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Scump reveals who’s behind the Huntsmen-Empire CDL rivalry

Published: 24/Nov/2019 20:57 Updated: 24/Nov/2019 20:58

by Scott Robertson

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In a candid interview with NRG Esports, Chicago Huntsman Seth ‘Scump’ Abner talks at length about the rivalry between his team and the Dallas Empire, the beef between himself and former teammate Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter, and how he handles drama in Call of Duty in general.

There’s no such thing as the calm before the storm in Call of Duty. The pre-season to the inaugural Call of Duty League year has been rife with drama, beef, and plenty of trash talk. A lot of the drama centers on the beef between former teammates Scump and Crimsix.

The former squadmates won a lot of championships together on OpTic Gaming, but Scump insists that Crimsix didn’t contribute nearly as much as his other teammates.

“We won so many tournaments together. Me and Matthew [FormaL] were the best, statistically. Damon [Karma] was the “dirty worker.” We won him [Crim] so much money and so many tournaments.”

Activision - Call of DutyFormaL and Scump during their championship OpTic days

Scump does say that Crim “did his part” during that title reign, but holds on to the belief that “we [him and FormaL] were the ones really frying people.”

The Chicago star said that he understands why the beef exists in the first place, comparing it to “a bad breakup,” but says that the rivalry between the two teams has been boosted from the top.

“I know Hastr0 is in their ears telling them to make a rivalry. He’s literally telling them to talk trash.”

Scump is no stranger to talking trash, but argues that he only will respond to things when provoked. At this point in the Crimsix beef, he believes the whole situation is “dumb, corny, and played out.”

According to him, the Call of Duty scene “is still a very childish scene,” but he was candid about a time in his life when he didn’t display the ideal amount of maturity. He spoke about a time in 2011 when he desperately wanted to get off his team before MLG Dallas.

“I was begging them to drop me. I hated my team, I thought we sucked. I was really arrogant at that age, I was kind of a diva. But I didn’t want to play with that team. I took a nap after school one day and I woke up to being dropped from the team.”

Following that, Scump at the age of 15 joined up with Quantic LeveraGe, and the rest is history.

Following the historical discussion, Scump gave some short early impressions on his upcoming CDL competition. He thinks FaZe and the Royal Ravens are full of talent and potential, and says the Seattle Surge is a “smart, calculated good team.”

He doesn’t anticipate that OGLA will struggle for much longer, and picked the Minnesota RØKKR as his darkhorse candidate. Unsurprisingly, he called the Dallas Empire “cocky and arrogant” but isn’t discounting them as a subpar team.

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CDL pros concerned after several Challengers players appear to be hacking

Published: 5/Dec/2020 23:46 Updated: 6/Dec/2020 0:44

by Albert Petrosyan

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Videos have surfaced showing amateur CoD players potentially cheating during the CDL’s first Challengers Cup tournament of the season, and now several Call of Duty League pros have expressed worry about the state of the competitive scene.

When the Call of Duty League first announced that PC would be used for competitive play in the upcoming season, many immediately showed concern about the potential emergence of hacking issues – maybe not at the pro level but certainly in the Challengers amateur circuit.

Now, they might actually have something to worry about, as several clips from the season’s first Challengers Cup have popped up on social media showing some players performing very suspiciously.

Of course, while no one’s technically been proven to be cheating, the community isn’t waiting for the court to be adjourned; Call of Duty has always been played a certain way, and when some previously-unknown players begin to distinguish themselves as outliers suddenly after using a PC is an option, everyone takes notice.

“LMAO Online PC s**t is a joke with no anti-cheat,” New York Subliners star, Clayster, said in response to the clips above. “Apparently this dude dropped 71 kills in control too, ahahahaha.”

“Boy dropped 71, 19 kills from winning three rounds by HIMSELF,” said former Seattle Surge starter, Pandur. “Y’all thought last year was bad, we in the PC realm now boys. Can’t trust nobody.”

Surge head coach JoeyNubzy also chipped in with a similar sentiment: “Useless admins and blatant cheating – we have to do better to help the Challengers scene thrive and keep players around.”

Here are some more reactions to potential hackers in the Challengers Cup, as clips are spreading around social media like wildfire after many top-name players started sharing them for awareness.

What can be done about this?

Challengers is meant to be a pipeline for future pro-level players while also giving everyone else an official platform to compete for prize money and recognition. Needless to say, something definitely has to be done about this before the competitive integrity of the amateur division is compromised beyond repair.

While it’s unlikely for the league to revert its decision allowing Challengers players to use either PC or console, they could require all those playing on PC to stream their POV, which is currently not the case.

Not counting the first Challengers Cup, which is still currently ongoing, there are three more such tournaments scheduled up to mid-January, all of which could definitely lose their validity if hacking & cheating continue to be a major issue.

As always, we will continue to bring you the latest on this topic as things develop, so make sure to follow us on Twitter, @Dexertointel, for all the latest news, updates, and more.