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Joe ‘MerK’ DeLuca Gives his Thoughts on the Scump Retirement Talk

Published: 30/Jul/2018 20:13 Updated: 30/Jul/2018 20:20

by Vincent Genova


Call of Duty caster and former pro Joe ‘MerK’ DeLuca has weighed in on the future of OpTic Gaming’s Seth ‘Scump’ Abner during an interview with Dexerto.

OpTic Gaming failed to meet their lofty standards at yet another major event after crashing out at the CWL Stage 2 Playoffs, leading some to speculate the Scump will not be competing much longer.

Scump even took personal responsibility for OpTic’s performance and looked distraught after the matches.

However, MerK is not ready for the end of Scump’s legendary career.

Do I think he is coming to the end of his career potentially? I hope not.

He gave some of the reasons why he thinks Scump is slowing down and they are not related to a declining skill or talent.

I think it’s just one of those things where, maybe [Scump] doesn’t have as much love for the game as some of the up and coming guys. It is a very tough job, you have to play 5 to 8 hours a day and a lot of those guys get burnt out.

Scump and former teammate Formal had their dedication to Call of Duty questioned during the OpTic Gaming roster shake up, leading to the break up of one of the most successful teams of all time.

Rumors circulated that OpTic was not practicing enough due to everything from personality clashes to bad internet to not liking the game.

Scump was able to fight through the potential CoD fatigue and stay on for the new OpTic roster, MerK thinks his love of competition outweighed any negatives he had with the game.

He even offered advice to the rattled Scump following the self-deprecating tweets.

What would I say to him/ I’d say don’t worry about it. What is this your first time in how many years where you can personally say ‘I costed my team?’… For him to have a performance like this is rare… I think he’ll be fine [for the Call of Duty Championship].

Few are more qualified than MerK to give advice to a CoD star approaching the end of competing, much like Scump, he is a former Champion with OpTic Gaming who had to deal with burnout at the end of his career.

Merk was asked about what went into his decision to retire from competing in 2016.

For me personally, my circle of players was gone. Rambo was gone, Big T was gone, JKap was off winning. The guys you rely on to have your back and put you back on a team, they were gone for me.

If Scump was to get dropped – I don’t think he will… I highly doubt it – but he would have plenty of people to pick him back up and get him on a top team.

The Call of Duty Championships take place on August 15-19 for the final CoD: WW2 event of the year. Scump’s future may depend on his Champs placing and how he feels about the next title, Black Ops 4.

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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.

Cracked Creators Warzone
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.