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Scump reveals how he and FormaL squashed their beef

Published: 25/Oct/2019 9:56 Updated: 25/Oct/2019 10:33

by Joe Craven


Professional CoD player for NRG’s Chicago franchise, Seth ‘Scump’ Abner, has revealed how he and Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper managed to move past historic differences in order to reunite for the upcoming Modern Warfare CDL season. 

In terms of historic Call of Duty duos, few are more decorated than Scump and FormaL. The pair, who coined the phrase ‘T2P’ – meaning ‘time to pound’ – have confirmed their reunion for Modern Warfare, despite a well-documented falling out as OpTic Gaming struggled in Call of Duty: WWII. 

The clashes saw Crimsix and Scump remain on OpTic while FormaL moved to Luminosity for Octane, and Karma was benched for Methodz. Widely believed to be a catalyst for the split of the OpTic dynasty roster, many believed they had seen FormaL and Scump compete together for the last time. 

MLGScump and FormaL won a championship ring together, in Infinite Warfare.

However, rumors had been swirling during the off-season, pointing towards a potential reunion alongside ex-OpTic Gaming CEO Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez, who is now based in Chicago with the franchise acquired by NRG. 

These rumors proved true and, on October 24, Scump and FormaL were confirmed to be reuniting as part of a star-studded roster also consisting of Envoy, Arcitys and Gunless. 

While streaming Modern Warfare as part of a collaboration with FaZe Apex and Burger King, Scump responded to questions about how T2P came to be reunited after such a public (and allegedly acrimonious) split.  

“What made T2P get back together?” he said. “Honestly, we just talked after Champs and we hashed it out like a couple of grown-ups. And yeah, here we are.” 

It sounds like Scump and FormaL’s time apart made the two realize what an insurmountable duo they were. 

A lot of the conflict stemmed from Scump’s famously poor internet as, at the time, he was living in Los Angeles and so experiencing significant issues when trying to play with teammates on the other side of the country. 

Scump responds to Crimsix

While FormaL and Scump may have patched things up, it appears there is now a rift between Abner and Crimsix, after the latter complained of constant late-coming, among other issues, in the Black Ops 4 season.

However, Scump defended himself from these claims, denying that he was often late for practice with the team.

“Mad at showing up on time?” he said. “I was actually rarely late. I dunno where that came from. That’s something that I’m gonna defend myself on. I was rarely late. Rarely.” 

It seems like Scump and FormaL have worked hard to iron out the issues which had them at each other’s throats during the latter part of their time on OpTic Gaming. 

They will be hoping to replicate the same level of success, and have given themselves a good chance on a star studded roster which features a Black Ops 4 world champion, as well as two newer players, who were both considered to be stars of Treyarch’s latest installment. 

However, they will have their work cut out against the incredible rosters announced by opposing franchises, including OpTic Gaming Los Angeles – which features a couple of Scump’s teammates from last year. 

The start of the CDL season is heavily anticipated, and fans cannot wait to see the fabled duo back in action together.

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How to watch Dallas Empire Black Ops Cold War $25k kickoff tournament

Published: 17/Nov/2020 12:07

by Jacob Hale


To celebrate the release of Black Ops Cold War, the Call of Duty League and several of its franchises are hosting launch tournaments featuring big-name pro players and content creators, and we’ve got everything you need to watch & follow along live.

It’s a very important time for Call of Duty right now as everyone is buzzing about the launch of Black Ops Cold War, the series’ highly anticipated 2020 installment.

With competitive CoD more prominent now than it’s ever been, the CDL is getting involved first-hand with the game’s release, putting together seven high-profile tournaments – each hosted by a different franchise.

Not all of these competitions are identical; the formats and participants will vary from one to the other. All of the details about these competitions, including the full schedule and recaps of completed events, can be found below.

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The full schedule for the CDL’s Black Ops Cold War launch tournaments.

$25,000 Dallas Empire Battle of the Throne

Dallas Empire are hosting the fourth consecutive CDL-sanctioned Black Ops Cold War kickoff tournament of the year, following in the footsteps of Atlanta FaZe, OpTic Chicago and Minnesota RØKKR.

Having become world champions in Modern Warfare, the Empire boys will be looking to keep up their displays of dominance while playing alongside content creators and professional athletes to claim the lion’s share of the $25k prize pool.

How to watch Dallas Empire’s Battle to the Throne

The Battle to the Throne will take place on Tuesday, November 17, with the action having kicked off at 12pm CT (10am PT / 1pm ET / 6pm GMT). As with the previous kickoff tournaments, this one will last the duration of the rest of the day.

The event will be livestreamed across various channels, including the Call of Duty League Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded here for your convenience.

Battle to the Throne players & teams

The Battle to the Throne features four teams of four players each. The captains of each team will be Dallas’ roster for the upcoming 2021 CDL season: Crimsix, iLLeY, Huke and Shotzzy, and they’ll be joined by former pros, professional athletes and content creators. Here are the teams:

  • Team Crimsix: Crimsix, BobbyPoff, Censor, Justin Jackson
  • Team Huke: Huke, Merk, Pamaj, Jack Clarke
  • Team Shotzzy: Shotzzy, Nameless, TeePee, Marquez Valdes-Scantling
  • Team iLLeY: iLLeY, Tommey, Legiqn, Brandon Williams

Dallas Empire Battle to the Throne format & prizing

The Battle to the Throne will feature four teams of four players each, playing in a single elimination, best-of-5 bracket. This looks to be very similar to what the official CDL matches will look like — albeit, with some players thrown in that might not typically play in the Call of Duty League.

As with the previous three tournaments, expect first place to take home $20,000 between them, with second place drawing a still-respectable $5000 — not bad for a day of Call of Duty.

Completed tournaments & upcoming schedule

Atlanta FaZe – Cold War Clash, ft FaZe Clan (Nov 14)

Atlanta FaZe’s opening tournament was won by Simp’s team, taking their share of the $25,000. They beat out Vikkstar’s side in the Grand Finals. The final results are below:

Atlanta Cold War Clash
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Team Tommey didn’t lose a single game all tournament.

OpTic Chicago Cold War Launch Event (Nov 15)

For the second day in a row, three-time Call of Duty world champion Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow took home the win, taking home the lion’s share of the prize alongside Hitch, Cellium, and Sender. They beat Envoy’s squad in the final for the biggest $20,000 prize.

Team Hitch Win Cold War Launch Event
OpTic Chicago
Team Hitch wins OpTic’s Cold War Launch Event

Minnesota ROKKR – ROKKR Arms Race (Nov 16)

Team Rallied took the win in a closely-contested final matchup against Team Saintt, with both teams making short work of their prior opponents. Team Crowder, on the other hand, were the only ones to bomb out without winning a single map.

ROKKR Arms Race event
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The final standings for the ROKKR Arms Race event.

Dallas Empire – Battle of the Throne

  • Tuesday, November 17: 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM GMT

Florida Mutineers – Release the Kraken: Cold War

  • Wednesday, November 18: 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM GMT

London Royal Ravens – Cold War Colosseum

  • Thursday, November 19: 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM GMT

Toronto Ultra – $25K Coldish War

  • Friday, November 20: 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET / 8 PM GMT

Make sure to check back here before and after every tournament to get the maximum coverage, including the players and format of each one as well as a recap and final placements once they’re completed.