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Nadeshot: 100 Thieves update on CDL ‘LA Thieves’ team isn’t encouraging

Published: 1/Oct/2020 20:56

by Theo Salaun

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In light of the OpTic Gaming acquisition and speculation over 100 Thieves’ possible Call of Duty League team, Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag has stymied hopes and updated fans on the “LA Thieves” progress.

Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez has made 2020 a little bit more palatable for Call of Duty fans by reportedly re-acquiring the OpTic Gaming IP and all of its underlying assets and resources. That puts him in and the CDL in an interesting position, as one owner cannot have a stake in two different teams, meaning that ownership of either the Chicago Huntsmen or OpTic Gaming Los Angeles will need to shift before the 2021 season.

As H3CZ is likely to maintain his Chicago squad, who placed third in the inaugural CDL Champs, the Los Angeles team spot formerly occupied by OGLA is presumably open for grabs — an exciting opportunity for interested organizations given the absence of league expansion this offseason.

One such organization is Nadeshot’s 100 Thieves, who have long been the subject of discussion as fans hope for Nadeshot to return to CoD, particularly in LA. Unfortunately, while the 100T founder likes the “LA Thieves” name and would want to rejoin the professional scene where his career started, he wants to dispel hopes that it will be happening anytime soon.

“LA Thieves has a nice ring to it. But, guys, we’re not really in a position to get back into Call of Duty. It’s really, really expensive, so we’ll see. Maybe down the road, in the future, I don’t know, but I don’t want you guys to get your hopes up.”

As he explains, buying a CDL spot is an incredibly hefty investment and he doesn’t believe that 100T is able to take that on just yet. While he does appreciate the LA Thieves branding possibilities and cites the potential for them to join the CDL “in the future,” he is reluctant to promise anything to fans in the short term.

Despite Nade curtailing hype, people remain convinced that his organization should be involved. With fans and professionals, like the Seattle Surge’s Daniel ‘Loony’ Loza, chiming in, it appears obvious that the LA Thieves dream won’t die, no matter how much it gets downplayed.

Considering his close relationship with H3CZ, the CoD community likely hopes that 100T can receive somewhat of a discount for the acquisition. In the meantime, perhaps the general hype surrounding the LA Thieves will be enough to persuade investors to help foot the bill.

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How to watch $25K Mutineers Pro-Am Warzone event: stream, teams, bracket

Published: 27/Oct/2020 20:44 Updated: 27/Oct/2020 20:45

by Albert Petrosyan

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Call of Duty League franchise, Florida Mutineers, are hosting the Elite Gamer Pro-Am Warzone tournament featuring big-name pros and content creators battling it out for a slice of the $25,000 prize pool.

With the dog days of the Call of Duty League offseason very much upon us, more and more teams are entering the business of hosting Warzone competitions, with the Florida Mutineers being the latest example.

Along with one of their leading sponsors, Cox, the Mutineers have organized the Elite Gamer event, a series of Warzone tournaments that, today, culminates with a $25,000 championship featuring a lot of popular figures in and out of the gaming world.

Before that players in the United States got the chance to compete in several smaller play-in competitions, which featured their own prizes as well as qualifier spots for today’s main event.

Warzone Florida Mutineers
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Warzone tournaments have been all the rage in CoD since the CDL’s offseason began.

When is the Mutineers’ Elite Gamer Championship?

The competition is taking place on Tuesday, October 27, starting at 2 PM PT / 5 PM ET / 9 PM UK and expected to last at least several hours.

It’s being streamed live on the Florida Mutineers’ official Twitch channel, which we’ve included below for your convenience.

Elite Gamer Warzone tourney teams & bracket

There are a total of 18 teams competing in this competition – ten that were invited and another eight that qualified via that four qualifier tournaments held throughout October.

The ten invited teams feature a mix of Warzone “pros” and high-profile amateur players, including the likes of athletes, musicians, and other celebrity figures.

Invited teams:

  • Antwuan Woods & Splack (play-in)
  • Seth Curry & LGTN (play-in)
  • LEGIQN & ZLaner (play-in)
  • MerK & Maven (play-in)
  • Symfuhny & Tfue
  • FaZe Bloo & Clutchbelk
  • Pamaj & Skyz
  • Karma & Stukawaki
  • Super Duper Kyle & ScummN
  • Might Mouse & BigDaddyRyyy

Qualified teams:

  • Tommey & Aydan (Qualifier #1)
  • aHTracT- & Dezmond (Qualifier #2)
  • GunsWorld & Djmas23(Qualifier #3)
  • PaceSetter & GangstazSalute88(Qualifier #4)
  • Kekoa & RussDaddy (Qualifier #5)
  • SloppyHarry & Unifyz(Qualifier #6)
  • Immude & Cinco (Qualifier #7)
  • Falnets & Shmelt (Qualifier #8)

Bracket:

Mutineers Warzone bracket
Florida Mutineers
The starting bracket for the Florida Mutineer’s Pro-Am Warzone tournament.

Format, rules, prizing

This is a single-elimination duos tournament that uses the popular bot-race format, meaning that teams matched up in the bracket must queue into a public quads lobby together. So, while they’re technically teammates in-game, they’re opponents for the purposes of the event.

All matches are best-of-three, with the combined number of kills between each pair of players counting as their score. The duo that gets more eliminations in a single game of Warzone is considered the victor of that game, and the first to win two of those advances in the bracket.

As for the prizing, $15,000 of the $25,000 goes to the champion team, $5,000 to the second-place duo, and another $5,000 will be donated to the Call of Duty Endowment.