OpTic Gaming’s Sam ‘Octane’ Larew and Anthony ‘Methodz’ Zinni have responded to criticism for playing the Black Ops 4 beta instead of practicing for the 2018 Call of Duty World Championship.
One of Octane’s Twitch viewers said “you should be playing WWII and trying to win an event, not playing a beta”.
But the former Luminosity player shut this statement down straight away, saying: “Listen guys, if we could be playing WWII, don’t you think I would be playing WWII right now?”
Methodz followed up in typical Methodz fashion, saying: “We could be, but we would be shooting bots or playing ranked play. And I think I think I’d rather watch my father shower than do either of those!”
With the Call of Duty World Championship set to take place from August 15 to 19, the timing of the Black Ops 4 beta is rather awkward for the 32 teams that will be attending the one and a half million dollar event.
However, Octane and Methodz made it clear that getting good practice (scrims or similar) on WWII was not an option at the time of the stream, presumably because everyone else was either offline or also playing the beta.
Octane and Methodz have both won events in Call of Duty: WWII with previous teams but have only managed to secure a 5th-6th at CWL Anaheim and a 7th-8th at the CWL Pro League Stage 2 Playoffs since joining OpTic Gaming.
eUnited’s James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks faced similar critics when he was playing the Black Ops 4 beta but said “we just got done scrimming a whole series against EG, we can enjoy our time off!”.
Tasked with drafting a team for a Call of Duty: Warzone tournament, NICKMERCS went through some of the game’s biggest names, ranking them while determining who he would most want to duo with.
To start Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards’ $10,000 “Cracked Creators” Warzone tournament, 16 creators were tasked with drafting their duo from 16 “cracked” streamers.
As one of the creators allowed to select their tandem, NICKMERCS sifted through 16 of the game’s best to determine who he would prefer to play with.
Ultimately, the FaZe streamer ended up putting his decision to a poll among his fans. But, before doing so, he originally went through all 16 and gave thoughts on how each of them ranks. And the options were varied, but all shared one thing in common: talent.
With professional Call of Duty League players like Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper and Seth ‘Scump’ Abner available, as well as Warzone streamers like Aydan and HusKerrs, the candidates were excellent. Still, NICKMERCS sifted through and broke down who he truly believes ranks as the battle royale’s best.
Segment begins at 00:20:45.
NICKMERCS starts by going through the list and just expressing what an absolute struggle it will be to pick from such a talented crop of peers: “Oh, it’s going to be so hard to pick man … No matter what, everybody that I would pick from is cracked.” But, after going through and complimenting practically everybody, he starts the process of elimination.
Since Nick chooses second after DrDisrespect, he immediately eliminates Zlaner as Doc’s likely first pick. Then, he eliminates JoeWo with two simple reasons: “I’ve never played with him and every time I play against him, I beat that little ass.”
Then, BobbyPoff is gone: “BobbyPoff, I love the guy, but take him off the list.” And the “Scarf Lord” is followed quickly by the Chicago Huntsmen’s FormaL and Scump: “Love ‘em, love ‘em. But I feel like there’s better BR players.” After that, things start getting complicated.
The list of “cracked” players in Hitch’s Cracked Creators Warzone tournament.
Similar to Zlaner, Nick decides to sacrifice Merk so that he can play with his longtime duo, Maven. Then, recognizing that all of these remaining players are absolute menaces on Verdansk, he goes with two simple metrics to determine his personal preference. He immediately prioritizes controller players and the highest earners in Warzone tournaments.
That eliminates stars like HusKerrs and Symfuhny for their mouse and keyboard usage, while also eliminating Crowder and DougIsRaw for their low earnings. Finally, he eliminates Jukeyz because of his struggles understanding the UK maestro’s accent and decides to put the decision to a poll.
Ultimately, it’s between Aydan and Tommey, with Cloakzy popping on to let NICKMERCS know that Aydan’s been playing some Fortnite recently. That leaves the FaZe star choosing Tommey, noting that “he’s got great communication, phenomenal player, guaranteed to get some chopper kills off rip.”
Despite going through full rankings for his options and landing upon an excellent duo, the decision-making process proved to be futile. NICKMERCS and Tommey could only end in the Top 12 for the tournament, while the easily dismissed BobbyPoff actually came in first place.