updates since launch to keep things fresh. 

These updates are, largely, big new season patches that bring a new theme to the game as well as new characters, new maps, and of course, new equipment like weapons and perks. 

With the first update of 2021, the devs are resetting the counter, so it won’t be Season 14 or Season 15 moving forward. Instead, we’re getting Season 1: New Order, and there are a few flashbacks coming. So, here’s what you need to know. 

COD Mobile characters in the battle royale mode
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CoD Mobile takes some of the best parts of previous games and puts them under one umbrella.

CoD Mobile New Order season 14 release date & time

In terms of when the update will be going live, the devs haven’t yet confirmed a date or time, at the time of writing. They’re still dropping clues.

In their January 21 community update, though, they said that the new season will be starting in the last week of the month, with Tuesday, January 26 being used as a date for things potentially kicking off.

Now, that’s not confirmed as we’ve already mentioned, but that day would make sense. It’s also the conclusion of the previous season’s farewell event, so things could easily roll out. We’ll just have to wait and see.

New weapons – FAMAS & SKS

As for new weapons, again, they’re still being cryptic, but it doesn’t take a mastermind to figure out what is being teased.

Two weapons are coming – one resembling, and sounding a lot like the FAMAS from previous CoD titles. There is also another that looks like the SKS that has featured in Modern Warfare and Black Ops releases.

As familiar as they are to longtime CoD fans, these weapons may have their names changed in CoD Mobile. The devs like to have their spin on things, after all.

New map for CoD Mobile 2021 Season 1 – Rebirth

In terms of a new map, again, that’s been teased by the devs. However, if you’re new to CoD Mobile, you might not instantly know what is being teased.

The teaser does bear a resemblance to Picadilly from Modern Warfare, and some fans suggested that it might be something new altogether. However, the answer is a little simpler than that.

The new map for Season 1: New Order will actually be Rebirth, the map from the Season 13 test server. How do we know? Well, there’s a big Christmas tree in the middle of the teaser that lines up what we’ve seen from Rebirth. 

Who is the new character in CoD Mobile Season 1 New Order?

For those fans who like to get a new character at the start of the new season, that tradition should continue here, even with the change to Season 1.

Who will be, though? Well, the devs have teased it being Raul Menendez – who should be a familiar face to Black Ops fans. Though, it hasn’t been confirmed just yet. So, we’ll have to wait and see. 

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The CoD Mobile devs have teased Menendez for the new season.

As for bug fixes, weapon nerfs, and buffs, they haven’t been revealed by the devs just yet and should filter out just prior to the start of the new season.

Once they’re here, and we’ve got more confirmed information about Season 1: New Order, we’ll update this post so you won’t miss anything.