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7 players to watch during the Call of Duty League Launch Weekend

Published: 22/Jan/2020 22:42 Updated: 3/Feb/2020 21:01

by Andy Williams


Activision’s Call of Duty League Launch Weekend will take place from January 24-26, as Minnesota RØKKR hosts all 12 teams. But who are the stars to keep an eye on?

Call of Duty League’s pro teams are set to lock horns during a jam-packed opening weekend. Twelve best-of-five series will see players putting everything on the line to get off to the best possible start. 

After a lengthy off-season, players will be looking to prove their worth on the biggest stage in Call of Duty history. But which players are the ones to watch during the launch weekend? We’ve listed the seven hottest stars to watch in Modern Warfare right now.

Indervir ‘iLLeY’ Dhaliwal (Dallas Empire)

Dallas Empire's iLLeY.
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Will Dallas Empire’s iLLeY cause an upset versus Chicago Huntsmen in the opening match of the CDL?

Stemming from the depths of the Search & Destroy scene, 18-year-old iLLeY is a player who will be stepping into the professional spotlight for the first time.

Having previously been ineligible to compete due to CWL’s age restriction, the youngster has landed a spot alongside two veterans of the scene in James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks and Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter.

Dhaliwal is no stranger to rubbing shoulders with the best, mind. Having previously wreaked havoc alongside the likes of Chris ‘Simp’ Lehr and McArthur ‘Cellium’ Jovel as part of eUnited’s cadets program, iLLeY will be keen to go head-to-head versus his old allies.

Having never played on LAN at a professional level before now, the stage is set for iLLeY to put his name up in lights.

Tyler ‘aBeZy’ Pharris (Atlanta FaZe)

Atlanta FaZe's aBeZy
Atlanta FaZe’s aBeZy (L) has a point to prove this season.

Coming off the back of an incredibly successful 2019 season, aBeZy is tipped to be one of the best from this generation of talent to touch Call of Duty.

Having entered Black Ops 4 without a major championship under his belt to being crowned a world champion less than 12 months later, Pharris lets his abilities in the server do the talking, while his accolades speak for themselves.

While Modern Warfare poses a fresh challenge for the 20-year-old, he has been running rampant in scrims during pre-season under the Atlanta FaZe banner. Will his form continue through to launch weekend? Only time will tell.

Anthony ‘Shotzzy’ Cuevas-Castro (Dallas Empire)

Dallas Empire's Shotzzy.
Can Dallas Empire’s Shotzzy bring his Halo skills to Modern Warfare?

A former Halo world champion, Shotzzy transitioned over to Call of Duty following the 2018 Halo Championship Series.

In a similar vein to Empire teammate, iLLeY, the 18-year-old was bound to online tournaments due to age restrictions. However, that didn’t stop building a formidable reputation among pros.

With his knack for first-person shooters seamlessly transitioning over from Halo, Shotzzy was among some of the most sought after talent during the CDL rostermania. Now playing alongside a mixture of raw talent and experience, the former Halo world champ has a point to prove on LAN — and where better to do it than during the CDL’s opening weekend?

McArthur ‘Cellium’ Jovel (Atlanta FaZe)

Atlanta FaZe's Cellium
Atlanta FaZe’s Cellium (L) has been running riot with Simp and aBeZy during pre-season.

It seems to be a recurring theme for players to develop from the depths of the Search & Destroy scene, and Cellium’s path to pro is no different. eUnited proved to be a goldmine of raw talent, from which Jovel was plucked from and placed on the biggest stage of them all.

Representing the FaZe banner during the Black Ops 4 season, Cellium took top honors at CWL Fort Worth Open with Simp and Obaid ‘Asim’ Asim.

Yet despite a fantastic rookie season under FaZe, Jovel’s form throughout Modern Warfare’s off-season is what has got plenty of folk talking. Running riot alongside Simp and aBeZy, Cellium appears to be full of confidence and has been consistently posting big numbers during scrims.

Dylan ‘Envoy’ Hannon (Chicago Huntsmen)

Chicago Huntsmen's Envoy.
How will Chicago Huntsmen’s Envoy fare against iLLeY and company?

Arguably the most seasoned player on our list, Envoy, has been posting big numbers against the very best since Advanced Warfare.

Despite having three seasons worth of experience under his belt, Hannon only really found his groove towards the latter stages of the Black Ops 4 season under the Gen.G banner.

Envoy has matured into a well-rounded SMG Slayer, who has proved that he can consistently mingle with the very best on LAN — even at the age of 20.

The Huntsman’s game-changing plays have often turned the tide in favor of his team in the bat of an eye during scrims, but will this carry over to the biggest stage of them all?

Obaid ‘Asim’ Asim (Minnesota RØKKR)

Minnesota Rokkr's Asim.
Minnesota Rokkr’s Asim will be looking to get his team off to the best possible start during their home series.

Having started the Black Ops 4 season as an amateur to placing 3rd at CWLPro League Playoffs, Asim’s breakout season is one that has flown under the radar of many.

Now joined by two former world champions in Justin ‘SiLLY’ Fargo-Palme and Adam ‘Assault’ Garcia, Asim the teen will be taking everything in his stride as he strives to become “a staple in competitive Call of Duty.”

Both Asim and Cellium have flourished together up until this point, but now they’ll lock horns for the first time in their careers. The question on the tip of everyone’s tongue is who’ll come out on top?

Dylan ‘Dylan’ Henderson (London Royal Ravens)

London Royal Raven's Dylan.
Will London Royal Raven’s Dylan lead the European charge across the pond?

Arguably one of the best raw talents on the professional circuit, Dylan is the type of player to show up when the odds are stacked against him.

After falling short at the final hurdle on multiple occasions during the Black Ops 4 season, he failed to bag himself a championship to round off a year that most definitely put his name on the map.

Now representing Britain’s sole interest in the 2020’s CDL, will Dylan’s impressive form carry over into Modern Warfare? An all-European battle versus the Paris Legion on the final day of the opening weekend provides an ideal stage for the young star to prove his worth on the biggest stage yet.

While most eyes will be on some of the bigger names, there is plenty of fresh talent who are hungry to change the landscape of competitive Call of Duty. And what better stage to do it on, than the inaugural event of the CDL?

Be sure to follow our guide on how to watch the Call of Duty League Launch Weekend to not miss a beat 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


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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.