Scottish Call of Duty player Cameron ‘Cammy’ McKilligan was snubbed yesterday for what many believed to be a guaranteed spot in the CDL’s Team of the Year.
The Toronto Ultra star has been outstanding in the CDL all season, but the Team of the Year was voted by fans. The worst-kept secret in Call of Duty esports is that the scene relies heavily, at least in terms of viewership, on the OpTic brand and those of its star personalities such as Seth ‘Scump’ Abner and Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez. The org has by far the biggest following in CoD esports, and its CoD fanbase is one of the most dedicated in esports.
It perhaps came as no surprise, then, that OpTic Chicago player Brandon ‘Dashy’ Dash was voted into the team. Dashy has also had a great season, but most agree that Cammy’s was superior.
Fans and players were mostly in agreement as to who should have made the team instead of Dashy. Seattle Surge AR player Sam ‘Octane’ Larew was amazed that Cammy didn’t make the team (read the first few replies to this tweet):
Peirce ‘Gunless’ Hillman agreed:
Many blamed OpTic supporters for the oversight:
Rise Nation General Manager Jonathan ‘Pacman’ Tucker thought Cammy deserved a spot:
Many believe fan voting wasn’t totally impartial; Dashy’s popularity, buttressed by OpTic’s immense fan support, meant that he perhaps received more votes than he ought to have. But these are fans of CoD that are voting. Is it realistic to expect objectivity? The voting system clearly was flawed from the start.
It was also announced this weekend that Atlanta FaZe player Chris ‘Simp’ Lehr won the MVP award.
Cammy’s UK teammate, Jamie ‘Insight’ Craven — who is also a favourite to win Rookie of the Year after a storming debut professional season — made the CDL Team of the Year.
Their team Toronto Ultra plays Atlanta FaZe in the grand final of Champs this evening (8pm BST), and could become the first EU team ever to be crowned Call of Duty world champion.
Read our interview with Cammy from earlier this week here.