JKap and ACHES hit back at "cheap shot" from Modern Warfare dev - Dexerto
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JKap and ACHES hit back at “cheap shot” from Modern Warfare dev

Published: 21/Nov/2019 13:04 Updated: 21/Nov/2019 13:11

by Calum Patterson

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A handful of professional Call of Duty players have locked horns with Modern Warfare multiplayer designer David Mickner, as tensions rise over bug fixes and issues with the game.

Since launch on October 25, Modern Warfare has had mixed responses from both the casual and competitive communities.

Professional players, such as Jordan ‘JKap’ Kaplan and Chris ‘Parasite’ Duarte, have been vocal about their grievances with the game and perceived lack of attention to competitive issues.

On November 20, players and a developer engaged in a public debate on the issue of bug fixes, and lack of communication between the pro community and Infinity Ward.

Infinity WardPro players have raised concerns over Modern Warfare issues affecting competitive, especially in S&D.

Mickner, who was also one of the lead multiplayer designers for 2016’s Infinite Warfare, directly called out pro players for not notifying him of a bug through the “official channels”.

He stated: “[Dead Silence] had this bug, that no one told us about (Pros have OFFICIAL channels to us and we were never informed). I fixed this in less than 5 minutes once I was aware.”

This quickly drew a response from the pro community, as LA Guerrillas captain Patrick ‘ACHES’ Price claimed that this supposed ‘official’ channel was not at all effective.

Parasite appeared to agree, responding that this is the reason he simply posts the issues publicly on Twitter and mentions developers and the community manager, in the hopes of getting their attention.

JKap also responded to Mickner’s claim that pro players had failed to inform the dev team of the issue, explaining that not only had he never seen the bug, but that other issues reported had gone ignored.

He also accused Mickner of being “misleading” by blaming pro players for a lack of communication, explaining that issues raised before the game was even released have still not been addressed.

Mickner responded, explaining that general feedback is not the same as highlighting bugs.

JKap continued, however, arguing that there was no need to call out pro players in regards to the dead silence bug, as they have more pressing concerns, such as spawn logic.

When Mickner suggested that they attempt to resolve the dispute and ‘move forward without yelling at each other’, Kaplan said that the “cheap shot” at the pros was “lame.”

Following the exchange, the developer Tweeted that the team “wants what’s best for our game and this community”, even if they don’t always see “eye to eye.”

Most concerning for professional players though will be the start of the Call of Duty League, which is creeping closer to its first event weekend on January 24.

With various issues still unresolved, including some potentially game-breaking bugs in Search and Destroy, there are concerns competition could be affected.

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CDL pros concerned after several Challengers players appear to be hacking

Published: 5/Dec/2020 23:46 Updated: 6/Dec/2020 0:44

by Albert Petrosyan

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Videos have surfaced showing amateur CoD players potentially cheating during the CDL’s first Challengers Cup tournament of the season, and now several Call of Duty League pros have expressed worry about the state of the competitive scene.

When the Call of Duty League first announced that PC would be used for competitive play in the upcoming season, many immediately showed concern about the potential emergence of hacking issues – maybe not at the pro level but certainly in the Challengers amateur circuit.

Now, they might actually have something to worry about, as several clips from the season’s first Challengers Cup have popped up on social media showing some players performing very suspiciously.

Of course, while no one’s technically been proven to be cheating, the community isn’t waiting for the court to be adjourned; Call of Duty has always been played a certain way, and when some previously-unknown players begin to distinguish themselves as outliers suddenly after using a PC is an option, everyone takes notice.

“LMAO Online PC s**t is a joke with no anti-cheat,” New York Subliners star, Clayster, said in response to the clips above. “Apparently this dude dropped 71 kills in control too, ahahahaha.”

“Boy dropped 71, 19 kills from winning three rounds by HIMSELF,” said former Seattle Surge starter, Pandur. “Y’all thought last year was bad, we in the PC realm now boys. Can’t trust nobody.”

Surge head coach JoeyNubzy also chipped in with a similar sentiment: “Useless admins and blatant cheating – we have to do better to help the Challengers scene thrive and keep players around.”

Here are some more reactions to potential hackers in the Challengers Cup, as clips are spreading around social media like wildfire after many top-name players started sharing them for awareness.

What can be done about this?

Challengers is meant to be a pipeline for future pro-level players while also giving everyone else an official platform to compete for prize money and recognition. Needless to say, something definitely has to be done about this before the competitive integrity of the amateur division is compromised beyond repair.

While it’s unlikely for the league to revert its decision allowing Challengers players to use either PC or console, they could require all those playing on PC to stream their POV, which is currently not the case.

Not counting the first Challengers Cup, which is still currently ongoing, there are three more such tournaments scheduled up to mid-January, all of which could definitely lose their validity if hacking & cheating continue to be a major issue.

As always, we will continue to bring you the latest on this topic as things develop, so make sure to follow us on Twitter, @Dexertointel, for all the latest news, updates, and more.