Dr Disrespect Calls Out NICKMERCS For Quitting Lobby
Call of Duty: Warzone is boots on the ground warfare where rules are thrown out of the window as 150 players look to stun, flash, dismember, grenade, gas, and shoot their opponents into oblivion.
However, in the competitive nature of the game, there are a few unwritten moral legislations that players call upon, especially when prize money is on the line.
Recently, methods such as stream sniping and blatant hacking have been ridiculed, with certain individuals facing bans for competing. Now, the competitive Warzone scene has been split down the middle, after some of the most high-profile players in the game clashed during the Huskerrs Howl $20,000 Invitational.
Nick "NICKMERCS" Kolcheff, Timothy "TimTheTatman" John Betar, and Dennis "Cloakzy" Lepore have split opinions, after they entered a standard public match and downed Aydan "Aydan" Conrad who was competing in the tournament hosted by Jordan "Huskerrs" Thomas. Upon further deliberation, their actions have questioned the competitive integrity of high-calibre Warzone events.
TimTheTatman Snipes Aydan
Unfortunate for the trio in the spotlight, their inclusion in the matter was a mere accident, having opted out of competing and choosing to run through Verdansk to have fun and create content.
In what can only be described as a freak running-into (with a sprinkle of skill-based-matchmaking magic), TimTheTatman quickscoped an enemy through a window, later identified to be the competing Aydan.
NICKMERCS, Cloakzy And TimTheTatman Back Out of Lobby
After becoming aware of who they had just downed, and informed that they were in the middle of a competition, the trio deliberated as to whether they should leave the game and allow the competing pair of duos (Aydan and Rhys "Rated" Price against Liam "Jukeyz" James and Ethan "Fifakill") to go about their business.
With fears that they will interfere with the public event, the trio ultimately decided to back out of the game, a decision which has since been scrutinised.
Originally, both NICKMERCS and TimTheTatman both agreed that backing out would be in the best interest of the competition, with Nick saying "We’ve got to let them play."
However, they soon regretted their decision. Nick later said: "As long as they do these tournaments during the day like this, we’re gonna be in their lobbies. Are we just gonna back out of every f***ing game with these guys? Eventually, it just is what it is right? We shouldn’t hunt them, but play the f***ing game right?"
Nick's argument was echoed by the fanbase, and TimTheTatman, who admitted that he doesn't know all of the competing players, so it's unfair to show special treatment to certain individuals. Tim added "What are we supposed to do? Not play the game? It’s their choice to run a public lobby tournament. They have an option to do private lobby tournaments if they want to."
DR Disrespect Claims NICKMERCS has gone soft
Playing the role of the devil's advocate, Herschel "Guy" Beahm IV, aka Dr DisRespect, hit out at NICKMERCS specifically, insinuating that he's gone soft on his opponents.
The doc inferred that Nick and the team should have stayed in the lobby, and questioned his competitive instincts by pragmatically saying he wouldn't have left in previous scenarios.
After being called out, NICKMERCS - in typical fashion - not-so-respectfully disregarded the situation. Talking on stream, he said "Doc can play that character all he wants. I don’t care what Doc thinks. I don’t give a f***."
He further added that if the shoe was on the other foot, the Doc would have done the same. Nick said claimed "“Doc would have backed out if he fried Aydan when Aydan was playing a tournament."
Explicit Warning - Following clip contains swearing
With the jury still out on whether or not they did the right thing, it does appear that Nick and co. will continue to play things out in future scenarios.
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