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Eunited’s Burns Explains There’s More to Success than Gun Skill

Published: 16/Jul/2018 17:51 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:07

by Chantal Stewart-Jones


Succeeding in esports is something many hope to do and eUnited’s Matthew ‘Burns’ Potthoff might be helping others on their way with some direct advice.

As General Manager of eUnited, it’s Burns’ job to look after and inspire the esports teams he works with. His experience as a GM, along with his former professional Call of Duty career, means he has a solid understanding of what it takes to succeed.


Natural talent and good shooting abilities are undeniably important in games like Call of Duty, Halo and Gears of War, you would be hard pushed to find a professional player who doesn’t possess these qualities.

Since everyone around the pro level can shoot, Burns says the key to success is the other things which you can bring to your team.


In order to build a successful team, it needs to be made up of players who have a mixture of the non-mechanical skill qualities Burns talks about. For instance, you may not need more than one leader per roster but a good attitude and communication is pretty important for all team members.

Burns went on to say for players looking to become professional or see success, they need to look at what their other abilities are, as well as their gun skill.

Burns went on to say for players looking to become professional or see success, they need to look at what their other abilities are, as well as their gun skill


Rise Nation’s Daniel ‘Loony’ Loza also joined the conversation to share his thoughts that no matter whether a player is a professional or an amateur, the question of whether or not they will succeed has never been down to their ability to shoot.

Burns agreed with this, saying most professional players don’t usually lose because they can’t shoot, but because of practice or communication issues.

While some of these points may be common knowledge, Burns’ advice is the key to all competitive team’s progress and is worth taking on board for those hoping to develop careers or see success in esports.

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CoD streamers slam Warzone star WarsZ for “pathetic” K/D tanking

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:16

by Theo Salaun


Call of Duty: Warzone stars continue to call each other out – this time Tommey is joined by HusKerrs and others in critiquing multi-event champion, WarsZ, for manipulating tournament Kill-Death Ratio (K/D) caps by tanking his account.

With more and more money being piled into Warzone tournaments, the stakes are higher than ever and competitors are understandably adamant about integrity. Many of these competitions have turned to K/D caps, as a way to limit good players from forming super squads that’ll end up dominating the opposition.


Following earlier condemnations from top streamers like NICKMERCS and Aydan about others gaming the K/D cap limits, Tommey has exposed WarsZ in particular for allegedly partaking in the unfair practice.

Tommey, a former Call of Duty League player and multi-time Warzone champion, did not hesitate to single out WarsZ for a suspicious drop in his kill-death ration just ahead of this week’s leg of the $210,000 Vikkstar Warzone Showdown. 


Although the caps have been instituted in tournaments to provide for better parity among teams, they can also be manipulated by purposefully delivering uncharacteristically poor performances.

WarsZ has won six Warzone championships across different tournaments, so Tommey’s linked image of the streamer having double-digit zero-kill matches in the past few days is particularly damning.

“People seem to be scared of the repercussions but I’m fed up with the bulls**t,” Tommey tweeted, tagging the rival competitor directly while calling the alleged tanking “pathetic.”


As for WarsZ’s response, it was not well-received. Suggesting that this notable drop in K/D was spurred by having his “girl” play on his account, a variety of notable Warzone competitors slammed the excuse. Among those wast renowned multi-time champion, HusKerrs, who replied simply, “Brother, c’mon now… nobody is buying that.”

Popular streamer DougisRaw also chimed in, mocking the excuse for how obviously the screenshot goes against the idea of letting an inexperienced player drop in for some games: “Damn, your girl plays solo squads. She’s cracked.”


While none of the allegations can be proven, many seem dissatisfied with WarsZ’s excuse and believes it is unfair to competitors like Jukeyz and others who were unable to snag tournament spots because of their high K/D.


It must be noted, as Tommey mentioned in the tweet above, that Vikkstar’s tournament technically doesn’t prohibit such a tactic, so while WarsZ isn’t breaking any rules, it’s fair to say that the rest of the big-name competitors don’t think too highly of it.

It remains to be seen if other tournaments will begin following NICKMERCS in the way he runs his MFAM Gauntlets, monitoring participants’ past in-game performances to make sure that they’re not trying to circumvent the K/D cap.