Temperrr explains why FaZe Clan "wouldn't exist" without OpTic Gaming - Dexerto
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Temperrr explains why FaZe Clan “wouldn’t exist” without OpTic Gaming

Published: 23/Jul/2019 16:57 Updated: 23/Jul/2019 17:30

by Calum Patterson

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As the pioneers behind two of the most legendary and prestigious organizations in esports, OpTic’s Hector ‘H3CZ‘ Rodriguez and FaZe Clan’s Thomas ‘Temperrr’ Oliviera reveal how the two teams likely wouldn’t exist as they do today, without the other.

Both OpTic and FaZe Clan share their origin story in Call of Duty sniping. Once fierce rivals on YouTube, battling each other for the best sniping highlights and montages, the organizations would go on to venture into other forms of competitive gaming, entertainment and merchandise brands.

Perhaps unlike any other esports organizations, OpTic and FaZe cultivated a ‘lifestyle’ around their teams, players and content creators, taking the medium of gaming entertainment to the next level.

YouTube / FaZe CensorTemperrr was part of the early FaZe sniping team.

Despite their historic rivalry, however, Temperrr admits that there would likely be no FaZe Clan had it not been for OpTic Gaming, when discussing the org’s history on H3CZ’ eavesdrop podcast.

“If you guys weren’t around, FaZe wouldn’t have existed,” the FaZe co-owner explained. “We looked at (OpTic) like ‘oh, wow, this is possible, we can make a sniping team,’ you guys made it happen first.”

H3CZ explained that the idea behind the ‘snipers only’ team was actually put forward by his younger brother, Pedro ‘TUMORS’ Rodriguez.

Timestamp at 33:00 minutes for mobile users.

Temperrr reminisced on the first time he truly realized the potential of FaZe and sniping in general after ‘Illcams 5’ – the organization’s acclaimed montage series.

He compared the format and appeal of a trickshotting montage to that of skateboarding montages, and the massive audience they also had on YouTube.

Although both FaZe and OpTic still produce sniping and trickshotting content, it now takes somewhat of a backseat to their other ventures.

Both organizations have admittedly not had the best 2019’s so far, with OpTic being bought out by Immortals Gaming Club in a controversial takeover which has soured fan sentiment, and FaZe Clan troubled with controversy over famed Fortnite pro Tfue, and his contract issues.

Despite these issues, both remain as two of the most popular and beloved brands in esports and gaming at large, and have cemented their legacy – no matter what the future holds.

Disclaimer: Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez is a minority shareholder in Dexerto Ltd.

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Nadeshot calls for major SBMM change in Black Ops Cold War rant

Published: 2/Dec/2020 11:48

by Jacob Hale

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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.