Well known pro player Nadeshot posted on the OpTicGaming SubReddit a lengthy post addresses a lot of the rude remarks and comments he’s been getting recently. Some people have been claiming that he hasn’t been dedicated to playing anymore, however he’s one of the people responsible for brining competitive CoD to where it is today. He’s one of the most dedicated and well known Call of Duty players, who has been streaming every day for hours.
In the reddit post he has stated that he plans to retire from competitive Call of Duty after the 2014 season.
Here’s his full statement:
Over the last couple days, I’ve been bewildered by the things I have read on this sub reddit. This used to be the most visited link on my google chrome, but that is quickly changing because it’s not even enjoyable to read anymore. It honestly seems like there are so many misguided views about our team, and I just couldn’t listen to it without making a post.
Just because Scump, Proof, and Clayster are on playing gamebattles matches at 3 in the afternoon doesn’t mean I can be on to scrim. They have their own workloads, schedules, and daily routines and I have mine. Our team has been getting on at 6 est ever since Clayster joined the team in January, but now that you see them streaming early, it’s a gigantic witch hunt that Nadeshot doesn’t wanna play anymore. Guys, I’m 21 years old. I have a full time job. I have been making improvements in all aspects of my life, not just Call of Duty.
I have not missed one league match, not one 2K/5K, and maybe only 1-2 days of practice. But for whatever reason, everyone forgets the fact that Clayster has missed 10 days of practice/matches in the last 3 weeks. That’s 21 days guys, almost 50%. But, you see him playing GBs for 2 days, and you hear him saying “We need to scrim more.” and start pointing fingers because I’m not on at the time. Now, my goal here is not to throw Clay under the bus, because I don’t have any issues with the days that he missed, but I needed to use it as an example so that the witch hunt on this sub reddit can stop.
The other day when we were getting hit offline in our league matches, I said that we should just get off and reschedule because I didn’t want my team to play after everyone was continually getting hit offline. As you know, a lot of time in between maps can make your shot cold and decision making slow. I didn’t want to jeopardize a match because we weren’t warm anymore. That obviously paid off because we won our re-scheduled matches last night.
Honestly, this list can go on and on. Usually small comments and threads don’t bother me but I’ve just seen too many not to say anything. As much as I love my fans, it’s very frustrating for me to know things that a lot of you don’t. You don’t see this team offline, off streams, and away from tournaments so please stop acting as you know everything that is necessary to “fix” this team.
I know this whole post is going to sound very blunt and straight forward, but that is just how it has to be. It just seems that this whole community has a mob mentality. Also, for everyone that says I need to give up my spot as captain…don’t worry. 2014 will probably be my last year competing. I’m tired of trying to please everyone, prove everyone wrong, and stress out 24/7.
Call of Duty League 2021 season platform will be PC with controller
The Call of Duty League has announced a massive change for the 2021 season and the future of the league itself.
The league announced on September 14 that the 2021 season will be played with controllers on PC.
All Pro players who are part of the CDL will be required to compete on PC platform using a league sanctioned controller. A list of allowed controllers will be announced in the near future.
The League is announcing it will move pro team competition to PC + Controller beginning with the 2021 season. This means that all pro matches will be played on PC and all pro players must use a League-approved controller of their choice.
As part of this transition, Call of Duty League competition will maintain exclusive use of controllers for the upcoming season. This change provides players with expanded choice of controller, allowing them to select the League-approved controller style that works best for their game. More details and rules pertaining to peripherals will be released at a future date.
This marks the first time Call of Duty esports will not be played on a console. Activision’s first real sponsored esports event was the 2011 Call of Duty XP, which was played on Xbox 360. Call of Duty esports went on to play on the Xbox console for through 2015.
Call of Duty transitioned to PlayStation as the premiere partner of esports in 2015 with Black Ops 3, and all league matches have been on PS4 since then.
Call of Duty Challengers
Activision has also announced a big change for the Call of Duty Challengers division.
Call of Duty Challengers will be switching to crossplay, which means players on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC can all compete in online Challenger events in the 2021 season.
For the first time in Call of Duty esports history, competitors will be able to compete online in Call of Duty Challengers on their platform of choice across console and PC. We will continue to test platform hardware and make restrictions if necessary.
Players are required to use controllers. Mouse and keyboard peripherals will not be allowed.
Any LAN Challengers event that takes place during the season will be played on PC. Competitors may plug in their League-approved controller of choice.
More information on the 2021 season schedule to come. Stay tuned.
SOURCE: Call of Duty League
Call of Duty League won’t expand to new teams for 2021 season
The Call of Duty League does not plan to expand beyond the 12 teams for the 2021 season, according to ESPN Esports.
ESPN reports that sources tell them the Call of Duty League made the decision to hold expansion for now because they want to work on showcasing the power of bringing the league to LAN. The 2020 season was switched to online due to the pandemic.
The Call of Duty League Commissioner has stated that there’s a lot of interest from new city owners to join the league, but they don’t plan to expand for the 2021 season.
In a press conference, Johanna Farris, Commissioner, said:
“We continue to see great demand for CDL coming in from a lot of different places which is always exciting to see,” Call of Duty League commissioner Johanna Faries said Friday. “Breaking the viewership records that we’ve had with our playoffs run shows what the possibilities are for us in this nascent stage. However, our heads are currently down and focused on our 12 teams that have been with us since the beginning. We were oversubscribed with demand when we settled on our 12, and will do right by that demand at the appropriate time.”
ESPN reports that the league intends to expand to new cities and markets for the 2022 season with new team sales set to begin in summer 2021.
It’s not clear at this time which cities are interested in joining the league. So far, 11 cities are part of the league with 4 countries represented.
Activision Blizzard did not respond to request for a comment.
Call of Duty League returns to 4v4 for 2021 season
The Call of Duty League has announced that the league will return to the 4v4 format for the 2021 season.
The news was announced in a teaser video posted to the CDL social channels titled “Season 2 Intel.”
The 2021 season going back to 4v4 marks a return to the traditional Call of Duty esports format. The format was changed to 5v5 with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 in 2018. Treyarch wanted to blend casual with competitive, and matched the standard game experience to esports.
In a post on the CDL site, the company confirms this decision was made after consulting the teams, players, and management.
With a new season comes new announcements across many fronts. Today we shared that we will be transitioning to starting roster sizes of four players per team for Season 2, marking a kind of ‘return to our roots’. This decision was made in close collaboration with our teams and players, and it was not made lightly. We know that this transition also brings new implications for both pro and amateur players with rostermania season fast approaching. Over the course of the offseason, we will share more news regarding plans for the 2021 Season — including details on maps, modes, formats, schedule, and more.
More news on the 2021 season to come. Stay tuned.
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