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Paris Call of Duty franchise announces 7 player roster for 2020 season

Published: 2/Oct/2019 23:25 Updated: 3/Oct/2019 17:35

by Albert Petrosyan

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The Call of Duty franchise that will be representing Paris has announced its starting roster for the inaugural 2020 season of the new league. 

With Call of Duty esports transitioning to a franchise model starting from the 2020 campaign, the 12 confirmed organizations involved have begun forming the rosters that they will be fielding once the competition kicks off.

One of those teams is Paris CoD, who announced the entirety of their roster all at once on October 2.

Featuring on the squad are three Australian players – Shockz, Louqa, and Denz – all of whom have played for Mindfreak in the past. 

Filling out the rest of the team are two Americans, KiSMET and Phantomz, the Englishman Zed, and French-born Breszy. At this point, it’s not clear which of these players will be in the starting lineup once the season kicks off. 

PARIS CALL OF DUTY FRANCHISE FULL ROSTER:

  • Luke ‘Louqa’ Rigas
  • Conrad ‘Shockz’ Rymarek
  • Denhold ‘Denz’ Taylor
  • Matthew ‘KiSMET’ Tinsley
  • Timothy ‘Phantomz’ Landis
  • Zach ‘Zed’ Denyer
  • Paul ‘Breszy’ Breszynski

Shockz represented Mindfreak for a whopping five years from 2014-2019 before leaving to join Paris CoD. In 2019, from January to April, he served as Red Reserve’s substitute at the CWL Pro League, before being let go when the organization dismantled and sold its league spot to FaZe Clan.

Louqa joined the Australian side in September of 2018 after having spent the previous four years with eight different organizations. During the 2019 CWL season, he filled the substitute role for Gen.G, but was never called upon to play.

The two were part of the most dominant amateur team in the Black Ops 4 season. After failing to qualify for the league, they went on to place first at the open events in London and Anaheim, following a second-place finish at Fort Worth.

However, at the Amateur Finals, they shocked the Call of Duty scene by finishing 25-32, which meant that they would stunningly fail to qualify for the CWL Championships in Los Angeles.

MLGShockz and Louqa helped Mindfreak capture first place at the CWL Anaheim Open tournament.

As for Denz, he left Mindfreak in September 2018 to join Team Reciprocity, where he was initially part of the starting lineup, was then demoted to the substitute’s role in March, but then returned to the starting squad in May. 

KiSMET and Breszy both featured for Enigma6 Group during the 2019 season, with the latter joining very late into the campaign after parting ways with Elevate.

Their squad put in perhaps the most surprising performance at Champs, finishing all the way up in fourth place after taking down the likes of Luminosity and UNITS in the Winners Bracket.

Zed had a very strong season with Team Reciprocity after joining in October 2018, as the team had some good placings throughout the season, including a top-six finish at Champs.

Phantomz spent much of Black Ops 4 bouncing from team to team, at one point ending up with FaZe Clan, who subsequently loaned him out to Evil Geniuses and UYU, with whom he completed the season. 

MLGKiSMET and Breszy helped Enigma6 finish a stunning fourth place at CoD Champs.

The Paris franchise is the third one to have confirmed its entire starting roster, following New York and London, who announced their full lineups on September 27 and 29 respectively.

Minnesota have revealed three of their players, along with their coach, while Atlanta have announced three coaches/analysts, but have yet to make any player signings public. 

Make sure to keep track of all offseason roster moves and team changes by visiting our dedicated Call of Duty franchising RosterMania hub

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Dr Disrespect calls out Activision & Warzone tourney admins for hacker drama

Published: 23/Jan/2021 0:41

by Theo Salaun

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Following scandal over a disqualified cheater in a Warzone tournament, Dr Disrespect is calling out Activision’s lack of an anti-cheat and Twitch Rivals’ lack of a formal process for investigating hacks.

In hours of drama that rocked the competitive Call of Duty: Warzone community, a smaller streamer, ‘Metzy_B,’ was accused of cheating during the $250K Twitch Rivals Doritos Bowl tournament. Prior to the final match of the event, his team was disqualified by tournament admins and stripped of any chance at tournament earnings.

Twitch Rivals have remained relatively quiet on the issue, practically ignoring it during the broadcast and offering up a minimally worded explanation over Twitter. In their explanation, the admins simply explained that Metzy “was ruled to be cheating” and subsequently “removed from the event.”

With that lack of transparency, rumors and accusations flew. Former Call of Duty League pro, one of the highest Warzone earners currently, Thomas ‘Tommey’ Trewren spent hours interrogating the accused and having a friend take control of Metzy’s PC to dive through his logs for any proof of hacks. This all leads to Dr Disrespect asserting that, with or without an Activision anti-cheat, tournament organizers need to do better.

As shared by ‘WickedGoodGames,’ the Two-Time has a clear perspective on this issue. If the developers can’t institute an effective anti-cheat, then every single tournament must “define a process in finding out if he is [cheating] or not … obviously outside of the whole Call of Duty not having an anti-cheat kind of software built in.”

The drama was obviously divisive, as most participants in the tournament believed Metzy (and others) to be cheating, while others weren’t so sure. With no one knowing precisely how Twitch handled the situation, the community was left to investigate themselves.

As Dr Disrespect has heard, the “purple snakes” disqualified Metzy based on “a couple suspicious clips” and without asking to check his computer. This is echoed by the accused himself, who has since commended Tommey for trying to figure out what the admins had failed to.

That account goes directly against others, as fellow competitor BobbyPoff reacted by alleging that Metzy was, in fact, originally reluctant to display his task manager logs.

While the truth may be impossible to find at this point, as Twitch Rivals have given no explanation of their process and any number of files could have been deleted by the time Tommey got access, Dr Disrespect’s point is proven by the drama.

If Activision can’t deliver a functioning anti-cheat and tournament organizers don’t have a strict, transparent policy for hackers — then community infighting over a “grey area” is unavoidable.