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8 more classic maps Modern Warfare could add next

Published: 21/Feb/2020 17:28 Updated: 21/Feb/2020 17:35

by Jacob Hale

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Since the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare in October 2019, Infinity Ward have already added some classic maps to the game, including Crash, Shipment, Vacant and Rust – but what could be coming next?

The Modern Warfare series has brought a number of the most memorable maps in FPS history to players, to whom the likes of Crash and Rust offer a spot of nostalgic joy that can be easily loved despite how long they’ve been played on.

But which maps could Infinity Ward be bringing to Modern Warfare next? With a few months left of the game’s life-cycle, there’s still time to bring some back. Here, we’ve listed eight of the best options.

Terminal

Activision
Terminal has always been a highly-revered map among players.

Terminal was one of the maps that has maintained popularity and fan adoration ever since it was first released in 2009. Since then, it has been remade for both Modern Warfare 3 and Infinite Warfare, and you can see why.

The map features several different hotspots for activity, as well as varying lanes and points that are perfect for players of all types, whether you like sitting in a corner away from the battle or getting involved in the thick of it.

Plus, getting on top of the plane made even the most frustrating games bearable.

Warhawk

Activision
Warhawk made for some intense matches.

The only CoD Ghosts map to be included in this list, Warhawk, is another diverse map that offers an array of long and short-range gunfights, where anybody can excel.

It always made for some crazy matches, especially on the pro circuit with game modes like Blitz offering some great flanks and sneak plays.

Some Ghosts maps go seriously under-appreciated within the Call of Duty community but, with the likes of Octane and Warhawk in the game, it actually made for some fun matches.

Hardhat

Sledgehammer Games

Hardhat is one of the smaller maps from Modern Warfare 3 and, as such, one of the most beloved. Set on a construction site, Hardhat was great if you were looking to get a high kill count and always be in the thick of the action.

For some reason, Hardhat hasn’t been remade for another Call of Duty title yet, but it would be well-suited to the Modern Warfare style of play, and is a map that would fit into this game very well.

Highrise

Activision
The spawn snipes on Highrise are etched into the memories of older players.

Again, Highrise has been revamped for modern titles, with ‘Skyrise’ coming to Advanced Warfare in 2015.

That said, many fans would love to see it once again in a boots-on-the-ground setting, with those infamous cross-map spawn snipes and the ability to get on the roof making for some of the most iconic moments of CoD players’ lives.

A lot of the beauty in Highrise comes from the subtlety of the inclusion of certain features. For example, the ability to walk across the crane on the outside of the map, or drop onto suspended scaffolding out of sight of players on the map.

Resistance

Activision
The snipe spots on each side of the map, as well as the good selection of snipers in the game, made this map a popular one.

Resistance is set in a Parisian town, with an iconic Eiffel Tower backdrop, but isn’t anywhere near as pristine as its setting would suggest.

Due to the long lines of sight on either side of the map, Resistance became somewhat of a haven for snipers, but conversely was brilliant for close-quarters combat everywhere else. Needless to say, the idea of running an Overkill class with two primary weapons in Modern Warfare on Resistance sounds pretty exciting.

Dome (MW3)

Activision
Dome is a small map that offered slightly more than other small maps like Rust.

Another small map from Infinity Ward, Dome was absolutely hectic and is severely underrated as far as small maps go, with a slightly more complex structure than the likes of Rust and Nuketown.

It was remade in Ghosts and named Unearthed, but a direct remake could be a good fit for Modern Warfare which, besides Rust and Shipment, is lacking in small, close-quarters maps.

Backlot

Activision
Backlot made for a fantastic Search and Destroy map, with various nade spots and lines of sight that kept the meta fresh.

The only map from Call of Duty 4 on this list, Backlot made for a fantastic medium-sized map, especially for Search and Destroy.

A beloved map for competitive players, the map is well-balanced and offers various ways to play, keeping it fresh across all game modes whether you prefer to hold a lane and snipe, or flit between buildings with an MP5 in-hand.

Not to mention, if you get those spawn nades down, you can make an absolute mockery of your opponent with just a frag grenade and decent positioning.

Scrapyard

Activision
Scrapyard’s variation on the traditional three-lane structure made it feel familiar while offering players something slightly new and inventive.

Scrapyard is a map that has gone slightly under the radar since the days of Modern Warfare 2 have started to slip from our memories, not quite as popular as the likes of Highrise and Terminal but still a seriously good map.

It has three well-defined lanes, each with its own interesting meta-game which means you can play it completely different every time you spawn in.

It can already be seen in Ground War map Zhukov Boneyard, across the B and C flags, so many fans are already theorizing that it’s on its way – definitely a welcome addition to the map pool.

Infinity Ward
Season 2 of Modern Warfare already brought Rust along with it, but there’s always room for more.

This is far from a complete list of maps we’d love to see brought back: Favela, Octane, Strike and Arkaden were all incredible maps that would be welcome additions to the map pool.

Of course, we won’t know if Infinity Ward plans on reviving more maps from yesteryear until they start releasing teasers or make a full announcement, but the idea of having any of these maps back is definitely an interesting prospect.

The reception of the classic maps that have returned already is a good indication that CoD fans love to have their old favorites back, so Infinity Ward will no doubt seek to bring back more, as well as creating new and original maps that will be considered classics in the not-too-distant future.

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7 players to watch during 2021’s CDL Kickoff Classic

Published: 22/Jan/2021 19:02 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 20:03

by Theo Salaun

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Activision’s Call of Duty League is finally here and things are getting started with the CDL Kickoff Classic — a preseason event where x-factor players on all 12 teams can begin making their mark. 

With an exodus of 12 starters as the CDL shifts to a 4v4 format in Black Ops Cold War, individual play is paramount. Players have less backup on the battlefield and, with a deep talent pool in the Challengers scene, more competition for their roles.

Representing Chicago, OpTic Gaming are back with Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez, Seth ‘Scump’ Abner and the gang. Delighting fans, Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag’s 100 Thieves return to competitive CoD for Los Angeles. Teams have shuffled since the inaugural season and each team’s expectations will be tested by at least one player’s CDL Kickoff performance. 

Alec ‘Arcitys’ Sanderson (Atlanta FaZe)

The best AR in CoD?

Chicago Hunstmen Arcitys CDL
Call of Duty League
Did the most stacked roster in CoD add the league’s best AR?

While Michael ‘MajorManiak’ Szymaniak was highly regarded by his teammates last season, few rank him in a tier anywhere near Arcitys. FaZe’s submachine gun and flex play was never a question, but adding Arcitys on the assault rifle could push them past the Dallas Empire in power rankings.

If Arcitys continues, let alone improves upon, his 2020 form, then Atlanta should be an early favorite. Tested by a strong Florida Mutineers squad, fans should get a quality temperature check on FaZe’s newest member.

Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter (Dallas Empire)

Did Dallas release the right veteran AR?

Crimsix celebrating a Dallas Empire win
CDL
At 28 years old, Crimsix needs to continue disproving his doubters.

The transition from 5v5 to 4v4 was not without heartbreak and few splits were as tough as the Empire’s. Dropping James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks instead of Crimsix was a difficult decision and, at the CDL Kickoff Classic, that decision will receive its first evaluation.

When the two veteran ARs face each other, Crim will be with the same absurd, young trio of “Xeo” gunners and Clayster with… one standout sophomore and two formerly projected bench players. It shouldn’t be too hard of a test for Dallas, but fans should be curious to see how much Crim’s thumbs have aged.

Donovan ‘Temp’ Laroda (Los Angeles Thieves)

Big Brand meets Big Ego

temp la thieves
Twitter, @LAThieves
Temp talks the talk, but must walk the walk for the CDL’s next big brand.

Tying for 5th at CDL Champs wasn’t enough to keep OpTic in Los Angeles so Nadeshot got to buy into the league. Although the team’s Challengers call-ups, Zack ‘Drazah’ Jordan and Darien ‘Hollow’ Chervchko, played admirably in the postseason — 100T replaced them in the starting lineup with one of the league’s most confident ARs.

The self-proclaimed top “gunnie” in the CDL, Temp has an unrelenting belief in his ability (alternatively, a ‘strong personality,’ per general manager Eric ‘Muddawg’ Sanders) backed by a strong history of top-tier, albeit streaky play. While his year with the New York Subliners was disappointing, Temp now rejoins former teammates Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat and Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly. With 100T’s enormous fanbase and a matchup with OpTic Chicago, the gunner gets a large stage to prove his play can rise to both the occasion and his own expectations.

Preston ‘Priestahh’ Greiner (Minnesota ROKKR)

The honorary Tiny Terror?

Atlanta FaZe's Priestahh.
Activision
From teaming with the Tiny Terrors to a much larger role, Priestahh can make a statement in 2021.

FaZe were the second-best team in 2020 and Priestahh would likely still be on the team if not for the swap to 4v4. Instead, one of the league’s most selfless players gets to turn a new leaf with a fully revamped ROKKR squad.

Starting with Minnesota’s preseason matchup against the Toronto Ultra, Priestahh should shift from flex to his more natural sub role. Expectations for what was a miserable ROKKR team will hinge on his ability to prove he was being overshadowed in Atlanta and can transition from dirty work to slaying.

Makenzie ‘Mack’ Kelley (New York Subliners)

No ZooMaa, No Hydra: Return of the Mack

New York Subliners' Mack.
MackMelts (Twitter)
A 2020 MVP candidate, Mack needs to take another step for NY to compete.

Easily one of the top rookies in 2020, Mack jumped into New York’s starting lineup and almost immediately surged into the MVP conversation. The Subliners had a quality offseason after fizzling in the playoffs, but new issues mean Mack will have to go above and beyond to start 2021.

With rookie Paco ‘HyDra’ Rusiewiez dealing with visa issues and Tommy ‘ZooMaa’ Paparatto retiring due to injury, Mack is moving to SMG for an unfinished roster. He’s back in his preferred role, but the season depends on his ability to reach 2020’s near-MVP form.

Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell (OpTic Chicago)

Heeding Chicago’s Bat-Signal

Dashy on stage
Activision
Back with his guys, Chicago’s hopes depend on Dashy’s return to form.

Like Atlanta, Chicago shuffled pieces after falling just short of the championship in 2020. With Arcitys eager to rejoin former teammates on FaZe, H3CZ celebrated the return of OpTic with the return of one of the brand’s former players.

But 2020 was an ugly year for Dashy and, aside from some big moments as a suddenly summoned bench player in CDL Champs, questions surround the formerly elite AR. Expectations are high for the biggest brand in CoD, but will rise and fall depending on Dashy’s play.

Peirce ‘Gunless’ Hillman (Seattle Surge)

Started from the bottom, now we Peirce

Chicago Huntsmen's Gunless.
MLG
In just a few years, Gunless has gone from star to substitute to starter with a chip on his shoulder.

Like Dashy, no one questions the raw mechanical talent that Gunless holds. Unfortunately, also like Dashy, the gifted player spent most of a porous 2020 on the bench with rumored character concerns. 

Now, he joins two others as reinforcements for Sam ‘Octane’ Larew on 2020’s worst team: Seattle. If the Surge are going to improve upon a 5-18 record that ended dead last at CDL Champs, Gunless will need a return to form beginning on Day 1 against the Los Angeles Guerrillas.

While the Call of Duty League is chock-full of players with high expectations, low expectations and everything in between, these seven stand out as those with the most notable stocks in the preseason. A variety of other rookies and transferred players can make statements during the Kickoff Classic, but power rankings and fan expectations should hinge entirely on our listed x-factors.