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ACHES explains “massive” CDL concerns citing Faze and Huntsmen schedule

Published: 27/Jan/2020 23:59

by Alan Bernal

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Call of Duty veteran Patrick ‘ACHES’ Price expressed his concerns with the competitive integrity of the Call of Duty League on January 27 after examining the league schedule in the lead up to the London Ravens Home Series.

The anticipation for CDL’s inaugural season was mired in controversy on and off the stage. On-the-fly competitive rulings for games in progress and players citing untimely Modern Warfare patches took center stage throughout the weekend in Minnesota.

Regardless of the early bumps in the year-long road for the CDL, the weekend’s results are in the books as teams took with them their allotment of CDL points ahead of their Feb 8-9 trip to the United Kingdom.

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The breakdown of how many times CDL teams meet up with notable blanks between Atlanta and Chicago.

But a since-deleted tweet from the CDL showed how the eight participating teams would break down into groups in London, another point of contention for ACHES that raises “massive” concerns for the league’s commitment to competitive integrity.

“Every team has now realized after reviewing the schedule that the Chicago Huntsmen and Atlanta Faze won’t ever be placed in the same group at any of the 8/12 tournaments they compete at,” he said in a series of tweets.

The league’s scheduling seems to prevent the two major orgs going up against each other early in events, something that ACHES suggests the league coordinated to build up anticipation.

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ACHES raised concerns for the CDL schedule.

“Kinda funny how these two teams are never in the same group as if the league want the two biggest brands making the basket,” he wrote, noting how every team except for Faze and the Huntsmen matchup up with each other at least once. “Maybe to ensure they have the best chance of making Sunday together for the best possible viewership?“

For a league that has continued to stress competitive integrity being paramount… This is another case that shows the opposite sadly…”

Dexerto reached out to the CDL for comment, but has yet to receive a response at the time of publication.

Orgs entering the league had to brand their teams around the cities they represent, but personnel changes and big name teams dominated the preseason buzz.

Atlanta Faze was instantly a home name for many with the world-wide brand bringing instant recognition only complimented by their insane lineup of young guns.

Meanwhile the Huntsmen, led by former OpTic Gaming head Hector ‘HECZ’ Rodriguez, inherited a ton of Greenwall fans after the off-season changing of the guard at OG, along with a new team starring OpTic alums Seth ‘Scump’ Abner and Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper.

During the first weekend, ACHES was critical of the league on and off the Armory’s stage in the aftermath of the Los Angeles Guerrillas and Minnesota RØKKR decision that eventually saw a potential 3-0 sweep for LA turn into a 3-1 win for the home team.

Now teams will be setting their sights for London for the next iteration of the Call of Duty League.

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New Warzone update removes helicopters & adds Juggourdnaut Royale

Published: 23/Oct/2020 19:56

by Tanner Pierce

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Infinity Ward has pushed out a new playlist update for both Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone and while it adds some modes to the game like Juggourdnaut Royale, it also removes helicopters from the night-version of its battle royale.

New playlist updates for Modern Warfare and Warzone, generally speaking, only change out the gamemodes in the game, but today’s is a bit special. According to some notes released by Infinity Ward, the new hotfix removes two major aspects of the title.

The first is the removal of helicopters from the night version of Verdansk, which is pretty major to say the least. Currently, it’s unclear exactly why Infinity Ward made this change, as they didn’t specify in their tweet. It could be due to a bug, low visibility, or something else entirely.

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Pumpkin heads have also been removed from Modern Warfare and Warzone.

In addition, the developer also removed the pumpkin heads due to a bug occurring, although exactly what that bug is was also not made clear. It’s also undetermined if this removal also affects the pumpkin heads on the juggernaut suit, which automatically has the head attached when you put it on.

Beyond these removals however, the update also adds a new mode, Juggourdnaut Royale. Despite the name being a bit different, this is the exact same mode as Juggernaut Royale, which was added to the game during Season 4. Players have to fight over juggernaut suits located around the map in order to survive.

On top of that, Infinity Ward also added BR Solo Survivor and Plunder: Candy Collector to the rotation, both of which appear to be renamed versions of the standard modes.

It’ll be interesting to see how long it takes the developers to re-add the helicopter and pumpkin heads to the game. While the former has obviously been in the game from the start, the latter is a nice seasonal treat that will only be around for a couple more weeks.