Report: OWL teams voice concerns over role-lock, 2020 schedule in leaked call - Dexerto
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Report: OWL teams voice concerns over role-lock, 2020 schedule in leaked call

Published: 17/Jul/2019 1:02 Updated: 17/Jul/2019 1:32

by Michael Gwilliam

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According to a new report, Overwatch League players and teams took part in a conference call today, mere hours after the first details about the 2020 season format were announced.

The report, published by Upcomer, states that teams voiced concerns over role-lock, balance changes, all-star week compensation and travel.

Upcomer says they received a recording of the call and images further detailing the season structure.

Dexerto has not independently verified the report, nor have we received a copy of the recording.

If the report is accurate, teams will have between 8-10 weeks for travel and recuperating throughout the 26 week season, in which matches will be played on weekends.

Teams would alternate games within their divisions and against teams out of it.

As previously reported, there will be no stages this year and no league breaks as a result. 

Some teams in the call presented concerns over travel issues, primarily visa complications. The League supposedly told teams that according to the immigration council, the planned schedule would ensure players and staff received visas for each country.

League officials said they won’t force players and staff to change their residence to their home city and instead it would be at the discretion of each team. 

Additionally, teams and players allegedly raised concerns about the All-Star event, primarily the lack compensation for participating and strain it puts on players. 

The league was open to the idea of creating a mid-season tournament, similar to the stage playoffs currently held during the first three stages.

Officials also revealed the location for next year’s All-star event has not been decided, but it will be taking place at a team’s venue.

Finally, teams also said they had no information on the status of the long-awaited 2-2-2 role-lock for Stage 4. League officials said they would be playing on the current PTR patch and not with changes built around role-lock.

Upcomer’s report did not indicate how this may affect Contenders as a result or if it was discussed during the conference call.

Call of Duty

FormaL claims FaZe are OpTic Chicago’s toughest competition for CDL 2021

Published: 26/Nov/2020 2:42 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 2:51

by Theo Salaun

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OpTic Chicago’s Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper has revealed that he thinks the Atlanta FaZe will be the team to beat in the Call of Duty League’s 2021 season, citing how similar the two teams are.

A seven-year veteran in professional Call of Duty, FormaL boasts a wealth of expertise and some interesting insights. Excited for Black Ops Cold War and a refreshed CDL roster, back under the OpTic banner, the 2017 World Champion broke down his expectations for the 2021 season on an episode of “The Bakery” podcast.

Tucked in between romantic stories of trying to hide his gaming career from a crush and resisting Seth ‘Scump’ Abner’s kiss attempts, FormaL discussed the upcoming competitive season. With former teammate Alec ‘Arcitys’ Sanderson moved over to Atlanta, OpTic’s AR revealed that FaZe are the biggest concern in 2021 — not the 2020 champion Dallas Empire.

With the league transitioning to 4 vs. 4 and Treyarch’s Black Ops Cold War, FormaL believes that Chicago is primed to win CDL Champs, but that Atlanta is the toughest test ahead.

For mobile users, segment begins at 39:45.

Like sniping from the safety of a head glitch, FormaL did not hesitate at all when asked who would Chicago considers the most troubling team in 2021: “Definitely FaZe. FaZe is just another powerhouse … They’re pretty well-rounded, they got an insane amount of talent, they all want to play with each other. It’s just how our team is.”

Pinpointing FaZe’s roster balance, FormaL elaborated that the inclusion of Arcitys simply adds a new element to the competition between Chicago and Atlanta: “Alec’s a really good friend of mine. It’s gonna be really fun to play against him the whole year. You’ve got the Simp, aBeZy duo, you’ve got the Cellium thing … it’s gonna be a good rivalry for sure.”

In 2020, Chris ‘Simp’ Lehr and Tyler ‘aBeZy’ Pharris were one of the best SMG duos in the CDL while McArthur ‘Cellium’ Jovel was an MVP candidate (alongside Simp) in the flex role. When he spoke with Dexerto back in July, Cellium also told us that he thought Arcitys was the best AR in the league.

While respectful of the talent and balance this new FaZe roster enjoys, FormaL was unfazed when asked who wins CDL Champs 2021: “We do. 100 percent.” This coincides with his earlier explanation that the change to 4 vs. 4 suits a Chicago team that prefers that style, is excited to reunite with Dashy, and enjoys Treyarch titles.

Last year, the Empire came first, FaZe came second, and Chicago (at that point, the Huntsmen) came third. This year, FormaL expects to win, FaZe to repeat with silver, and it doesn’t even seem like third place is on his radar: “I don’t know who the f**k comes third, Paris?”