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Scump finally explains his falling out with former OpTic teammate FormaL

Published: 6/Sep/2019 3:16 Updated: 6/Sep/2019 5:02

by Isaac McIntyre


Call of Duty superstar Seth ‘Scump’ Abner has revealed what led to the fall out between him and former OpTic Gaming teammate Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper.

As two members of OpTic Gaming’s dynasty roster that took the CoD professional scene by storm, world champions Scump and FormaL are widely regarded as being among the best players in the history of the esport. 

Their behind-the-scenes rift, which saw Piper make the high-profile switch to Luminosity Gaming in 2018, has long been the topic of speculation. Now the King has shed some light on the issues that drove them apart on a recent episode of The CouRage and Nadeshot Show.

Matthew ‘Nadeshot‘ Haag, who also played with Scump on OpTic, opened the discussions with a blunt question: “Alright Seth, what happened with FormaL? Why did you and FormaL begin to hate each other?”

“I don’t know, I feel like it was kind of the same thing as me and you,” the King replied. “There was a competition, sort of, within the team. Once we started losing that competition just kind of ate away at the relationship, because he wanted more recognition, or I wanted more.”

MLGScump and FormaL were long-time teammates on OpTic Gaming.

He went on to reveal that internet problems played a huge role in deepening the divide, as Scump, who was based in California and far away from the rest of the team, had a red-bar connection in many of the matches, which led to other teams choosing to not practice against them.

“We had a lot of turmoil because of my setup in California, the internet wasn’t very good so I couldn’t really practice and that would obviously piss some people off. Everyone hated it.”

“We tried to play through it and we just couldn’t because obviously teams would just quit scrims, they didn’t want to play us because I was just skipping around the map.”

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Despite winning the 2017 CWL Championship, and ending the Infinite Warfare season on the highest note possible, the team began falling apart during the subsequent campaign, thanks to consistently worsening performances during a tough WWII season.

“After we won Champs everything was fine and dandy, and then we went to the first event and got third, and we probably should have won that one, and then it was a slippery slope right to the very bottom,” OpTic’s long-term captain said of the inevitable separation.

However, despite all of their history, the two superstars are seemingly back in good terms with each other, as Scump named FormaL in his dream team of currently active players. 

In response to that, the Luminosity pro commented “T2P,” which stands for “time to pound,” the motto that the two created when they first joined forces under the Green Wall banner in 2014. 

Neither Scump or FormaL have officially confirmed their future in the newly franchised Call of Duty League, but with the signing window having opened on September 3, news on rosters is likely to begin flowing soon.

Nine franchises have already been confirmed for the 2020 season. Keep up to date with breaking roster moves on our Off-Season Rostermania Tracker.

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Renegades announce new CoD roster ahead of second Challengers season

Published: 31/Oct/2020 14:17 Updated: 31/Oct/2020 14:20

by Joe Craven


Esports organisation Renegades have revealed their Call of Duty roster for the second season of the CDL’s Challengers Series, including players from last year’s Paris Legion roster. 

The switch from the Call of Duty World League to the Call of Duty League represents the greatest shake-up competitive CoD has ever seen. While latter tournaments in the CWL involved an amateur tournament running parallel to the main one, the introduction of Challengers’ Series gives a greater formalisation to competition below the best of the best.

With franchised spots in the CDL costing millions, it’s no surprise that some big name esports organisations have found themselves competing in the Challengers Series. One of these orgs is Renegades, the Detroit-based esports team that has come in and out of competitive CoD in recent years.

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Renegades have come and gone from the Call of Duty pro scene in the past.

On October 31, they announced their CoD roster for the upcoming Black Ops Cold War season, which will be the second season of the CDL and its accompanying Challenger Series.

Perhaps the biggest name in the new roster is Luke ‘Louqa’ Rigas, who represented Paris Legion in the CDL last year. It was an up-and-down year for the Paris Legion, who managed a second place finish at the online CDL Week 12 London event.

He is also joined by ex-Paris teammate Conrad ‘Shockz’ Rymarek, who is best known for his five years with Australian organisation Mindfreak from 2014 to 2019.

Rounding off the roster are Lincoln ‘Fighta’ Ferguson and Amer ‘Pred’ Zulbeari, making a fully Australian roster. The nationalities of all players means they will likely compete in the APAC region of the Challengers Series.

While Shockz and Louqa come off the back of mixed fortunes in the CDL, Fighta and Pred both joined Renegades in January of 2020. In the somewhat weaker field of APAC competition, their Renegades roster dominated the region’s Challenger tournaments during the Modern Warfare season.

Replacing half the team with CDL standard pros means it’s likely we’ll see similar domination this year, barring any shock performances from the other APAC teams.