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Malta CoD event hosted in a tent almost canceled due to safety concerns

Published: 14/Dec/2019 15:54

by Joe Craven


A Malta-based Call of Duty event has been delayed and almost canceled as the Mediterranean island is battered by powerful winds. 

While the official Call of Duty League season does not start until the end of January, there are a number of smaller events already underway. One is the Call of Duty Modern Warfare Malta 3.0 tournament, which takes place on December 14-15. 

The event, which was scheduled to take place on the morning of Saturday, December 14, has been delayed after gale-force winds sweep across the southern Mediterranean island. 

EEGThe full tournament groups.

Hosted by tournament organizers ‘European Esport Gaming’, the €5,000 tournament (roughly £4,170 or $5,560) saw 28 European teams travel to Malta to compete in Modern Warfare.

However, the tournament has been jeopardized as a result of some freak weather in the form of severe winds.

A series of tweets from EEG explained that the tournament’s start has been delayed, but matches should be able to continue later on December 14. The tweets explain that the “crazy weather” has actually caused damage to the venue. 

In a statement to Dexerto, EEG said that they expect the weather to improve and the event will continue as long as players’ safety can be guaranteed. 

Weather conditions will calm down and we are going to continue with the event. The event will begin shortly, a few changes have been made to the format, such as best of 5s are now best of 3s,” EEG told Dexerto, “to make up for 8/9 hours of lost time. If we become ahead of schedule we will return to best of 5s.”

EEGThe venue, showing the tent-like roof.

Call of Duty caster George ‘Bofferzz’ Bray shed some light on the weather conditions, posting a video that shows the venue’s roof looking fragile in the vigorous winds. 

“There’s been actual damage to the venue,” his tweet said. “Broken glass, structural damage, it’s not looking good honestly. As a result, the internet has been knocked out by the storm, meaning that we can’t stream even if we wanted to right now.”

Some Twitter users criticized the organization of the tournament in the middle of Malta’s winter. However, despite being December, Malta’s normal climate suggests a tournament would not be an issue and the poor weather is merely bad luck and bad timing. 

Despite the adverse weather conditions, it certainly seems EEG are prioritizing player safety and ensuring the venue is not a hazard. 

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Nadeshot clarifies SBMM argument in Black Ops Cold War rant

Published: 3/Dec/2020 2:10 Updated: 3/Dec/2020 2:15

by Jacob Hale


Update (December 2 – 6:00 PM PT): Nadeshot has since followed up on his Skill-Based Matchmaking rant, addressing how it’s easy to lose your temper while grinding for specific weapon camo challenges.

“SBMM is a topic of discussion that has a lot of nuances,” he said in a December 2 follow-up tweet. “What I really want to clarify once and for all… I don’t have a fear of playing players as good as me. I don’t disagree with the idea of playing against players as good as me. All I’m asking for is that people see the level of skill I’m playing at.”

Obviously, a ranked playlist of sorts has been requested to no end in the community. While the feature has been subtly confirmed, it’s still yet to enter the game. Therefore, the only form of matchmaking is standard public games, which happen to have SBMM cranked all the way up.

“If I’m going up against six starting players in the Call of Duty League, I want a rank to reflect that. I understand why SBMM is a necessity, I just don’t agree with the way it’s presented. Right now it’s ambiguous, you never really know who you’re up against and the level of skill they’re at.”

The original story is as follows.

Skill-based matchmaking has been a major complaint from top Call of Duty players for years now, and 100 Thieves CEO and former pro player Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag has finally snapped, going on a rant against SBMM in the new Black Ops Cold War.

Nadeshot has never made it a secret that he, alongside a huge number of Call of Duty players, is anti-SBMM.

Though the sentiment makes sense — pit players of equal skill against one another — in practice, many players aren’t happy with it and want to see it removed or at least tuned down.

Nadeshot clearly falls into that category, and let his opinion be known during a December 1 stream while playing on the latest edition of Nuketown, Nuketown ‘84.

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Black Ops Cold War has been welcomed with mixed reviews, but SBMM has been a major sticking point.

As you can tell immediately from the scoreline alone and the carnage unfolding around him, the match is an intense one, and he wasn’t impressed.

He said: “It’s time to lower the skill-based matchmaking. This is not fun. I know we want the kids that have never played Call of Duty to be in a safe space, but please stop alienating the people that have been playing your game for over a decade.”

That wasn’t all, though, as Haag continued to complain as he struggled to make much of an impact on the game. “This is not an enjoyable experience,” he said. “Especially trying to get the challenges done on these weapons… Everyone’s got a scorestreak because it’s participation and not skill.”

Both the SBMM and scorestreak complaints have been popular ones for Black Ops Cold War players, and the sentiment seems to be echoed from the top down.

Whether Activision or Treyarch make changes to either issue remains to be seen, but we might not see Nadeshot streaming Black Ops Cold War for too much longer at this rate.