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Scump explains why you can stream scrims in Modern Warfare

Published: 3/Jan/2020 12:12 Updated: 4/Jan/2020 0:36

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.

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

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.”

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.

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FormaL claims FaZe are OpTic Chicago’s toughest competition for CDL 2021

Published: 26/Nov/2020 2:42 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 2:51

by Theo Salaun

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OpTic Chicago’s Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper has revealed that he thinks the Atlanta FaZe will be the team to beat in the Call of Duty League’s 2021 season, citing how similar the two teams are.

A seven-year veteran in professional Call of Duty, FormaL boasts a wealth of expertise and some interesting insights. Excited for Black Ops Cold War and a refreshed CDL roster, back under the OpTic banner, the 2017 World Champion broke down his expectations for the 2021 season on an episode of “The Bakery” podcast.

Tucked in between romantic stories of trying to hide his gaming career from a crush and resisting Seth ‘Scump’ Abner’s kiss attempts, FormaL discussed the upcoming competitive season. With former teammate Alec ‘Arcitys’ Sanderson moved over to Atlanta, OpTic’s AR revealed that FaZe are the biggest concern in 2021 — not the 2020 champion Dallas Empire.

With the league transitioning to 4 vs. 4 and Treyarch’s Black Ops Cold War, FormaL believes that Chicago is primed to win CDL Champs, but that Atlanta is the toughest test ahead.

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Like sniping from the safety of a head glitch, FormaL did not hesitate at all when asked who would Chicago considers the most troubling team in 2021: “Definitely FaZe. FaZe is just another powerhouse … They’re pretty well-rounded, they got an insane amount of talent, they all want to play with each other. It’s just how our team is.”

Pinpointing FaZe’s roster balance, FormaL elaborated that the inclusion of Arcitys simply adds a new element to the competition between Chicago and Atlanta: “Alec’s a really good friend of mine. It’s gonna be really fun to play against him the whole year. You’ve got the Simp, aBeZy duo, you’ve got the Cellium thing … it’s gonna be a good rivalry for sure.”

In 2020, Chris ‘Simp’ Lehr and Tyler ‘aBeZy’ Pharris were one of the best SMG duos in the CDL while McArthur ‘Cellium’ Jovel was an MVP candidate (alongside Simp) in the flex role. When he spoke with Dexerto back in July, Cellium also told us that he thought Arcitys was the best AR in the league.

While respectful of the talent and balance this new FaZe roster enjoys, FormaL was unfazed when asked who wins CDL Champs 2021: “We do. 100 percent.” This coincides with his earlier explanation that the change to 4 vs. 4 suits a Chicago team that prefers that style, is excited to reunite with Dashy, and enjoys Treyarch titles.

Last year, the Empire came first, FaZe came second, and Chicago (at that point, the Huntsmen) came third. This year, FormaL expects to win, FaZe to repeat with silver, and it doesn’t even seem like third place is on his radar: “I don’t know who the f**k comes third, Paris?”