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Scump pitches ‘perfect’ Call of Duty League format for 2021 and beyond

Published: 21/Jul/2020 2:29 Updated: 21/Jul/2020 3:18

by Brad Norton


Nearing the end of the inaugural Call of Duty League (CDL) season, Seth ‘Scump’ Abner has expressed his disappointment in the current format and outlined exactly what he’d change for 2021 and beyond.

CDL Home Series events bring eight of 12 franchise teams together across three days of competition. Players battle it out for bragging rights and prize money, along with all-important CDL points. 

With just one regular-season tournament remaining before the playoff bracket begins, players have grown tired with the state of the League. While the shift to online certainly hasn’t helped, and controversial rulings leave a lot to be desired, Scump believes the current format itself is in desperate need of change.

The Chicago Huntsmen star argued that the current structure “sucks” during a July 20 Twitch stream. “I want to play more CoD,” he said. “If you win every match at a Home Series you play four matches in three days.”

When asked how he would improve the structure to ensure more game-time for every team, Scump pitched a format that will be familiar to long-time fans. One that aligns perfectly with how the Call of Duty World League used to play out.

“For next year…this is hopeful but I want it to expand to 16 teams and every team be at every tournament,” he outlined. “There would be pool play at every tournament,” meaning that rosters would have to earn their spot in bracket play.

With hopes for 16 franchise teams in 2021, it would lend to a perfectly even playing field for “four pools of four teams.” No different from the former competitive CoD structure before the League began, the top two teams would then “come out into a double-elimination, eight-team bracket.”

Throughout the course of an event of this scope, there would be far more potential for exciting storylines to emerge. Having every team at every event would truly establish who the best is. Not just that, it would allow pros to “play more matches,” which is something Scump desperately wants to see for the next season.

Call of Duty League Huntsmen Formal and Scump
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Huntsmen currently sit fourth in the standings with 220 CDL points.

CDL teams are just weeks away from their most important matchups of the year. The 2020 playoffs begin on August 19 with a $4.6 million prize pool on the line. The top two seeds from the regular season advance straight through to the winner’s semi-finals.

Currently fourth in the standings, Scump and the Huntsmen are gunning for a top two finish. The Toronto Home Series rounds out the regular season on July 24.

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Nadeshot’s 2011 Tweet about quitting McDonald’s goes viral again

Published: 31/Oct/2020 12:33 Updated: 31/Oct/2020 12:40

by Joe Craven


A historic tweet from Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag, 100 Thieves founder and ex-Call of Duty professional, has resurfaced, showing the future esports star questioning whether he should quit his job at McDonalds. 

The story of Nadeshot’s rise to esports royalty is well known, with the 100 Thieves owner originally making a name for himself as an OpTic Gaming Call of Duty player. Alongside Scump, he became one of the world’s best known CoD players, renowned for his talent and inherently likeable personality on camera.

His time as a CoD player peaked with a Gold Medal at the X Games back in Call of Duty Ghosts, stealing the crown from under the noses of Team Kaliber after a memorable win over Evil Geniuses in the semi-final. But, his success out of game is also crucial, as content creation is the main reason he stood out among other pro players.

A controversial split from OpTic Gaming after Advanced Warfare struggles signalled the end of Nadeshot’s time as a professional CoD player, but his involvement in the esports scene remains as strong as ever.

Nadeshot playing for OpTic Gaming
Nadeshot played Call of Duty for OpTic Gaming.

The founder of 100 Thieves, Nadeshot’s organization currently compete in League of Legends and Valorant. Sources have also indicated to Dexerto that they will soon enter the Call of Duty League, buying Los Angeles OpTic’s slot in the league.

However, reminders of where Nadeshot has come from are frequent, with a 2011 Tweet resurfacing amid attention from big esports names. The Tweet, dated March 27, 2011, sees Nadeshot flirting with the idea of quitting his job at McDonalds.

“Who wants to see me quit McDonalds within this next week or two?!” it reads, representing what a big move his resignation was at the time of the tweet. At this time, he was competing in Call of Duty, and his YouTube/streaming career was just taking off.

Nade himself quoted his tweet with a Ferris Bueller reference, saying how fast life moves:

After the Tweet caught traction on October 30, new replies reflect just how far Nade has come, with H3CZ joking that he’s “got a house” for him to live in. The throwback will be nostalgic for many, as Nadeshot’s time on OpTic Gaming approaches a decade old.

Daniel ‘KEEMSTAR’ Keem responded, joking that it was worth sticking it out at McDonalds because they’re set to raise the national minimum wage. Regardless, we’re sure owning 100 Thieves is a more lucrative career.

Two-time CoD World Champion JKap also got involved, joking that leaving McDonalds would be “risky” for Nadeshot. It was certainly a risk, but it’s paid off 1000 times over.

Away from big names, many people were quick to comment on how inspirational they found Nadeshot’s rise, targeting similar rises of their own.

One Twitter user said “Follow your dreams. This man is living proof”, while another said: “This is my goal, friends. Soon. Promise.”

Nadeshot’s prominence in the world of esports is testament to his attitude and talent, complemented by a serious amount of hard work. We look forward to hearing similarly inspirational stories from the next generation of esports icons.