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Scump, SlasheR and other pros explain what would make MW4 one of the best CoDs ever

Published: 9/May/2019 23:53 Updated: 9/May/2019 23:56

by Albert Petrosyan


With Modern Warfare 4 expected to be the next Call of Duty released in 2019, several prominent professional players have given their take on what would make the game one of the best in the popular series. 

Considering that it’s their full time job to play Call of Duty, pro players are often regarded as one of the most knowledgeable people when it comes to the ins and outs of each title.

As a result, publishers Activision and the three major developers – Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer, and Treyarch – have worked more and more closely with pro players over the past few years to make sure that their games are developed properly and well-balanced.

With that in mind, several prominent pros were asked about the upcoming title by GamesRadar, and they each broke down what they felt would be needed to put the game on top of the list when it comes to CoD history.

The four players that were spoken to were OpTic Gaming’s Seth ‘Scump’ Abner, 100 Thieves’ Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat, eUnited’s Preston ‘Prestinni’ Sanderson, and Team Reciprocity’s Bradley ‘Wuskin’ Marshall. 

Many leaks have surfaced over the past few months that point to MW4 being the next Call of Duty title.

Scump: Back to basics, but with some changes

Aside from being one of the best competitive CoD players of all time, Scump is also one of the longest serving pros, so if there’s one person who knows what he’s talking about, it’s probably him.

According to Scump, MW4 would do well to go back to the basics and fundamentals that made the Modern Warfare games so popular, but implement enough changes to make it new.

“Back in the day, Call of Duty 4 was very simple and people loved that about it, but I don’t know if simple works anymore. We’ve had this game, you have advanced movement with the sliding and all of that, so I feel that if they go back to a standard boots on the ground game it’ll be a little too slow for people. I’ve always loved the Modern Warfare series so hopefully they come out with a good product and go back to some of the roots but also implement a few new changes.”

MLGOpTic Gaming star Scump wants to see MW4 go back to basics, but with some major changes.

Prestinni and Wuskin: Listen to the players

One of the biggest things that resonates with players is when the developer listens to the community and makes changes to the game based on feedback.

eUnited’s Prestinni is hoping this will be the case for Infinity Ward with their next title, and contends that listening to the fans will ensure success.

“That’s what any game needs to do really. There’s complaints and there’s certain things that need to be fixed as soon as possible but a lot of the time the community speaks out about it and it’s left undone and untouched for many months. I think as long as they listen to their community first and get on these things right away they’ll be successful because Modern Warfare games are always fantastic.”

This idea was echoed by Team Reciprocity’s Wuskin, who wants Call of Duty to reach the same level of community involvement as other “serious games.”

“It comes down to the developers listening to what people want and what people don’t want. That’s the one thing we lack. If you look at other serious games, let’s say a lot of people come together and say that they want this or they don’t want this, it normally happens but with us, it doesn’t happen.”

eUnited - TwittereUnited’s Prestinni believes listening to the fans would help MW4 become a very successful game.

SlasheR: Esports should play a major role

While it may be slightly biased for pro players to say that esports will be key to the next CoD game’s success, there is no doubting that the esports scene has become so much of a bigger part of the game than it had been in years past. 

100 Thieves’ SlasheR believes that focusing more on competitive rather than casual will help MW4 reach high peaks of success.

“Call of Duty games right now are made to appease both and lean more towards the casual side, and I understand that, but I feel like if they went all in on esports and people understood the competition level and how much more fun it can be, the game will be more successful.”

CoD esports, of course, will be going through a monumental transition ahead of the next competitive season, as the structure of the pro league will turned to city-based franchising.

It will definitely be worth keeping an eye on how franchising will affect the success of the next game, and if what SlasheR proposed ends up coming into fruition. 

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LIVE: Twitch Rivals $250K Warzone Doritos Bowl Grand Finals: Team Iron takes lead

Published: 21/Jan/2021 22:30 Updated: 21/Jan/2021 23:16

by Brad Norton


The next major Call of Duty: Warzone event, the first custom since Black Ops Cold War’s integration, is here as the postponed Twitch Rivals Doritos Bowl is finally underway on January 21 . From every team in the private lobby to where you can watch, here’s everything you need to know as the event unfolds.

  • Team Iron wins the first match with 17 kills to their name
  • A hefty $250K is up for grabs
  • Top competitors include Aydan, HusKerrs and Tfue

Twitch Rivals Warzone Doritos Bowl Finals: Stream

The Twitch Rivals stream is the best choice for viewers who want to skip between the different teams with live commentary.

Among the top players to watch, fans can tune into Aydan or HusKerr‘s streams — each are ranked among Warzone’s best and the game’s highest earners.

Twitch Rivals Warzone Doritos Bowl Finals: Results & recap

The first custom match got off an intense start with many of the biggest names dropping out early. While a handful of fan-favorite teams made it to the top 10, it was Team Iron that took out the emphatic win. They knocked out HusKerr’s in the closing moments to secure the victory with 17 kills to their name. They immediately jumped into first place with 42 points in total.

Twitch Rivals Warzone Doritos Bowl Finals: Schedule

The event had two days of qualifiers, one open and one closed, helping decide the final 49 teams (24 qualifiers, 25 invitees) of trios that made it to the Finals on January 21. 

Date Time (PT) Time (ET) Time (GMT)
January 21 2 p.m. 5 p.m. 10 p.m.

Twitch Rivals Warzone Doritos Bowl Finals: Invited teams

25 teams have been invited to compete in the Twitch Rivals Warzone Doritos Bowl. From the most popular streamers to veteran competitors, all of the biggest names were dropped into the same lobby. Alongside the invited Trios, 24 qualifying teams are also in the lobby.

Twitch Rivals Doritos Bowl Teams
Tfue, Destroy, ClutchBelk
Kalei, xcudi, Pz_Blue
IceManIsaac, exzachtt, Rallied
Swagg, GD_booya, SuperEvan
TeePee, DouisRaw, Merk
Tommey, AlmxndTV, newbz
HusKerrs, JoeWo, Symfuhny
LEGIQN, babydillster, x2Pac_ThuGLorD
p90princess, ReelMason, AngelWalks
LuckyChamu, Repullze, KuyaJay
BobbyPoffGaming, chun, Pieman
aamerica, Med1cinee_, Royalize_
its_iron, OPMarked, yeet
JaredFPS, Bartonologist, RussDaddy
UnRationaL, StayFinessen, Nickool
ProblemWright, Braxtvn, stukawaki
42Devon42, GalvanizeCOD, Enable
Pamaj, Dirty, JHaZeGV
SebasBeron, FadezIV, galex
Aydan, Blazt, Rated
jordy2d, Sallyisadog, LoochyTV
ItsMeRachelG, ukforty, mnavo
1Bibby, JoshuaAlfaro, AznBoi
METZY_B, kyrptic_j0ker, Unifyz
PRAY3RS, NobuSpartan, bbreadman

Twitch Rivals Warzone Doritos Bowl Finals: Format

For this major Warzone event, teams are playing in private lobbies, opposed to the usual kill-race format. There are 49 teams in total as every Trio battles it out in the same match.

Points are accumulated across five lobbies as placement and kills are all-important. Each elimination is worth one point and more points are awarded for a better finish. The full point structure can be seen below.

Placement Points
1st 25
2nd 20
3rd 15
4th 10
5th-7th 7
8th-10th 4
11th-15th 2
16th-20th 1

With $250,000 on the line, fans are very curious to find out which of these esteemed competitors can rise up. Unlike traditional Warzone tournaments, the private lobby ensures that everyone will be facing off against the best of the best and that no SBMM lobby luck can come into play.

As the first custom tournament since Black Ops Cold War’s integration and the first major tourney since the DMR’s second wave of nerfs, this is a major stepping stone for the Warzone community and an excellent chance to see more cautious gameplay in an evolving meta.