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NICKMERCS teams up with Activision for $100k Warzone tournament

Published: 8/Jul/2020 15:33

by Jacob Hale

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Activision Blizzard has partnered with popular Twitch streamer Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff to help bolster his MFAM Gauntlet Warzone tournament, doubling the prize pool to $100,000.

Nick’s MFAM Gauntlet is a monthly tournament held on Modern Warfare battle royale spin-off Warzone, bringing together some of the world’s top streamers and pro players to compete for cash prizes.

Now, starting from July, the tournament is only going to get even bigger and better, with more on the line for everyone involved.

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NICKMERCS has become one of Twitch’s biggest names in recent years.

The first MFAM Gauntlet took place in April and has become increasingly popular as players seek to show their worth and line their pockets too.

Some of the biggest names across the Call of Duty community and further have been getting involved, and now the tournaments are about to become even more prestigious.

As first reported by ESPN Esports, it has been announced that Activision Blizzard will be offering Nick more support in hosting his tournaments and changing it up slightly too.

While the MFAM Gauntlet is usually a monthly tournament, the next iteration is going to be a four-week series, with qualifiers and a main event each week, with matches held in all different modes including duos, trios, and quads.

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The MFAM Gauntlet was already big for Warzone competitors – but now it gets even bigger.

Week 1 of the series will begin with a qualifier at 3pm ET (12pm PT / 8pm BST) on Monday, July 13. The main event will take place at 4pm ET (1pm PT / 9pm BST) on July 15, and will be broadcast on the official MFAM Gauntlet Twitch page. A preshow called ‘The Armory’ will also be added to the MFAM Gauntlet, though we have no further details on this yet.

It’s fair to say that while Fortnite helped NICKMERCS grow, he might find even more success in Warzone – especially when he’s got the publisher and developers on side.

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Scump says “a lot could go wrong” with CDL switching to PC next season

Published: 21/Oct/2020 0:06

by Albert Petrosyan

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With the Call of Duty League switching from console to PC for the 2021 season, at least at the professional level, Chicago Huntsmen’s legendary CoD pro Seth ‘Scump’ Abner has detailed some of the potential issues that could arise.

The Call of Duty League’s switch from console to PC was inevitable, but that doesn’t mean the transition will be without its faults; one major concern, of course, has been hacking. Maybe not in the competitive scene, but the growing presence of PC in CoD this year (with the addition of cross-play and Warzone) has exposed Activision’s inability to handle the issue on a large scale.

Add in the fact that the CDL’s Challengers circuit and in-game ranked mode(s), for example, will support both console & PC, and suddenly the concern is heightened. And while it’s unlikely that anyone in the pro ranks would cheat, if the 2021 season starts out online, there’s a chance that, at the very least, accusations could start flying around.

Scump was asked about this switch during one of his recent streams and, uncoincidentally, hacking was the first thing he brought up: “The one thing that could go wrong – if there’s hackers, any kind of competitive playlist is chalked. That’s definitely something to worry about.”

“That is going to be very annoying if hackers just run rampant in all the ranked playlists,” he went on. “If there are hackers, it’s chalked. There’s supposed to be anti-cheat in the works? Hopefully, they do a good job with it and hopefully, everything is good.”

The veteran also brought up the potential situations where the gaming rigs experience issues during competitions: “‘PC crash during a tournament is bound to happen,’ more than likely, yeah. There’s a lot of things that could go wrong, definitely a LOT of things that could go wrong.”

There was one positive bit of news that Scump revealed during this discussion: the CDL is working on adding a ‘pause feature’ that would allow them to stop and start matches if need be.

The lack of such a feature really became apparent during the 2020 campaign, especially the CDL Playoffs, when teams like OpTic Gaming LA and London Royal Ravens had players booted offline mid-match.

As a result, since the disconnections occurred too late into the respective Hardpoint games, both teams had to play the round a man down, 4v5, which inevitably led them to lose.

Needless to say, had a pause feature existed, the whole situation could have been avoided. Instead, the CDL was forced to stream all matches with a massive delay so that viewers with ill-intentions couldn’t hit anyone offline.

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Without a pause feature, the CDL installed these unpopular rules for if/when Hardpoint matches needed to be restarted.

Ultimately, the Call of Duty League’s switch to PC is a “step in the right direction,” as Scump remarked, but there are definitely potential problems that could stem from the transition. We’ll just have to wait and see.

For more information about the upcoming campaign, make sure to visit our CDL 2021 season hub.