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Rise Nation Win CWL Anaheim Open Beating Red Reserve In a Close Grand Final

Published: 18/Jun/2018 3:58 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 15:21

by Calum Patterson


Rise Nation won their third major open event of the CoD: WWII season, beating out Red Reserve in the grand final at CWL Anaheim.

Red Reserve put up a valiant effort, forcing a second best of five, but Rise remained composed an once again solidified themselves as the best team in the game.

Red Reserve started strongly, taking map one in fairly dominant fashion on Valkyrie hardpoint, as Thomas “TJHaLy” Haly struggled for Rise.

Map two, search and destroy on Ardennes was closer, but Red eventually closed it out after throwing away numerous rounds that they should have won.

Capture the flag was even closer, going to overtime after a last gasp cap from Red Reserve. Rise struck first in OT, and prevented a comeback from Red Reserve to push it to a fourth map.

Red Reserve quickly regained focus however, and on Ardennes Forest hardpoint opened up a big lead early on that despite Rise’s best efforts they could not overcome, forcing a second best of five.

The first map of the second series was close till the very end, but Red Reserve ultimately edged it out on Saint Marie hardpoint. Rise proved they were still the better SnD team however, closing it out 6-4.

Back on Flak Tower CTF, Rise once again came out on top, but it was a narrow win once again, taking it 3-2 and just preventing Red from tying it up in the closing moments.

A nailbiting Hardpoint was eventually won out by Rise Nation, after TJHaLy earned multiple streaks and helped his side close it out 250-246.

If Rise can keep up their current form, they will be heavy favorites for the Stage Two playoffs and the World Championship in August.

Red Reserve will be heartbroken by the loss, but can take a lot of confidence from the performance across the weekend. Rise go home with $80,000, and Red take $48,000 for their runners up placing.

Watch our interview with Rise Nations Daniel “Loony” Loza and Thomas “TJHaLy” Haly, immediately after their third big win of the season.

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Nadeshot calls for major SBMM change in Black Ops Cold War rant

Published: 2/Dec/2020 11:48

by Jacob Hale


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.