Smash Bros. coach parts ways with Tempo Storm amid sexual assault allegations - Dexerto
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Smash Bros. coach parts ways with Tempo Storm amid sexual assault allegations

Published: 23/Jan/2019 0:55 Updated: 23/Jan/2019 5:58

by Alan Bernal

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Global esports powerhouse Tempo Storm announced the recent departure of Super Smash Bros. Coach Daniel ‘Pierce7d’ Seraphin as allegations have surfaced involving a string of sexual harassment/assault accusations.

Although Tempo Storm didn’t specify the reason for his departure, Pierce7d maintains that it was his choice to leave the organization.

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Through series of Twitter threads, numerous claims have been made against Pierce7d that follow a similar pattern of behavior toward those he’s been in contact with, the most prominent coming from photographer and content creator Kat aka ‘Princess Hyrule.’

In light of accusations, Tempo Storm’s only signed Smash Ultimate player Gonzalo ‘ZeRo’ Barrios released a public statement of his own, condemning the actions of Pierce.

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“I don’t stand for Pierce’s behavior or his actions at all. I worked with Pierce for a long time and thought I knew him, but only after signing was done did people close to me make me aware of the extent of his past actions, and I honestly felt disgusted,” ZeRo said.

ZeRo also revealed that the he and the organization worked to find the quickest way of dropping the Super Smash coach after the accounts had come to light.

Even after departing from Tempo Storm, Pierce7d was looking forward to the upcoming Genesis 6 on February 1 to be his last major event, but has since been banned from attending.

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“FYI for concerned attendees, Pierce will not be attending Genesis 6,” the tournament’s official Twitter announced.

Many in the Smash community are actively voicing their disdain and outright reproach against the former Coach.

Pierce is currently replying to anyone who is seeking further details on the matter. Pierce will look to continue his Smash career by making instructional videos on the game.

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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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