A number of high profile Call of Duty players have taken to Twitter to publicly lament the use of dedicated servers, claiming they give certain teams a significant advantage.
The relegation qualifier pits the top sixteen teams in pro points from each region, North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific in a double elimination bracket, with the final two from each each moving on to the LAN tournament to face teams eliminated from Stage One of the CWL Pro League.
The winners of the subsequent LAN tournament will then qualify for Stage Two of the Pro League, so there is a lot on the line for these aspiring teams.
However, the integrity of the tournament has been somewhat undermined after a number of high profile players, including former Team Kaliber player Dillon “Theory” McGee and Former Evil Geniuses player Anthony “NAMELESS” Wheeler, have claimed the dedicated servers are affecting results.
Both NAMELESS and Theory were competing in the tournament together, and after elimination by Lightning Pandas in the losers bracket, made their feelings clear.
Losing first round of a qualifier because this shit ass website allows people to get quad west host on a “dedicated server”. Gamebattles needs to be deleted off the planet most shit fucking system ever
— Dylan (@Theory_tK) April 15, 2018
We were quad 2 bar in our first game. Shouldn’t have even been in that situation in LB.
— Anthony Wheeler (@NAMELESS) April 15, 2018
Red Reserve player Rhys “Rated” Price and UNILAD Player Matthew “Skrapz” Marshall, who are not playing in the tournament as are already qualified for Stage Two, also agreed.
They explained that due to the fixed location of certain dedicated servers, the issue is particularly bad for mainland European teams playing British teams.
Feel bad for Monaco & Heretics, been making the deepest runs at events therefore deserve to be at relegation, but are getting the London server against UK teams on the dedis so they getting fried. ONLINE COD <
— Rhys Price (@Rated_COD) April 15, 2018
Heretics on LAN wouldn’t have had a problem with that qualifier, that’s tough!
— skrapz (@skrapzg) April 15, 2018
Heretics Player Juan “JurNii” Antonio González
Hope MLG learns from this and they change a bunch of things next year.
— Heretics JurNii (@JurNiii) April 15, 2018
Michael “SpaceLy” Schmale
These dedis gotta go, just played the last seed (Profeezy and them) and they pulled host so they can all four be three bar while three of us are two barring. No advantage to having 1st seed lol. Time to make a run!
— SpaceLy – Mike (@SpaceLy) April 15, 2018
However, Luminosity player Jordan “JKap” Kaplan suggested players were forgetting the steps MLG have taken in recent years to prevent crucial tournament taking place online.
People complaining that the online qualifier for the LAN qualifier for the LAN league is online and not LAN. So y’all telling me you want a LAN qualifier for the LAN qualifier for the LAN league? pic.twitter.com/090e7Xas1A
— Jordan Kaplan (@JKap415) April 15, 2018
The qualifying teams will have a chance to prove themselves in a LAN environment in Seattle on April 20th, where eight teams (four relegated from Stage One and four from the online tournament) will challenge for four spots in Stage Two.