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Scump hits back at critics after OpTic’s CWL Pro League upset

Published: 5/Feb/2019 10:26 Updated: 5/Feb/2019 10:32

by Calum Patterson


OpTic Gaming Call of Duty captain Seth ‘Scump’ Abner has responded to criticism following the team’s shock defeat at the hands of Midnight Esports.

Playing with Tommy ‘ZooMaa‘ Paparratto on loan from FaZe Clan, while issues with Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell being unable to attend are resolved, OpTic were dominated by the league newcomers.

Midnight Gaming already impressed at the Pro League Qualifier, going 6-0 in their group and beating the likes of 100 Thieves and Gen.G, but taking down the CWL Las Vegas champs was their most impressive feat yet.

Call of Duty / TwitchMidnight shocked everyone with their win over OpTic.

But, it was the dominant fashion in which Midnight dispatched of OpTic which surprised fans the most – and caused some to become hyper-critical of Scump and his teammates, after only their first match of the league.

With ZooMaa filling in for Dashy, and not being a direct role equivalent, Scump explains that there were guaranteed to be teething problems.

On top of having one less Maddox player and one more SMG player, OpTic’s specialist composition is now off, with ZooMaa not practiced with Dashy’s usual pick of Tempest.

The day one loss is far from the end of OpTic’s uphill battle with the role changes, as Dashy will be ineligible to play for the next three matches at least (substitute players must fill in for a minimum of one week, to prevent teams abusing the system and effectively having six players).

Next up for the Green Wall is a match against UYU – a team not expected to challenge the Vegas champs greatly, but after the performance from Midnight, anything is possible.

Keep up to date with all the Pro League action on our dedicated coverage hub.

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NICKMERCS rates the best Warzone players from to Scump to HusKerrs

Published: 24/Oct/2020 1:06

by Theo Salaun


Tasked with drafting a team for a Call of Duty: Warzone tournament, NICKMERCS went through some of the game’s biggest names, ranking them while determining who he would most want to duo with.

To start Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards’ $10,000 “Cracked Creators” Warzone tournament, 16 creators were tasked with drafting their duo from 16 “cracked” streamers.

As one of the creators allowed to select their tandem, NICKMERCS sifted through 16 of the game’s best to determine who he would prefer to play with.

Ultimately, the FaZe streamer ended up putting his decision to a poll among his fans. But, before doing so, he originally went through all 16 and gave thoughts on how each of them ranks. And the options were varied, but all shared one thing in common: talent.

With professional Call of Duty League players like Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper and Seth ‘Scump’ Abner available, as well as Warzone streamers like Aydan and HusKerrs, the candidates were excellent. Still, NICKMERCS sifted through and broke down who he truly believes ranks as the battle royale’s best.

Segment begins at 00:20:45.

NICKMERCS starts by going through the list and just expressing what an absolute struggle it will be to pick from such a talented crop of peers: “Oh, it’s going to be so hard to pick man … No matter what, everybody that I would pick from is cracked.” But, after going through and complimenting practically everybody, he starts the process of elimination.

Since Nick chooses second after DrDisrespect, he immediately eliminates Zlaner as Doc’s likely first pick. Then, he eliminates JoeWo with two simple reasons: “I’ve never played with him and every time I play against him, I beat that little ass.”

Then, BobbyPoff is gone: “BobbyPoff, I love the guy, but take him off the list.” And the “Scarf Lord” is followed quickly by the Chicago Huntsmen’s FormaL and Scump: “Love ‘em, love ‘em. But I feel like there’s better BR players.” After that, things start getting complicated.

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The list of “cracked” players in Hitch’s Cracked Creators Warzone tournament.

Similar to Zlaner, Nick decides to sacrifice Merk so that he can play with his longtime duo, Maven. Then, recognizing that all of these remaining players are absolute menaces on Verdansk, he goes with two simple metrics to determine his personal preference. He immediately prioritizes controller players and the highest earners in Warzone tournaments.

That eliminates stars like HusKerrs and Symfuhny for their mouse and keyboard usage, while also eliminating Crowder and DougIsRaw for their low earnings. Finally, he eliminates Jukeyz because of his struggles understanding the UK maestro’s accent and decides to put the decision to a poll.


Ultimately, it’s between Aydan and Tommey, with Cloakzy popping on to let NICKMERCS know that Aydan’s been playing some Fortnite recently. That leaves the FaZe star choosing Tommey, noting that “he’s got great communication, phenomenal player, guaranteed to get some chopper kills off rip.”

Despite going through full rankings for his options and landing upon an excellent duo, the decision-making process proved to be futile. NICKMERCS and Tommey could only end in the Top 12 for the tournament, while the easily dismissed BobbyPoff actually came in first place.