Scump issues message of support to H3CZ amid fight to save OpTic Gaming - Dexerto
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Scump issues message of support to H3CZ amid fight to save OpTic Gaming

Published: 17/May/2019 8:42 Updated: 17/May/2019 9:15

by Connor Bennett


OpTic Gaming’s Seth ‘Scump’ Abner issued a message of support to Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez in the wake of reports regarding a potential sale of the iconic esports brand. 

OpTic fans across all of social media were sent into a spin when reports of a potential sale to Immortals, once again, reared their head on May 14. Speculation has been piling up to such a level where many believe that the Green Wall could be toppled and no longer exist – with fans, and players, left in the dark about the outcome.

However, there had been reports that H3CZ, the former OpTic owner and current CEO, was Call of Duty squad dispatched of UYU in their final CWL Pro League match of the week by a 3-1 scoreline – giving themselves a clean 4-0 result for the week. After the game, Scump took up the mantel of the post-game interview, issuing a brief message to his long-time friend about the situation.

“I’m feeling great. We just got a great win over UYU,” started the OpTic Gaming captain, before moving on to explaining the outcome of the match and his own performance in general. He went on to note that his team’s performance in the Control game mode could be better before issuing his brief but poignant message to H3CZ. 

Scump added: “Feels great to get the win but now we’re just hoping for Hector to get a win on the other front for us.”

It remains to be seen what the outcome of OpTic’s future is, as the potential sale has been up in the air since the initial reported interest from Immortals.

While all of the OpTic teams seem to be in the dark about what’s happening, not fielding a Call of Duty team would be an unprecedented scenario for a team so closely linked with the esport, especially with Activision Blizzard revealing a franchising model starting in 2020, with the iconic squad not included in the first batch of organizations who have acquired a spot

There has been no confirmation of whether or not Immortals or H3CZ has secured the purchase of the historic esports brand and just what the future holds for the Green Wall either way – nevermind solely in Call of Duty.

Disclaimer: Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez is a minority shareholder in Dexerto Ltd.

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Nadeshot clarifies SBMM argument in Black Ops Cold War rant

Published: 3/Dec/2020 2:10 Updated: 3/Dec/2020 2:15

by Jacob Hale


Update (December 2 – 6:00 PM PT): Nadeshot has since followed up on his Skill-Based Matchmaking rant, addressing how it’s easy to lose your temper while grinding for specific weapon camo challenges.

“SBMM is a topic of discussion that has a lot of nuances,” he said in a December 2 follow-up tweet. “What I really want to clarify once and for all… I don’t have a fear of playing players as good as me. I don’t disagree with the idea of playing against players as good as me. All I’m asking for is that people see the level of skill I’m playing at.”

Obviously, a ranked playlist of sorts has been requested to no end in the community. While the feature has been subtly confirmed, it’s still yet to enter the game. Therefore, the only form of matchmaking is standard public games, which happen to have SBMM cranked all the way up.

“If I’m going up against six starting players in the Call of Duty League, I want a rank to reflect that. I understand why SBMM is a necessity, I just don’t agree with the way it’s presented. Right now it’s ambiguous, you never really know who you’re up against and the level of skill they’re at.”

The original story is as follows.

Skill-based matchmaking has been a major complaint from top Call of Duty players for years now, and 100 Thieves CEO and former pro player Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag has finally snapped, going on a rant against SBMM in the new Black Ops Cold War.

Nadeshot has never made it a secret that he, alongside a huge number of Call of Duty players, is anti-SBMM.

Though the sentiment makes sense — pit players of equal skill against one another — in practice, many players aren’t happy with it and want to see it removed or at least tuned down.

Nadeshot clearly falls into that category, and let his opinion be known during a December 1 stream while playing on the latest edition of Nuketown, Nuketown ‘84.

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Black Ops Cold War has been welcomed with mixed reviews, but SBMM has been a major sticking point.

As you can tell immediately from the scoreline alone and the carnage unfolding around him, the match is an intense one, and he wasn’t impressed.

He said: “It’s time to lower the skill-based matchmaking. This is not fun. I know we want the kids that have never played Call of Duty to be in a safe space, but please stop alienating the people that have been playing your game for over a decade.”

That wasn’t all, though, as Haag continued to complain as he struggled to make much of an impact on the game. “This is not an enjoyable experience,” he said. “Especially trying to get the challenges done on these weapons… Everyone’s got a scorestreak because it’s participation and not skill.”

Both the SBMM and scorestreak complaints have been popular ones for Black Ops Cold War players, and the sentiment seems to be echoed from the top down.

Whether Activision or Treyarch make changes to either issue remains to be seen, but we might not see Nadeshot streaming Black Ops Cold War for too much longer at this rate.