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Longtime CoD pro Tommey explains why he’s stepping away from competing

Published: 18/May/2019 1:15 Updated: 18/May/2019 1:17

by Albert Petrosyan

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Longtime professional Call of Duty player Thomas ‘Tommey’ Trewren has announced that he will be stepping away from competing, for the time being.

Having started competing all the way back in 2009, Tommey has been one of the longest active competitive CoD players in the pro scene, earning a reputation of being a consummate professional.

Unfortunately, the veteran player announced on May 17 that he will be “taking a break” from competing, citing mental struggles as the main reason why.

“Some of you may have noticed it more recently, but I’ve been struggling mentally for a while,” he stated. “I won’t go on for too long, but I just wanted to let you all know I’m going to be taking a break from competing, to give myself some time.”

Tommey, of course, currently plays for Team Reciprocity in the CWL Pro League, and his spot will be taken by substitute Denholm ‘Denz’ Taylor.

TEAM RECIPROCITY’S NEW PRO LEAGUE ROSTER

  • Bradley ‘wuskin’ Marshall
  • Zach ‘Zed’ Denyer
  • Sean ‘Seany’ O’Connor
  • Dylan ‘Dylan’ Henderson
  • Denholm ‘Denz’ Taylor
  • Thomas ‘Tommey’ Trewren (substitute)
Team Reciprocity - TwitterDenz, who became Team Rec’s sub after the addition of Dylan, will be rejoining the starting lineup in place of Tommey.

In his post, Tommey revealed that he’s always had struggles mentally, but things got to the point where could not continue competing in that state, regardless of the game. 

“I always have in general but in more recent weeks it’s the worst it’s been,” he revealed. “I can’t put it into words exactly how it feels or what it is, but it’s horrible. It’s nothing to do with the game, it’s life overall and how I see myself, I guess?”

He did make it clear that his decision to step away from the game was not a permanent one, but also admitted that it could end up marking the end of his professional career.

“I fully understand that this may end up being the end for me playing,” he said. “I hope it’s not and I hope to be back sometime soon but it’s just not fair on my team to just push it aside and continue any longer.”


Team Reciprocity - YouTubeTommey joined Team Rec in October 2018, after having played for the likes of Splyce and Team Vitality the season prior.

The entirety of Tommey’s May 17 post is available below:

I don’t know how to say this but…

This is going to be extremely hard to write.

Some of you may have noticed it more recently but I’ve been struggling mentally for a while, I always have in general but in more recent weeks it’s the worst it’s been. I can’t put it into words exactly how it feels or what it is, but it’s horrible. It’s nothing to do with the game, it’s life overall and how I see myself I guess? I won’t go on for too long but I just wanted to let you all know I’m going to be taking a break from competing to give myself some time. I fully understand that this may end up being the end for me playing, I hope it’s not and I hope to be back sometime soon but it’s just not fair on my team to just push it aside and continue any longer. 

I’ve been doing this every day pretty much since 2009 and I’ve loved every minute of it, I’ve had some of the best times of my life doing it and I know it just doesn’t make sense that I’m still not there mentally even though I would have chosen this path every single time. I’m sorry to my team and all those that have supported us, I’ll try my best to make it back. 

As of today, Denz will take my spot in the starting line-up and finish out next weeks games. I’m going to try and stay off of social media for a while, so if any of you would like to get in touch just reach out for my number.

What happens next?

Tommey’s decision to step down comes during a very busy time for Team Reciprocity, who currently sit sixth in Division A of the CWL Pro League, with a record of 5-9.

Unless the promotion of Denz helps improve their form, Rec may end up making some roster moves in the upcoming roster change window, which will be the last one before the end of the Pro League. 

As for Tommey, Rec could end up dropping him from the team completely during the window, which would then raise serious questions on whether he will compete again this season, should he decide to come back.

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Best League Play loadouts in Black Ops Cold War

Published: 20/Jan/2021 13:46

by Jacob Hale

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League Play is right around the corner in Black Ops Cold War, and with CDL competition preparing to heat up, these loadouts will help you in your attempt to keep pace with the pros.

It feels like competitive players have been waiting forever for a ranked system to arrive in Black Ops Cold War, and it has finally been confirmed that League Play will be coming prior to the end of Season 1, which is due to finish on or around February 24.

While the pros and devs are still working together to make sure the ruleset is perfected by the time the league rolls around, we’ve got a pretty clear idea of the main weapons pros are using to maximize their slaying abilities in competitive play.

With options for every type of player, including the main AR and SMG loadouts, here’s what you should be practicing with to get ahead of the game.

AK74u League Play loadout

ak74u on wall black ops cold war
Activision
The AK74u is the best-in-class SMG.
  • Muzzle: Muzzle Brake 5.45
  • Barrel: 9.3” Extended
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Speedgrip
  • Stock: KGB Skeletal Stock
  • Handle: GRU Elastic Wrap

The AK74u is probably already a weapon you’re familiar with if you’ve been grinding Black Ops Cold War, as the leading weapon in the SMG class.

This loadout, straight from OpTic Chicago’s Envoy, will always keep you ready to take on a fight, maximizing speed while refusing to sacrifice accuracy, which is going to be incredibly important when breaking hills and in sudden gunfights.

Krig 6 League Play loadout

bocw krig 6
Activision
The Krig 6 has become the main assault rifle in pro play.
  • Optic: Millstop Reflex
  • Barrel: 19.7″ Ranger
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: Raider Pad

The Krig 6 is going to become your best friend if you’re a main AR player, able to mow down enemies over longer distances and keep objectives clear for your teammates to push in and win games.

The optic on this is optional, but most will run the Millstop Reflex or Microflex LED, and we would advise finding which of these is your preferred. Otherwise, this loadout is perfectly built to maintain accuracy across long distances and play the AR role perfectly.

XM4 League Play loadout

Xm4 black ops cold war
Activision
The XM4 is becoming an increasingly popular flex gun.
  • Optic: Microflex LED
  • Muzzle: Infantry Compensator
  • Barrel: 13.7″ Extended
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Magazine: 40 Rnd
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: Raider Pad

The XM4 seems to be finding its way into the pro meta, especially for flex players looking to engage in gunfights across all ranges and support their team as much as possible. As such, using Gunfighter to stick more attachments on it is vital for getting the most out of this weapon.

As the first assault rifle you unlock, you should have a decent amount of experience with this one, so expect to see it pop up a lot, be it in League Play or the Call of Duty League itself.

AK47 League Play loadout

ak47 black ops cold war
Activision
Pros have GA’s the AK47, but if it remains in League Play, it will likely become your go-to weapon.
  • Optic: Microflex LED
  • Barrel: 20″ Liberator
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
  • Handle: GRU Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: KGB Skeletal Stock

While the AK47 isn’t being used among pros through a Gentleman’s Agreement not to run one, we don’t expect the same rules will be applied to League Play.

This AK loadout operates similar to the XM4, though offers a little more accuracy at range, perfect for smaller maps that might not need a permanent Krig on the map.

Those are our main suggestions for League Play loadouts in Black Ops Cold War, taken from watching the top pros and seeing what they run.

There have been rumors that pros will be playing on pre-set classes, determined by themselves and the devs, when the CDL kicks off, but we have not yet been able to verify this.

If this is the case, it will be interesting to see whether the same pre-set classes are applied to League Play, or if players are given more freedom and creativity in their choices. Either way, these loadouts are what the pros are running and will likely continue using once the CDL kicks off.