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Activision Blizzard announce new Overwatch League and Call of Duty League commissioners

Published: 9/Jul/2019 18:01 Updated: 9/Jul/2019 22:35

by Bill Cooney

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Acitivision Blizzard have confirmed that Johanna Faries will take on the newly formed role of Commissioner of Call of Duty Esports and that Pete Vlastelica is officially the new head of the Overwatch League.

Call of Duty’s World League is expected to switch to the Call of Duty League in 2020 with seven teams already announced for the inaugural season.

The Overwatch League is already in its second season, but fans were shocked by the surprise departure of Commissioner Nate Nanzer in May when he left to head over to Epic Games.

Activision BlizzardJohanna Faries was officially named CWL commissioner on July 9.

Big plans for new CWL

Plenty of key details are still up in the air like the new CWL’s official starting date, how many more teams will join or where games will take place. But with former NFL executive Johanna Faries as the first ever Commissioner of Call of Duty Esports those answers might come sooner rather than later.

In the same week as being appointed commissioner, Faries was named in FORTUNE’s 40 Under 40 list as one of the most influential young people in business, as well as Adweek’s ’30 Most Powerful Women in Sports’.

While Faries didn’t open up on any spicy details regarding the new league in a release from Activision on July 9, she did speak about her goals as commissioner for the upcoming year  – “Now that we have a strong product vision and business model to share, we can now shift gears toward the planning and execution phase of our work.”

Faries said she and her team are working with the Call of Duty franchise team and partners at Activision for CWL “with an eye toward being the best league in the world.”

CWLThere are still plenty of questions out there about the new CWL format.

Meet the new OWL boss

Blizzard’s release about new OWL commissioner Pete Vlastelica on July 9 confirmed previous reports that he would be taking the helm after Nanzer left.

Vlastelica also serves as CEO and President of of Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues, a position he’s held for almost three years, following more than five years as a vice president at Fox Sports.

Blizzard EntertainmentThe new commish was on hand at the Atlanta Reign Homestand event.

For the remainder of the 2019 season, Vlastelica said he was most looking forward to the OWL Grand Finals in Philadelphia – “Last year’s event at Barclays Center was one of the best live events I’ve ever been to, in any category of entertainment: music, sports, esports… but I think we’re going to top it this year in Philly.”

How exactly Vlastelica and the OWL team plan on topping the performance of DJ Khaled at the Grand Finals in 2018 remains to be seen.

He also spoke about the challenges facing the league as it prepares for teams to play in their home cities next season.

“Nobody’s ever really done this before, so no one knows what works best to get fans fired up to come out and support their team,” Vlastelica said about localization. “That evolution is going to take a few years to settle, but it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch and be a part of.

OWL/CWLOverwatch League and Call of Duty World League fans are getting ready for some big changes next year.

Both of Activision Blizzard’s flagship esports leagues now officially have commissioners, which means fans will hopefully get some answers to long-standing questions before too long.

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Best QBZ-83 loadout in Black Ops Cold War: Attachments, Wildcard, more

Published: 27/Nov/2020 17:03 Updated: 27/Nov/2020 17:07

by James Busby

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The QBZ-83 is may not be as strong or as accurate as the AK-47, but its superior mobility and handling make it a great pick. Here all the perks, attachments, and equipment you need to push this assault rifle to its peak. 

Whether you’re looking to level up every gun to grab those ultra-rare camos or just wanting to give the QBZ-83 a go, then you’ll want to use this loadout. This assault rifle is often overlooked by a lot of players and it’s currently one of the least used guns in the assault rifle category. However, if you’re willing to put in the effort into learning the QBZ, you’ll find that it is a pretty well-round rifle. 

This loadout boosts the QBZ-83’s already great speed, but also increases the gun’s accuracy and firepower. If you’re after an AR that can go toe to toe with the game’s SMGs, then look no further. In order to help you get the most out of the QBZ-83, we’ve put together a reliable loadout you can use to get those deadly Scorestreaks.

Best QBZ-83 loadout for Black Ops Cold War

QBZ 83 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
The recent FFAR 1 and M16 nerfs have made the QBZ-83 a more viable option.
  • Muzzle: Infantry Compensator 
  • Barrel: 15.5” Reinforced Heavy
  • Underbarrel:Foregrip
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap 
  • Stock: Raider Stock

Secondary

  • 1911

Throwables

  • Stimshot
  • Semtex
  • Field Mic

Perks

  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket + Tactical Mask
  • Perk 2: Assassin + Scavenger 
  • Perk 3: Ninja + Ghost

Wildcard

  • Perk Greed

Due to the QBZ-83 having a very clear default sight, we’ve saved the attachment slot to make a much more comfy build. The Infantry Compensator and Foregrip help control both the gun’s horizontal and vertical recoil. This enables you to remain accurate at medium to long ranges. 

Adding to this is the 15.5” Heavy. Not only does this attachment increase the AR’s bullet velocity by a significant 40%, but it also increases the gun’s damage range by 100%. Whether you’re planning to play on the game’s bigger maps or just wanting to increase your kill potential, then the Reinforced Heavy is a must. 

Rounding things off at the bottom, is the Airborne Elastic Wrap and Raider Stock. These attachments increase ADS and sprint to fire time, allowing you to aggressively rush your foes without having to worry about sluggish performance. 

In terms of equipment, the standard Stimshot, Semtex, and Field Mic have been chosen. These items will keep you on your feet and enable you to get the drop on any potential targets. 

QBZ 83 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
The QBZ-83’s speed and firepower makes for some blisteringly fast kills.

This loadout uses Perk Greed, which allows players to take six perks. The combination of Flak Jacket and Tactical Mask will keep you safe from any explosives and noxious gas. These perks are important for most loadouts, but especially hyper-aggressive ones that prefer the run and gun approach to combat.

Meanwhile, Assassin reveals high priority targets and enables you to get the drop on any enemies who are on killstreaks. Scavenger also replenishes the QBZ-83’s ammo from fallen players, so you’ll never have to hunt for another gun when your ammo is low. 

Lastly, Ghost and Ninja keep your movements hidden from prying eyes and enable you to go for those sneaky flanks. After all, this loadout favors both close to mid-range firefights, so don’t be afraid to get into the very thick of a fight. 


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