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Scump accuses pro players of refusing to scrim OpTic over gentleman’s agreements

Published: 18/Nov/2018 12:59 Updated: 18/Nov/2018 13:16

by Calum Patterson

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The competitive Call of Duty scene is once again in turmoil over ‘gentleman’s agreements’, with some pro teams reportedly refusing to practice against teams that don’t conform – notably OpTic.

Gentleman’s agreements have been used in previous Call of Duty titles to allow professional players to have more say in what is banned in competitive play, by simply agreeing in private not to use it.

Technically, it is against the rules of the CWL to do so, but it is a difficult rule to enforce, and so gentleman’s agreements against certain weapons, attachments and perks have been a common feature for years.

With the re-introduction of specialists – and new specialist equipment – there is more than ever up for debate in competitive play. Version 1 of the CWL ruleset has left all but one specialist in play, but professional players perhaps feel this is not limiting enough.

Discussions of gentleman’s agreements are typically kept in private, but due to frustrations about lack of practice as the debate over what should and should not be in play, these discussions have spilled over on to social media.

OpTic’s Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly and Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell first hinted at issues with tweets stating that ‘slow AR’ players want to remove all entertaining aspects, and have ‘another year of WW2.’

The gentleman’s agreement is believed to be over the ‘grapple hook’ – the specialist equipment only available to the ‘Ruin’ specialist. It allows players to zip quickly to almost any spot in reach by grappling toward it.

OpTic’s Seth ‘Scump’ Abner later directly mentioned the grapple hook as the reason certain other teams were refusing to play them.

Later on November 17, OpTic scrimmed against Team Envy, with the grapple hook in play, but beforehand Scump speculated that other teams ‘despised’ them, and were refusing to play them.

On stream, Scump says “I don’t know if we’re GA’d. So we might not have a scrim. Everyone literally despises us. Just don’t understand it.”

Of course, not every team has ‘blacklisted’ OpTic from scrims, but it seems there is a handful of players and teams who do not want to scrim other teams with the grapple hook in play.

Amid the controversy, many fans pointed the finger at 100 Thieves player Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat, however he later denied that he had called for gentleman’s agreements on anything.

It seems that there is confusion even among the pro players themselves as to what is being discussed as potentially agreed out, and what is ‘false narrative’ as SlasheR claims.

With less than a month to go until the first event at CWL Vegas on December 7, the top level of players in Call of Duty don’t have long to get things in order before they are truly put to the test in a LAN environment.

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How to get Flaming Pumpkin Head in Warzone & Modern Warfare

Published: 22/Oct/2020 10:14

by Jacob Hale

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The Halloween Event in Modern Warfare & Warzone has brought in a whole bunch of new content for players to sink their teeth into — but one thing that players are chasing is the new Pumpkin Head and Flaming Pumpkin Head look.

As most uber-popular games do nowadays, Infinity Ward are capitalizing on the Halloween period with their own celebrations, including the Haunting in Verdansk Warzone event, new Operator packs with spooky skins and cosmetics and the Zombie Royale game mode.

With the new Trick or Treat rewards, you can also loot chests to find fun new blueprints, such as the Cleaver melee weapon that are exclusive to the Halloween event.

That said, the new Pumpkin Head style isn’t something you can pick up from the store or on your Battle Pass, and requires you to complete something in-game.

Leatherface Warzone
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The Haunting of Verdansk event has brought iconic horror characters Leatherface and Jigsaw to Warzone.

Killstreak for Flaming Pumpkin head

The Pumpkin Head comes in two variants — either its regular version or, if you’re good enough, it sets alight too, letting you run around with a Flaming Pumpkin Head as you decimate enemies in the game.

Unfortunately, though, it’s not something you can equip. If you want to adorn the Pumpkin Head in multiplayer, you have to go on a 3 killstreak.

If you want to go one up and have a Flaming Pumpkin Head, though, you have to actually go on a 10 killstreak, which is significantly harder than 3, but makes the pumpkin ever more impressive. You will, however, lose it upon death.

Warzone pumpkin die on the vine
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There are also a number of emblems, calling cards and more with the pumpkin for Halloween.

How to get the Pumpkin Head in Warzone

It’s worth noting that this doesn’t work the same in Warzone as it does in multiplayer. While many believe the pumpkin head can be earned through a 3 killstreak in Warzone, this isn’t actually true.

So far, it seems the only way to get the pumpkin head in Warzone is to pick up a juggernaut, which automatically comes with the head attached as standard during the Haunting of Verdansk event.

Of course, while players who come up against you and your lit pumpkin head will know that you’re evidently a good player, it does make you a lot easier to see, so beware as enemies make more of an effort to hunt you out and stop you from staying low-key, especially if you’re seeking even higher killstreaks.