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How to watch Hitch’s Black Ops 4 throwback tournament: bracket, streams

Published: 21/Sep/2020 11:22 Updated: 21/Sep/2020 17:17

by Jacob Hale

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NRG content creator Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards and his Team Summertime crew have thrown together a massive throwback Black Ops 4 tournament among some of the biggest pro players in Call of Duty.

During the offseason of the Call of Duty League, and in prior seasons, TST have put together a number of tournaments held on past Call of Duty titles, allowing players and fans to relive a little nostalgia prior to the launch of the next title.

Now, a $5,000 Black Ops 4 throwback tournament is fast approaching to celebrate the impending launch of Black Ops Cold War.

Here’s everything you need to know about the tournament, including who’s playing and how you can tune in to the streams.

TST Black Ops 4 throwback tournament
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The throwback tournament features some of the biggest names in Call of Duty.

Start date and time

The Black Ops 4 throwback officially kicks off on Monday, September 21, with 15 invited teams of pros and content creators plus one qualified team in attendance.

Matches start at 3pm EST (12pm PST / 8pm BST), starting with the first round of Winners Bracket matchups, and is expected to last throughout the entire evening as 16 teams fight through the double-elimination bracket.

Streams

As with other tournaments of this nature, many of the competitors will likely be streaming their own perspective of their matches, and you can scroll down to find out who’s playing and see which player you’d like to watch if so.

That said, you can watch the official broadcast on Checkmate Gaming’s official Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded below so you can easily check out the action.

Players and teams involved

As mentioned previously, there are 15 teams of pros and content creators as well as one qualified team.

Here are the teams for the Black Ops 4 throwback tournament:

Team 1 Arcitys Simp Abezy Prestinni
Team 2 Scump Envoy Maux Maniak
Team 3 Kenny Octane Mental Enable
Team 4 bloo scummn celyxo fusedawg
Team 5 Kismet General Royalty Gunless
Team 6 Parasite Estreal Flamez Lurid
Team 7 Teddyrecks ramby standy Pentagrxm
Team 8 Assault Silly Vivid Exceed
Team 9 Xotic Brack Proto Parzelion
Team 10 Johnny Nelson Twizz TCM
Team 11 Illey Huke Cellium Dashy
Team 12 Temp Slacked Saints TJHaly
Team 13 pamaj impulse winivity koennunez
Team 14 precision1005 lava vxhns rebornz
Team 15 Dylan Alexx Seany Zach
Qualified Team 1 proxifyeds 7buugly 9ceretec jetpacker

Be sure to tune in to catch the action at 12pm PST / 3pm EST / 8pm BST on Monday, September 21, to get that nostalgic kick and see how the pro players are looking now the Modern Warfare CDL season is over. Who knows: it might give us a hint at who to look out for in the upcoming Black Ops Cold War season.

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Scump says “a lot could go wrong” with CDL switching to PC next season

Published: 21/Oct/2020 0:06

by Albert Petrosyan

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With the Call of Duty League switching from console to PC for the 2021 season, at least at the professional level, Chicago Huntsmen’s legendary CoD pro Seth ‘Scump’ Abner has detailed some of the potential issues that could arise.

The Call of Duty League’s switch from console to PC was inevitable, but that doesn’t mean the transition will be without its faults; one major concern, of course, has been hacking. Maybe not in the competitive scene, but the growing presence of PC in CoD this year (with the addition of cross-play and Warzone) has exposed Activision’s inability to handle the issue on a large scale.

Add in the fact that the CDL’s Challengers circuit and in-game ranked mode(s), for example, will support both console & PC, and suddenly the concern is heightened. And while it’s unlikely that anyone in the pro ranks would cheat, if the 2021 season starts out online, there’s a chance that, at the very least, accusations could start flying around.

Scump was asked about this switch during one of his recent streams and, uncoincidentally, hacking was the first thing he brought up: “The one thing that could go wrong – if there’s hackers, any kind of competitive playlist is chalked. That’s definitely something to worry about.”

“That is going to be very annoying if hackers just run rampant in all the ranked playlists,” he went on. “If there are hackers, it’s chalked. There’s supposed to be anti-cheat in the works? Hopefully, they do a good job with it and hopefully, everything is good.”

The veteran also brought up the potential situations where the gaming rigs experience issues during competitions: “‘PC crash during a tournament is bound to happen,’ more than likely, yeah. There’s a lot of things that could go wrong, definitely a LOT of things that could go wrong.”

There was one positive bit of news that Scump revealed during this discussion: the CDL is working on adding a ‘pause feature’ that would allow them to stop and start matches if need be.

The lack of such a feature really became apparent during the 2020 campaign, especially the CDL Playoffs, when teams like OpTic Gaming LA and London Royal Ravens had players booted offline mid-match.

As a result, since the disconnections occurred too late into the respective Hardpoint games, both teams had to play the round a man down, 4v5, which inevitably led them to lose.

Needless to say, had a pause feature existed, the whole situation could have been avoided. Instead, the CDL was forced to stream all matches with a massive delay so that viewers with ill-intentions couldn’t hit anyone offline.

CDL Hardpoint restart rules
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Without a pause feature, the CDL installed these unpopular rules for if/when Hardpoint matches needed to be restarted.

Ultimately, the Call of Duty League’s switch to PC is a “step in the right direction,” as Scump remarked, but there are definitely potential problems that could stem from the transition. We’ll just have to wait and see.

For more information about the upcoming campaign, make sure to visit our CDL 2021 season hub.