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JoshOG’s team wins $20k Warzone Wednesday Week 2 – placements, recap

Published: 2/Apr/2020 2:30 Updated: 2/Apr/2020 2:50

by Albert Petrosyan

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JoshOG and his star-studded Call of Duty squad of HusKerrs and Diegosaurs have claimed the Warzone Wednesday crown ⁠— as well as the $20k top prize ⁠— for the second week in a row, edging out Ninja’s team in KEEMSTAR’s event.

Warzone has experienced massive success since its launch last month. Millions have logged into Call of Duty’s second run at the genre. For the most part, superstars from all across the gaming world have flocked to the BR.

Just as he’s done with other massive battle royales like Fortnite, KEEMSTAR put together a weekly tournament series called Warzone Wednesday, featuring some of the biggest names of gaming content creation.

You can find everything you need to know about Week 2 of Warzone Wednesdays below, including the final results & placements, all of the teams that competed, the overall format, and plenty more:

$20K Warzone Wednesdays tournament recap

For the second week running, JoshOG, HusKerrs, and Diegosaurs have emerged victorious in KEEMSTAR’s Warzone Wednesday tourney. Their 91–76 victory over Ninja’s squad in the final wasn’t secured until the final game though.

After battling through the open bracket, JoshOG’s team topped the table with 221 kills. They were joined in the semifinals by eventual finals rivals Ninja and co, after the runners-up beat NoahJ456, Aydan, and TylerTeeP.

For most of the finals, Ninja’s team seemed to be setting the pace. A disastrous second run saw all three of them wiped out in the Gulag, however, including a heart-stopping loss in the shotgun round for Albralelie. The team ended on just 75 kills. JoshOG’ squad were able to capitalize, marching on to 91 eliminations.

Warzone Wednesday Week 2's finals bracket.
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Warzone Wednesday Week 2’s finals bracket. JoshOG, HusKerrs, and Diegosaurs took the top spot after an 91-75 win in the final.

The tournament was, unfortunately, also plagued with a few controversies ⁠— fourth-placed Vikkstar123, ProSyndicate, and Itz_WarZ were bumped out in the semis after coming face to face with a number of Warzone hackers.

KEEMSTAR jumped on Twitter to address the issue mid-tournament, apologizing that they couldn’t reset the bracket, and demanding Infinity Ward investigate.

“Hackers have taken over Warzone. Unfortunately, we don’t have the manpower to investigate each case when a player is killed by a hacker. So we can’t grant those teams a restart. COD needs to fix this or Warzone will die in a week,” he said.

Despite these issues, the tourney delivered a close final, and sets up JoshOG’s seemingly unstoppable squad for a three-peat if they decide to compete in KEEMSTAR’s event again next week ⁠— can anyone put a stop to their run?

Warzone Wednesdays Week 2 Placements (Top 10)

Place Team Eliminations Prize Money
1st JoshOG, HusKerrs, Diegosaurs 392 $20,000
2nd Ninja, King Richard, TSM Albralelie 273
3rd NoahJ456, Aydan, TylerTeeP 267
4th Vikkstar123, ProSyndicate, Itz_WarsZ 260
5th Nadeshot, Cloakzy, CourageJD 160
6th NickMercs, SypherPK, Crimsix 159
7th Summit1g, Clayster, Emongg 149
8th SwaggerSouls, Goodguyfitz, BasicallyIDoWrk 120
9th Dizzy, Felo, Trainwreckstv 103
10th Symfuhny, Greekgodx, Andy Pyro 94

When was Warzone Wednesday Week 2?

The second running of this competition took place on Wednesday, April 1, kicking off at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET. It lasted a few hours.

It was broadcast live on Keem’s official Twitch channel, which we’ve included below. Additionally, most of the participants streamed their POVs from their own personal channels, some of which we also have provided below if you want to watch back.

Players and Teams

Warzone Wednesday is a 16-team competition featuring some of the biggest gaming content creators, Call of Duty pro players, and even the occasional celebrity.

The list of teams for Week 2 is, once again, stacked and star-studded, led by defending champions JoshOG, HusKerrs, and Diegosaurs, who put a masterclass performance in their Week 1 victory.

  • Team 1 – TeePee, NoahJ456, Aydan
  • Team 2 – SwaggerSouls, Fitz, BasicallyIDoWrk
  • Team 3 – Avalanche, Classify, Froste
  • Team 4 – Nadeshot, Cloakzy, CouRage
  • Team 5 – JoshOG, HusKerrs, Diegosaurs
  • Team 6 – Avxry, TypicalGamer, 72hrs
  • Team 7 – FaZe Adapt, UglyGod, Censor
  • Team 8 – Vikkstar123, ProSyndicate, Itz_WarsZ
  • Team 9 – KingRichard, Ninja, TSM_Albralelie
  • Team 10 – Symfuhny, Greekgodx, Andy Pyro
  • Team 11 – NICKMERCS, Crimsix, SypherPK
  • Team 12 – castro1021, LosPollosTV, bateson87
  • Team 13 – dizzy, felo, trainwreckstv
  • Team 14 – Lupo, Wuskin, Aoki
  • Team 15 – summit1g, clayster, Emongg
  • Team 16 – Zuckles McCreamy NoisyButters

Format and Rules

The format for Week 2 is a bit different from the first week, in that there is no longer a single-elimination bracket. Instead, the 16 teams are all competing against each other at the same time across several rounds.

  • Round 1:
    • Each team will play 5 games.
    • Whatever your best score is out of the 5 games will be placed on a leaderboard.
    • All teams will then we ranked 1-16 and the top 4 teams will advance.
  • (Round 2) Semi-finals:
    • All teams will play 2 games.
    • The total aggregate kills between the 2 games will be your final score for Round 2.
    • Whichever team has more kills in total will advance forward in the brackets.
  • (Round 3) Finals:
    • The final two teams will play 3 games.
    • The total aggregate kills between the 3 games will be your final score for Round 3.
    • The team with the most kills at the end of round 3 will be the winner!

In case there is a tie in the elimination total between the two teams, tie-breakers will be used in the following order:

  • Team with the player who had the highest individual eliminations.
  • If still tied, move on to the second-highest individual eliminations on the team.
  • Compare third-highest individual eliminations from both teams.
  • Team with the most total damage for the overall games played in the match.

There is a $20,000 prize pool for this event, all of which will go to the winning team, so it’s definitely an all-or-nothing type event each week that it comes around!

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Nadeshot calls for major SBMM change in Black Ops Cold War rant

Published: 2/Dec/2020 11:48

by Jacob Hale

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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.