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OpTic Call of Duty coach TeePee offers advice on how to best become a pro player

Published: 5/Feb/2019 1:35 Updated: 19/Mar/2019 14:29

by Alan Bernal


TeePee has been with OpTic as a coach since December 2017, but has just now sat down with H3CZ to give some insight, among other things, on the most effective way of improving and launching a career as an esport pro.

Before retiring, TeePee enjoyed an extremely fruitful career as a CoD pro, winning the 2014 Call of Duty Championship with compLexity before ultimately landing at the helm of Team OpTic.

In the latest episode of The Eavesdrop Podcast, TeePee spoke from experience of what players and teams value in a player as well as the best way of landing on a team’s roster.

Jason Lake TwitterTeePee (second from right) in 2014 after winning the Call of Duty World Championship.

TeePee has seen it all in CoD’s esport scene and said the best way of getting better at the game is refusing to play against stagnate competition while letting oneself lose to improve.

“It’s all about putting yourself in a situation where you’re practicing against people that are better than you,” TeePee said. “You need to get smacked in the face sometimes to realize how they’re beating you, why they’re beating you.”

The former World Champ emphasized that amateurs should be playing the same kind of games that the pros play. That’s not to say the same game title, it means to play in the same type of tournaments, with the same stakes, and the same competitive environment.

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“Find a dedicated squad, start on your GameBattles ladders, and get reps in on the actual game types that the pros play on. And then work your way up on those ladders, start those pay-to-enter tournaments. That’s how you play against better competition,” TeePee said.

Young players looking to get into the CoD esports scene need to get used to losing in order to improve. TeePee has been through all the spectrums of success and failures, but it’s applying knowledge gained that will truly elevate your game.

Disclaimer: Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez is a minority shareholder in Dexerto Ltd.

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Warzone team banned from $250k Twitch Rivals event after cheating scandal

Published: 22/Jan/2021 10:34 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 10:42

by Brad Norton


The $250K Twitch Rivals Doritos Bowl Warzone event hit a major snag in the road on January 21, as alleged cheaters were disqualified from the competition ahead of the closing round.

One of the biggest Warzone events to date set the scene for one of the biggest cheating scandals to date. Amidst the five-rounds of private lobby action, a number of Warzone’s veteran competitors began to accuse players of cheating in the tournament.

The Trio of METZY_B, kyrptic_j0ker, & Unifyz were disqualified from the competition in light of these allegations. This ban came through before players dropped into the fifth and final match of the day.

“Based on the evidence submitted from various sources in and out of the tournament, [Twitch has] determined that [their] gameplay was unnatural beyond a reasonable doubt,” event host Caleb ‘WavePunk’ Simmons explained.

As a result of their disqualification, Twitch opted to move forward with the event. Rather than restarting or replaying on a different date, the fifth map continued with one less team.

Accusations made against Metzy_B

Accusations started piling up after the fourth round of action. Players noticed some extremely sharp aim coming from METZY_B in particular. 

Resident Warzone investigator Tommey was soon on the case, as he began to dissect the footage. It was peculiar auto-aim that caught his eye, as the suspected cheater immediately “locked on” to an opposing player in the clip.

Given the $250K up for grabs, there was plenty at stake. $45,000 was on the line for the winning team, while even a last place finish would have awarded the alleged cheaters $1,200. However, METZY_B and his team were “ineligible for prizing,” Twitch soon confirmed. 

Naturally, it didn’t take long for the controversy to spill across social media, with many of Warzone’s biggest names repeating their gripes with the lack of an effective anti-cheat system.

“Unfortunately without anti-cheat, authentic Warzone tournaments just aren’t possible anymore,” NICKMERCS said. “There’s too much cheese & way too many rats.”

Despite this, it later became clear that, perhaps, the players in the tournament had jumped the gun early with their accusations…

METZY_B clears his name

After being kicked from the tournament, METZY_B joined Tommey’s Discord call in an attempt to clear his name, showing his PC, the programs he’s been using and more.

While METZY wasn’t reinstated to the tournament, some critics have deleted their tweets and Tommey, after investigating the situation, conceded that he got it wrong this time and there “wasn’t enough to go as far as it did.”

He later clarified that he played no part in reporting METZY to the admins of the tournament or forcing his removal, but the player is “more than welcome to take his earnings” from the event.

Game five continued with one less team in the lobby. Champions were crowned and the $250K prize pool was split accordingly. Be sure to check out our event hub for a full recap of the troubled Twitch Rivals Warzone tournament.