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Scump calls out Clayster for “backpedaling” on Dallas Empire trash talk

Published: 11/Feb/2020 4:48 Updated: 11/Feb/2020 16:57

by Isaac McIntyre


Chicago star Seth ‘Scump’ Abner has taken aim at James ‘Clayster‘ Eubanks and the Dallas Empire for “backpedaling” on their pre-CDL London trash talk, after the two locked horns in the league’s first tournament weekend.

The Chicago vs Dallas rivalry has enveloped the Call of Duty League. Star-studded rosters on both sides marked the matchup as a potential title-decider, but after success in London and Minnesota, it looks like the Huntsmen have come out on top.

The Scump-led Chicago lineup edged Empire 3–1 in their first meeting at Copper Box Arena, before the eventual winners proved victorious again in a 3–0 sweep in the final. Soon, fans were ribbing Dallas on social media for their losses.

Clayster wasn’t having it, especially considering he felt his team had lifted their game, and hit back at the critics in a passionate rant. The social media tirade soon drew the attention of Scump, however, who accused Empire of “backpedaling.”

“DaLLas [sic] started this feud, and now is backpedaling,” he wrote on Twitter, and shared an image of Mike ‘Hastr0’ Rufail commenting on power rankings. “Don’t dish it if you don’t want a negative response after. Victim role is weird!”

Screenshot via Twitter: Scump
Scump hit out at Dallas for “backpedaling” on trash talk after their defeats in London over the weekend.

Clayster replied almost immediately, asking the newly-crowned London champion who he was talking about when he said “backpedaling.” Scump suggested the online negativity “wouldn’t be as bad” if the Empire hadn’t heaped on the trash talk ahead of the matchups.

“How is that backpedaling?” the Clayster responded. “Where exactly did I talk trash? I stated facts, and I’ve really stayed out of it for the most part. Alec [Arcitys] is like a brother to me, and I’m friends with you. I’ve got no beef, and nothing to say, yet I’m getting dumpstered on the bird by the cult following.”

During the conversation, Clayster also added the Huntsmen stars, including Scump and fellow former OpTic Gaming megastar Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper, had fanned the flames by using the “influence and power [they] have over fans.”

Scump agreed that his first use of “backpedaling” for Clayster may have been a bit off base, especially considering the rivalry had first sparked from comments by Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter, and had been set ablaze after their first meeting.

He didn’t, however, see eye to eye on Clayster being able to shrug off his team’s trash talking ahead of the matchups. While Eubanks may not have been personally throwing barbs at the Huntsmen, he was simply “guilty by association.”

“I agree it wasn’t so much you, but it trickles down to you, unfortunately. With all the hype and confidence y’all built online it was inevitable that if you lost it would be bad,” Scump said, and suggested it had “become the narrative” for both teams.

“Seems like your whole team talks trash when they do these hype pieces and take little jabs at us,” he added.” Guilty by association, in this case, James. Negativity comes with the position y’all took since day one.”

Clayster argued that the “narrative” was only due to Scump and Crimsix, and that there had been no “backpedaling” at all.

When do Chicago and Dallas face off again?

While it looks like Scump and Clayster aren’t set for any personal battles in or out of the CoD servers—Eubanks even ended the conversation by congratulating the King—the ever-growing Huntsmen vs Empire war seems far from done.

Unfortunately for Chicago fans who are keen to see their team extend their winning record, and Dallas fans who want to see their roster hit back with a vengeance, the grudge match will be put on ice over the next month.

While the CDL resumes in a fortnight at the Gateway Center Arena in Atlanta, Dallas Empire is one of four organizations set to miss that weekend. The same holds true in a month, with Chicago absent from Week 4 in Los Angeles.

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CDL fans will have to wait a while before they get another taste of the Chicago vs Dallas rivalry in-game.

The next time the two star-studded rosters are slated to potentially meet comes in Week 5, when Empire hosts their first CDL homestand. 

With the home side and the Huntsmen locked into opposite brackets, they will both need to make it to the playoffs for a chance to face off. If they do, however, that maybe one of the most explosive fixtures in the competition’s inaugural year.

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Black Ops Cold War devs address Mastery camo bug & confirm other fixes

Published: 27/Nov/2020 0:17

by Brad Norton


Mastery camos in Black Ops Cold War will soon be looking better than ever, Treyarch has confirmed, with an assortment of camo-related fixes on the way in a nearby update.

If you’ve already been hard at work grinding the latest Call of Duty, unlocking the very best camos has likely kept you busy. Reaching that elite Dark Matter cosmetic is always a huge effort, though many players have already hit it just weeks after launch.

Unfortunately, the flashy Mastery Camos haven’t quite lived up to the hype in many regards. Some weapons barely display the unique visual. Small areas of the guns are given the new design while a majority of the weapon stays the same.

The community was naturally disappointed at first, but it turns out these actually aren’t working as intended. Fixes are on the way very soon, as Treyarch has confirmed the top priorities for the next major update.

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An example of how minimal Dark Matter currently looks on the M60 due to recent bugs.

First and foremost, we now have confirmation that “unintentional changes to Mastery Camos” will be addressed in the next update. “After our most recent update, some weapons began to display certain Mastery Camo differently,” devs addressed on the official Treyarch Trello board.

While an exact date isn’t quite set in stone for the next update just yet, rest assured it won’t be long. “We are looking to release a fix for this in our next major update,” they confirmed.

So if these issues had you holding back on the Dark Matter grind, there’s no reason not to get back on the hustle. In a matter of days, the camos will be displaying properly and you’ll be able to flex your early accomplishments.

Next up, there are six other major problems that Treyarch is looking into. Some are more vague, such as various console crashes and bugged animations. However, others are more specific.

Prestige leveling should be a bit smoother in the weeks to come. If your level hasn’t been displaying properly, a fix for this is currently in the works. 

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Outside of bug fixes, Flak Jacket could be addressed in a nearby update.

While no specific changes are on the way just yet, the balance team has also “had discussions” surrounding the power of Flak Jacket. A potential nerf could be on the way given how common the perk has become since launch.

The most recent patch only just went out on November 25, so we likely won’t see anything for a few days at a minimum. At least now have a solid idea of what to expect when the next updates roll around.