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Atlanta FaZe announce two new substitutes for Call of Duty League

Published: 5/Dec/2019 20:45 Updated: 5/Dec/2019 21:24

by Albert Petrosyan

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The Atlanta FaZe Call of Duty League team have signed two new players to be their substitutes for the 2020 CDL season.

With the first-ever season of the newly-formed Call of Duty League set to start in January, all 12 of the participating franchises are finalizing their rosters and coaching staff.

Atlanta FaZe, who had announced their young and star-studded roster of players a few weeks ago, also revealed who their substitutes for the 2020 season will be on December 5.

They’ve signed Thomas ‘GRVTY’ Malin and Juan Antonio ‘JurNii’ Gonzalez to fill out their required two subs slots for their roster to be eligible for the league.

ATLANTA FAZE 2020 CDL ROSTER

  • Tyler ‘aBeZy’ Pharris
  • Chris ‘Simp’ Lehr
  • McArthur ‘Cellium’ Jovel
  • Michael ‘MajorManiak’ Szymaniak
  • Preston ‘Priestahh’ Greiner
  • Thomas ‘GRVTY’ Malin (sub)
  • Juan Antonio ‘JurNii’ Gonzalez (sub)

GRVTY remains with FaZe Clan

After competing for a handful of amateur teams in 2017 and 2018, GRVTY signed with FaZe Clan as a player for their alternate team FC Black, competing at two open events and placing first at the CWL Fort Worth Open 2019.

Following that win, he stayed on with FaZe as the substitute for the CWL Pro League while continuing to play for amateur teams like Sage eSports, with whom he placed top-24 at the CWL Championship.

He’s now chosen to remain with the organization as a sub for their CDL team, which means that should he want to compete in the CDL’s Challenger circuit, he will be required to play for Atlanta’s Affiliate or Academy team.

SCUF GamingGRVTY (middle) was a member of the FC Black team that placed first at the CWL Fort Worth Open 2019.

JurNii adds international talent

For their second substitute, Atlanta FaZe have opted to go with talented Spanish player JurNii, who spent the last three years as a member of Spanish CoD giants Team Heretics.

As one of their longest-tenured players, JurNii was instrumental in helping Heretics not only qualify for the Pro League, but also finish in the top-four of Division B and secure a Playoff spot.

With Heretics announcing that they were not able to secure a CDL spot for the 2020 season, JurNii had no choice but to enter free agency, which has led him to sign with Atlanta as a sub.

LVPJurNii was one of Team Heretics’ longest-tenured players before leaving for free agency.

With these two substitute signings, Atlanta now have the minimum seven required players on their roster to be eligible for the CDL. While they are free to sign up to ten players, as the Toronto Ultra did, they are not required to sign any more for the 2020 season.


Keep up with all of the roster moves and player signings that have happened so far with our Call of Duty League offseason RosterMania hub.

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MP5 nerfed in Black Ops Cold War Nov 18 update: patch notes

Published: 18/Nov/2020 19:58 Updated: 18/Nov/2020 21:13

by Albert Petrosyan

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A small update released in Black Ops Cold War on November 18 has nerfed the MP5 submachine gun, which had come under scrutiny from the Call of Duty player-base for allegedly being too overpowered.

There’s no doubting that the MP5 has been the most dominant SMG in Black Ops Cold War multiplayer since the game’s launch, as well as being one of the strongest guns overall.

With a good majority of the player-base being especially vocal about the MP5 in their complaints and feedback on social media, the developers have gone ahead and released a small balancing update for the weapon.

According to Treyarch, the MP5’s Base Effective Damage Range has been decreased by 33 percent, going from 15.24 meters at launch to 10.16 meters now. In addition, the initial recoil has also been “adjusted,” although the details about the exact recoil changes weren’t announced and its in-game stats don’t indicate any differences, as of yet.

Treyarch Lead Game Designer, Tony Flame, issued a follow-up announcement to let players know that this November 18 balancing update was only for the MP5 and no other weapon.

A larger tuning patch, one that will likely buff or nerf several guns, won’t be coming until Season 1 of Black Ops Cold War kicks off on December 10.

Keep in mind that all BOCW weapons will be added to Warzone on that day, so expect there to be a lot of changes across the board.

What other weapons could be nerfed next in BOCW?

While all of this is no more than speculation, for now, there are some guns in multiplayer that have stood out as ones that need some touching up soon.

The two main ones are the M16 and AUG Tactical Rifles, both of which are burst-fire weapons and have proven to be especially lethal, sometimes even killing enemies in a single burst.

M16 Black Ops Cold War
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Could the M16 be next in line to receive a nerf in Black Ops Cold War?

The other area of focus is the sniper rifle category, as players have grown increasingly frustrated with how easy snipers can be to use in this game while still providing game-changing amounts of damage.

There are a couple of suggestions floating out there for what Treyarch should do regarding this matter. Some argue that aim assist should be reduced or completely removed on snipers, while others contend that there should be more flinch implemented to make them harder to shoot back with when under fire.