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UYU announce surprising roster change for CWL Pro League just days after acquiring Methodz

Published: 30/Jan/2019 21:52 Updated: 30/Jan/2019 22:55

by Albert Petrosyan

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With just days before the Call of Duty World League’s Pro League kicks off, UYU have announced a roster move that has caught many by surprise.

On January 30, the org announced that Anthony ‘Methodz’ Zinni will be placed into the starting squad for the upcoming Pro League, taking the place of Tristan ‘Spoof’ Green.

Methodz was acquired by UYU on January 28 from G2 Esports, who were unable to qualify for the Pro League after being eliminated from the recent qualifying tournament.

After initially being brought on as a substitute, Methodz has now been inserted into a starting role, and will join Skyz, Proto, Mayhem, and Knight in the team when the Pro League begins on February 4. 

This roster move has caused quite a stir as Spoof had a very emotional response to being demoted to the substitute’s role and essentially losing his status as a pro player just weeks after helping UYU qualify for the Pro League. 

“Being the good guy does not always result in good scenarios,” he tweeted. “People are lucky I’m a good person. So many things could be said right now.” 

“Had every opportunity to make my stats higher but let my teammates have weapon specialists and stuns so they could be better. YIKES!”

He later admitted that the prospect of having to deliver the news to his mother drove him to tears, as he had to confess to her that all his hard work has seemingly gone down the drain.

“My mom came in my room and I had to look her in the eye and tell her I worked my ass off to become a pro only to not play a single match in the Pro League and be dropped back to the amateurs. Can’t even look her in the eye without crying.”

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Spoof also went on to reveal that it was Christopher ‘Parasite’ Duarte, not Methodz, who had been the players’ first choice to recruit for the substitute role, but that the org overruled them and decided to go with the latter.

“We chose Haggy and UYU chose Methodz. Said it would help with sponsorship requests equating to more money for us,” he tweeted. “Team had no idea UYU’s plans for it until late last night. Then they voted me out.”

According to Spoof, former World Champion Parasite was to be their substitute until UYU overrode the players’ decision and went with Methodz.

Methodz has also since put out a statement since the announcement: “Situations like these are always tough because there are always things that can’t be said. It’s impossible to not feel absolutely horrible but, at the same time, any player in my position would have to accept a starting role in the league.” 

Some have been criticizing Methodz for apparently “swindling” his way to the starting role, although eUnited’s coach ‘Saintt’ revealed that it was UYU who pushed for the change. 

UYU will be playing in Division A of the Pro League that features some powerhouse teams such as OpTic Gaming, Luminosity Gaming, and Evil Geniuses.

You can get all of the information about the Pro League, including streams, schedules, Divisions, and more, by visiting our dedicated Pro League hub.

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Warzone team banned from $250k Twitch Rivals event after cheating scandal

Published: 22/Jan/2021 10:34 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 10:42

by Brad Norton

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The $250K Twitch Rivals Doritos Bowl Warzone event hit a major snag in the road on January 21, as alleged cheaters were disqualified from the competition ahead of the closing round.

One of the biggest Warzone events to date set the scene for one of the biggest cheating scandals to date. Amidst the five-rounds of private lobby action, a number of Warzone’s veteran competitors began to accuse players of cheating in the tournament.

The Trio of METZY_B, kyrptic_j0ker, & Unifyz were disqualified from the competition in light of these allegations. This ban came through before players dropped into the fifth and final match of the day.

“Based on the evidence submitted from various sources in and out of the tournament, [Twitch has] determined that [their] gameplay was unnatural beyond a reasonable doubt,” event host Caleb ‘WavePunk’ Simmons explained.

As a result of their disqualification, Twitch opted to move forward with the event. Rather than restarting or replaying on a different date, the fifth map continued with one less team.

Accusations made against Metzy_B

Accusations started piling up after the fourth round of action. Players noticed some extremely sharp aim coming from METZY_B in particular. 

Resident Warzone investigator Tommey was soon on the case, as he began to dissect the footage. It was peculiar auto-aim that caught his eye, as the suspected cheater immediately “locked on” to an opposing player in the clip.

Given the $250K up for grabs, there was plenty at stake. $45,000 was on the line for the winning team, while even a last place finish would have awarded the alleged cheaters $1,200. However, METZY_B and his team were “ineligible for prizing,” Twitch soon confirmed. 

Naturally, it didn’t take long for the controversy to spill across social media, with many of Warzone’s biggest names repeating their gripes with the lack of an effective anti-cheat system.

“Unfortunately without anti-cheat, authentic Warzone tournaments just aren’t possible anymore,” NICKMERCS said. “There’s too much cheese & way too many rats.”

Despite this, it later became clear that, perhaps, the players in the tournament had jumped the gun early with their accusations…

METZY_B clears his name

After being kicked from the tournament, METZY_B joined Tommey’s Discord call in an attempt to clear his name, showing his PC, the programs he’s been using and more.

While METZY wasn’t reinstated to the tournament, some critics have deleted their tweets and Tommey, after investigating the situation, conceded that he got it wrong this time and there “wasn’t enough to go as far as it did.”

He later clarified that he played no part in reporting METZY to the admins of the tournament or forcing his removal, but the player is “more than welcome to take his earnings” from the event.

Game five continued with one less team in the lobby. Champions were crowned and the $250K prize pool was split accordingly. Be sure to check out our event hub for a full recap of the troubled Twitch Rivals Warzone tournament.