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SlasheR hits back as Methodz mocks OpTic’s CDL position

Published: 4/Mar/2020 17:43 Updated: 30/Apr/2020 16:26

by Scott Robertson

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Toronto Ultra’s Anthony ‘Methodz’ Zinni took a shot at OpTic Gaming Los Angeles and their winless start to the 2020 Call of Duty League, but former world champion Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat came right back at him.

Trash talk goes hand-in-hand with the professional Call of Duty scene, but if you come at one of the all-time greats, you’d better not miss.

During a March 3 stream of Modern Warfare, Chicago Huntsmen star Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper was streaming his warmups in Ground War with several other pro players in a call.

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FormaL was warming up in Ground War when the banter began..

With too many players for a 5v5 match, someone had to be dropped, and Ultra’s Methodz suggested that perhaps the decision should be made on current Call of Duty League standings.

“It’s funny because some players being kept have zero CDL points.” When someone asked him to name players, Zinni replied, “I don’t want to do it but I will, Austin [SlasheR] has zero CDL points.”

Barely a second passed before the 2016 World Champion fired back. “At least I have ten times your earnings,” SlasheR replied, prompting a surprised response from the group.

There is some truth to both of their points. OpTic LA have gotten off to a very slow start, having not yet won a series in CDL. SlasheR is one of the scene’s highest all-time earners, ranking sixth all-time on the with over $623,370.

But Methodz made it clear that the past is the past, and that he’s focused on the now. “Everybody’s freaking out but the past is the past, and all I know is I got some [CDL] points alright? So you can say “ohhhh” all you want but I’m happy with where I am in life, fuck you.”

Unfortunately, it will be some time before the two players face off after this little bit of banter, as OGLA and Toronto Ultra aren’t scheduled to be at the same event until week 7 of CDL, at the Florida Home Series in April.

Both teams will look to have improved their forms by then, as the two rosters sit in the bottom two of the league’s standings. Ultra are next-to-last with a 1-5 record, while OGLA are in dead last at 0-4.

OpTic will look to pick up their first win against a potentially new-look LA Guerrillas at their shared LA home series on March 7-8, which you can follow along with our coverage hub here.

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Call of Duty pro ZooMaa steps down from competing in CDL

Published: 19/Jan/2021 17:37 Updated: 19/Jan/2021 17:47

by Jacob Hale

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New York Subliners SMG star Tommy ‘ZooMaa’ Paparratto has announced that he’s stepping down from competing in professional Call of Duty, just days before the CDL Kickoff Classic brings the league back for the 2021 season.

ZooMaa has a storied career in Call of Duty, and has spent the last year representing his home city of New York under the Subliners, renowned for his no-nonsense yet positive attitude and incredible gameplay.

Arguably one of the best to ever grace the game, the Italian Stallion also represented major organizations such as FaZe Clan throughout his career, winning multiple championships over the years.

Now, on January 19, 2021, ZooMaa has revealed that he will be stepping down from competing in Call of Duty, citing a recurring injury in his thumb and wrist, calling recovering from it “one of the hardest things I ever had to do both physically & mentally.”

In addition, ZooMaa says that “playing through the weakness and pain in my hand just isn’t possible anymore. I don’t enjoy competing when I can’t be the ZooMaa everyone knows and loves.”

Known for his fast playstyle and often-successful flanks, ZooMaa’s gameplay and the fanfare he generates speak to the kind of player and person he has become, and his legacy is one that will remain in fans’ hearts and minds for a very long time.

In the Twitlonger posted by ZooMaa, it’s painfully clear how much this is affecting him, and were it not for his injuries we would likely be seeing him taking to the main stage once again this year and annoying every opponent he comes up against.

“It breaks my heart to step away from a game I put my heart and soul into every single day for eight years,” he explained. “Tearing up just writing this, but I don’t know what else to do at this point.”

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ZooMaa was about as passionate as they come in the Call of Duty world.

This doesn’t look like the end for ZooMaa in the CoD scene, however. He says: “I’m not sure what the future holds and will explore all options as I love this game too much to walk away completely. I look at it as one door closing and another one opening.”

Where Tommy goes next remains to be seen, but fingers crossed this isn’t the last we see of him.