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Lightning Pandas sign powerhouse EU team for CWL Vegas, confirming previous leaks

Published: 30/Nov/2018 22:48 Updated: 30/Nov/2018 22:49

by Albert Petrosyan


The Lightning Pandas esports organization have officially revealed their Call of Duty pro team heading into the $250,000 CWL Vegas tournament.

The org decided to go the EU route for their new CoD team, signing a roster that features English players Dylan ‘MadCat’ Daly, Alex ‘Alexx’ Carpenter, Adam ‘Peatie’ Peatie, and Joshua-Lee ‘Joshh’ Sheppard, as well as Welshman Dave ‘Dqvee’ Davies. 

The announcement was made on November 30 via a post on the Lightning Pandas’ official Twitter page, just a week before CWL Vegas is scheduled to kick off.

Included in the announcement is a video highlighting the players’ best moments from the previous WWII season, during which MadCat and Joshh were teammates under Splyce for the latter half of the campaign.

This announcement has not caught many people by surprise since the CoD World League had accidentally leaked the news several days prior.

The official schedule for CWL Vegas, released on November 27, listed Lightning Pandas in Group C instead of MadCat and co, who at the time had not yet announced their deal with LP. 

Almost immediately, Joshh publicly denied that there had been an arrangement brokered between the players and the org, but many speculated that he was just covering up for the CWL’s blunder.

Regardless, the news is now official, and the squad will be going into the first major tournament of the season as members of Lightning Pandas.

Thanks to their collective total Pro Points from the WWII season, the team has secured a spot in Pool Play, grouped with FaZe Clan and Team Envy in Pool C, along with the teams from the play-in tournament and the Open Bracket respectively. 

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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.