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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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“Broken” reticles you should avoid using in Black Ops Cold War

Published: 5/Dec/2020 17:50

by Julian Young


Since the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, players have been grinding to unlock their favorite weapons, skins, and customization options. Unlocking the best reticles for each gun is important, and a video by YouTuber ‘JGOD’ has exposed some huge issues with the game’s current reticle choices.

Since the game’s release on November 13, Black Ops Cold War players have been furiously grinding to unlock additional weapons and customization options in both Multiplayer and Zombies.

Some of the most important items for players to unlock are the various gun reticles across the two main game modes. Players want to make sure they are using the best reticle to help them stay on-target during the action.

In a video posted to his YouTube channel, content creator ‘JGOD’ has criticized the current offering of reticles in Cold War, along with confirming which are the best options with what’s available.

Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Loadout Screen
Activision / Treyarch
Reticles are just one of the many customization options available to players in Cold War.

Broken reticles in Cold War

In the video, JGOD takes a deep dive into the issues with the reticles available in Multiplayer and Zombies. He breaks down exactly what is wrong with each of the reticles for the 1.25x and 1.37x scopes, which are some of the most popular options in Cold War.

JGOD starts off on Cartel with some basic red dot/triangle options for each scope, showing how they can be seen easily when looking at textures like walls. However, as soon as he moves his reticle up into the air, the red crosshairs completely disappear.

“Where did that red reticle go?” he asks while looking around. The YouTuber continues by showing how some reticles – even yellow and green options – are invisible when looking at other textures around the map. He seems shocked, saying: “I’ve never, ever, ever, ever had this issue in any other Call of Duty.”

The video continues with a breakdown of each reticle’s in-game appearance compared to their image in Cold War’s loadout menu. JGOD shows that almost every red, yellow, or green reticle is affected by different visual issues, and players should avoid those options until the problems are addressed.

Best reticle options for Black Ops Cold War

With all the issues JGOD pointed out in his video, players might be wondering what reticles are still worth using. Luckily, there are still a few good options available.

Similar to Modern Warfare, the blue reticle options appear to be the best choice for Cold War players at the moment. JGOD confirms that, saying: “When it comes to the reticles . . . you wanna pretty much go with the blue ones.” He winds down his video by saying he is “just bringing awareness to this type of issue, so that if the devs were unaware of how broken this is, they can get on it.”

While Treyarch has confirmed they are working on other reticles issues – like certain reticles appearing upside down – they have not addressed the concerns surrounding reticle visibility at the time of writing.