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Should Call of Duty change its MVP criteria? Pros debate

Published: 8/Jul/2019 15:55 Updated: 8/Jul/2019 17:46

by Connor Bennett


Call of Duty pro players have been debating whether or not a player should be named as tournament MVP award even if they aren’t part of the winning team. 

The debate around who wins a CoD tournament MVP award can be decided on a number of factors, but almost always goes to a player on the team picks up the trophy at the end of the event.

It’s an argument that has not only caused semi-passionate debates in esports, but in traditional sports too. How do you decide on an MVP is a big question. Can an MVP really go to somebody who loses the tournament but drags their team through on a magical run? It’s become quite the hot topic between Call of Duty pros.

MLGSam ‘Octane’ Larew claimed the MVP at CWL London for 100 Thieves.

With a number of players watching the ESL One Cologne CS:GO tournament, they noticed that despite Team Vitality losing in the grand final, Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut claimed the MVP award thanks to his remarkable stats throughout the six-day event.

It prompted eUnited star James ‘Clayster‘ Eubanks to tweet: “MVP from the non-winning team, we should take notes. It’s not the “finals MVP” it’s the “tournament MVP.”

However, a number of current pros took exception to the post. 100 Thieves star Kenny ‘Kenny’ Williams quizzed Clayster on how determining an MVP at a CS:GO event translated to the Call of Duty world.

The eUnited star responded, stating that he believes an MVP should be decided on who “adds most value to their team” but while he doesn’t believe a top 12 or top eight placing team should have the MVP, a top six or top four squad should at least have the chance to win it if they’re outperforming other.

Kenny’s 100 Thieves teammate Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat responded to Clayster’s initial post, saying: “What cod player who didn’t win the tournament has deserved a MVP?”

While Clayster didn’t respond to SlasheR tweet, a number of other pros did and started off-shoot debates of their own – while maintaining the overall question of what decides an MVP.

Luminosity Gaming star Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper added to SlasheR’s post, stating: “It’s so hard to say someone deserved it and didn’t win the tournament. 

“Only way I see it is if the winning team has no clear stand out player while the 2nd place team has an absolute superstar performance, while also doing exceptionally well in the final.”

Yet, during the somewhat serious debate between the community, some like Anthony ‘Nameless’ Wheeler took the chance to make some jokes.

The former professional-turned-analyst told SlasheR that he deserved MVP for his performance during CoD champs for Call of Duty: Ghosts where he finished second with Team Envy.

Despite Clayster’s call for a change, it’s probably unlikely that CoD events switch up from their current criteria for an event MVP, even though there is an increasing growth in the importance of stats outside of K/D ratio.

Yet, it is an interesting thought and perhaps something that could be considered moving forward into Modern Warfare.

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How to watch Hitch’s $20K Black Ops 2 tourney: stream, teams, bracket

Published: 28/Oct/2020 19:24 Updated: 28/Oct/2020 19:25

by Brad Norton


Returning for his final event of the Call of Duty League offseason, Team Summertime’s Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards is hosting an enormous Black Ops 2 Invitational featuring former champions and popular content creators.

Throwback tournaments have been all the rage throughout the 2020 offseason and no one has been leading the charge quite like Hitch. Outside of hosting Warzone comps, his unique tournaments have spanned from Modern Warfare 2 to Black Ops 4. This time, his sights are set on 2012’s Black Ops 2.

Despite hackers ruining an early test for this particular event, the kinks have all seemingly been worked out. From former championship-winning teams to some of the biggest content creators, Hitch’s final event is set to be the biggest yet.

From how you can tune in, to every player joining the all-star Call of Duty event, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything there is to know about the Black Ops 2 Invitational.

How to watch the Black Ops 2 Invitational

The final event of the offseason is set to kick off on Wednesday, October 28. Opening matchups went live at 3PM EST (12PM PT) and the broadcast will likely run for most of the day.

As per usual, it’s all expected to be featured on Hitch’s own Twitch stream which we’ve embedded below. A majority of the players and creators will likely be sharing their own perspectives throughout the event as well.

Black Ops 2 Invitational teams & bracket

Some squads feature some of the most successful Call of Duty veterans while others consist of popular streamers. Regardless, every team is stacked with FPS talent so expect some close matchups.

Standing out among the eight rosters is a true throwback. The 2014 world championship team of Crimsix, Karma, TeePee, and ACHES, will be reuniting. Formerly representing Complexity and then Evil Geniuses, these four players haven’t been on the same team since 2014.

The full list of teams competing in the Black Ops 2 Invitational can be found below.

  • Team Dr Disrespect: Dr Disrespect, ZLaner, StoneMountain64, & KingRichard
  • Team CouRageJD: CouRageJD, Parad12e, LEQIQN, & MLGImpulse
  • Team The Mob: Classify, Mako, Froste, Flyroh
  • Team Scump: Scump, Envoy, Merk, & Rambo
  • Team Aydan: Aydan, Ritual, Kismet, & Parasite
  • Team Luli: Lulu, Blazt, Frozone, & Almxnd
  • Team Pamaj: Pamaj, Rated, JHaZe, & Exodass
  • Team TeePee: TeePee, Karma, Crimsix, & ACHES


Here is the starting bracket for this competition, which is being updated live on the tournament’s web-page as the results from the various matches start filing in.

TST Black Ops 2 Bracket
The official bracket for Hitch’s Black Ops 2 Invitational.

Format & rules

The biggest thing to note about this tournament’s format is that it’s being played on mouse and keyboard, unlike true competitive Call of Duty, which has always been played using controllers.

Outside of that, the only other important aspect to note as the map-mode rotations, which we’ve listed below for both the Winners and Losers Bracket rounds.

Winners Rounds:

  • WR1: Raid Hardpoint, Standoff SnD, Slums CTF, Standoff Hardpoint, Raid SnD
  • WR2: Slums Hardpoint, Express SnD, Raid CTF, Yemen Hardpoint, Meltdown SnD
  • WR3: Standoff Hardpoint, Raid SnD, Standoff CTF, Raid Hardpoint, Express SnD

Losers Rounds:

  • LR1: Slums Hardpoint, Express SnD, Raid CTF, Yemen Hardpoint, Meltdown SnD
  • LR2: Standoff Hardpoint, Raid SnD, Standoff CTF, Raid Hardpoint, Express SnD
  • LR3: Yemen Hardpoint, Meltdown SnD, Slums CTF, Slums Hardpoint, Standoff SnD
  • LR4: Standoff Hardpoint, Raid SnD, Raid CTF, Raid Hardpoint, Express

Finals Rounds:

  • GF: Yemen Hardpoint, Standoff SnD, Slums CTF, Raid Hardpoint, Raid SnD
  • GFR: Slums Hardpoint, Express SnD, Raid CTF, Standoff Hardpoint, Meltdown SnD

Movember charity

Movember Charity
Movember Foundation
TST is hosting several tournaments to raise money for the Movember charity.

This Black Ops 2 Invitational, like the rest of Team Summertime’s Off-Season Series, was created to raise money for Movember, which is the “leading charity changing the face of men’s health.”

If you’d like to donate to this cause, you can do so by visiting TST’s Movember charity page here.