There’s just one local player in the “South African” COD team

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eSports is not my beat – but some information’s come about that has me incensed enough to voice my anger and frustration regarding the farce that is this year’s Call of Duty Championships.

As you already know, the team that’ll be representing South Africa (though not officially) in the Call of Duty championships managed to win their qualifier by exploiting a loophole in the MLG’s rules. As per their qualifying rules, just two members on any team needed to actually reside in the country they’re representing. Winners Team RiZe exploited the overseas lag in a peer-to-peer multiplayer game, by getting their matches hosted by their UK-based drafts to snatch victory from – in my opinion – more deserving opponents. 

And so, because of that, the team representing South Africa was comprised of just two actual South Africans. It’s gotten worse. One of the qualifying members, ParadoxX was denied a visa, so Team RiZe has seen it fit to draft in another player from the UK, from a different team all together. Just one player from RiZe, representing South Africa, is from the country.

It appears that rule relating to two members having to be from the country they’re representing applies only to the qualifiers. The MLG rules also state that:

Any changes to a team roster after the tournament has been seeded is at the discretion of tournament staff.

If the new player making up RiZe’s ranks has got his plane ticket, it would be safe to assume that the MLG in their infinite wisdom has okayed everything, and that it all falls within their rules. That, however, doesn’t mean we have to be happy about it. Want to know what makes it worse? These are the sort of people we have representing us:

 If you ask me, Team RiZE and their antics have made a mockery of the qualifiers, a mockery of the championships and a mockery of the hard-working and passionate, eSports-loving people at teams like Hi5 and Adept; either of which I would have loved to see play in the championships in their stead.

Team RiZE…I wish you the best of luck. Wait, no…no I don’t. Screw whatever sense of pride and patriotism I have. I hope you get knocked out in the first round.

31 Call of Duty teams are in Los Angeles to battle for their share of $1 million this weekend. Here’s a list of all 31.

TCM Gaming (UK)
Brazil 5 Stars (Brazil)
Epsilon Esports (UK)
Aztek Gaming (Mexico)
TEC Intensity (UK)
Nsp (South Korea)
Team Orbit (UK)
Trident T1dotters (Australia)
Vitality Rises (France)
Immunity (Australia)
Vitality Returns (France)
VexX Revenge (Canada)
Killerfish (Germany)
WiLD Gaming (Canada)
SK Gaming (Germany)
Echelon (Singapore)
Reign Mix (Sweden)
Complexity (U.S.A.)
AllStars (Netherlands)
OpTic Gaming (U.S.A.)
Wizards (Spain)
EnVyUs (U.S.A.)
Sublime (Italy)
Faze (U.S.A.)
Lightning Pandas (EU)
Team Kaliber (U.S.A.)
Team Rize ZA (South Africa)
Strictly Business (U.S.A.)
Klarity Gaming (UAE)
Rise (U.S.A.)
Xfinity Gaming (U.S.A.)

I’m going to pick one team at random to root for, because I’m sure as hell not supporting RiZe. Zoe’s there to cover the entire event, and should have the opportunity to interview the team. She’s under instruction to ask the hard questions.

Last Updated: March 27, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Admiral Chief of Auraxis

    What the actual flip????

  • Admiral Chief of Auraxis

    Little kids, behaving like CoD players. No wonder its a joke

  • Admiral Chief of Auraxis

    Things like this make me think Trevor has it all figured out with #ForeverSP

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      There is method in my madness.

  • Hammersteyn
    • Admiral Chief of Auraxis

      You said it

    • Rince


  • Darthdad

    I’ll be surprised if they manage to get past ‘Strictly Business’.
    Ever since this fiasco with the players being based overseas I’ve pledged allegiance to OpTic.
    Looking forward to the weekend.

  • Hammersteyn

    Shouldn’t be surprised really. This is South Africa after all.

    • ToshZA

      Actually no. In this case it’s 80% England.

      • Eric

        It’s like English sports teams, but in reverse

      • Hammersteyn

        The corruption

  • Matt Merks

    Well, that is a pleasant picture of the guys representing us.

    • Hammersteyn

      Real class

    • Uberutang

      Pretty standard pic of any console cod player, IMHO

      • Hammersteyn

        Yeah, because only console players acts like that

  • Admiral Chief of Auraxis

    “Screw whatever sense of pride and patriotism I have. I hope you get knocked out in the first round.”

    Couldn’t agree more

    • Hammersteyn


      • Admiral Chief of Auraxis


      • ToshZA

        Um, did Unavenged hack your account or something? WTF!

      • Rince

        Going for the @Unavengedavo:disqus awards? 0-O

        • Hammersteyn

          Raised the stakes as it were.

    • Unavengedavo(aka. Bilbo)

      But how can you be patriotic to a team that isn’t even South-African O_o

      • Admiral Chief of Auraxis

        Was quoting Geoff, and what I agreed upon is that they get knocked out in 1st round

        • Unavengedavo(aka. Bilbo)

          Lol, screw it… I am not going to argue if both of us are actually in agreement 😛

          Was just saying that you(as in people in general) can’t be patriotic to a team that isn’t even part of your country.

          • Admiral Chief of Auraxis

            Lol yeah

  • Spathi

    COD 🙂

  • Labey-Kun

    We are already having a hard time with the world recognizing us as pro gamers but immature behaviour like this is just sinking is even deeper into the hole

  • Hammersteyn

    Expect the exact same photograph after the first round of the competition when they get back on the plane

  • Macethy

    Looking at the photo from Twitter, I can fully understand why NOBODY takes “professional gamers” seriously…

  • Dark

    Think the MLG rules need a look at……. these guys should rather be representing England.

  • Ottokie

    This guy in the back seats face is priceless.

    • Tarisma

      Is that really the team?

    • Grimthwacker

      Way to keep it classy……. What a bunch of w*nkers.

  • Ultimo_Cleric N7

    Hope they get knocked out……by someone large and muscular

    • Admiral Chief of Auraxis


  • Ryanza

    So this is what you call a team South Africa, where only one person is South African.

    But where we have a proper South African team in the Battlefield tournament, we call that team Southern Barbarians.

    How can we be proud of a South African team where the players don’t even give a fuck about South Africa.

    What can I say? I hope the monkey does well? fuck this shit. Go do a dance for England’s B team.

  • Rikus

    “Team RiZE…I
    wish you the best of luck. Wait, no…no I don’t. Screw whatever sense of
    pride and patriotism I have. I hope you get knocked out in the first


  • FSR

    Don’t fret, Strictly Business will DECIMATE them. As will all of the teams in their group. What a joke and insult to the many who have poured their hearts and souls into growing CoD in this country.

  • Rags

    Should’ve rather sent Zoe along with Ph4ntom and Detrony to Dreamhack.
    FPS gaming on a console: Fail
    MGL: Fail
    4UK player representing SA: Fail
    5 Assholes representing SA: Fail

  • ElNicko

    Watch out…..we have a few Badasses on that plane. Are these guys like 12 ?? they barely look old enough to be out of primary school.

    • Unavengedavo(aka. Bilbo)

      • ElNicko

        So Much Win !!

  • Rince

    What? It’s like an “English” football division! BWAHAHAH Where the only person who is actually English on the field is the fucking linesman! Trololo

    • Hammersteyn

      Maybe if out football was setup like that we might actually win something.

      • Rince

        Indeed 😉

    • Alien Emperor Trevor


      • Rince


  • “She’s under instruction to ask the hard questions.” I dig it

  • Tarisma

    Well think of it this way we give England the majority of their cricket players and a lot of “provincial” rugby players. It seems this trade off is only fair!

    • Norm the Horrible


  • DBL_ZA


  • Rince

    Shame, I think Geoff feels left out from all the lawsuit stuff…

    • Hammersteyn

      Then he should tackle someone he gives a shit,unlike the MLG

  • I just read through that guys twitter feed…. Help I lost 89 IQ points

    • Norm the Horrible

      As did I.

    • Double-O-Six and a half

      Some things can NEVER be undone!!! at least look on the bright side… you’ve still got a higher IQ than the COD SA kindergarten team…. combined…

    • Hammersteyn


  • Ryanza

    Why are there more than one team from the same country?

  • Robert Hart

    You sort of have to also lay some blame on MGL who made the decision to allow all of this.

  • Mielies the Magnificent

    Well, at least we know their twitter handler now…

  • InsanityFlea

    I somehow imagined all COD players to be immature & stupid. ( I was right! ) There are some exceptions though, very few and far between.

    • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

      CoD is M-Rated right? Are these kids even old enough? I haven’t seen the pic.

  • Kensei Seraph

    This pretty much sums up my opinion.

    “Go team SA. Well the one guy that fucking comes from South Africa anyways.”

    • Admiral Chief of Auraxis

      I know the dude who tweeted that quite well. Quite the legend here on Lagz as well…..

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        You mean that’s Tim? 😛 He looks 10 years old.

        • Admiral Chief of Auraxis

          No, I said “quite the legend”

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Uh, me? But I’m not on a plane….

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Lies Jimmy – you’re the black box!

          • Admiral Chief of Auraxis

            I said legend, not fruit


          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Bastard! My plums are legendary!

          • Sageville

            As the only legend on Lazygamer, I take serious offense being compared to one of these underlings!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I’m sure it was an honest myth-take.

  • InsanityFlea

    I hope they packed their acne facewash.

    • Admiral Chief of Auraxis


  • DrKiller

    Would you guys have felt better about the team if this guy on the right didn’t look like a mop? 😉

    • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

      Well I hope the other teams use his mop head to mop the floor with the team

  • boondocksaint87

    Kan ek net asb daai fokken laaities ‘n PK gee asb!

    • Admiral Chief of Auraxis

      Jy het my toestemming, gaan gerus voort

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    Wow… these tossers are worse than Bafana… Look at them! You just want to punch them in their gobs.

  • Graeme Selvan

    I cant even begin to explain how I feel right now. What Utter bullshit.

  • Rainman

    Now a good reporter would have elaborated why ParadoxX was denied a visa….. 🙂

    • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

      I think they’d rather avoid any further legal litigation 😉

    • Sageville

      Dammit, now I want to know why too!

  • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

    DAFUQ???? Team SA yet with only 1 SA Player and little kids who disgrace our country by zapping the camera for public posting!?

    WHy are they not being fined for inappropriate behavior?

    If the MSSA is so insistent that they are like big sporting institutes such as SARU and stuff then they should be putting a stop to this kind of disgraceful attitude.

    They are OFFICIALLY supporting our country and bringing disgrace with their behavior.

    But noooooooooo. Let a team who was doing our country proud remove the use of the flag and refuse them the use of the name South Africa in their team but allow this.

    What… the actual…. GAHHH!!!!!

  • Sk3tz0

    Fk ’em … May their Spawn Points forever be Camped..

    • Hammersteyn


  • vitam1n

    Surely the one/two South African guys are mostly to blame here? Since without them there would be no team RiZE ZA. They are the enablers here.

    • Robert Hart

      If not them, then someone else with 4 EU players would have just taken their spot in this fiasco.

      • Sageville

        Doesn’t anyone else feel like the UK ninja’d our single african qualifying slot?

        If ever there was a case for fronting….

  • Jason Ashman

    aussie aussie aussie! … no… anybody?

    • Sageville

      Shouldn’t you be out looking for MH370?

      • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

        Too soon man.

  • Sageville

    So essentially SA gave our qualifying spot to Team Orbit (UK) left overs.

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