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The Most Controversial Roster Change in Call of Duty History

Published: 11/May/2020 9:57 Updated: 11/May/2020 11:26

by Joe Craven

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Despite the name of Seth ‘Scump’ Abner becoming near synonymous with that of OpTic Gaming, Call of Duty’s King did once willingly leave the Green Wall, to join one of their closest rivals. 

Scump is one of the few names in the hat for the title of best Call of Duty player of all time. Alongside ex-teammates Crimsix and Karma, Scump has set himself aside from the chasing pack in terms of tournament victories and pure gun skill.

With a total of 7 years on OpTic Gaming, Scump’s entire Call of Duty history has become intertwined with the history of the Green Wall. However, many people forget that, long before the Immortals Gaming Club and Infinite Esports and Entertainment, Scump once agreed to walk away from OpTic Gaming.

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Scump (centre-right) won his only CoD World Championship with OpTic Gaming back in 2017.

In January 2014, on the back of struggles in Call of Duty: Ghosts, Scump announced his departure from the Green Wall, joining the boys in blue, Team Envy – OpTic Gaming’s oldest rivals.

The move to Envy remains one of the most shocking rosters changes in any esport. Here, we delve into the reasons behind the move, the community’s response, and what drove the King’s return to OpTic Gaming just 13 days later.

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NICKMERCS claims Warzone is “not looking good” compared to Fortnite

Published: 27/Nov/2020 1:24

by Theo Salaun

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From Fortnite to Call of Duty: Warzone and back, NICKMERCS is as experienced in both battle royales as anyone. After jumping back into Epic Games’ iteration, he claims the third-person shooter has a serious edge over Warzone right now.

In a long overdue Fortnite return stream with SypherPK, another battle royale maestro, FaZe Clan and MFAM’s Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff got back into the groove and decided it was time to compare his favorite BR titles. Of course, with so many followers, the MFAM audience deserves an explanation for the change in content.

While the popular streamer built his following in Epic Games’ unique title, his Twitch following grew to a whopping 4.6 million followers with thanks to months spent popping off on Verdansk. Having hosted, participated, and won Warzone tournaments in that span, he’s flown into the world’s top 15 most-followed Twitch streamers.

But, with Call of Duty’s sights set on the Black Ops Cold War release, Warzone has lost some lustre and NICKMERCS has returned to the consistently-updated Fortnite. Fittingly, he proceeded to explain that those updates give Fortnite an edge over Warzone.

It took Nick some time to get used to Fortnite’s mechanics, as he and SypherPK delved into the differences between the two games’ aim assists and how exponential and linears differ between the two. Ultimately, despite the discomfort upon switching over, the BR aficionado found himself loving it.

To explain his intentions in trying Fortnite again, NICKMERCS minced no words: “Listen, the current state over on the Call of Duty side of things is not looking good. There was supposed to be a big update coming in December, we haven’t heard anything about that. Really not good.”

And then, to contrast why Fortnite feels like the superior BR right now, he couldn’t help but give props to Epic Games’ consistent content delivery: “On the other hand, for Fortnite, there’s big-time updates and map changes right around the corner before Christmas.”

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Fortnite’s shop gets consistent action, while Warzone’s is very quiet right now.

Fortnite and Apex Legends follow a similar format as titles, where the game is free and updated seasonally. Warzone was Call of Duty’s successful effort to do the same, but things became complicated by BOCW’s release.

Now, Warzone’s seasonal content schedule has been disrupted by Activision’s focus on selling BOCW. The company is trying to get the best of both worlds: a free battle royale’s player base with the money of an annual title like FIFA, Madden, and NBA 2K franchises.

By putting their money into BOCW tournaments and content, CoD seems to have pushed NICKMERCS to return to a game that, distraction-free, is regularly putting out content.