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Aches reveals why EG sold their CoD team to Envy

Published: 24/Sep/2018 17:43 Updated: 24/Sep/2018 18:28

by Mitch Reames

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It was just last month that Evil Geniuses – with a roster led by Silly, Aches, Assault, and Apathy – was standing on the stage in Columbus, Ohio as the Call of Duty World League Champions.

Now the roster has moved to Team Envy after the announcement that the new season of the CWL will be moving to 5v5.

Aches was one of the most outspoken voices against the format change from 4v4, which CoD esports has used since its inception, and this roster turnover appears to be why he was so against it.

“With the format switch to 5v5, it put us in a very tough predicament,” Aches wrote in a press release. “If the CWL stayed 4v4, we had every intention of continuing to #BleedBlue and signing long-term with EG.

“It is extremely disappointing that Activision allowed such a significant announcement to happen so late, putting us in this situation with no time to plan accordingly; I feel that EG are left in an undeserving position because of it.”

With the quick timeline of the extended rosters, the market for Call of Duty pros has never been hotter because every team needs to add at least one player.

“We built a laundry list of suitable fifth players to fill out the squad here at EG, but, when we went to market, we found none of our targets to be available even when starting the conversation with nearly unheard of transfer rates for their respective organizations,” wrote Evil Geniuses COO Phillip Aram, in a press release.

Team Envy will immediately inherit a high-quality roster that is currently riding the popularity wave that comes with being world champions.

Evil Geniuses still wants to be in competitive Call of Duty and are hoping to rebuild another team that can compete for a championship next year, but losing these players is a massive blow to the organization.

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First look at leaked Black Ops Cold War Season 1 maps & Operators

Published: 1/Dec/2020 23:56 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 0:13

by Brad Norton

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Everything from new maps to incoming Operators and plenty more has all spilled out early, with new Black Ops Cold War leaks revealing a bunch of content coming with the Season 1 update.

We’re still a few days out from the arrival of Season 1, though new Black Ops Cold War leaks are coming through almost every day. From classic modes making a return, to unique in-game events on the horizon, we’ve already got a decent idea of what to expect.

However, things haven’t stopped there. The latest set of datamined content has uncovered our first-look at Season 1 maps, Operators, and more. While the names of incoming maps may have been revealed a while back, we now have a proper look at all four additions coming soon.

Additionally, there’s also a unique Season 1 Starter pack that comes boasting some exclusive rewards. Here’s a rundown on everything we now know thanks to the latest leaks.

First look at Black Ops Cold War Season 1 maps

Up first, we’ve got a quick look at four new locations coming in Season 1. They’re bite-sized pictures that simply reveal the theme of each new map. The first appears to be some kind of game show set as camera equipment and bright signs can be spotted throughout.

Next up looks to be a darker map, perhaps something underground or even a subway system given the briefcases nearby. It may have been an evacuation site. Only time will tell for this one.

The third map pictured seems to be a wide-open locale with some kind of rocket in the center. Maybe a testing facility or a fully-fledged launch site somewhere in the United States.

Last but not least, we have a simple map that looks to feature some amount of office space, shelving, and a patriotic statue of sorts. If earlier intel holds up, one of these new locations will be a fresh Zombies experience. The first appears to be confirmed for Gunfight only, meaning a close-quarters design for 2v2 combat. While the remaining two maps are for core multiplayer game modes.

It’s worth noting that not all of these are confirmed to be launching on day one. While the major update is set to introduce a ton of this new content, some of these maps could be drip-fed throughout the season to keep players coming back. 

First look at Black Ops Cold War Season 1 Operator Skins

What would a new Season in Call of Duty be without some fresh cosmetics? A few of your favorite Operators appear to be getting some new outfits in Season 1. First up is Woods with a new winter look, rocking some snow goggles, thick gloves, a beanie, and a coat.

Next is Sims who has a more casual look this time around. Rather than dressing the part for a mission, he’s wearing a simple top with some cool shades and a hat.

Last but not least is some love for the Warsaw Pact. Portnova has a new skin this Season with a vibrant red top and a matching beret.

Also part of the leaks is an entirely new skin that could be the level 100 unlock in the Season 1 Battle Pass.

This Operator comes equipped for battle with multiple grenades and ammunition pouches on his upper body. Not to mention an imposing mask to cover his presumably scarred face.

Another new Operator wears a gas mask, only has one eye, and could not be more intimidating in an all-black outfit. 

These come alongside a previously leaked Operator skin for Adler. There’s no way of telling how to unlock these items; some might be tied to the Battle Pass, while others could be acquired through challenges like their current variants.