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Activision hints at possibility of OWL franchising coming to CWL

Published: 8/Nov/2018 22:21 Updated: 8/Nov/2018 22:50

by Wyatt Donigan


The CWL has undergone many changes since its inception in 2016, but the league could soon be taking a page out of the Overwatch League’s book with a brand-new format.

With many leagues throughout esports adopting the franchise model, many have speculated that the model would be on its way to the CWL before long.

During Activision Blizzard’s Third Quarter Results call on November 8, the publisher addressed the topic and gave credence to the idea of eventual changes to the CWL.

It was confirmed during the call that Activision is “actively” working on ways to adopt the OWL system to Call of Duty esports.

In the Overwatch League, instead of having teams move in and out of the main League, each team receives a franchise spot that it’s allowed to retain regardless of performance. 

This is in stark contrast to what is currently seen in the CWL, as only a certain amount of teams gain access to the Pro League during each season. The CWL also has the additional inclusion of Open events that extend the season and allow hundreds of teams the chance to compete. 

Activision’s statements during the Results Call give fuel to reports from Richard Lewis and other sources that franchising is indeed coming to the CWL and that franchises already in the Overwatch League will receive first bids on CWL spots. 

In addition to adopting the franchise model, Activision could be looking to bring a new format to the CWL schedule to bring it more in line with what’s seen in the Overwatch League. 

The 2019 CWL Season will kick off with CWL Vegas in December.

Currently, the CWL Pro League will feature a single 12-week season that culminates with the Pro League Finals in 2019. Teams will also compete at various Open events throughout the season before ending things at the Call of Duty World Championships.

On the other hand, the OWL features divisions that each team competes in, distinct stages of competition, and a single playoff that closes out the season.

Activision made it clear that no announcements would be made on the matter just yet, but given that it’s being actively discussed points to this becoming a reality sooner rather than later.

The Black Ops 4 CWL season officially kicked off with last weekend’s first 2K tournaments, with the first Open event set to begin on December 7 in Las Vegas.

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Black Ops Cold War weapons & perks changes revealed for Zombies

Published: 31/Oct/2020 0:23

by Tanner Pierce


After revealing Black Ops Cold War’s Zombies mode back in September, Treyarch has now done a deep dive into all the changes coming to the mode. It seems like, in some regards, it’s going to be a completely different experience this time around.

If you’re excited about Black Ops Cold War’s iteration of Zombies but are hungry for more details, then you’ll be happy to know that Treyarch just delivered.

Thanks to a new blog post, the developer has given fans a deep dive into all the new changes coming to the game. While the developer ended up confirming a number of different features that previously leaked a few days back, they also revealed some wholly new information.

New perks for Zombies

While the developer officially confirmed the six perks that will be available at launch, including the exact statistics they will change, more will be announced when new maps get added to the game, in true Treyarch fashion.

The ones currently implemented, however, are sure to please longtime fans.

  • Jugger-Nog: 50% increase in health
  • Quick Revive: 50% increase in health regen speed
  • Speed Cola: 15% increase in reload speed
  • Stamin-Up: Increase in sprinting speed (percentage unclear)
  • Deadshot Daquri: ADS automatically moves sights to enemy weak spot (aim-assist)
  • Elemental Pop: Every bullet has a chance to apply random Ammo Mod effect

Black Ops Cold War Zombies weapons and scorestreaks

While weapon rarities isn’t new information for Black Ops Cold War Zombies, as it was previously announced by Treyarch during the initial reveal, the developer has finally gone into more detail about what it all means.

Like Warzone, each weapon that you pull from the wall or Mystery Box will be a certain weapon: Common, Uncommon, Rare, Epic, and Legendary. As expected, the higher the weapon rarity, the higher damage it deals and the more attachments it’ll have.

In addition, the mystery box will now contain scorestreaks on top of that, which was easily one of the coolest part of the original reveal trailer.

  • Combat Bow
  • Sentry Turret
  • War Machine
  • Chopper Gunner
  • Self-Revive

Right now, it’s unclear if the only way that players will be able to get their hands on these valuable items will be through the Mystery Box, although previous leaks have indicated that Zombies will also be able to drop them.

All weapons in Black Ops Cold War, including the ones pulled from Mystery Boxes, have rarities.

New Exfil feature

The final feature that Treyarch revealed new details about was the new Exfil feature, which allows players to end their match before they die. According to the devs, you’ll only be able to do this from Round 10 onwards.

That being said, if you’re able to reach the extraction point within the time allotted, you’ll receive extra XP, as well as some Raw Aetherium Crystals, which can be used to upgrade your weapons.

All of this, combined with all the leaks we know including the armor changes, the upgrade system, and the salvage system, which have now all been confirmed by Treyarch, makes it seem like this year’s iteration is going to be wild.