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Ex-CSGO pros join Andbox Valorant roster amid Counter-Strike exodus

Published: 17/Sep/2020 19:00 Updated: 17/Sep/2020 19:07

by Andy Williams

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Andbox, the parent company behind the New York Subliners, have announced their entrance into Valorant as Counter-Strike players continue to flee from Valve’s FPS.

It’s no secret that a large majority of Valorant’s professional scene stems from CS:GO. Between the obvious gameplay similarities and Valve’s percieved lack of support for Counter-Strike’s tier-two scene, some players are jumping ship.

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When you also consider Riot’s reputation with handling premier esport titles (specific reference to League of Legends) and their efforts to create a level playing field for all, it should come as no surprise that New York-based esports titans, Andbox, are planting their flag in Future Earth.

Those familiar with the esports landscape will already recognize Andbox as the brand behind the Call of Duty League’s New York Subliners and Overwatch League’s New York Excelsior. And on September 17, they announced their Valorant lineup, who will be the third esports team to fly the New York banner.

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New York Subliners in the CDL.
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After a successful debut season in the Call of Duty League with NYS, Andbox are moving into Valorant.

Andbox to utilize AI with Valorant team

The New York-based team will be known as ‘Andbox’ and will be coached by CS:GO veteran, Matt ‘Warden’ Dickens — who some may recognize from his time under Complexity both as a player and coach.

Joining him as Assistant Coach will be Gordan ‘g0g1’ Prošić, and together, they will both leverage Andbox’s recruitment process through the support of AI software. Forming the core of the roster, will be former CS:GO pros, Jaccob ‘yay’ Whiteaker and Bradley ‘ANDROID’ Fodor — who are both perhaps noted for their success during their time with Complexity.

As part of their press release, Andbox stated: “Dickens and Prošić will assemble the rest of the roster with the support of Aim Lab, a talent assessment software developed by neuroscientists at Statespace. Aim Lab uses AI and analytics to measure a player’s performance based on fundamental motor and cognitive skills.” As of September 17, Andbox’s Valorant roster will be:

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  • Jaccob ‘yay’ Whiteaker.
  • Bradley ‘ANDROID’ Fodor.
  • Matt ‘Warden’ Dickens (Coach).
  • Gordan ‘g0g1’ Prošić (Coach).

The Aim Lab platform will be made publicly accessible towards the backend of September, where players will have the opportunity to trial for a position on the team, based on reaching set criteria in their assessment.

Warden expressed his excitement in being at the helm of Andbox’s Valorant venture. “It’s incredible to be joining Andbox to launch its newest team and build a world-class professional roster from the ground-up in a truly unique way.”

Think you’ve got what it takes to mix it with the best in Future Earth? Perhaps Andbox’s AI-driven recruitment process could be the ticket you’ve been looking for. Stay tuned for more on when the platform will launch for public access.

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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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