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TJHaLy reveals OpTic Gaming role changes ahead of CWL Championship

Published: 27/Jul/2019 10:44 Updated: 27/Jul/2019 10:59

by Joe Craven


SMG maestro Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly has given fans an update on OpTic’s roles ahead of August’s Call of Duty World League Championships, as they look to turn their fortunes around. 

OpTic Gaming crashed out of July’s CWL Finals in Miami in spectacular fashion, failing to win a single map in the two series in which they featured. They started off against Luminosity Gaming, and fell 3-0. Notably, the hardpoint saw LG run up a 246-15 point run against the Greenwall. 

This was followed by a Loser’s Bracket matchup with Nadeshot’s 100 Thieves, which they also lost 3-0. This tournament was the first major in which OpTic tried to implement new roles, as they looked to improve on their third place finish at CWL Anaheim, back in June. 

CWLOpTic lost 99-250, despite being 84-4 up against Luminosity Gaming.

At the CWL Finals, Dashy maintained his long term role as Prophet, with a Maddox RFB and Tempest. However, TJHaLy took over as Ruin, a specialist role that Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow had occupied for the majority of the season. 

He also used a Maddox more frequently, as opposed to the Saug SMG.

Similarly, Crimsix was playing as Crash, the in-game medic who Scump occupied for the majority of Black Ops 4’s early season. To round off the changes, Scump was using Battery, a specialist TJ had occupied up until this point. 

Now, though, TJHaLy has confirmed these changes will not be continuing, following the teams CWL Finals implosion, speaking on his livestream on July 26.

TJ addressed the role changes in a response to a viewer. “Nah, I’m running War Machine again,” he explained. “We scrimmed today, we’re fucking frying. I’m back baby. We’re back to our old roles.”

Haly is clearly excited about being back as Battery, and feels the team is performing better with players returning to their familiar roles.

CWLTJHaLy was visibly upset as OpTic struggled at the CWL Finals.

It’s clear they will be trying to rekindle some of their old form with the role change, as they look to challenge the game’s top teams once again. However, CoD pro Maux recently suggested that they have wider teamwork issues, away from simple role problems. 

The old roles have not seen OpTic win a tournament since CWL Las Vegas in December of 2018. However, they placed fairly consistently while using these roles: 3rd at CWL London, and 3rd at CWL Anaheim. 

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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


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.