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Ex-OpTic Gears and Halo teams join forces following Immortals buyout

Published: 9/Jul/2019 23:25 Updated: 9/Jul/2019 23:46

by Albert Petrosyan

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Following their departure from OpTic Gaming, the strongest roster in Gears of War esports has joined TOX Gaming for the upcoming ELEAGUE Summer Series Invitational. 

On July 9, TOX Gaming announced that they had brought on the former OpTic Gears team for the ELEAGUE Invitational that’s set to be held July 13-14 in Atlanta, Georgia. 

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This news comes exactly a week after the roster was shockingly released by OpTic on July 2, as it had become expendable following the organization being bought out by Immortals Gaming Club. 

Nich ‘Ashes’ Ridgeway, the team coach, has confirmed to Dexerto that there will be no changes made to the roster that’s joining TOX Gaming from the one that was released by the Green Wall. 

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TOX GAMING GEARS OF WAR ROSTER:

  • Gilbert ‘Xplosive’ Rojo
  • Billy ‘MentaL’ Putnam Jr.
  • Alex ‘SuMuNs’ Ascencion
  • Brian ‘SoLuRs’ Valenzuela
  • Arody ‘Praized’ Dipre

Ashes also revealed that the new org will be a temporary home for the players, as the squad will look for a more long-term and permanent organizational solution following this weekend’s tournament. 

This announcement has some extra significance to it because TOX Gaming, of course, is also the home of the superstar Halo roster that once also represented the Green Wall. 

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The team was released in 2018 by Infinite Esports & Entertainment, OpTic’s parent company at the time, after deeming that the esport was not worth the time and investment, much to the chagrin of many fans and members within the organization.

In fact, the Halo players are the main reason why their Gears counterparts will be representing TOX at the upcoming event, knowing that GoW team was experiencing what they themselves had gone through a year ago.

“Couldn’t be happier to have our GoW brothers representing the TOX brand for the weekend!” tweeted Paul ‘SnakeBiteFPS’ Duarte. “Give them all your love and support.” 

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Gears Pro CircuitThe ex-OpTic Gears team can be virtually unstoppable at times, as they showed in their Mexico City Open win in early February.

This weekend’s ELEAGUE Summer Series Invitational will be the first competitive action for the ex-OpTic Gears team since they placed first at the 2019 GPC Boston Open back on April 28. 

Despite their long layoff, the squad will be one of the favorites to win this upcoming tournament, as they’re widely considered to be the strongest and most dominant roster in the esport. 

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

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:16

by Theo Salaun

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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.

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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. 

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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