FaZe Clan reveal former Overwatch pro ZachaREEE as third Valorant player - Dexerto
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FaZe Clan reveal former Overwatch pro ZachaREEE as third Valorant player

Published: 24/Jul/2020 23:39

by Connor Bennett

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FaZe Clan have announced the signing of former Overwatch pro Zachary ‘ZachaREEE’ Lombardo as he becomes their third Valorant player.

As organizations have started to dip their toes into the fledging Valorant esports scene, players from different games have started to be picked up and join rosters. 

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The most notable of these are Spencer ‘Hiko’ Martin and Oscar ‘Mixwell’ Canellas joining 100 Thieves and G2 respectively, but not to be outdone, FaZe Clan have also started assembling a roster comprised of former CS:GO and Overwatch talents. 

They’ve already got their hands on Jason ‘JasonR’ Ruchelski and Corey ‘Corey’ Nigra, but they’ve now added to that with their third addition – a player who Corey knows pretty well.

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Zachareee playing for Dallas Fuel
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Zachareee starred for the Dallas Fuel in OWL.

That’s right, FaZe have announced that former Dallas Fuel player ZachaREEE is joining their ranks as the third player to be signed to their Valorant roster. 

The former Flex DPS star called time on his Overwatch career back on June 3, issuing a lengthy Twitlonger about his time in the Overwatch League and the plans he had moving forward – including his intention to peruse opportunities in Valorant. 

Though he didn’t mention playing professionally, just grinding and streaming, ZachaREEE has already appeared for FaZe in the T1 Ignition Series event back in June. 

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Speaking to Dexerto following the move, Lombardo noted that he had talked with Team Envy about the possibility of sticking around there given that he played for their Dallas Fuel brand but once FaZe came calling, the choice was pretty much made for him.

As he is FaZe’s third signing, the North American org still has two spots to fill and it remains to be seen as to who they will be.

The team has already tried out former Fortnite pro Harrison ‘Pslam’ Chang, UK CS star Rory ‘Dephh’ Jackson, and Johnny ‘Marved’ Nguyen so, we’ll just have to keep an eye on things.

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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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