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The KAR, ITRA and Shotgun all Made Appearances in a Pro League Challenge Match

Published: 2/Jul/2018 23:09 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:06

by Vincent Genova

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Red Reserve took on FIRESMACKIN in the first round of the July 1st CWL Pro League Challenge and things got out of hand quickly, resulting in banned weapons and trash talking between the two teams.

The match started off well enough with Red taking a routine Hardpoint, before moving to USS Texas S&D. That is where it started to go downhill.

Those watching the match through Adian ‘GorgoKnight’ Provenzano’s stream may not have noticed, since the match was not being casted, but a FIRESMACKIN player was using the KAR-98k sniper rifle and it appeared in the kill feed. Viewers in GorgoKnight’s chat noticed right away, however.

Professional Call of Duty players decided to stop using the KAR sometime in January, due to its ability to consistently beat ARs and SMGs in a closer range than intended. Red Reserve did not take kindly to breaking the agreement and retaliated with an agreement break of their own, pulling out four smoke grenades.

Some FIRESMACKING players, either acting or genuinely unaware of their teammate using a KAR, were shocked that Red were the ones breaking an agreement. Some foul language ensued, with Rhys “Rated” Price and Matthew ‘Skrapz’ Marshall of Red Reserve even popping into GorgoKnight’s stream chat to voice their displeasure with the KAR use.

Other pros were watching the match and chimed in, with James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks of eUnited questioning the use of the KAR. Josiah ‘Slacked’ Berry also stopped by to say “good guy GorgoKnight” after Adian stopped his stream in between matches to address the KAR situation, claiming he did not know it was being used.

FIRESMACKIN won the S&D to tie the series at 1-1 heading into CTF on Flak Tower. The tension did not cool down during the break, in fact it escalated. Red came out of the break using shotguns and the ITRA burst, two weapons also banned by the players, and FIRESMACKIN took out shotguns of their own.

Red Reserve won the CTF by a score of 4-3 to take a 2-1 lead in the series

It is worth noting that nothing in the match was actually illegal in the eyes of MLG or Activision, since the weapons are still technically allowed in competitive play.

Weapon choice went slightly back to normal for the game 4 Hardpoint, with only occasional ITRA appearances. The trash talk did not stop at any point, however, as Red continued to chat in GorgoKnight’s stream while FIRESMACKIN kept talking.

The match went to a pivotal Game 5 Round 11, with Red Reserve taking the hostile match. The agreements being broken and cameos in the chat from top pros made for a surreal experience. In the end it was one of the most entertaining Pro League matches of the year, you can catch it all below. 

The match begins at 59 minutes on the stream timeline. Warning, the language is obviously offensive at times.

Watch PRO LEAGUE CHALLENGE Vs Red Reserve w/ @GorgKnight from GorgoKnightTV on www.twitch.tv

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Top 20 highest earning Call of Duty: Warzone players

Published: 24/Feb/2021 20:00 Updated: 24/Feb/2021 20:32

by Theo Salaun

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Although hackers and stream snipers seem to have broken spirits across Call of Duty: Warzone, the battle royale remains a premier title in the field. As of February, 2021 — here are the 20 highest-earning competitors in terms of total tournament winnings. 

It may not feel as legitimized as esports like Apex Legends and Fortnite, but competitive Warzone continues to overcome cheater drama and the absence of a transparent SBMM system (or ranked league) to stay on top of Twitch’s viewership every week. With numerous high-paying tournaments every month since the game’s March 2020 debut, some players have stood out from the pack and made an impressive salary’s worth of prize winnings. We’ve seen incredible new world records set, a host of celebrities get involved, and a variety of high-stakes, big-bucks tournaments.

Using data from esportsearnings.com, we take a look at the top 20 Warzone players in terms of tournament winnings. We’ll take a more in-depth look at the top 3, and then provide a full list of the top 20.

3. Rhys ‘Rated’ Price – $100,658

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Winning tournament after tournament since partnering with Aydan, Rated has become the third competitor to crack $100,000 in Warzone earnings and simultaneously supplanted SuperEvan as No. 3 on the earnings list. With event wins during the $25K Code Red 2v2 and $25K Dallas Empire Challenge 2v2, Rated and Aydan continue to fly toward the top earnings spot.

A former London Royal Raven, Rated’s accurate mechanics and game sense have seamlessly transitioned to the battle royale. Given his individual talent and the unparalleled comms between he and Aydan, it’s hard to imagine the duo not taking the Nos. 1 and 2 earnings spots within a few months.

2. Aydan ‘Aydan’ Conrad – $135,721

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Based on his tweets and streams, it feels like the only thing that Aydan cares about right now is overtaking HusKerrs and becoming the highest earner in Verdansk. And, down by just around $1,000, he’s making serious progress toward that goal.

From Fortnite to Warzone, Aydan has been a longstanding figure in the battle royale sphere. But, for those unfamiliar with Epic Games’ third-person shooter, the charming beatboxer has truly made his mark on Verdansk by proving that his head is worth appreciating for more than its infamous dent. An absolute demon, Aydan has comfortably shifted from duos with MuTeX and Zlaner to winning every single 2v2 tournament with Rated.

Sitting atop our Warzone power rankings for consecutive months, it should not be long before Aydan overtakes Big Husk.

1. Jordan ‘HusKerrs’ Thomas – $136,150

Jordan ‘HusKerrs’ Thomas is a battle royale star who has also held a number of Warzone world records. He previously made a name for himself in both Black Ops 4’s Blackout and Apex Legends, but has since transitioned over to Warzone. And that transition has proved immensely profitable, as the calm, collected gamer has become the first Warzone player to collect over $100,000 in tournament winnings.

As the most decorated player on Verdansk, HusKerrs shoots straight, rotates with vehicles, and practically never loses his head amid pressure. That mentality complements his skill, resulting in numerous Warzone titles.

Now, Aydan is gunning for his spot and HusKerrs seems to have taken some offense to the hopeful usurper’s lack of confidence in the reigning top earner. Eager to maintain his place, HusKerrs has begun grinding wagers with a new duo, Zlaner, and is quickly regaining top-dog form.

Top 20 Warzone players: highest earnings (as of February 24 2021)

The full top 20 highest earning Warzone players are listed below. In total, across all 20, over $1 million has been earned through Warzone tournaments. And those numbers are sure to increase, as prize pools continue to get larger and larger.

Since this is just a list of the highest earners cumulatively, it doesn’t include averages earned per event, otherwise, some players like Jukeyz and Biffle (whose invitations are limited by region and school, respectively) would likely be higher on the list.

 No.  Player Earnings
1 HusKerrs $136,150.01
2 Aydan $135,720.83
3 Rated $100,658.33
4 SuperEvan $98,370.83
5 Tommey $87,154.46
6 Symfuhny $81,683.33
7 Biffle $73,741.67
8 ZLaner $72,666.66
9 WarsZ $69,888.07
10 Vikkstar123 $60,650.00
11 Frozone $59,454.16
12 MuTeX $58,087.49
13 Jukeyz $57,495.66
14 Swagg $53,233.34
15 TeePee $52,516.67
16 Almxnd $51,721.13
17 UnRationaL $46,100.00
18 DougIsRaw $42,566.00
19 BobbyPoff $40,525.00
20 GaGOD $38,066.67

While Warzone’s tourneys and prize pools dropped for a period of time as attention shifted to Black Ops Cold War and the Call of Duty League, the game is regaining momentum as Season 2 launches. Already, numerous huge tourneys have been announced and the landscape for top earners is on the precipice of shifting.

We will continue to update this article’s figures as the competitive Warzone landscape develops.