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Splyce Have Announced a Retired Pro Player as the New Coach of Their Call of Duty Team

Published: 1/Jun/2018 20:00 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 13:02

by Albert Petrosyan

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North American esports organization Splyce have announced the new coach for their European based Call of Duty team.

Splyce revealed on June 1st that retired pro CoD player Mark ‘MarkyB’ Bryceland will be manning the team’s coaching position effective immediately.

The announcement came via a post on the organization’s official Twitter page, along with a video in which MarkyB spoke about what he can bring to the team as their new coach.

“I feel like with me involved now in the team, it’s an extra pair of eyes that is able to be within these scrims and help take the team to the next level. […] The goal always within this team, within these players, is to win, so that is the goal now.”

Fans of European Call of Duty will be very familiar with MarkyB, as he spent over 8 years as a professional player for 18 different organizations and teams.

He announced his retirement from competing on May 24th, 2018, however emphasized that it was not on a permanent basis, leaving the door open for a potential return in the next CWL season.

Splyce fans will hope that MarkyB’s extensive experience in competitive Call of Duty will re-energize and invigorate the team and help lead them back to success.

After a promising 2nd place finish at CWL Birmingham, Splyce visibly regressed, which ultimately led to a near-deadline roster move that involved bringing in Joshua-Lee ‘Joshh’ Sheppard in place of Thomas ‘Tommey’ Trewren.

Splyce currently sit in 7th place with a 3-4 record in Division A of the CWL Pro League Stage 2, but are only one game out of a Playoff spot with seven matches still to be played.

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Scump says “a lot could go wrong” with CDL switching to PC next season

Published: 21/Oct/2020 0:06

by Albert Petrosyan

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With the Call of Duty League switching from console to PC for the 2021 season, at least at the professional level, Chicago Huntsmen’s legendary CoD pro Seth ‘Scump’ Abner has detailed some of the potential issues that could arise.

The Call of Duty League’s switch from console to PC was inevitable, but that doesn’t mean the transition will be without its faults; one major concern, of course, has been hacking. Maybe not in the competitive scene, but the growing presence of PC in CoD this year (with the addition of cross-play and Warzone) has exposed Activision’s inability to handle the issue on a large scale.

Add in the fact that the CDL’s Challengers circuit and in-game ranked mode(s), for example, will support both console & PC, and suddenly the concern is heightened. And while it’s unlikely that anyone in the pro ranks would cheat, if the 2021 season starts out online, there’s a chance that, at the very least, accusations could start flying around.

Scump was asked about this switch during one of his recent streams and, uncoincidentally, hacking was the first thing he brought up: “The one thing that could go wrong – if there’s hackers, any kind of competitive playlist is chalked. That’s definitely something to worry about.”

“That is going to be very annoying if hackers just run rampant in all the ranked playlists,” he went on. “If there are hackers, it’s chalked. There’s supposed to be anti-cheat in the works? Hopefully, they do a good job with it and hopefully, everything is good.”

The veteran also brought up the potential situations where the gaming rigs experience issues during competitions: “‘PC crash during a tournament is bound to happen,’ more than likely, yeah. There’s a lot of things that could go wrong, definitely a LOT of things that could go wrong.”

There was one positive bit of news that Scump revealed during this discussion: the CDL is working on adding a ‘pause feature’ that would allow them to stop and start matches if need be.

The lack of such a feature really became apparent during the 2020 campaign, especially the CDL Playoffs, when teams like OpTic Gaming LA and London Royal Ravens had players booted offline mid-match.

As a result, since the disconnections occurred too late into the respective Hardpoint games, both teams had to play the round a man down, 4v5, which inevitably led them to lose.

Needless to say, had a pause feature existed, the whole situation could have been avoided. Instead, the CDL was forced to stream all matches with a massive delay so that viewers with ill-intentions couldn’t hit anyone offline.

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Without a pause feature, the CDL installed these unpopular rules for if/when Hardpoint matches needed to be restarted.

Ultimately, the Call of Duty League’s switch to PC is a “step in the right direction,” as Scump remarked, but there are definitely potential problems that could stem from the transition. We’ll just have to wait and see.

For more information about the upcoming campaign, make sure to visit our CDL 2021 season hub.