OpTic H3CZ on Call of Duty Roster Change - "I Thought Winning Champs Would Bring Them Back Together" - Dexerto
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OpTic H3CZ on Call of Duty Roster Change – “I Thought Winning Champs Would Bring Them Back Together”

Published: 9/May/2018 15:23 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:50

by Calum Patterson

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The owner of OpTic Gaming, Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez has opened up about the recent roster change with his Call of Duty team, explaining why they didn’t make a change earlier.

It has now become clear to fans that the team many thought was made up of four long time friends was not friendly behind the scenes, but that winning tournaments had kept them together.

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The team of course took their greatest victory at the 2017 Call of Duty World Championship in 2017, but it turns out that the personal problems were around for long before that.

Now, with no tournament win in the CoD: WWII season and the benefit of hindsight, H3CZ has revealed that it would have been “more strategic” to make a roster change immediately after CoD Champs.

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During the Dexerto Talk Show podcast, H3CZ explained that he has no regrets however, and that mistakes are made in order to be learned from.

When asked if he regrets not making a team change immediately after the team won the 2017 World Championship, he explains the thought process.

“As a self-employed individual, I have learned that regret is one of the biggest enemies. Learning from those mistakes is priority number one.

I thought that winning champs was going to bring them finally back together.

After a year of people clashing, but still winning champs, I though that was going to be the catalyst that emerged and we would start all over. But it didn’t.”

He goes on to explain that fundamentally, every team change is down to the players and they will decide when and who comes and goes.

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“In esports right now, that’s the way it goes. There are no general managers that are respected enough to make that sort of decision. The decision is always left to the players because they are the ones on the front lines.

They’ll pitch potential candidates for replacement, and my job is to make sure that everything is done the right way and that we stay within the legal parameters of law.

The sole decision is always going to be up to the players, because in a mental game as it is, any esport or any sport for that matter, relationships matter.”

You can watch the full episode from the Dexerto talk show with H3CZ below, with discussion of the team change beginning around the 16:40 minute mark.

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“Broken” Warzone skin is too hard to see & players aren’t happy about it

Published: 18/Oct/2020 22:48

by Theo Salaun

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Call of Duty: Warzone’s Season 5 Roze “Rook” operator is maddening players, as the small, dark silhouette is sometimes impossible to detect before getting killed.

Verdansk is a diverse environment and Modern Warfare’s operators are fittingly blessed with a varied assortment of camouflages. With the map spanning green, forested areas, dry, muted plains, and dark, indoor rooms, there is a lot of different scenery to keep track of.

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Within the map’s obscured nooks and crannies, one Season 5 operator skin has become a particular nuisance for players. Upon hitting Tier 100 on the preceding season’s Battle Pass, the Roze “Rook” skin was unlocked, offering fans a jet-black, sleek character to rock across Modern Warfare’s multiplayer and accompanying battle royale.

With the prevalence of close-quarters combat in dimly lit indoor spaces, players have begun pointing out just how impossible it is to see Roze in the game. 

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Roze’s Rook skin is easy to see in the light, but practically invisible in the dark.

In a screenshot shown by ‘bleedblue_knetic’ on Reddit, there appears to be an empty cell in the subterranean jails located below the Prison POI. But their teammate, ‘Deadalus,’ is highlighted as being right behind the cell’s bars. 

Even knowing someone is technically there, it is practically impossible to discern a character model behind the partial obstructions.

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As such, bleedblue_knetic’s post is titled simply: “I’ve never really seen anyone talk about it, but does anyone else think Roze skin is not okay?” In response, the vast majority of commenters agreed that this skin is an issue and is getting widely used by sweaty players because of how difficult it is to see in Warzone’s darker environments.

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One commenter summed it up succinctly: “It’s one of the most broken skins in the game.”

Another Redditor, ‘OJbeforethebadstuff,’ also replied with his own example of the Rook skin’s seeming invisibility. While their video settings appear to lack more brightness than necessary, it still demonstrates just how deadly Roze’s camouflage can be.

 

As seen in the video, the screen is darker than most players’ displays, but, nonetheless, the Roze that kills him is frankly invisible. It isn’t until you watch the kill cam that you realize there was a person actually standing there amongst the tables, waiting to secure an easy elimination.

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Usually, hacking is raised as a possibility when you’re killed by someone you can’t see. But, in this case, it appears that the Rook skin is simply svelte and dark enough to blend into indoor backgrounds perfectly.

Her hitbox isn’t technically smaller than others’ and she does appear in an obvious contrast when in bright environments, but so much of Warzone is played in dimmed locations that this is as meta a skin as the game has seen. Infinity Ward has yet to respond to complaints and it remains to be seen if some of the game’s niche visibility issues can be resolved.

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