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ACHES Weighs in On Call of Duty Competitive Ruleset Debate and Growing CoD Esports – “We blame the dumbest s***”

Published: 9/Aug/2018 10:10

by Calum Patterson

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Evil Geniuses player Patrick “ACHES” Price has weighed in on the on-going debate about the impact of the competitive ruleset on the growth of CoD esports.

ACHES is an almost ten year veteran of competitive Call of Duty, but unlike his fellow veteran James “Clayster” Eubanks, ACHES doesn’t think assimilating the competitive ruleset with casual CoD will help boost viewership.

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The debate was sparked when Clayster suggested that Call of Duty esports embrace all the weapons, maps and equipment used in regular public matches in an effort to interest more casual fans.

Currently, competitive Call of Duty uses a somewhat stripped back version of the base game, removing maps, certain weapons/attachments and more to create a more balanced and, well, competitive environment.

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Responding to Clayster’s suggestions, ACHES made it clear he thinks the problems causing the rift between casual and competitive CoD community is more than just the ruleset.

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ACHES recalls the competitive season of Black Ops 2, when the season started with a much more ‘loose’ ruleset in place, with items like turrets, KAP40 machine pistols and the FAL assault rifle all allowed.

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Finally, in a surprise post, ACHES highlighted that playing Hardpoint could be argued to affect casual interest, as it is not as popular a mode as domination, for example. 

ACHES clarified that he was pointing out that while hardpoint is arguably the most competitive mode, it is not a popular public match mode, but that doesn’t mean the ruleset should be changed. Rather other issues should be looked at first.

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The debate is focused around the upcoming release of Black Ops 4, as the competitive Call of Duty aims to interest more casual fans into the competitive side of the game.

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Treyarch has historically been a very supportive developer when it comes to esports, so with good communication and co-operation between players, fans, the CWL and Treyarch, hopefully a balance can be struck.

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Call of Duty Mobile adds Blackout map Alcatraz to battle royale mode

Published: 15/Oct/2020 6:06 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 6:37

by Brad Norton

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Call of Duty Mobile’s Anniversary update is in full effect to celebrate the launch of Season 11 and a few big surprises are on the way, including a limited time second map for the battle royale mode.

It’s the one year anniversary of CoD Mobile and the developers are celebrating in a big way. The full Season 11 patch notes outlined a bunch of new content on the horizon. From new rewards and weapons to a full Battle Pass and plenty more, there’s a ton to play for amidst the festivities.

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However, there’s also plenty more excitement set to carry the hype through the entire season. Chief among the additions is a special, limited-time map coming just for the battle royale playlist. If you’re a long-time Call of Duty player, you’ll know the location all too well.

Blackout’s Alcatraz map will be available to play alongside the standard Isolated battle royale map you know already. 

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Blackout’s Alcatraz map is making a return for a limited time in CoD Mobile.

“For our Anniversary Season we’re adding a limited time second map with Alcatraz,” the developers revealed on October 14. This location hasn’t been seen in Call of Duty since Black Ops 4’s take on the battle royale genre with Blackout.

If you weren’t around for its original run, Blackout is a considerably smaller map than what you might be used to in CoD Mobile. “Keep your head on a swivel and take advantage of the map’s verticality,” they advised. “Get up high and rain destruction on your enemies below.”

Similar to Warzone for PC and console players, plenty of vehicles were scattered around the original Blackout map. Expect to see some of those make a return, though every other gameplay element will play exactly the same as you’re used to.

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It’s worth noting, however, that this map won’t be a permanent addition to the mobile experience. Alcatraz is included for the Anniversary celebration before it disappears again. Though given how much effort would have been required to port the map to CoD Mobile, it’s likely not the last time we see it.

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Keep on high alert at all times as Alcatraz is a much smaller battle royale map than Isolation.

Expect to see plenty of surprises in the battle royale playlist throughout the next month. From new weapons to mods and a ton of balance updates, it’s easily one of the biggest patches to date.

Get caught up to speed before dropping in with a full rundown on the Season 11 patch notes here.

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