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7 players to watch during CDL Los Angeles

Published: 4/Mar/2020 17:48 Updated: 4/Mar/2020 22:36

by Andy Williams

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Up next in the Call of Duty League calendar is CDL Los Angeles, where OpTic Gaming and the Guerrillas will host six more teams that are all hungry to put some points on the board.

At the last tournamnet, Atlanta FaZe became the first team in the Call of Duty League’s history to defend their home series event, and they did so in style — despite a close call in the semifinals.

Now all eyes are looking forward to the City of Angels for the next home event. With plenty on the line, who will be crucial to their team’s success? We’ve rounded up seven players to keep an eye on at CDL Los Angeles.

Preston ‘Prestinni’ Sanderson (Florida Mutineers)

Mutineers' Havok and Prestinni
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Prestinni (R) has been Mutineers’ rock this season. Will his good form continue?

With everyone expecting a Huntsmen versus FaZe final, Prestinni and co. shocked the CDL world when they reverse swept Chicago Huntsmen. The Mutineers’ SMG was pivotal in their comeback against his brother, with his selfless objective work paying dividends.

It wasn’t just in the semi-finals that Prestinni stood out, however, he was on fire throughout the whole event. He particularly shone in Domination, where his slaying prowess bagged him the second highest kills of CDL Atlanta (only 10 behind Skyz’ total of 382 kills) — his 13 killstreak against Royal Ravens is one that will be etched in spectators’ minds for quite some time.

Despite falling short to FaZe in the Grand Final, Prestinni was the indispensable cog in Mutineers’ well-oiled machine. Can he continue his form to lead Florida to a second successive Grand Final appearance?

McArthur ‘Cellium’ Jovel (Atlanta FaZe)

Atlanta FaZe's Cellium.
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Cellium stole the show as Atlanta FaZe claimed their first CDL title. Can they grab consecutive wins?

2019 world champions Chris ‘Simp’ Lehr and Tyler ‘aBeZy’ Pharris have commanded the most attention on the FaZe roster so far, but it was Cellium who earned the MVP award in their CDL Atlanta win. The 19-year-old was vital to FaZe’s home series defence, proving that he could slay teams off the map while still doing the dirty work around the objective. 

With their backs against the wall in their semifinal match-up versus Minnesota RØKKR, Cellium showed up when his team needed him the most — racking up 100 kills in the series, with a 1.20 K/D!

Alongside aBeZy, Cellium was Mutineers’ kryptonite in the Grand Final. After a convincing 3-0 sweep, the FaZe pair will be keen to repeat their antics against the Florida squad when they meet again in the opening match of CDL Los Angeles. But will Cellium prove just as deadly away from the support of his home crowd?

Adam ‘GodRx’ Brown (Minnesota RØKKR)

Minnesota ROKKR's GodRx.
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GodRx has been in the form of his life on Modern Warfare. Will he lead RØKKR out of Group A?

Despite being Minnesota’s Flex player, GodRx has been posting numbers that most main ARs would be proud of. Whether it’s an M4 or MP5 in-hand, GodRx can do it all. He’s even lethal with a Sniper Rifle, as he’s currently the second most deadly marksman in the league with 10 kills. 

Alongside being RØKKR’s top fragger, GodRx has been putting in the objective work on Hardpoint, too, with an impressive hill time of around 50 seconds between his past two events.

However, it is Domination where GodRx comes into his own. By averaging 26 kills per game, he takes the strain off his teammates and makes the objective work a much easier feat. After all, who can forget his standout Domination performance against Chicago Huntsmen, where he clocked in 30 kills with a 2.0 K/D ratio. 

After coming close to raining on Atlanta FaZe’s parade in the semifinals of CDL Atlanta, GodRx will be looking to come out of the blocks hot in Los Angeles.

Sam ‘Octane’ Larew (Seattle Surge)

Seattle Surge's Octane.
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Octane has been in fine form this season, but is it enough to grab a win at CDL Los Angeles?

Despite being accompanied by a star-studded lineup, Octane has seemingly put the rest of the Seattle Surge on his back in their opening two events. He did everything in his power to pull his team into bracket play at CDL London, but his strong slaying and handy objective work wasn’t enough to get them past the Dallas Empire.

After suffering an early exit in London, Seattle’s main AR has a point to prove in LA. Given that Surge missed CDL Atlanta, the veteran line-up have had time to work on their weaknesses since their last outing. With five world championship rings between them, you can’t count the Seattle Surge out just yet!

James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks (Dallas Empire)

Dallas Empire's Clayster.
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Clayster silenced a rowdy London crowd after taking out Royal Ravens, but will he do the same in LA?

As the oldest pro in the Call of Duty League, Clayster certainly knows a thing or two about the competition. The 27-year-old has shown that age is just a number during Dallas’ opening events. Despite going 0-2 during Launch Weekend, the Empire struck back in London and grinded their way to the Grand Final.

At the forefront of that run was Clayster. By locking down rotations on Hardpoint, putting on a clinic in Search & Destroy and controlling the lanes in Domination, he led his team’s charge throughout the event. 

After losing for a third successive time to Chicago at CDL London, Empire will be breathing a sigh of relief that their Achilles’ heel won’t be in attendance this weekend. So will Clayster continue his hot streak and help his squad climb the standings? Los Angeles certainly gives Empire a prime opportunity to put their stamp on the competition.

Lamar ‘Accuracy’ Abedi (New York Subliners)

New York Subliners' Accuracy.
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Accuracy needs to turn up the heat, if Subliners are to make it out of their group.

With only 10 CDL points to their name, there’s no doubt that New York have had a rough start to their Call of Duty League campaign. Perhaps their only shining light from the Subliners’ first two events, Accuracy has been the Big Apple’s only ray of hope thus far.

He was the key ingredient when Subliners dished Paris Legion some humble pie at CDL London, after running through the French representatives 3-1. Despite this being their only victory in the league to date, Accuracy has posted some incredible numbers — accruing the highest hill time in Hardpoint while still winning those all-important duels as the team’s main AR.

Subliners find themselves in the “group of death” in Los Angeles, competing against Empire, FaZe, and Mutinees for just two spots in the playoffs. If they have any hope of making it out, Accuracy will need to continue his stellar form.

Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell (OpTic Gaming Los Angeles)

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Will Dashy’s role switch be the answer to all of OpTic’s problems?

After bowing out of CDL Atlanta 0-2, OpTic Gaming are still seeking their first win of the inaugural CDL season – and where better to do so than in their own backyard? OpTic may look like a shell of its former self, but Dashy is doing his utmost to keep the GreenWall’s hopes alive.

As the only player to have a positive K/D rating for OGLA, Dashy has been grinding his way against the grain in their opening two events. After a shoddy start to the season, OpTic are sitting rock bottom of the standings, still yet to find a single win. As a result, Dashy is set to pick up an SMG for the upcoming event, as SlasheR looks set to go back to his AR roots. 

Will the role change help them get off the ground at last? OpTic Gaming’s opening match against their local rivals, Los Angeles Guerrillas, certainly sets the stage for the talented roster to swing the tide in their favor. 

CDL LA's participating teams.
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Who will stand in FaZe’s way from winning consecutive events?

So what will be Hollywood’s blockbuster story of the weekend? Will OGLA chalk up a win versus their rivals? Can someone stand in the way of Atlanta FaZe making history and going back-to-back? Only time will tell, but these players will certainly have their say.

Be sure to follow our guide on how to watch the CDL Los Angeles to ensure that you don’t miss a minute of the action over the course of a jam-packed weekend of Call of Duty.

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Black Ops Cold War Zombies leak reveals new Pack-A-Punch, armor, more

Published: 29/Oct/2020 2:20 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 2:23

by Brad Norton

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A huge collection of Black Ops Cold War Zombies leaks has seemingly revealed a ton of key details for the upcoming mode, including new weapons, Perks, armor, and plenty of additional features. 

Zombies in Call of Duty has been around since World at War released in 2008. The round-based mode has been a staple in Treyarch games ever since and the upcoming Black Ops Cold War is no different.

The iconic mode is returning in a big way. Not only will new features be on display on a new map, but players will be able to join up with friends across all platforms for the first time ever. There’s a ton to look forward to, but before the November 13 launch, a wide array of details have already leaked out online.

From brand-new features in the latest iteration, to the surprise inclusion of armor, and even a new spin on Pack-A-Punch, there’s plenty to digest. Here’s an overview of all the key information from the new leaks.

Armor coming to Zombies in Black Ops Cold War

Warzone armor
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Warzone’s armor system appears to be making its way to Zombies in Black Ops Cold War

In a first for the series, armor is reportedly making its way to the Zombies experience. Similar to how it functions in Warzone, players will be able to equip three armor plates at once. Additionally, this armor can then be upgraded at brand new ‘armor stations’ around the map. 

This means that teams will be able to boost their health greater than ever before.

In previous iterations, Juggernog was the main source of health buffs. However, with full armor and Juggernog in Black Ops Cold War, players can allegedly survive “10 hits from a Zombie.”

Perks in Black Ops Cold War Zombies

Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
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Many of the fan-favorites are back, but a new Perk is also on the way in Black Ops Cold War.

While previous leaks outlined which perks to expect in the newly revamped Zombies mode, a few new details have slipped through the cracks. There is one new Perk-a-cola in the game and it’s referred to as ‘Elemental Pop.’

This unique perk will activate an Ammo Mod at random. You may be wondering what an Ammo Mod even is, that’s because these are entirely new with Black Ops Cold War as well. There are four Ammo Mods in total and chugging this new perk will randomly give out one at a time.

Below is a list of all four and how they function:

  • Cyrofreeze – Frost damage and slows enemies.
  • Dead Wire – Electric damage and stuns enemies.
  • Napalm Blast – Fire damage and burns Zombies.
  • Brain Rot – Turns a Zombie to an ally.
Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
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Elemental Pop is set to change your weapons in exciting new ways.

One of these effects will be applied to your equipped weapon, changing how the map will play out moving forward. Also of note, Pack-A-Punch has been changed to fit these new Ammo Mods as well.

Whenever you’re Pack-A-Punching a gun in Black Ops Cold War, you’ll reportedly be able to choose from this list. No longer will the upgrade be down to luck; players will have input in the effects their weapons will come with.

Field Upgrades in Black Ops Cold War Zombies

Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
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Eight powerful Field Upgrades are supposedly in the works for Black Ops Cold War.

Rather than working with Specialists in the upcoming Zombies mode, Field Upgrades are in focus. There are seemingly eight in total, though only five may be included at launch, according to the leaker.

Some of these help wipe out waves of enemies while others will set your team up to defend a location. They all have unique functions so you’ll have to pick wisely and spread them out among your team. Below is a list of each Field Upgrade seemingly confirmed for launch.

  • Aether Shroud – Masks your presence, making you near-invisible to Zombies. Lasts 5 seconds.
  • Ring of Fire – “Ring shows up that boosts damage inside for everyone.” Also burns enemies that step inside.
  • Healing Aura – Heal yourself and teammates to full health within a small radius.
  • Frost Blast – Wind blast of frost damage. Also slows Zombies.
  • Energy Mine – Proximity mine.

Additionally, three more Field Upgrades appear to be joining the list in future seasons. Lightning Links, Toxic Growth, and Frenzy Guard could all change your strategies as Black Ops Cold War evolves.

New Rune upgrade system in Black Ops Cold War Zombies

Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
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It looks like there will be more to grind for than any previous Zombies experience.

While plenty of other details may seem like obvious iterations, Runes are supposedly the “biggest innovation” in Black Ops Cold War. These serve the role of a fully-fledged upgrade system. Everything from Perks to weapons can all be upgraded through the use of Runes.

With every aspect of the game having three distinct tiers, that leads to a total of 72 permanent upgrades to unlock. These are all purchasable with a new in-game currency known as ‘Aetherium,’ according to the leaks.

Aetherium comes in both Raw and Flawless variants. There’s no telling just how long the grind will be to tally up your Aetherium, though playing the game is seemingly the only way to earn this new currency. 

One example of the Rune system at work focused on the Stamin-Up perk. With the level one upgrade, movement impairing effects from stuns and Zombie strikes are reduced by 50%. At the next tier, all fall damage is removed. Finally, at level three, players are able to sprint while aiming.

Other new details for Zombies in Black Ops Cold War

Black Ops Cold War zombie gameplay
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You can spot a blueish grenade dropping off of this Zombie in the official trailer. This could be part of the new loot system.

Right off the bat, you’ll notice that Zombies have health bars and display damage numbers when being hit. Additionally, there will be a compass and minimap no different from Warzone. 

Zombies will supposedly also have a chance to drop random loot at any time. Similar to power-up drops in the classic Zombies experience, foes can drop armor, grenades, and even killstreaks, according to the leaker.

Last but not least, there is a new Salvage system in the game.

As you progress through the rounds and fend off waves, you’ll collect Salvage which can then be used to build various tools. From explosives to support equipment and even Monkey Bombs, crafting will be a key feature in Zombies.

Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
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This is a look at Salvage in the Zombies trailer, according to the leaker.

As always with early leaks, do take this information with a grain of salt until Black Ops Cold War is released. Some of these details could come from an early build that has since been changed or outright scrapped.

Only time will tell how much of this holds true. If even half of this info is accurate, however, Zombies fans could be in for the most elaborate year thus far.