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Syndicate shares controversial take on Modern Warfare multiplayer

Published: 28/Oct/2019 23:30 Updated: 28/Oct/2019 23:52

by Brad Norton


One of the most prolific Call of Duty content creators has some surprising opinions on the current state of Modern Warfare.

Infinity Ward’s return to Call of Duty released on October 25 and players around the world have been coming to grips with the latest iteration in the series.

From some questionable map designs to audio complaints and more, the Modern Warfare community has been divided since release, but Thomas ‘ProSyndicate’ Cassell chimed in with a unique take.

First rising to internet stardom with his enthralling Call of Duty Zombies content, Syndicate explained why 2019’s Modern Warfare is already sitting among his top 3 titles of all time.

With “1 day [and] 10 hours playtime,” the YouTube star went against the grain and offered some surprising opinions on the more controversial topics in the community.

Instagram: SyndicateSyndicate has been a prominent member of the Call of Duty community since his World at War Zombies content.

“Dead Silence DOES NOT need to be a standalone perk,” he expressed. Arguing that “people just need to learn to adjust to the playstyle from an audio perspective.” The Field Upgrade was recently the cause of much frustration as it failed to work as intended prior to an October 28 fix. In previous entries, Dead Silence minimized the sound of your footsteps, allowing players to flank at will with very little risk of being heard. 

In Modern Warfare however, Dead Silence can be found in the Field Upgrade slot, making it a rechargeable ability rather than an always active perk. Many professional players demanded the mechanic be re-worked as a perk, yet Syndicate has supported the function in its current form.

Discussing similarly controversial sound design issues in the game, Syndicate explained how “the sound is actually ok [at the moment]” but that Infinity Ward definitely needs “to fix the enemy call outs.” 

“I’ve been in scenarios where I had no idea someone was there & my character said ‘they’re down in the valley,’ causing me to double take and then spotting the enemy! Yes it actually helps! But is almost cheating.” 

Despite some further feedback on the large-scale Ground War game-type, such as potentially removing helicopters from Tavorsk Bridge, the content creator rounded out his in-depth discussion by stating that “All in all, I’m loving the game! 9/10!“

One of the most heated talking points in the Call of Duty community since the release of Modern Warfare has centered around clunky map design. Syndicate refused to comment on that matter and instead focused his thoughts on some of the more easily fixable issues in the game today. 

Infinity Ward has been quick to issue updates since the release, so it’s safe to say more and more feedback will continue to see changes implemented across the board.

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FormaL claims FaZe are OpTic Chicago’s toughest competition for CDL 2021

Published: 26/Nov/2020 2:42 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 2:51

by Theo Salaun


OpTic Chicago’s Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper has revealed that he thinks the Atlanta FaZe will be the team to beat in the Call of Duty League’s 2021 season, citing how similar the two teams are.

A seven-year veteran in professional Call of Duty, FormaL boasts a wealth of expertise and some interesting insights. Excited for Black Ops Cold War and a refreshed CDL roster, back under the OpTic banner, the 2017 World Champion broke down his expectations for the 2021 season on an episode of “The Bakery” podcast.

Tucked in between romantic stories of trying to hide his gaming career from a crush and resisting Seth ‘Scump’ Abner’s kiss attempts, FormaL discussed the upcoming competitive season. With former teammate Alec ‘Arcitys’ Sanderson moved over to Atlanta, OpTic’s AR revealed that FaZe are the biggest concern in 2021 — not the 2020 champion Dallas Empire.

With the league transitioning to 4 vs. 4 and Treyarch’s Black Ops Cold War, FormaL believes that Chicago is primed to win CDL Champs, but that Atlanta is the toughest test ahead.

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Like sniping from the safety of a head glitch, FormaL did not hesitate at all when asked who would Chicago considers the most troubling team in 2021: “Definitely FaZe. FaZe is just another powerhouse … They’re pretty well-rounded, they got an insane amount of talent, they all want to play with each other. It’s just how our team is.”

Pinpointing FaZe’s roster balance, FormaL elaborated that the inclusion of Arcitys simply adds a new element to the competition between Chicago and Atlanta: “Alec’s a really good friend of mine. It’s gonna be really fun to play against him the whole year. You’ve got the Simp, aBeZy duo, you’ve got the Cellium thing … it’s gonna be a good rivalry for sure.”

In 2020, Chris ‘Simp’ Lehr and Tyler ‘aBeZy’ Pharris were one of the best SMG duos in the CDL while McArthur ‘Cellium’ Jovel was an MVP candidate (alongside Simp) in the flex role. When he spoke with Dexerto back in July, Cellium also told us that he thought Arcitys was the best AR in the league.

While respectful of the talent and balance this new FaZe roster enjoys, FormaL was unfazed when asked who wins CDL Champs 2021: “We do. 100 percent.” This coincides with his earlier explanation that the change to 4 vs. 4 suits a Chicago team that prefers that style, is excited to reunite with Dashy, and enjoys Treyarch titles.

Last year, the Empire came first, FaZe came second, and Chicago (at that point, the Huntsmen) came third. This year, FormaL expects to win, FaZe to repeat with silver, and it doesn’t even seem like third place is on his radar: “I don’t know who the f**k comes third, Paris?”