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6 players to watch during CDL Seattle

Published: 20/May/2020 18:06

by Andy Williams

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Seattle Surge hosts their first Call of Duty League event of the season and with teams playing mid-season musical chairs, players will be keen to shine brighter than ever before.

With the prize pool of the Call of Duty League Championship, the final event of the season, confirmed to be the highest ever, players will be hungrier than ever to earn as many CDL Points during Seattle’s Home Series.

With the reigning champs from CDL Florida out of the fold, Huntsmen will have a prime opportunity to put their new roster to the test and leap-frog FaZe in the standings. So who’s destined to go big? We’ve rounded up the six players to keep an eye on.

Preston ‘Prestinni’ Sanderson (Chicago Huntsmen)

Prestinni talking to Puckett.
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All eyes will be on Prestinni during his debut event for Huntsmen.

Having split from his twin to pursue their own path at the beginning of the season, Prestinni finds himself back in familiar company and flying the Huntsmen banner after being transferred from Florida Mutineers.

After Huntsmen had admitted to their previous roster woes, a shuffle was necessary. And who better to get on-board than the other half of the iconic Sanderson duo?

After proving to be Huntsmen’s kryptonite, Prestinni reunites with his brother and brings a new dynamic to the Chicago roster. With a team full of superstar players, Prestinni will likely be the workhorse and the missing piece to the Hunstmen’s puzzle. Keep an eye on how he puts in the selfless work around the objective to allow his teammates to flourish.

Makenzie ‘Mack’ Kelley (New York Subliners)

New York Subliners' Mack.
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Is Mack the missing piece to Subliners’ puzzle?

After settling into the squad at CDL Chicago, Mack turned up in style for Florida’s event. Aside from putting on an absolute slaying clinic in respawn game modes, Mack proved to be the centerpiece of Subliners’ S&D strats.

Despite bowing out to Atlanta FaZe in a close five-game semifinal, Mack was undoubtedly the star of their show. After clocking in 330 kills with a tournament K/D of 1.15, there’s no doubt that Subliners will be counting on Kelley to turn up the heat.

Adam ‘GodRx’ Brown (Minnesota RØKKR)

Minnesota ROKKR's GodRx.
Minnesota RØKKR (YouTube)
GodRx has been in the form of his life on Modern Warfare. Will he lead RØKKR back to winning ways?

GodRx has been in the form of his life this season. As the highest fragging player in the league by some margin, it’s no wonder why he’s feared by teams on the opposite side of the server.

But despite being one of the most feared Flex players in the league, the 21-year-old is heading into CDL Seattle off the back of his worst event to-date. After RØKKR crashed out in the Groups Stages, Brown will be looking to bounce back from his blip during Mutineers’ Home Series.

Ian ‘Enable’ Wyatt (Seattle Surge)

Seattle Surge's Enable.
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Enable finds himself back in the starting lineup, but is that the answer to Surge’s problems?

Surge made the decision to bench Enable for Casey ‘Pandur’ Romano back in February. After failing to see the success that they’d initially hoped for, the former Halo champion finds himself back in the starting lineup and hungrier than ever.

After previously stating that being benched “lit a fire” in him, there’s no doubt that Enable will be looking to put himself back on the map. As one of the greatest multi-FPS players to grace the sticks, Surge’s SMG will be bouncing around the objective and getting in the opposition’s faces.

Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell (OpTic Gaming Los Angeles)

Dashy and SlasheR for OGLA.
OpTic Gaming LA
It looks like both Dashy (left) and SlasheR (right) have struck the perfect balance for OGLA.

Following a roster shuffle of their own, OGLA made their first CDL Grand Final of the season. While Chino’s impact was clear, Dashy was a man on a mission all weekend long.

After racking up the most kills of CDL Florida (434), Dashy seems to be finding his groove with the MP5 in-hand. Now OpTic will have had a two-week gap between events to let the dust settle, it will be interesting to see how the Greenwall’s human highlight reel fares with some practice.

Trei ‘Zer0’ Morris (London Royal Ravens)

London Royal Ravens' Zer0.

After a spell overseas with New York Subliners, Zer0 finds himself back home with the London Royal Ravens. After replacing Jordan ‘Jurd’ Crowley on their starting lineup, the 22-year-old finds himself chucked in at the deep end.

As a Flex, Zer0’s playstyle will naturally lend itself more into Royal Ravens’ flexible approach. With the meta evolving to a point where teams sometimes prefer to rock two ARs in specific situations, it will be interesting to see if the Brit will bring some much-needed flair and help bring his team back out of their recent slump in form.


As players approach the home straight, these six players will certainly be looking to make a big impact this weekend.

Stay tuned into our CDL coverage to ensure that you don’t miss a minute of what is set to be a jam-packed weekend of Call of Duty action.

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Black Ops Cold War devs discussing changes to “overpowered” Flak Jacket

Published: 27/Nov/2020 23:23

by Tanner Pierce

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Ever since launch, Black Ops Cold War fans have been complaining about how overpowered the Flak Jacket perk is. Now, after tons of fans have posted videos of them surviving things that they should not have, Treyarch appear to be discussing adjustments.

Flak Jacket, which provides resistance to explosive damage, has been in Call of Duty games for a while now. While the perk has been around since the World at War days, it always provided a marginal resistance to explosive damage, in order to make sure that the game is properly balanced. Now, with Black Ops Cold War, that seems to be very different as players are casually surviving serious explosive damage.

Gamers have been reporting for a while now that the Flak Jacket perk in the game is just too powerful and that it provides too much resistance. With the complaints mounting, it seems like the developers might finally do something about it, as evidenced by a comment on Reddit.

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Treyarch Community Manager Josh Torres appears to say that there has been a discussion at Treyarch about Flak Jacket.

In a post detailing a change that someone would like made to Flak Jacket, Treyarch Community Manager Josh Torres said that “there was actually a discussion about this yesterday.” Although he didn’t elaborate further, it appears that the team is aware of the issue even if they don’t have a timeline for any changes yet.

This comes after a week of videos from fans detailing just how absurd the perk is. Some of the videos are tame enough, with some people spraying explosives to no avail, while others are more surprising, showing direct impacts on players with RPG’s with negligible impact.

RPG and CIGMA vs. FLAK JACKET from blackopscoldwar

 

Another video, which is appropriately titled “I think Flak Jacket might be a little too strong,” even shows a player with Flak Jacket getting hit by a Cruise Missile (yes, the scorestreak) and surviving, seemingly because of the perk.

Granted, it took out most of his health, but the fact that a scorestreak which is supposed to take out a few players at a time didn’t even take out one with a near-direct hit is borderline shocking.

I think Flak Jacket might be a little too strong from blackopscoldwar

Most fans agree that the perk is broken, with one person on Reddit flat out saying that it is “overpowered.” Another commenter in a different post called it “the most OP perk in COD history,” which is a bold claim to make considering the controversial One Man Army perk existed back in the day.

Regardless, it seems like the community is hoping for a major overhaul of the perk. It’s hard to defend being able to survive a direct impact from an RPG, so Treyarch appear to be looking for solutions.