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H3CZ and Arcitys explain why esports team houses don’t work

Published: 7/Feb/2020 18:11

by Jacob Hale


Chicago Huntsmen CEO Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez and star Call of Duty player Alec ‘Arcitys’ Sanderson have explained why esports team houses don’t work in their episode of H3CZ’s ‘Eavesdrop’ podcast.

Team houses were long viewed as a luxury, highly-desired commodity in the esports industry, seen as the height of team cohesion and an organization’s success. H3CZ himself has a lot of experience with team houses, having had multiple over the years to host his players in all different titles.

Now though, he sees the error of his ways and has spoken with Arcitys about why he no longer sees them as a good investment.

Arcitys kicked off his Chicago Huntsmen tenure with two huge wins over Dallas Empire and OpTic Gaming LA.

Asking about Arcitys’ brother, Florida Mutineers’ Preston ‘Prestinni’ Sanderson, H3CZ wanted to know if they had a team house or space to use. Arcitys explained that they have apartments and a facility they have to attend for practice – something he’s not a fan of.

“I understand moving to the same state,” he started. “I could even live in the same apartments as a team, but I don’t want to go to practice in the same facility every single day with the same team.”

H3CZ agreed with the 2019 world champion, and said that “sometimes it’s cool to have a space where people can go and do that,” but added that it’s more from a content standpoint than competitive.

Arcitys went on to reference the times he would spend in Columbus, Ohio with Prestinni and James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks, who he teamed with for three years.

He said that during those couple of weeks every month or so, they would end up just wanting to spend time by themselves instead of constantly being around each other, with H3CZ stating that the time spent together at events (when you don’t have to see each other every day) makes the tournament better.

Team facilities like the one in Florida are becoming more common for large-scale organizations, such as those who have made the investment to participate in franchised leagues, and recently 100 Thieves opened the biggest esports facility in the US.

As yet, Chicago Huntsmen have not required their players to move into apartments or to attend a team facility together, with the group spread out across the country in various states and cities.

Despite this, team facilities and team houses are still commonplace in the industry, with more teams opening their quarters on a regular basis. Though some players might not like it, in the future, a team office of some sort might just become the norm.

Call of Duty

NICKMERCS creates deadly RAM-7 Warzone loadout for all ranges

Published: 24/Jan/2021 16:28

by Connor Bennett


Twitch and YouTube star Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff has shown off his pretty interesting Ram-7 loadout for Warzone as players have started experimenting with different weapons. 

Ever since Warzone released, players have constantly fiddled around with their loadouts to try and get something that works for their playstyle but also keeps up with the ever-changing meta. 

With the switch to Black Ops Cold War, the meta has somewhat shifted away from the original weapons in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, but some players have been going back to them – especially in terms of the assault rifles. 

We’ve seen new classes for the M4, the Kilo 141, as well as Amax CR-56, but now NICKMERCS has been trying out the Ram-7 again, and he’s got a pretty spicy class. 

Warzone RAM-7 Gunsmith screen
Infinity Ward
The RAM-7 can be tough to control without the right attachments.

As Nick notes, the Ram-7 was, at one point, the strongest assault rifle in Warzone but updates saw it displaced by others. Yet, it’s still pretty nice in terms of the damage it deals and not being incredibly slow to carry. 

“It’s a very, very strong assault rifle, but it’s kind of hard to control the recoil at distance,” Nick said. “I’ll be honest man, I had never used the Ram-7 ironsight in Warzone… this things slaps.”

With his setup, Nick has boosted the accuracy, range, and control somewhat, but the mobility does take a hit.

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: FSS Ranger
  • Underbarrel: Commando Foregrip
  • Ammo: 50-round mags
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip Tape

Now, whether or not the weapon will displace some others and cement its place in the meta is anyone guess. However, it’s still not as quick as weapons like the FFAR and Mac-10, so it might take another round of nerfs and buffs to really get the Ram-7 up there. 

Yet, Nick’s setup is a pretty nice close to mid-range setup, and worth messing around with if you’re looking for something new.