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OpTic Gaming’s Crimsix Hits Out at Gentlemen’s Agreements Within the Professional Call of Duty Scene

Published: 14/May/2018 10:37 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:53

by Ross Deason


OpTic Gaming’s Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter has expressed his frustration with constantly changing rules in Call of Duty: WWII after players decided to make yet another “gentleman’s agreement”.

The term “gentleman’s agreement” when applied to the competitive Call of Duty scene means that a weapon, item, perk, or any other in-game item has been unofficially banned by the professional players.

This happens when the players all agree that the weapon or item in question is too overpowered to be fair but the CWL has not yet officially banned it. For instance the M1 Garand was only officially banned by the CWL on May 11th despite players agreeing not to use it for months.

While this system of gentlemen’s agreements seems like a good idea on paper, it seems to have caused more trouble than good since the release of Call of Duty: WWII as the top players rarely seem to be able to agree with one another about what should be banned.

This has already caused a number of public disagreements between the professionals and that shows no sign of changing after a new agreement was made on May 13th which saw the new ITRA burst rifle and the Long Barrel attachment for the BAR get banned.

In a Reddit thread discussing the decision, Crimsix made it clear that he is fed up with “waking up every week to a completely different rule set” and stated that guns like the BAR need to be banned or completely in.

Crimsix also seems to be tired of “vocal/influential” players and teams completely changing the rules and meta based off of their personal preferences for a certain weapon.

Having never got the opportunity to see the ITRA in action at a major Call of Duty event, some fans are under the impression that the professional players have jumped the gun slightly with this new gentleman’s agreement.

On the other hand, numerous community members have also pointed out that the ITRA’s dominance online should only improve in a LAN setting with better hit detection for the burst fire.

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Renegades announce new CoD roster ahead of second Challengers season

Published: 31/Oct/2020 14:17 Updated: 31/Oct/2020 14:20

by Joe Craven


Esports organisation Renegades have revealed their Call of Duty roster for the second season of the CDL’s Challengers Series, including players from last year’s Paris Legion roster. 

The switch from the Call of Duty World League to the Call of Duty League represents the greatest shake-up competitive CoD has ever seen. While latter tournaments in the CWL involved an amateur tournament running parallel to the main one, the introduction of Challengers’ Series gives a greater formalisation to competition below the best of the best.

With franchised spots in the CDL costing millions, it’s no surprise that some big name esports organisations have found themselves competing in the Challengers Series. One of these orgs is Renegades, the Detroit-based esports team that has come in and out of competitive CoD in recent years.

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Renegades have come and gone from the Call of Duty pro scene in the past.

On October 31, they announced their CoD roster for the upcoming Black Ops Cold War season, which will be the second season of the CDL and its accompanying Challenger Series.

Perhaps the biggest name in the new roster is Luke ‘Louqa’ Rigas, who represented Paris Legion in the CDL last year. It was an up-and-down year for the Paris Legion, who managed a second place finish at the online CDL Week 12 London event.

He is also joined by ex-Paris teammate Conrad ‘Shockz’ Rymarek, who is best known for his five years with Australian organisation Mindfreak from 2014 to 2019.

Rounding off the roster are Lincoln ‘Fighta’ Ferguson and Amer ‘Pred’ Zulbeari, making a fully Australian roster. The nationalities of all players means they will likely compete in the APAC region of the Challengers Series.

While Shockz and Louqa come off the back of mixed fortunes in the CDL, Fighta and Pred both joined Renegades in January of 2020. In the somewhat weaker field of APAC competition, their Renegades roster dominated the region’s Challenger tournaments during the Modern Warfare season.

Replacing half the team with CDL standard pros means it’s likely we’ll see similar domination this year, barring any shock performances from the other APAC teams.