Despite the obviously humorous nature of the tweet, Scump is arguably one of the only Call of Duty players who could back up such a statement. Since the formation of their current roster, OpTic Gaming have been the most consistently successful team in the world, winning a majority of the events they have attended over the past three years. Though they’ve rarely been completely unchallenged, they’re undoubtedly the most fearsome squad in modern Call of Duty. The tweet garnered massive response, being retweeted over 7,000 times and eliciting hundreds of responses. Many of those, from pro players and fans alike, were critical, if only jokingly in some cases. Evil Geniuses’ Anthony ‘NAMELESS’ Wheeler cited the infamous “bad juju”, a karmic superstition thrown around among players, usually in jest. Scump brushed the suggestion aside.
Imagine waking up in the morning to play GBs, then playing scrims for no money against other teams, repeating this process over and over for weeks on end. Then finally the event comes and you fly across the country, set up your equipment just to get slaughtered by OpTic Gaming.— Seth Abner (@OpTic_Scumper) November 14, 2017
Some fans took a more accusative line, claiming that the tweet was somehow an overreach of Scump’s ego or defaulting to the tired old criticism of OpTic’s pre-Infinite Warfare record at the Call of Duty Championships.
Juju Isn’t a thing. You’re either good or not good— Seth Abner (@OpTic_Scumper) November 14, 2017
How is this an ego lmfao. Is it not a fact......?— Seth Abner (@OpTic_Scumper) November 14, 2017
The response isn’t atypical for such statements, with the Call of Duty community often by turns lamenting the lack of trash talk in the more “professional” era of the game, and criticising any statement deemed “unprofessional” or “disrespectful”. Aaron ‘Ace’ Elam, however, legendary Halo player currently competing for Str8 Rippin, was among several who approved of the confidence on display from one of Call of Duty’s superstars. There were plenty others who echoed the sentiment.
How is this an insult still?— Seth Abner (@OpTic_Scumper) November 14, 2017
Ultimately, Scump claimed that the line wasn’t even originally his, instead copied from someone else’s Tweet, who he didn’t name. Shortly afterward, he balanced his earlier tweet with a bit of self-deprecation in reference to his recently acquired Call of Duty Championships title.
Thanks Aaron. I’ve had it all along, but I thought why not throw out one fire tweet for the people.— Seth Abner (@OpTic_Scumper) November 14, 2017
For everyone that got salty about this tweet (a lot of people) it was copy pasted from someone else 😂 I just thought it was funny https://t.co/gDvd7wyVM2— Seth Abner (@OpTic_Scumper) November 14, 2017
True Life: I won champs on the worst CoD— Seth Abner (@OpTic_Scumper) November 14, 2017