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Pools for the CWL Pro League Qualifiers have been drawn – Pools and info

Published: 7/Jan/2019 22:21 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 17:19

by Wyatt Donigan

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With 2019 now in full swing, it’s almost time for the CWL Pro League to get underway, starting with deciding what the pools will be for the Pro league Qualifiers. 

The CWL Pro League will begin on February 4 and will feature 16 of the best Call of Duty teams facing off in the newly-reformed league.

Four teams – OpTic Gaming, eUnited, Splyce, and Luminosity Gaming – have already locked in spots based on their performance at CWL Vegas, but there are still 12 spots left to be decided.

Those 12 spots will be decided during the Pro League Qualifiers between the other 28 teams who placed in the Top 32 at CWL Vegas.

The CWL held an official livestream to sort the 28 teams into their respective pools ahead of the Qualifiers that are set to kick off on January 16.

The Qualifiers will feature four pools of seven teams, with the top two teams from each pool automatically qualifying for the Pro League while the bottom two teams from each pool are eliminated.

The other three teams from each pool will then move to a double-elimination playoff to decide the final four spots in the Pro League.

The Pro League Qualifiers will officially begin on January 16 and will run until January 20.

For everything else you need to know about the Pro League Qualifiers, be sure to head over to our official hub.

CWL Pro League Qualifier Pools 

Pool A

Team Roster
Team Sween QwiKeR, Nolson, Weeman, Dylan, Braain
Reciprocity Tommey, Wuskin, Zed, Seany, Denz
FaZe Clan Attach, ZooMaa, Cellium, Replays, Priestahh
Teddy’s Team TeddyRecKs, Ramby, Super, Apox, Zaptius
FC Black Asim, Tisch, GRVTY, Mosh, Phantomz
Niall’s Team Niall, Creza, Deleo, endurAAA, Keza
Enigma6 General, Diabolic, KiSMET, Kade, Frosty

Pool B

Team Roster
Lightning Pandas Alexx, Dqvee, Joshh, MadCat, Peatie
Team Envy Huke, Apathy, ACHES, SiLLY, Assault
G2 Esports Blazt, Chino, Lacefield, Decemate, Methodz
Heretics KFC Lucky, MethodZ, Sukry, JurNii, MeTTalZz
Tainted Minds Damage, Nimble, Swiftazor, Setzyy, Zepa
Fact Revolution Cammy, Defrag, Chain, Maple, SunnyB
Vodafone Giants TojoR, envdiaN , YaKo, Inven, Pepo

Pool C

Team Roster
SpaceLy’s Team SpaceLy, Havok, MajorManiak, Nagafen, Maux
100 Thieves Kenny, SlasheR, Enable, Octane, Fero
Pittsburgh Knights GodRx, Pandur, Parasite, Ricky, Saints
Excelerate Beehzy, FA5TBALLA, MRuiz, Believe, ProFeeZy
Midnight Esports Brack, JetLi, Parzelion, Envoy, LlamaGod
Overtime eSport Wailers, ZeeK, rizK, Breszy, Natashay
Mazer Gaming Destiny, Vicious, Newbz, Wrecks, SupremeAgility

Pool D

Team Roster
Evil Geniuses Goonjar, Faccento, Xotic, FeLo, Royalty
Red Reserve Joee, Rated, Skrapz, Bance, Zer0
UYU Mayhem, Spoof, Proto, Skyz
Mindfreak Shockz, Louqa, Fighta, Excite, Swifty
The Imperial Hawqeh, Denza, Moose, Reedy, Vortex
Movistar Riders PuNi, Sammy, Katru, Supraaz, Oney
Nation of Power Slater, Mizuno, Reign6, RobbieB3319, Zinx
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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

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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.