As a ten-year veteran of Call of Duty esports, Seth 'Scump' Abner has seen and done it all. But his latest event win at CDL London has proved, perhaps more than ever, that he still has a claim to be the best player in the world.
With such a long and storied career, it can be hard to stay motivated and passionate, but Abner has seemingly never lost this drive, even after winning all there is to win in the game.
A 2017 world champion, he reunited with his old duo Matt 'FormaL' Piper, and joined by a star-studded lineup featuring Alec 'Arcitys' Sanderson, Peirce 'Gunless' Hillman and Dylan 'Envoy' Hannon, the Chicago Huntsmen are vying for the number one spot.
The first tournament-style event of the inaugural Call of Duty League was held at the London Royal Raven's homestand at the Copper Box Arena, and saw Huntsmen take down their rivals Dallas Empire in the final.
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As the saying goes, Search & Destroy wins championships, and at this event, Scump wins Search & Destroy. Although his statistics were strong in all three modes, his SnD stats beggar belief.
The standout statistic is, of course, raw Kills to Deaths ratio, which Scump leads with a whopping 2.13. Behind him is his teammate Envoy, with an impressive 1.48. Stats via Easy Mac.
CDL London: SnD K/D ratios
- Scump: 2.13
- Envoy: 1.48
- Denz: 1.46
- Clayster: 1.39
- Skrapz: 1.39
- Accuracy: 1.33
- Arcitys: 1.32
- FormaL: 1.23
- Cammy: 1.21
- Temp: 1.19
But Scump's performance in SnD goes beyond just K/D ratio. He's also second overall in the most kills, meaning he's not simply playing passively and picking up easy gunfights. With 51 total kills, he's beaten only by Dallas rival Clayster. But, Clayster has 41 deaths, compared to Scump's ridiculously low 24 – the eighth lowest overall.
Scump also averaged the highest kills per round, with 1.13, beating 2nd placed Denz, who has 1.06 kills per round. Both of these players are almost guaranteed a kill every time a new round begins, which is invaluable to any team.
Former teammate Brandon 'Dashy' Otell was blown away by Scump's SnD showing. He suggested that ever since he won the crucial 1v1 vs Cellium at CWL Anaheim in Black Ops 4, the former OpTic player's Search game has been "disgusting."
Congrats brother, ever since that 1v1 against Cell you’ve been disgusting at SnD 😂
— Brandon (@DashySZN) February 9, 2020
Search and Destroy was often a weakpoint for OpTic during their dynastic run, which was part of the reason Dashy and Thomas "TJHaLy" Haly were brought in for the BO4 season. But, even this late in his career, Scump is still finding ways to improve where his team needs it.
Scump's form in SnD will no doubt be crucial in the next event too, if Chicago are to overcome Atlanta FaZe – who are said to be their biggest competition currently.
FaZe will have the home advantage, and their star players like Chris 'Simp' Lehr and Tyler 'aBeZy' Pharris are known for their SnD prowess. But, if Scump can keep tearing up SnD as he is currently, they could go in as favorites.