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OpTic Pros Claim Toronto Ultra has “Unfair” Advantage in CDL

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in Call of Duty | Apr, 16th 2021

Toronto Ultra seems to have made quick work of the CDL Stage 2 Major, but OpTic Chicago has some complaints about how it went down. Toronto Ultra being able to play from certain locales – such as another country, causing connectivity issues that dampened the play of the other teams. It’s important to note that several teams the Ultra played against in the CDL were down in Dallas, and OpTic Chicago feels this is pretty unfair. The Ultra may have won, but it’s not without controversy.

LANs Will Correct This – Eventually


The Toronto Ultra defeated OpTic 3-1, dropped a set to Atlanta FaZe 1-3, but then came back in a major way. LA Thieves, Minnesota ROKKR, Dallas Empire, and FaZe again got destroyed by the Canadian team. In a recent video, H3CZ (OpTic Chicago CEO) spoke with his players about this connectivity issue of the Toronto Ultra.

Going to LAN will fix this problem for sure. If everyone is on the same connection, there can be no sneakiness or players in other nations/parts of the country.  OpTic’s Matthew “FormaL” Piper said what everyone else was likely thinking – unless you’re an Ultra fan in the CDL, we guess:

“We shouldn’t be letting another team play us from another country. I’m being serious. They shouldn’t be allowed to compete from Toronto … I think it’s unfair.”

Players who play too far from each other present a variety of connectivity issues, whether it’s their own team, or a team playing in an entirely different country, according to Seth “Scump” Abner. This kind of inconsistency is terrible in the world of esports.

Right now, five of the CDL teams are not located in Dallas: LA Guerrillas, FaZe, Florida, the London Royal Ravens, and Toronto Ultra. The other teams have more stable connections, closer to each other.  Scump makes everyone’s feelings abundantly clear:

“You shouldn’t be allowed to be spread out. You shouldn’t be allowed to be in another country. That’s even worse than being spread out.”

Is there going to be a solution to this? Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Regardless of how OpTic feels about Ultra winning Stage 2 of the CDL, they won, and there’s no changing it. This whole situation is really unfortunate, and once LANs come back, there will be no more hiding behind poor connections or being far away. It will all come down to skill, and we can imagine OpTic, as well as any other team defeated by Toronto Ultra, will want to see some kind of redemption come.

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Source: https://www.esportstalk.com/news/optic-pros-claim-toronto-ultra-has-unfair-advantage-in-cdl/

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Zain wins Slippi Champions League S2 week four, first players qualify for Smash Summit 11

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The second season of the Slippi Champions League came to a close today, setting the stage for a return to offline Super Smash Bros. Melee competition at Smash Summit 11 in July. 

Zain Naghmi continued his dominant run from SCL Season One, winning two of the four weeks over the likes of Wizzrobe, Mang0, and iBDW, including the final week with a 3-0 bracket reset win over Mang0. 

Over four weeks, there were three different winners for SCL Season Two, with Mang0 winning week one, Wizzrobe took his first SCL division one win during week three, and Zain cleaned things up in weeks two and four. In the context of Smash Summit 11, only week four’s results were taken into account, with the top six players earning a spot at what could be the first big Melee LAN event in over a year. 

In order of placement from SCL season two week four, here are all six players that made the cut for the next Summit.

  • Zain
  • Mang0
  • SFAT
  • iBDW
  • Plup
  • moky

Zain, Mang0, and iBDW were the top three finishers from Smash Summit 10, so it is fitting that they are three of the first to earn a spot in the event. 

Additionally, both Leffen and aMSA received direct invites to Smash Summit 11 as the top players from their respective regions. This will be the first time either player has competed in a major Melee event outside of Europe and Japan respectively since Smash Summit Nine in early 2020. 

The remaining eight players attending the event will be decided in typical Summit fashion, with two qualifying through other events and six invited based on a crowdfunding campaign. 

More details about the crowdfunding contest will be shared soon, but the qualifier spots will be given to the winners of Rollback Rumble: The Big One and the player with the most points from the SAME Circuit, which is an EU event. 

Smash Summit 11 will run from July 15 to 18 at the Beyond The Summit studios in Los Angeles and is currently slated to be an offline competition, though that is still subject to change if anything unexpected happens. The event will be themed after the Olympics and more information will be released in the near future.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/fgc/news/zain-wins-slippi-champions-league-s2-week-four-first-players-qualify-for-smash-summit-11

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Triumph, TeamOne secure final cs_summit 8 closed qualifier spots

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Triumph and TeamOne have claimed victory in the second cs_summit 8 open qualifier, besting Third Impact and Imperial, respectively, to earn the final spots in the closed stage which will run from May-14-18 and offer four spots in the North American Regional Major Ranking (RMR) event.

After easing through the early stages of the bracket, Alan “⁠Shakezullah⁠” Hardeman‘s side faced strong contention from SKDC in the first best-of-three round, managing to narrowly secure a victory in two maps to meet Imperial for a spot in the closed stage.

The Brazilian roster had fallen early on in the previous qualifier, and despite mustering a better run this time around, they were unable to prevail over Triumph, who opened the series strong with a Mirage win before bouncing back from losing their map pick by edging out a 16-13 win on Nuke to advance.

Cooper was the highest-rated player for Triumph against Imperial

TeamOne, who suffered a similar fate to their countrymen in their last qualifier bid, were able to claim redemption for themselves as they fought past Party Astronauts in a three-map series, and wasted little time in securing their closed qualifier spot by trouncing Third Impact 16-5 on Inferno and Nuke in the ensuing round.

Four spots at cs_summit 8 will be up for grabs through the closed qualifier, which will also mark the return of Extra Salt and paiN to North America, as well as GODSENT‘s first appearance in the region after playing in Europe for the first portion of the year.

The complete team list for the closed qualifier consists of:

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Source: https://www.hltv.org/news/31723/triumph-teamone-secure-final-cs-summit-8-closed-qualifier-spots

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What does Rook’s armor do in Rainbow Six Siege?

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Rainbow Six Siege features a diverse cast of operators with different abilities and tools to help their team. Some are tedious and tough to master, while others provide excellent support and are easy to use. Rook, one of the original operators in Siege, is a perfect example of the latter. 

Rook’s armor plates provide an excellent boost to teammates that can make a difference in gunfights. But a lot of players aren’t familiar with what the plates actually do.

Rook can place a bag full of armor plates each round that he and his teammates can pick up. Players can only pick up one armor plate at a time and can grab a plate at any point during a round. 

The plates provide a 20-percent armor boost to the user without penalty, which is an incredible boost for a team. The plates also guarantee players will enter the down-but-not-out stage when damaged instead of instantly dying. But a headshot will still instantly kill a player even if they are wearing Rook’s armor. 

If a player is picked up by a teammate, they will lose the armor plate. But they can pick up another plate if there are plates available. Rook’s Armor Pack can be destroyed by enemies, so avoid waiting long to pick it up. Also, avoid shooting it, since friendly fire can also destroy the pack. 

Rook is an excellent choice for new players because he is available by default and his ability is easy to use. Just ping the armor pack to let your teammates know it is available, and they will have a slight advantage for the rest of the round.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/rainbow-6/news/what-does-rooks-armor-do-in-rainbow-six-siege

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TOTW 33 Predictions FIFA 21: Who’s Getting in?

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TOTW 33 predictions for FIFA 21 are coming in as fans prepare for yet another Wednesday content drop in Ultimate Team.

Team of the Week cards are more or less irrelevant at this point in the year for actual gameplay. Yes, they’re still required in Squad Building Challenges here and there, but fans are more concerned with what those particular SBCs are and which Team of the Season cards they’re working into their teams. Especially considering TOTS cards replaced TOTW items in FUT Champions rewards at the start of the promotion.

Still, expect EA Sports to eventually release a repeatable TOTW upgrade SBC at some point in the rest of the FUT cycle. Perhaps they’ll even make it 84+ overall.

Here are some favorites for TOTW 33 in FIFA 21:

Expect there to be a decent amount of Premier League players in this TOTW considering the PL TOTS squad just left packs. The headliner of the group should more than likely be Robert Lewandowski. Although, if the Bundesliga TOTS squad is next, he will miss out considering he’ll be featured in that promotion and there cannot be two special versions of him in packs at the same time. Same goes for Sancho.

TOTW 33 will be announced and released May 12 at 1 p.m. ET.

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Source: https://www.dbltap.com/posts/totw-33-predictions-fifa-21-who-s-getting-in-01f59j3fm19f?utm_source=RSS

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