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The Call of Duty League returned from a brief hiatus this weekend as eight teams gathered for the New York Home Series. While the return of play was great in and of itself, there was some drama prior to the tournament’s start. For the past week or so, professional players have been trying to figure out the new meta. Since the dominant MP5 submachine gun was nerfed, some players turned to the AUG as a replacement. However, since the gun is so powerful, it was agreed to be placed on the Gentlemen’s Agreement list. However, the Atlanta FaZe didn’t seem to agree with the rest of the league.
Atlanta takes the high road at CDL New York
Ever since the AUG was placed on the G.A. list, FaZe has been in a constant battle with other rosters. Atlanta believes the AUG should be fair game since they spent all week practicing with it. Of course, this led to some backlash from the rest of the CDL, namely OpTic Gaming.
Up until today, it seemed like FaZe was going to bring out the AUG despite the risk it carried (being blacklisted from scrimmages). Unfortunately for fans of drama, Atlanta’s first match of the day against the Los Angeles Guerrillas didn’t see one sighting of the powerful SMG. Instead, it was the same old MP5 meta that has been present all season long.
Rest In Peace pal pic.twitter.com/qwcqGsynjR
— FaZe Simp (@SimpXO) July 8, 2020
It seems as though the risk of using the AUG was too high for Atlanta. However, the team could have also simply felt better with a trusty MP5 in hand, since the AUG has never made an appearance in the Call of Duty League. Either way, it doesn’t look like we’ll see a meta change at CDL New York. Perhaps the July 17, 2020 Home Series event will see a mix-up in the guns used.
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Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.