LA Valiant slammed by xQc, Slasher and more over OWL roster controversy

Published: 30/Jan/2021 11:01

by Joe Craven


xQc and more from the world of esports have reacted to LA Valiant’s Overwatch League news, as the organization sets out its future in the far-east.

The Overwatch League, much like its younger sister the Call of Duty League, focuses on city-based franchise teams and extensive traveling for LAN events.

Needless to say, the ongoing global health situation has severely affected the ability of teams and tournaments to operate as normal, and LA Valiant have announced major changes to the way they will approach the OWL.

In a January 29, statement, the organization said: “We want to thank all the players and staff moving on today from the LA Valiant due to Covid-related visa issues, as we prepare to compete in China this season. We’ve worked to facilitate the best available next steps for our players and staff.”

Unsurprisingly, there were many angry reactions to the LA Valiant dropping their entire Overwatch roster, as well as the overwhelming majority of their operational staff.

Former Overwatch pro turned Twitch streamer xQc was one to weigh in. He called the move a “disaster” and said: “You guys always tried keeping moral high ground from immortals/noah to valiant. Always tryharding for good PR. Then you guys pull s**t like this? Disaster, next time try something else than MS Paint.”

The Canadian streamer wasn’t the only one with an issue, either. Houston Outlaws pro danteh said: “Good job doing this absolute last min making it extremely hard for all of your players to find teams.”

Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau, noted industry insider, hit out at the Immortals Gaming Club for their move as the Valiant’s owners, just days after they rubbished rumors of relocation on Twitter.

He said: “IGC has now betrayed the hometown OWL LA Valiant fanbase, ran the legendary OpTic brand into the ground, absolutely ruined MiBR as the premier Brazilian esports organization and its CS team several times, and Immortals itself is barely relevant from the days of Noah. Solid work.” 

Industry veteran Malik Forte joined the condemnations, saying: “And here I was thinking the color change would be the worst decision this organization ever made…”

Chris Puckett, former Call of Duty caster and OWL host, suggested that more attention should be given to staff who have lost their jobs, and more scrutiny given to those making the decisions, saying: “How does this happen? How do we stop the decision makers from ruining esports careers in the future?”

Despite the community’s obvious frustrations with Valiant’s move, it looks set to stick. The players immediately released are as follows:

  • Brady ‘Agilities’ Girardi
  • Adam ‘Adam’ Soong
  • Kai ‘Kai’ Collins
  • Jae ‘Rain’ Ho Park
  • Jungwon ‘Lastro’ Mun
  • Sanglok ‘Dreamer’ Song
  • Johannes ‘Shax’ Nielsen
Call of Duty

Why Clayster flipped off CDL on-broadcast during Royal Ravens matchup

Published: 24/Feb/2021 4:13 Updated: 24/Feb/2021 4:14

by Brad Norton


James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks flipped the bird to the Call of Duty League moments before the New York Subliners took on the Royal Ravens. Here’s why the veteran was all too frustrated before his latest matchup.

As players got settled into the lobby for the second week of CDL action in 2021, something clearly ticked off NYSL. There was visible frustration from the players before they kicked off the opening map.

Coming off a difficult 0-3 loss to the Los Angeles Thieves a week prior, the lineup was looking to rebound with a bang. Before they got their boots on the ground, however, a key moment from the previous week was broadcast for the world to see.

The CDL stream revealed Clayster’s heated comms after the disappointing loss. This private matter shouldn’t have been aired at all, according to Clay, let alone moments before their next match.

So, he took out his frustration the only way he could: flipping the bird on-stream.

“I had complained last time about showing my cam when I was super upset with my team,” he explained. “So I was pretty upset with them airing my after-match comms.”

Despite the 0-3 scoreline, NYSL’s series against the LA Thieves was one of the closest all week. The Hardpoint came within nine points, SnD went to a round 11, and Control went the distance as well.

Understandably, Clayster was fairly heated after the extremely close series that very well could have been a 3-0 in their favor.

“That was really bad guys,” he said in the now-public aftermath. “I don’t know what the f*** I watched. That was so stupid. We’re up 5-3 in the Search and we can’t close it out?”

This moment was captured on the broadcast last week but the comms were only just revealed today. Frustrated with the CDL running it without permission, Clayster stuck his middle finger up the next time his camera was on-stream.

“It was basically a nice little screw you before the match,” he said.

“I don’t appreciate that. I’m going to be having a talk with the league. If they’re going to make us sit here, I think it’s a little unprofessional to use the comms in the video. Especially right before we play a match.”

The NYSL vs Royal Ravens series begins at the 1:31:50 mark below.

While the video could have brought the team down, they didn’t let it get to them. NYSL dominated the Royal Ravens to rebound with a lopsided 3-0 win in Week 2.

If the League does try to punish Clayster, it looks like he’ll be alright: the official Subliners account tweeted “we’ll pay his fine” in response to the situation.