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ZooMaa and SlasheR go back and forth over ‘gentleman’s agreements’ in Black Ops 4

Published: 20/Nov/2018 23:03 Updated: 21/Nov/2018 0:01

by Wyatt Donigan

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Gentleman’s agreements in Call of Duty have been at issue for years and it seems like things are only starting to heat up as we get closer to the first Black Ops 4 open event in Las Vegas.

As the debate over gentleman’s agreements continue within the competitive CoD community, FaZe Clan’s Tommy ‘ZooMaa’ Paparatto has made it clear he isn’t a fan of them. 

After going on an extended rant on his Twitch stream, in which he called GAs a “joke” and saying that he was “tired of it,” ZooMaa has continued the conversation on Twitter. 

While responding to a fan who was wondering why people have seemingly zeroed in on the grapple as the item of contention, ZooMaa had this to say: “Let’s talk about the double grip ICR no flinch, the all purpose Maddox, and the back pocket Mozu aka shotgun. Don’t see me trying to GA those things.”

This prompted 100 Thieves’ Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat to respond, alluding to the fact that many feel he’s behind some of the proposed GA’s saying : “Well since I make all the rules why would I ban those things!? Cmon I need to cater to myself to stay relevant.”

The two then seemed to disagree over whether the Saug SMG needed to be included in the list of GA’d weapons, with SlasheR saying it needed to go while ZooMaa hinted that it should be left alone since it’s “the worst / most inconsistent gun.”

At this point, SlasheR brought up the fact that he feels ZooMaa and others are circulating a false narrative about him wanting to create many GAs, to which ZooMaa told Slasher it seems to him “whenever there’s something you don’t like, it ‘needs to go.’”

SlasheR responds by saying that “it’s not a matter of [him] liking something or not, it’s what I think is better for comp.”

SlasheR then ends the debate by saying that he doesn’t “need a ruleset to be good,” while ZooMa doubles down on the fact that he feels some “people’s opinions [mean] more than others.”

The GA conversation in the community first came to a head when OpTic Gaming’s Seth ‘Scump’ Abner mentioned on his stream that teams were refusing to play them if they used Ruin’s ‘grapple hook.’

ZooMaa then thrust the issue back into the forefront with his rant on Twitch just a couple days before the above exchange with SlasheR.

While gentleman’s agreements are technically against the rules set forth by the CWL, that hasn’t stopped players from making them anyways for the last few years.

Changes have already been made to the CWL ruleset, but it seems as though players will continue to have varying opinions of whether the base ruleset is sufficient.

With only a couple weeks left until CWL Vegas on December 7, this likely won’t be the last we hear on the matter.

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How to watch Hitch’s $20K Black Ops 2 tourney: stream, teams, bracket

Published: 28/Oct/2020 19:24 Updated: 28/Oct/2020 19:25

by Brad Norton

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Returning for his final event of the Call of Duty League offseason, Team Summertime’s Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards is hosting an enormous Black Ops 2 Invitational featuring former champions and popular content creators.

Throwback tournaments have been all the rage throughout the 2020 offseason and no one has been leading the charge quite like Hitch. Outside of hosting Warzone comps, his unique tournaments have spanned from Modern Warfare 2 to Black Ops 4. This time, his sights are set on 2012’s Black Ops 2.

Despite hackers ruining an early test for this particular event, the kinks have all seemingly been worked out. From former championship-winning teams to some of the biggest content creators, Hitch’s final event is set to be the biggest yet.

From how you can tune in, to every player joining the all-star Call of Duty event, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything there is to know about the Black Ops 2 Invitational.

How to watch the Black Ops 2 Invitational

The final event of the offseason is set to kick off on Wednesday, October 28. Opening matchups went live at 3PM EST (12PM PT) and the broadcast will likely run for most of the day.

As per usual, it’s all expected to be featured on Hitch’s own Twitch stream which we’ve embedded below. A majority of the players and creators will likely be sharing their own perspectives throughout the event as well.

Black Ops 2 Invitational teams & bracket

Some squads feature some of the most successful Call of Duty veterans while others consist of popular streamers. Regardless, every team is stacked with FPS talent so expect some close matchups.

Standing out among the eight rosters is a true throwback. The 2014 world championship team of Crimsix, Karma, TeePee, and ACHES, will be reuniting. Formerly representing Complexity and then Evil Geniuses, these four players haven’t been on the same team since 2014.

The full list of teams competing in the Black Ops 2 Invitational can be found below.

  • Team Dr Disrespect: Dr Disrespect, ZLaner, StoneMountain64, & KingRichard
  • Team CouRageJD: CouRageJD, Parad12e, LEQIQN, & MLGImpulse
  • Team The Mob: Classify, Mako, Froste, Flyroh
  • Team Scump: Scump, Envoy, Merk, & Rambo
  • Team Aydan: Aydan, Ritual, Kismet, & Parasite
  • Team Luli: Lulu, Blazt, Frozone, & Almxnd
  • Team Pamaj: Pamaj, Rated, JHaZe, & Exodass
  • Team TeePee: TeePee, Karma, Crimsix, & ACHES

Bracket

Here is the starting bracket for this competition, which is being updated live on the tournament’s web-page as the results from the various matches start filing in.

TST Black Ops 2 Bracket
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The official bracket for Hitch’s Black Ops 2 Invitational.

Format & rules

The biggest thing to note about this tournament’s format is that it’s being played on mouse and keyboard, unlike true competitive Call of Duty, which has always been played using controllers.

Outside of that, the only other important aspect to note as the map-mode rotations, which we’ve listed below for both the Winners and Losers Bracket rounds.

Winners Rounds:

  • WR1: Raid Hardpoint, Standoff SnD, Slums CTF, Standoff Hardpoint, Raid SnD
  • WR2: Slums Hardpoint, Express SnD, Raid CTF, Yemen Hardpoint, Meltdown SnD
  • WR3: Standoff Hardpoint, Raid SnD, Standoff CTF, Raid Hardpoint, Express SnD

Losers Rounds:

  • LR1: Slums Hardpoint, Express SnD, Raid CTF, Yemen Hardpoint, Meltdown SnD
  • LR2: Standoff Hardpoint, Raid SnD, Standoff CTF, Raid Hardpoint, Express SnD
  • LR3: Yemen Hardpoint, Meltdown SnD, Slums CTF, Slums Hardpoint, Standoff SnD
  • LR4: Standoff Hardpoint, Raid SnD, Raid CTF, Raid Hardpoint, Express

Finals Rounds:

  • GF: Yemen Hardpoint, Standoff SnD, Slums CTF, Raid Hardpoint, Raid SnD
  • GFR: Slums Hardpoint, Express SnD, Raid CTF, Standoff Hardpoint, Meltdown SnD

Movember charity

Movember Charity
Movember Foundation
TST is hosting several tournaments to raise money for the Movember charity.

This Black Ops 2 Invitational, like the rest of Team Summertime’s Off-Season Series, was created to raise money for Movember, which is the “leading charity changing the face of men’s health.”

If you’d like to donate to this cause, you can do so by visiting TST’s Movember charity page here.