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Mindfreak announce signing of up-and-coming player

Published: 17/Sep/2018 18:00 Updated: 17/Sep/2018 18:48

by Chantal Stewart-Jones


Mindfreak has unveiled 18-year-old Luke ‘Louqa’ Rigas as the third member of its Call of Duty team.

The young player has been unable to compete since Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, after age restrictions were imposed meaning players had to be aged 18 or above in order to take part.

Despite this set back, Louqa continued to be a part of the community, practice and play wagers.

Although he was previously unsure whether to return to competitive Call of Duty, he announced he was a free agent for the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 season after he turned 18 on August 30th.

It seems his perseverance and dedication had not gone unnoticed, as he will be joining the APAC region’s biggest organization, Mindfreak.

Louqa will join two of the region’s veterans, Conrad ‘Shockz’ Rymarek and Lincoln ‘Fighta’ Ferguson, who have both rejoined Mindfreak.

The young up-and-comer will be looking to prove himself on an international scale, but judging by Mindfreak owner, Albert ‘Nakeze’ Nassif’s tweet, he thinks some new blood is exactly what the team needs to succeed.

Mindfreak has yet to announce its fourth, and possibly fifth if the 5v5 format is confirmed, player.

Mitchel ‘BuZZO’ Mader has yet to make any announcements as to his plans for the upcoming season, but as a Mindfreak veteran and the team’s longstanding captain, it’s possible he could be the squad’s fourth.

Denholm ‘Denz’ Taylor is currently looking for opportunities outside of the APAC region, but if he doesn’t succeed in finding something and the 5v5 format is confirmed, it’s also possible he could rejoin his former teammates for another year.

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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.