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Parasite slams Xotic as “scum” after losing CWL Vegas spot to Evil Geniuses

Published: 15/Nov/2018 10:17 Updated: 15/Nov/2018 10:44

by Matt Porter


Evil Geniuses look set to the take the final pool play spot at the CWL Vegas Open with the addition of John ‘Xotic’ Bruno to their lineup – much to the annoyance of Christopher ‘Parasite’ Duarte.

Andres ‘Lacefield’ Lacefield joined Evil Geniuses back in October, and it was expected that he would be a member of the EG squad who would head to Las Vegas to compete in the first event of the Black Ops 4 season.

However, Lacefield tweeted early on Thursday, November 15 announcing that he was now a free agent for the Black Ops 4 season, and looking for a new team to play with.

While Evil Geniuses have yet to officially confirm who is replacing Lacefield on their squad, Parasite took to Twitter to reveal that Xotic had left his team for EG. Parasite was angry with his former teammate, labelling him as “scum” for giving away their pool play spot, and for failing to tell his team he was leaving which Parasite claims “he knew for days.”

Xotic immediately disputed these claims, stating that he didn’t know he was leaving until Tuesday. Still furious at the way Xotic left his team, Parasite posted a scathing response, telling Xotic: “Pipe down. You’re worthless. You’re not a friend of mine and I honestly hope the rest of your career is plagued with failure. You will never be a champion. You are a coward.”

The acquisition of Xotic would likely give Evil Geniuses enough pro points to sneak into the final pool play place for CWL Vegas, leaving Parasite and his squad to take part in the eight team play-in tournament to confirm the final four spots.

CWL Vegas open takes place from December 7 to 9 in the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, with $250,000 in prize money and a spot in the 2019 CWL Pro League at stake.

We will update you with more information as it becomes available.

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Nadeshot clarifies SBMM argument in Black Ops Cold War rant

Published: 3/Dec/2020 2:10 Updated: 3/Dec/2020 2:15

by Jacob Hale


Update (December 2 – 6:00 PM PT): Nadeshot has since followed up on his Skill-Based Matchmaking rant, addressing how it’s easy to lose your temper while grinding for specific weapon camo challenges.

“SBMM is a topic of discussion that has a lot of nuances,” he said in a December 2 follow-up tweet. “What I really want to clarify once and for all… I don’t have a fear of playing players as good as me. I don’t disagree with the idea of playing against players as good as me. All I’m asking for is that people see the level of skill I’m playing at.”

Obviously, a ranked playlist of sorts has been requested to no end in the community. While the feature has been subtly confirmed, it’s still yet to enter the game. Therefore, the only form of matchmaking is standard public games, which happen to have SBMM cranked all the way up.

“If I’m going up against six starting players in the Call of Duty League, I want a rank to reflect that. I understand why SBMM is a necessity, I just don’t agree with the way it’s presented. Right now it’s ambiguous, you never really know who you’re up against and the level of skill they’re at.”

The original story is as follows.

Skill-based matchmaking has been a major complaint from top Call of Duty players for years now, and 100 Thieves CEO and former pro player Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag has finally snapped, going on a rant against SBMM in the new Black Ops Cold War.

Nadeshot has never made it a secret that he, alongside a huge number of Call of Duty players, is anti-SBMM.

Though the sentiment makes sense — pit players of equal skill against one another — in practice, many players aren’t happy with it and want to see it removed or at least tuned down.

Nadeshot clearly falls into that category, and let his opinion be known during a December 1 stream while playing on the latest edition of Nuketown, Nuketown ‘84.

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Black Ops Cold War has been welcomed with mixed reviews, but SBMM has been a major sticking point.

As you can tell immediately from the scoreline alone and the carnage unfolding around him, the match is an intense one, and he wasn’t impressed.

He said: “It’s time to lower the skill-based matchmaking. This is not fun. I know we want the kids that have never played Call of Duty to be in a safe space, but please stop alienating the people that have been playing your game for over a decade.”

That wasn’t all, though, as Haag continued to complain as he struggled to make much of an impact on the game. “This is not an enjoyable experience,” he said. “Especially trying to get the challenges done on these weapons… Everyone’s got a scorestreak because it’s participation and not skill.”

Both the SBMM and scorestreak complaints have been popular ones for Black Ops Cold War players, and the sentiment seems to be echoed from the top down.

Whether Activision or Treyarch make changes to either issue remains to be seen, but we might not see Nadeshot streaming Black Ops Cold War for too much longer at this rate.