OpTic's SlasheR mocks ACHES and Guerrillas: "LA's backup team" - Dexerto
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OpTic’s SlasheR mocks ACHES and Guerrillas: “LA’s backup team”

Published: 14/Nov/2019 22:22 Updated: 14/Nov/2019 22:48

by Albert Petrosyan

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Star pro player Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat, captain of OpTic Gaming Los Angeles’ Call of Duty League team, has taken shots at in-city rivals LA Guerrillas, calling them the city’s “backup team.”

With only just a couple of months until the inaugural 2020 season of the CDL kicks off, there are already some fiery rivalries beginning to form between several of the 12 participating organizations.

Many expect the in-city rivalry between Los Angeles’ OpTic Gaming and Guerrillas to be among the fiercest, especially since those are currently the only two franchises that are sharing a home city in the CDL.

SlasheR, one of OpTic’s three new signings this offseason, threw some more fuel on that fire in his November 13 editorial ‘Player Stories’ article that featured on the official CDL website.

The longtime pro used some condescending language when speaking about Guerrillas, making specific mention of their own captain and outspoken veteran Patrick ‘ACHES’ Price.

OpTic Gaming Los AngelesSlasheR is one of three new players on OpTic’s roster, along with Kenny and JKaP.

“The record needs to be set straight,” he wrote. “The captain of my city’s backup team, the Los Angeles Guerrillas, likes to think he’s the biggest threat to OpTic Gaming Los Angeles, but come on now, really? I saw the Guerrillas’ announcement for Patrick ‘Aches’ Price and I’m not worried. He tries to say he’s the boots on the ground king but the last couple years say otherwise. There’s no doubt which team Los Angeles will be known for, and it won’t be his.”

“The battle for Los Angeles will be really cool. Well, it won’t really be a battle. It’s just going to be us winning all the time, but he already knows that.”

SlasheR believes that having two totally different teams based in Los Angeles will be good for the fans and atmosphere, although he admitted the fact that the two sides will be captained by veterans who love talking trash came as a total coincidence.

“It’s actually hysterical to me how the two Los Angeles franchise teams worked out. None of this was planned, it just so happened that Aches and I are the captains of the two teams. I love it for the fans. We’ll keep the banter up.”

MLGSlasheR claims that during his time on FaZe Clan with ACHES, the two “literally hated each other.”

The 2016 World Champion confessed that he and ACHES haven’t always been on the best terms, but vows to keep their personal rivalry “strictly in-game” and maintain the friendship that the two have “somewhat” brokered.

“Our personal rivalry is strictly in-game. We teamed together back in the day and we hated each other – literally hated each other. You can’t have two hardheaded people on the same team. Now? We’ve become friends outside the game – somewhat.”

CDL / LA GuerrillasThe LA Guerrillas were officially unveiled on October 18.

On paper, it would be hard to argue against SlasheR’s OpTic roster being superior to Guerrillas. The team boasts a combined three World Championships, two of the biggest young stars in Dashy and TJHaLy, and Kenny, who made it to the Grand Final of the past two CWL Championships.

On the other side, ACHES is the only two player to have world championship experience, having won CoD Champs twice himself, while the remaining four players have a combined four major trophies between them.

OPTIC GAMING LOS ANGELES ROSTER 

  • Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat
  • Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly
  • Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell
  • Kenny ‘Kenny’ Williams
  • Jordan ‘JKap’ Kaplan

LOS ANGELES GUERRILLAS ROSTER

  • Patrick ‘ACHES’ Price
  • Ulysses ‘AquA’ Silva
  • Jacob ‘Decemate’ Cato
  • Renato ‘Saints’ Forza
  • Andres ‘Lacefield’ Lacefield

The two teams will face off against each other for the first time during the CDL Launch Weekend in Minnesota on January 24-26.

However, most fans will be looking forward to their first-ever meeting in Los Angeles, as the two teams will host their own weekend of matches March 6-8.

Make sure to check out the full schedule of matches for the 2020 CDL season, as there are several weekends of star-studded action to especially look forward to.

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CDL pros concerned after several Challengers players appear to be hacking

Published: 5/Dec/2020 23:46 Updated: 6/Dec/2020 0:44

by Albert Petrosyan

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Videos have surfaced showing amateur CoD players potentially cheating during the CDL’s first Challengers Cup tournament of the season, and now several Call of Duty League pros have expressed worry about the state of the competitive scene.

When the Call of Duty League first announced that PC would be used for competitive play in the upcoming season, many immediately showed concern about the potential emergence of hacking issues – maybe not at the pro level but certainly in the Challengers amateur circuit.

Now, they might actually have something to worry about, as several clips from the season’s first Challengers Cup have popped up on social media showing some players performing very suspiciously.

Of course, while no one’s technically been proven to be cheating, the community isn’t waiting for the court to be adjourned; Call of Duty has always been played a certain way, and when some previously-unknown players begin to distinguish themselves as outliers suddenly after using a PC is an option, everyone takes notice.

“LMAO Online PC s**t is a joke with no anti-cheat,” New York Subliners star, Clayster, said in response to the clips above. “Apparently this dude dropped 71 kills in control too, ahahahaha.”

“Boy dropped 71, 19 kills from winning three rounds by HIMSELF,” said former Seattle Surge starter, Pandur. “Y’all thought last year was bad, we in the PC realm now boys. Can’t trust nobody.”

Surge head coach JoeyNubzy also chipped in with a similar sentiment: “Useless admins and blatant cheating – we have to do better to help the Challengers scene thrive and keep players around.”

Here are some more reactions to potential hackers in the Challengers Cup, as clips are spreading around social media like wildfire after many top-name players started sharing them for awareness.

What can be done about this?

Challengers is meant to be a pipeline for future pro-level players while also giving everyone else an official platform to compete for prize money and recognition. Needless to say, something definitely has to be done about this before the competitive integrity of the amateur division is compromised beyond repair.

While it’s unlikely for the league to revert its decision allowing Challengers players to use either PC or console, they could require all those playing on PC to stream their POV, which is currently not the case.

Not counting the first Challengers Cup, which is still currently ongoing, there are three more such tournaments scheduled up to mid-January, all of which could definitely lose their validity if hacking & cheating continue to be a major issue.

As always, we will continue to bring you the latest on this topic as things develop, so make sure to follow us on Twitter, @Dexertointel, for all the latest news, updates, and more.