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Scump explains what went wrong for OpTic in Black Ops 4 and CoD Champs

Published: 7/Sep/2019 15:32 Updated: 7/Sep/2019 15:52

by Joe Craven


OpTic Gaming veteran Seth ‘Scump’ Abner has explained what went wrong for the team following their underwhelming Black Ops 4 season, and third-place finish at CWL Champs. 

OpTic’s 2019 season got off to the best possible start as they won CWL Las Vegas back in the first event, around a monster MVP performance from Dashy. They struggled after though, and placed no better than third for the remainder of the season.

Going into Championship Sunday at CWL Champs, OpTic were in an ideal position: in the Winners’ Final against eUnited. However, a choke on Payload Search & Destroy saw them capitulate and lose five straight maps, first falling to eUnited and then 100 Thieves.

CWLThe Winners’ Final saw eUnited push OpTic into the Losers’ Bracket, 3-1.

Appearing on the CouRage and Nadeshot podcast, Scump was presented with a list of his achievements. “Are you kidding?” he laughed. “We should have won Champs this weekend too. People decided to not show up on Sunday.” 

While Scump shone on the final day of Champs, his teammates almost unanimously struggled, meaning a lot of OpTic’s maps were lost comfortably.

Nade went on to ask what happened after the win at CWL Vegas, explaining that his 100 Thieves roster took down OpTic at all but one of their matchups. “I don’t even think we won maps against 100 Thieves,” Scump replied. “Which doesn’t make sense because I felt like we were nasty.” 

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“I feel like it was a lack of motivation,” Scump continued. “And chemistry, after a certain point. Everyone started bickering again after we started losing. People were on each others’ nerves a lot. Arguing in scrims: people saying let’s take scrims more seriously and I’m over here like “come on, let’s have some fun.” 

OpTic’s CoD team has had issues in the past over teammates being at each other’s throats. When the dynasty roster struggled in WWII, the subsequent break up was largely put down to toxicity between players, particularly Scump and FormaL.

MLGScump and FormaL won a world championship back in Infinite Warfare, but things turned sour on WWII as OpTic struggled.

Scump said it got so serious that “we (OpTic) couldn’t have fun anymore”. It certainly sounds like there were some personality clashes over the course of Black Ops 4, with Karma and Crimsix getting frustrated with Scump’s attitude. 

“Ian doesn’t take losing for anything,” said Scump. “He would start yelling and getting mad at us and we’d start laughing at him… He gets so mad. I feel like it was a lack of motivation. We lost the hunger.” 

He explained that there was a definite desire to prove people wrong at CWL Las Vegas, but that fell off over the course of the year.

MLGOpTic won CWL Las Vegas, but couldn’t pick up any other major tournaments.

At CWL Champs he describes his performance positively, while his teammates struggled. However, he’s quick to point out he also had his bad events this year, so he does not hold it against “one or two people”. 

Similarly, he pinpoints the loss of the Payload Search & Destroy versus eUnited, with the map being described as the “momentum swing” by CouRage, an ex-CoD caster. Up 5-3, the Greenwall lost 3 straight rounds to see the series tied 1-1. 

This momentum shift seemingly killed OpTic, as they lost the next two maps convincingly. They were then eliminated by 100 Thieves 3-0. 

It sounds like a mixture of factors prevented the roster from hitting the heights of previous years and, with franchising just around the corner, the future of all the team’s members is currently up in the air. 

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Black Ops Cold War already set new Call of Duty player record in the Beta

Published: 23/Oct/2020 6:20

by Brad Norton


The Call of Duty franchise is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon as Treyarch’s recent Black Ops Cold War Beta went above expectations and shattered records.

Ever since the release of the first CoD title in 2003, the franchise has only continued to grow. Year after year more players hop on board to see what the latest title has in store. Whether fans gravitate towards single-player campaigns, cooperative experiences, or classic multiplayer competition, there’s something for everyone.

2020 is shaping up to be no different as Treyarch is firing on all cylinders for the Black Ops Cold War release. Everything from Zombies to Warzone will be on offer and it’s already clear that the community is hungry for it all.

After an impressive Alpha test on the PlayStation 4 that became the biggest in franchise history, that record has once again been broken. This time, by the Black Ops Cold War Beta that followed just weeks later.

Having kicked off exclusively for PS4 users on October 8 before jumping to all platforms on October 15, the Black Ops Cold War Beta was played by a staggering number of people. In fact, it was “the most downloaded [Beta] in Call of Duty history,” the developers revealed on October 23.

No exact figures were revealed for the history Beta. Though it being publicly available across Xbox One, PS4, and PC over the final days was sure to have helped boost the figures.

Not only is this a hugely positive sign before the launch of Black Ops Cold War, but it continues a trend from previous iterations. 2019’s Modern Warfare also broke records with its early access Beta period. 

Last year’s records also didn’t come with any specific numbers, though Activision assured the Modern Warfare Beta attracted more players than ever before.

Also of note, those players logged more hours played than any Beta in franchise history. It’s now clear that Black Ops Cold War has been yet another step up in terms of early engagement.

Black Ops Cold War gameplay
The Black Ops Cold War Beta was live across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

It’s obviously too early to tell just how this might indicate sales for the release come November 13. However, to get into the Beta early, a majority of players needed to preorder on their platform of choice. So that’s certainly a good sign just weeks out from launch.

2019’s Modern Warfare topped over $600 million in sales across its first three days on the market. That instantly made it the highest-selling CoD of the generation. Though Black Ops Cold War could be on track to go even further this year.