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Team Space’s new organization for CWL Pro League officially confirmed

Published: 30/Jan/2019 20:00 Updated: 31/Jan/2019 14:29

by Wyatt Donigan

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CWL Pro League roster led by Michael ‘SpaceLy’ Schmale has has officially announced that they will represent a new entrant to the Call of Duty scene for the 2019 season.

The CWL Pro League kicks off in less than a week on February 4 and new organizations are starting to announce the acquisition of new rosters.

Team Space has been teasing their official announcement for some weeks, and although the reveal was somewhat spoiled by Call of Duty’s website jumping the gun, fans are excited to see a new name enter CoD esports.

Gen.G, best known for their League of Legends success and their Overwatch League franchise, Seoul Dynasty, confirmed the signing of Team Space on January 31.

Team Space was listed on the Call of Duty website as Gen.G prior to the announcement, so the official reveal was expected soon after.

SpaceLy also revealed that they were actually in talks with FaZe Clan prior to signing with Gen.G, simply stating that “things didn’t go through.”

He also said the reason it took them so long to sign with an org after CWL Vegas was “security” since he’s seen so many other rosters end up in shambles after signing with new orgs.  

SpaceLy and co. were one of the hottest teams throughout the entire Black Ops 4 season despite having been without an org for most of it. 

They first competed under the Str8 Rippin banner for CWL Vegas where they finished with an impressive 7th-8th overall placing. 

That placing allowed the team to move on to the CWL Pro League Qualifier where they were placed in Pool C. 

While 100 Thieves and Midnight Esports ended up taking the top two seed in that Pool, SpaceLy and co. finished with a respectable 3-3 record before picking up a trio of wins that secured them a spot in the Pro League. 

Gen.G continues their expansion in esports.

Gen.G might be a new entrant in the Call of Duty scene, but they are certainly no stranger to esports, having fielded teams in the League of Legends, Overwatch, PUBG, and even Fortnite. 

They recently came in seventh on Forbes’ list of the most valuable teams in esports, with the organization being valued at $110 million as of October 2018. 

The CWL Pro League kicks off on February 4, with Gen.G slotted into Division A along with Call of Duty powerhouses such as OpTic Gaming and Luminosity.

For everything you need to know about the CWL Pro League, including streams, schedules, and more, be sure to head over to our official hub.

Gen.G Roster

  • Michael ‘SpaceLy’ Schmale
  • Michaek ‘MajorManiak’ Szymaniak
  • Jared ‘Nagafen’ Harrell
  • Colt ‘Havok’ McLendon
  • Chance ‘Maux’ Moncivaez
  • Joey ‘Nubzy’ DiGiacomo (Coach)
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Nadeshot clarifies SBMM argument in Black Ops Cold War rant

Published: 3/Dec/2020 2:10 Updated: 3/Dec/2020 2:15

by Jacob Hale

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Update (December 2 – 6:00 PM PT): Nadeshot has since followed up on his Skill-Based Matchmaking rant, addressing how it’s easy to lose your temper while grinding for specific weapon camo challenges.

“SBMM is a topic of discussion that has a lot of nuances,” he said in a December 2 follow-up tweet. “What I really want to clarify once and for all… I don’t have a fear of playing players as good as me. I don’t disagree with the idea of playing against players as good as me. All I’m asking for is that people see the level of skill I’m playing at.”

Obviously, a ranked playlist of sorts has been requested to no end in the community. While the feature has been subtly confirmed, it’s still yet to enter the game. Therefore, the only form of matchmaking is standard public games, which happen to have SBMM cranked all the way up.

“If I’m going up against six starting players in the Call of Duty League, I want a rank to reflect that. I understand why SBMM is a necessity, I just don’t agree with the way it’s presented. Right now it’s ambiguous, you never really know who you’re up against and the level of skill they’re at.”

The original story is as follows.

Skill-based matchmaking has been a major complaint from top Call of Duty players for years now, and 100 Thieves CEO and former pro player Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag has finally snapped, going on a rant against SBMM in the new Black Ops Cold War.

Nadeshot has never made it a secret that he, alongside a huge number of Call of Duty players, is anti-SBMM.

Though the sentiment makes sense — pit players of equal skill against one another — in practice, many players aren’t happy with it and want to see it removed or at least tuned down.

Nadeshot clearly falls into that category, and let his opinion be known during a December 1 stream while playing on the latest edition of Nuketown, Nuketown ‘84.

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Black Ops Cold War has been welcomed with mixed reviews, but SBMM has been a major sticking point.

As you can tell immediately from the scoreline alone and the carnage unfolding around him, the match is an intense one, and he wasn’t impressed.

He said: “It’s time to lower the skill-based matchmaking. This is not fun. I know we want the kids that have never played Call of Duty to be in a safe space, but please stop alienating the people that have been playing your game for over a decade.”

That wasn’t all, though, as Haag continued to complain as he struggled to make much of an impact on the game. “This is not an enjoyable experience,” he said. “Especially trying to get the challenges done on these weapons… Everyone’s got a scorestreak because it’s participation and not skill.”

Both the SBMM and scorestreak complaints have been popular ones for Black Ops Cold War players, and the sentiment seems to be echoed from the top down.

Whether Activision or Treyarch make changes to either issue remains to be seen, but we might not see Nadeshot streaming Black Ops Cold War for too much longer at this rate.