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Scump shares concerns over Huntsmen’s online chances at CDL Champs

Published: 6/Jul/2020 13:32 Updated: 6/Jul/2020 13:36

by Joe Craven

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Seth ‘Scump’ Abner, Call of Duty veteran and Chicago Huntsmen SMG, has outlined his concerns for his team following the news that the 2020 CDL Playoffs will be played online. 

The inaugural CDL season has been far from ideal, with the ongoing global health crisis forcing the overwhelming majority of competitions online. As countries slowly reopen, there was quiet hope in the CoD community that the first CDL Championships could be played on LAN, even if it was without the presence of fans.

However, on July 4, the CDL confirmed that this season’s playoffs and Championship weekend will be played online because of the ongoing health risks.

There was a mixed response in the community, with some frustrated but others understanding the exceptional circumstances the CDL has to navigate.

While Scump tweeted that he “understood” the decision, he outlined his concerns for his Chicago Huntsmen roster during a July 4 live stream.

He said: “The teams that have been performing recently all have crazy splits. Florida’s got like two [players in] Chicago, one tri-state and one Texas… For us, we have four [in] Texas and one [in] California, so most of our matches, we’re playing on a Chicago server.”

Four players in the same location may have previously benefitted the Huntsmen, but the ability for teams to veto servers now works against them. Because they have four players in Texas, most teams will veto the Texas servers to avoid giving the Huntsmen an advantage.

Some Twitch viewers suggested to Scump that FormaL needs to move to Texas, following the latter’s announcement that he would not be travelling from his home in California. Regardless, Scump explained why FormaL’s location is not that important.

“Even if he did come to Texas, we’re still in the same boat,” Abner said. “We’re playing on Chicago [servers] pretty much every series, and we’re playing against people that live in Chicago… Every team is just gonna veto Texas against us, and the next closest server that’s gonna get played on is Chicago.”

While the CDL have announced multiple measures to boost competitive integrity, playing any major tournament online was bound to result in certain teams facing geographical issues.

Whether the Florida Mutineers can take their online form into the biggest tournament of Modern Warfare remains to be seen, but the likes of Dallas Empire, Atlanta FaZe and, of course, the Huntsmen, will be hot on their heels.

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Black Ops Cold War CODE Bowl announced: how to watch & participants

Published: 3/Dec/2020 22:37

by Tanner Pierce

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Activision has announced the second iteration of the CODE Bowl, which brings together high-profile esports players and members of the US and UK military esports teams to help raise money for the Call of Duty Endowment. Here’s what you need to know.

The Call of Duty Endowment has been raising money for veterans for a while now. The company, which was started in 2009, helps veterans find jobs after their deployment. In 2019, the owner of the company, Activision, held the first Modern Warfare CODE Bowl, which brought together major streamers and members of the US Army esports team.

Fast forward to December 2020 and Activision is continuing this tradition with two major changes: Black Ops Cold War is the name of the game this time around, and members of the UK military will also be participating. Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch the tournament.

Who’s participating?

Like last year’s tournament, the 2020 CODE Bowl will feature teams made up of famous streamers/pro-players, including Courage, LEGIQN, Huskerrs, Swagg, TeeP, Espresso, Vikkstar, Tommey, C9Emz, and Spratt. According to Activision, more will be announced in the near future.

Beyond that, however, those players will be joined by members of the US Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, and Space Force, as well as members of the UK British Army, Royal Navy, and Royal Air Force.

In addition, each team will be coached by a “Call of Duty League professional” but the exact list of those people has yet to be announced.

Currently, it’s unknown how the teams will be split, but all in all, it should make for a pretty interesting dynamic.

How can I watch the 2020 CODE Bowl?

According to Activision, the 2020 CODE Bowl is set to take place on December 11, 2020, at 6:00 PM GMT. If you’re unsure about what time that is in your area, we’ve broken it down for you below:

  • 1 PM EST
  • 10 AM PST
  • 3 AM JST (Saturday, December 12, 2020)
  • 5 AM AEDT (Saturday, December 12, 2020)

In addition, the event will be streamed entirely on Call of Duty’s YouTube and Twitch channels. It’s currently unknown if the event is going to be streamed on the above players’ respective accounts, but one would imagine they would be. Embeds for each stream will be added once they become available.