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Scump explains why you can stream scrims in Modern Warfare

by Jacob Hale

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Chicago Huntsmen star Seth ‘Scump’ Abner has explained why he doesn’t think streaming scrims leaves teams at a disadvantage – despite popular opinion to the contrary.

Streaming scrims has become a strongly-contested issue among the Call of Duty esports community in recent years. Once upon a time, all pro players would stream their scrims and it would be a great source of entertainment and getting eyes on the product.

As competition heated up and the scene became more professional throughout the years, creating content – and especially streaming scrims – started to be placed on the backburner in order to better accommodate practice and getting the best results possible. Scump, however, doesn’t see the issue.

Twitter: Chicago Huntsmen
Twitter: Chicago Huntsmen
Scump's Chicago Huntsmen side are already fan-favorites and tipped to be one of the best teams in the league.

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After being asked by a viewer in his Twitch stream whether he thinks streaming scrims is putting the Huntsmen at a disadvantage, Scump said:

“Considering there hasn’t been anything worth playing yet, not really. We’ll see how the year ensues, but so far, no, I don’t see a problem with it.”

He goes on to explain his reasoning a bit more, claiming that as long as you don't broadcast how you setup at the start of matches, you shouldn't face too many issues, saying: “I’ve never really seen a problem with streaming scrims, besides doing your break off, every team is going to be playing the same. It’s a matter of how well you can get your teammates and everyone on the same page. It’s not so much knowing what to do, it’s how well [pro teams] can coordinate in-game.”

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He goes on to offer a bit more balance, stating that streaming scrims “can hurt you” but, as long as you’re not “scrimming [Search & Destroy] and doing your main strategies,” pro teams should be fine.

The streaming scrims debate has raged on for a couple of years now, but Scump has always seemed to be of the opinion that it’s not an issue – after all, some of his greatest successes in both content and competition came at a time when streaming practice was the norm for them.

Whether this attitude and outlook is reflected in his results once again this year, we will find out in due course, with the franchised Call of Duty League running its first year throughout 2020.