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Why Nadeshot was CoD’s most underrated champion

Published: 27/Apr/2020 20:30 Updated: 1/May/2020 12:51

by Meg Bethany Koepp

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Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag is arguably one of the biggest faces in Call of Duty history, being the former captain of OpTic Gaming in both the 2014 CoD: Ghosts and the 2014–2015 Advanced Warfare seasons.

When people debate who their favorite CoD player is, there is one name that crops up a lot – but not for the reasons you might expect. Nadeshot’s rise to fame saw him embroiled in criticism from fans who didn’t believe his performance matched up to his gameplay ability.

In 2012 to 2013, he was established as one of the biggest names in the scene during the Black Ops 2 season, and hit a level of popularity that no other pro player had ever reached. This allowed him to make his way back onto the main OpTic roster after he was replaced.

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Nadeshot left OpTic in 2016.

Replacing Raymond ‘Rambo’ Lussier put pressure on the CoD star to perform well, as stepping into someone else’s shoes – especially someone with a track record of success – is no easy feat for anyone.

His move brought more sponsorship opportunities, as well as more scrutiny from people who argued that he didn’t “deserve” to be fast-tracked into the top team in the esport at the time. Playing the objective support role, for which he made his name, certainly didn’t help that.

In Hardpoint, playing the objective well could rack up crucial extra points, and delay the opposing team’s progress in such a way that wouldn’t be obvious on the scoreboard, but could be key to winning the match. Search and Destroy was where Nade was at his best, and was known to outplay foes touted as being more talented than he was.

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Nadeshot went on to create 100 Thieves.

Tired of criticism based around his role on the roster, Nadeshot made the decision to step down in 2015, stating that he no longer wanted to be the punching bag for negativity whenever his team lost.

He went on to form esports organization 100 Thieves, using his popularity from his pro days to grow the org into one of the most popular to date, starting off at the Call of Duty World League during Black Ops 3 season, and expanding into games such as CS:GO and League of Legends.

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Renegades announce new CoD roster ahead of second Challengers season

Published: 31/Oct/2020 14:17 Updated: 31/Oct/2020 14:20

by Joe Craven

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Esports organisation Renegades have revealed their Call of Duty roster for the second season of the CDL’s Challengers Series, including players from last year’s Paris Legion roster. 

The switch from the Call of Duty World League to the Call of Duty League represents the greatest shake-up competitive CoD has ever seen. While latter tournaments in the CWL involved an amateur tournament running parallel to the main one, the introduction of Challengers’ Series gives a greater formalisation to competition below the best of the best.

With franchised spots in the CDL costing millions, it’s no surprise that some big name esports organisations have found themselves competing in the Challengers Series. One of these orgs is Renegades, the Detroit-based esports team that has come in and out of competitive CoD in recent years.

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Renegades have come and gone from the Call of Duty pro scene in the past.

On October 31, they announced their CoD roster for the upcoming Black Ops Cold War season, which will be the second season of the CDL and its accompanying Challenger Series.

Perhaps the biggest name in the new roster is Luke ‘Louqa’ Rigas, who represented Paris Legion in the CDL last year. It was an up-and-down year for the Paris Legion, who managed a second place finish at the online CDL Week 12 London event.

He is also joined by ex-Paris teammate Conrad ‘Shockz’ Rymarek, who is best known for his five years with Australian organisation Mindfreak from 2014 to 2019.

Rounding off the roster are Lincoln ‘Fighta’ Ferguson and Amer ‘Pred’ Zulbeari, making a fully Australian roster. The nationalities of all players means they will likely compete in the APAC region of the Challengers Series.

While Shockz and Louqa come off the back of mixed fortunes in the CDL, Fighta and Pred both joined Renegades in January of 2020. In the somewhat weaker field of APAC competition, their Renegades roster dominated the region’s Challenger tournaments during the Modern Warfare season.

Replacing half the team with CDL standard pros means it’s likely we’ll see similar domination this year, barring any shock performances from the other APAC teams.