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Pro players respond after 15-year-old drops out of school to pursue pro Call of Duty

Published: 12/Jan/2019 14:30 Updated: 14/Jan/2019 13:32

by Calum Patterson


After an aspiring Call of Duty player revealed he had dropped out of school at only 15 to pursue his dream, professional players stepped in to prevent him making a bad choice.

15 year old player ‘Loyal’ revealed to Twitter followers on January 10 that he had “convinced his parents” to allow him to drop out, saying “school will never determine your success.”

Loyal, who plays for Decimate Youth, immediately had a number of responses, including from pro players, advising that he had likely made a mistake.

Call of Duty World League (CWL) rules stipulate that no player under 18 can compete in official CWL tournaments, meaning Loyal still has a few years at least of grinding at the amateur level.

Team Envy player Justin ‘SiLLY’ Fargo advised that there are plenty of ways to still chase the dream of competing while also getting an education, as something to fall back on.

And it appears SiLLY was not the only pro to offer a word of advice to the young player, as Loyal also thanked Pittsburgh Knights player Casey ‘Pandur’ Romano and former Team Kaliber player Dylan ‘Theory’ McGee.

Not only pro players were looking out for Loyal, as upcoming amateur players who are also looking to take the next step up to the professional scene advised against dropping out.

Popular streamer and SnD star Nicholas ‘Equuip’ Viera explained that although he ‘respected the dedication’, it’s still important to have a back up plan.

Thanks to all the words of wisdoms from pro players and fellow aspiring pros, Loyal announced that he had reversed his decision to dropout.

Even professional players playing at the top level have managed educational success alongside their career in Call of Duty, namely 100 Thieves SlasheR, who won the 2016 World Championship with Team Envy, while completing a degree in robotic engineering.

Not only in Call of Duty either, as other FPS pros in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive have similarly played professionally at the highest level while also completing tertiary education – Finn ‘Karrigan’ Andersen and Sean ‘[email protected]’ gares to name only two.

The CWL’s ruling that players must be 18 to compete professional should help to curb the number of wishful players making the reckless decision to dropout of education solely to focus on competing.

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Dr Disrespect explains how Black Ops Cold War could be “so much more fun”

Published: 21/Oct/2020 3:29

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Dr Disrespect has chimed in on the much-maligned SBMM system used in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and other titles, and although he doesn’t blame Treyarch, the Doc is less than impressed with the system and wants it removed.

Dr Disrespect is all about violence, speed, and momentum. However, he hasn’t been able to spread his wings in Black Ops Cold War and fly like the eagle he was born to be, and he blames it all on SBMM.

SBMM, which stands for skill-based matchmaking, is a system used in many popular games to try and balance out lobbies.

Some players and developers think it’s a good thing, but many others believe it tends to ‘punish’ higher-skilled players like Dr Disrespect. It throws them into lobbies with other elite players, which results in ‘sweaty’ games where everyone is good and trying really hard to win.

The game becomes more serious and less casual, and it demands more effort, which is less than ideal for streamers like the Doc, who want to entertain.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is one of many games that uses SBMM.

Dr Disrespect has never been one to hold his tongue and mince his words on matters important to him. In his latest stream, he had a frustrating time playing Black Ops Cold War due to SBMM and shared his thoughts.

Man, that SBMM, what a… what a…” he said, struggling to find the words to summarize his rage. “SBMM results to exact same fight every single time.” It’s a sentiment shared by players from many different games and skill brackets.

“It has nothing to do with… game design,” he added.

“Treyarch knocks it out the park… I just think it has something to do with a lot of the technical stuff… I would take that tech out.”

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Dr Disrespect isn’t one to hold back on his opinions, especially when it comes to games.

Dr Disrespect knows that it isn’t Treyarchs fault. Instead, he refers to a “third-party” who works with them and “manages all the data and everything.” He says, “they’re able to make all these tweaks, and all that stuff,” and the fact that SBMM is implemented at all is “such a bummer.”

“I want some sheep in my lobbies,” he said. “I want a couple triple peekers. The game could like just be so much more fun. I don’t understand why they have it.”

The related segment begins at 3:38:30 in the video below.

Dr Disrespect isn’t the first person to express his concerns about SBMM, and he won’t be the last. However, the Doc is a pillar in the gaming community. He has also been involved in some behind-the-scenes level design, so his opinion has some weight.

Either way, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is still loads of fun. SBMM might even help you become a better player if you’re willing to embrace it.