Call of Duty eSports teams Florida Mutineers and Dallas Empire have reportedly refused to be part of a Gentleman’s Agreement which would ban the following 3 in-game mechanics – Merc Foregrip, Auto Tactical Sprint and snaking.
The two teams were informed of the proposed GAs, and refused to abide by the Auto Tac Sprint GA. Banning snaking and the Merc Foregrip did not see as much resistance. The GA is a welcome one amongst most professional Warzone players, and many have stated that these GAs should’ve been implemented long ago.
The Merc Foregrip reduced vertical recoil more than any other grip throughout the board for all guns. It is estimated that it reduces vertical recoil at about 5-10%, and improves accuracy overall. Snaking as a tactic had been frowned upon since Call of Duty WW2, and will definitely not be missed by any of the pro teams.
ATS, however, was the subject of some discussion, with aBeZy of Faze speaking out against being accused of using the mechanic during games. He defended himself when a Twitter user accused him of using it regularly.
Huhhhhhhhhh? Me Chris and mike have never used it. Cell and Preston are the only ones who use it and they just started using it like a month ago LOL
— FaZe aBeZy (@aBeZy) May 26, 2020
Call of Duty League to blacklist Florida Mutineers and Dallas Empire?
The 2 teams that have refused pay heed to the GAs may be put into a blacklist. This would prevent them from competing professionally until they acknowledge the bans. Allowing them to continue without complying with the GAs would make their competitive games unbalanced. This is because the Merc Foregrip provides a slight increase in accuracy. This slight increase may be immaterial to casual players but may tip the scales in favor of the team using it if allowed.
Clayster from Dallas Empire took to twitter to explain his take in the GA.
GA snaking (why is it allowed this year again?)
Keep ATS (people have been using it all year, teams are on an uneven number of events played so it wouldn’t be fair)
GA 10mm instead of merc. (range is the issue, if it’s still broken then GA merc)
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— Empire Clayster (@Clayster) May 26, 2020
Few hours after the initial GA proposal, the bans on ATS, snaking and Merc Foregrips in competitive play were presumably confirmed.
10 teams agreed yesterday. Not sure what happened with Dallas/Florida in the end, but Shotzzy was playing pubs earlier with no Merc and no ATS.
No ones using Merc anymore. Snaking is a no brainer. ATS looks gone but hard to say.
— CDL Intel (@INTELCallofDuty) May 26, 2020