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Atlanta FaZe CDL 2021 preview: a championship-caliber reunion?

Published: 11/Feb/2021 5:09 Updated: 11/Feb/2021 17:36

by Brad Norton

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Atlanta FaZe has been eyed as one of the teams to beat heading into the 2021 Call of Duty League season. But coming off a second-place finish in 2020, with Alec ‘Arcitys’ Sanderson now back in the mix, will they be able to live up to the hype and cement themselves as the top team?

Throughout the Modern Warfare cycle, FaZe proved to be one of the most formidable forces in the league. Never falling out of the top four across every Home Series in 2020, consistency was one of their strongest factors.

While other teams had their highs and lows throughout the year, FaZe remained atop the pack from the Launch Weekend in January, through to the Championship Grand Finals in August.

Having signed Arcitys in the offseason, three of the four players on the revamped lineup have won a championship together. Could this be the year they do it again and make history as some of the youngest players to ever win two rings?

Atlanta FaZe CDL 2021 roster

Player Previous Team
Chris ‘Simp’ Lehr
Alec ‘Arcitys’ Sanderson Chicago Huntsmen
McArthur ‘Cellium’ Jovel
Tyler ‘aBeZy’ Pharris
Daunte ‘Sibilants’ Gray (Substitute) AF Academy

Three eUnited champions back together

eUnited wins CoD Champs
Activision
Three of the five champions from eUnited’s 2019 CoD roster are back together under FaZe.

With the switch back to 4v4 competition, FaZe made some big changes ahead of Black Ops Cold War. Michael ‘MajorManiak’ Szymaniak and Preston ‘Priestahh’ Greiner were both let go to make way for Arcitys.

After a year with the Huntsmen, he’s now in the lobby with Simp and aBeZy once again. Together, this trio helped dominate the tail end of 2019 under the eUnited banners. They tore through all opposition in the final months of Black Ops 4, securing first place at the CWL Pro League Playoffs along with CWL Champs the following month.

If the CDL never came into effect, and competition remained under the 5v5 format, there’s a chance that golden eUnited roster could still be leading the charge today. Three pieces from that winning formula are now back and ready to run it up with Cellium.

Call of Duty World championship
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Another trophy could be well within reach for these former champions.

The duo of Simp and Abezy, nicknamed the Tiny Terrors, haven’t missed a beat. They’re still capable of extraordinary highlights on any given map and can never be taken lightly.

Meanwhile, Arcitys is often praised as one of the standout AR players in the league overall. With 20-year-old Cellium keeping the killfeed red for FaZe, this could be the most aggressive lineup we see in 2021.

The Kickoff Classic doesn’t spell doom for Atlanta

With all the momentum behind them, FaZe didn’t quite start the year with a bang. Their very first series together saw them toppled by the Florida Mutineers. Despite being a lackluster way to kick things off, it could be just what the team needed.

“It was a good wake up call,” head coach James ‘Crowder’ Replays said on a January 27 episode of Hardpoints. “In hindsight, it doesn’t mean much. But, it’s a good wake up call. 

While maps were close and the series went to a game five, every aspect of the series was a letdown, according to Crowder. “We played terribly from start to finish.” In light of this performance, it’s already led to a “culture shift” within the team.

They’re practicing differently, approaching scrims with a new mentality, and generally on a better path than they were prior to the Kickoff Classic. It may have looked disappointing at first, but Crowder is “super excited that [they] lost,” as they’re now on the right track to succeed in the real opening matchups.

The relevant topic begins at the 40:30 mark below.

Lumped into Group B alongside heavy hitters in OpTic Chicago and the Mutineers, it’s not going to be an easy start by any stretch. But with the firepower on their side, FaZe should be able to come out swinging.

If they’re not winning a series outright, rest assured every matchup should be close at the very least. Many of their competitors have sized them up as one of the top teams for the year ahead and if they rebound from the Kickoff Classic, there’s no reason they can’t close out 2021 as champions.

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Warzone Season 2 early patch notes: Ship POI, 2 new weapons, map changes, more

Published: 25/Feb/2021 5:00 Updated: 25/Feb/2021 5:10

by Calum Patterson

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Season Two of Warzone has arrived and we’ve got everything you need to know about the new update, including new points of interest on the Verdansk map, two weapons, modes, and more.

A new season means new content for Call of Duty’s prized battle royale game. Warzone has been met with a brand new POI in the shape of a large cargo tanker, along with a number of other key changes to Verdansk. A couple of new modes have also made their debut, as well as the FARA 83 assault rifle and LC-10 SMG.

On top of all this new stuff, Raven Software has also made severl minor tweaks and fixed a handful of bugs. All of the details can be found in the official Season 2 patch notes below.

New Warzone locations in Season 2: Ship POI & map changes

Tanker ship POI in Warzone Season 2.
Activision
New cargo tanker ship POI coming to Warzone in Season 2!

First and foremost, Verdansk has some new points of interest for the first time in a while, starting with the Vodianoy cargo tanker ship that arrived at the Port. The tanker was said to be carrying “unknown cargo,” so players are able to access it for loot, although it will likely be a hot spot for the next few weeks.

That’s not the only new POI in Season 2, but it’s the only one we know for definite at this stage. Activision said that “something major is beginning to rumble deep underground” within Verdansk and that players can explore these areas at their own risk since further intel is currently “classified.”

New Warzone weapons in Season 2: FARA 83 & LC-10

FARA 83 in Season 2
Treyarch
The FARA 83 assault rifle can be unlocked by reaching Tier 15 of the Season 2 Battle Pass.

Black Ops Cold War is set to receive six new weapons throughout Season 2, which means that they’re available in Warzone as well due to the two games’ integration within each other.

Two of those weapons have been released right at the launch of S2 – the FARA 83 assault rifle and LC-10 SMG. The FARA 83 is a remake of the iconic Galil AR from previous Black Ops titles, while the LC-10 is a brand new addition to the series.

The FARA can be unlocked by reaching Tier 15 of the S2 Battle Pass while the LC-10 is available after Tier 31.

LC-10 SMG in Season 2
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The brand new LC-10 SMG is available at Tier 31 of the Season 2 Battle Pass.

New Warzone modes in Season 2

Rebirth Island Resurgence Extreme

Activision
Rebirth Island is about to get wild in Season 2!

Rebirth Island’s new Resurgence Extreme mode is available right away with the launch of Season 2. This is essentially the current Resurgence mode but on steroids, increasing the player count up to 90!

“The high-octane, respawn-enabled Resurgence mode on Rebirth Island will be taken to the extreme during Season Two, upping the max player count in the limited-time Rebirth Island Resurgence Extreme mode. Up to 90 players can drop onto Rebirth Island for an incredibly frenetic fight for supremacy, as they look to eliminate every last member of enemy squads to prevent them from getting a second, third, or even forth chance at revenge.

Just like Resurgence, squad members can spawn back in if their Rebirth Countdown hits zero and at least one of their allies is still alive, and specific Caches around the map will refresh their items frequently to ensure there is no shortage of firepower around the island.”

Exfiltration

Activision
Warzone Season 2’s new Exfiltration mode will be played on Verdansk.

Exfiltration is a new mode that is played on Verdansk. It will be added in-season, meaning it won’t be available at the start of Season 2.

“It’s about time that the exfil chopper arrives before the Circle Collapse fully closes in. During an Exfiltration Battle Royale, a portable radio crackles into life, coming online somewhere in Verdansk. The Operator who secures this radio and holds onto it for a sufficient period of time automatically wins the game for them (or their squad, in non-Solo modes). To ensure their exfil isn’t by the book, anyone holding the radio is marked on the Tac Map as if they were under a Most Wanted Contract (also known as an HVT or High Value Target) with all Operators also receiving intel on how much longer the current radio holder has until they win. Other than this new win condition, the same Battle Royale rules apply. Expect a circle collapse and a winner to be determined by last Operator or squad standing, should nobody receive an early exfil with the radio.”

Warzone Season 2 update patch notes

PLAYLIST UPDATE

  • Adding:
    • Plunder – Blood Money Trios
    • Rebirth Island – Resurgence Extreme
  • Removing:
    • Plunder – Blood Money Quads
    • Rebirth Island – Mini Royale Trios, Resurgence Quads

GAMEPLAY

  • Loot that spawns across Verdansk has been updated… and now includes two brand new weapons: the FARA 83 Assault Rifle and the LC10 SMG
  • Players that are continually in the gas will suffer more damage over time
  • Previously unlocked Seasonal Challenges will be completable after season ends and during future seasons
  • Warzone Intel Missions have been removed
  • Balanced the XP gain of KingSlayer and other unique modes to match the XP of core BR

EVENTS

  • Outbreak Free Trial (Feb 25 – Mar 4)
    • Celebrate the launch of Season Two with free access to a brand-new Zombies experience known as Outbreak, action-packed Multiplayer maps (including the new map Apocalypse), and more in Black Ops Cold War from February 25 to March 4. Onslaught is also available to PlayStation owners during this access period as well.
  • Outbreak Challenge Event (Feb 25 – Mar 11)
    • Earn Charms, Stickers, Emblems, Calling Cards, and Weapon Blueprints by completing challenges in Warzone and in Black Ops Cold War‘s Outbreak mode. This event can be viewed within the main WarzoneBlack Ops Cold War Multiplayer, and Zombies menus.
    • Need an introduction to Outbreak in Black Ops Cold War Zombies so you can claim all the items from this Challenge Event? Check out the following blogs:

2XP + 2WXP WEEKEND

  • Starting on Feb 26, all players get Double XP and Double Weapon XP all weekend long in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone to celebrate the kickoff of Season Two! Gain twice as much progress toward your next Prestige and max out those weapons through 10AM PT Mar 1. PlayStation players also get an extra 24 hours of 2XP and 2WXP starting Feb 25.

MODES

  • Rebirth Resurgence Extreme (Launch Week)
    • Up to 99 players will drop onto Rebirth Island for an incredibly frenetic fight for supremacy, as they look to eliminate every last member of enemy squads to prevent them from getting a second, third, or even forth chance at revenge. Just like Resurgence, squad members can spawn back in if their Rebirth Countdown hits zero and at least one of their allies is still alive, and specific Caches around the map will refresh their items frequently to ensure there is no shortage of firepower around the island.
  • Exfiltration (In Season)
    • In this mode, a portable radio crackles into life, coming online somewhere in Verdansk. The Operator who secures this radio and holds onto it for a sufficient period of time automatically wins the game for their squad. To ensure their exfil isn’t by the book, anyone holding the radio is marked on the Tac Map as if they were under a Most Wanted Contract (High Value Target) with all Operators also receiving intel on how much longer the current radio holder has until they win. Other than this new win condition, the same Battle Royale rules apply. Expect a circle collapse and a winner to be determined by last squad standing, should nobody receive an early exfil with the radio.

BATTLE PASS

  • 100 Tiers including two Weapons, a new Operator, and the first Reactive Weapon Blueprint
    • Tier 0 (Instant Unlock)
      • Operator – Naga
      • Park – Operator Skin and Mission
      • Wellington Safari Watch
      • Season XP Boost (10%)
    • Tier 15
      • FARA 83 Assault Rifle
    • Tier 31
      • LC10 SMG
    • Tier 95
      • “Vulture Exo” Ultra-rarity Reactive Weapon Blueprint
    • Tier 100
      • “Warlord” Naga Skin and Operator Mission
      • “Poison Dart” Legendary SMG Blueprint
    • And a lot more!
  • You can also check out our Season Two Battle Pass Trailer and the Battle Pass / Store Breakdown Blog

MAP – POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Shipwreck
    • The doomed cargo tanker known as the Vodianoy has run aground in the low estuary of swamp ground less than a klick west of the Zordaya Prison Complex.
  • Missile Silos
    • A team of Operators discovered Missile Silos hidden underneath the city’s three war monuments:
      • Jarvdinsk Spomenik above the Arklov Peak Military Base
      • Zoszni Spomenik southeast of the Novi Grazna Hills
      • Styor Spomenik in Tavorsk Park
  • Due to the contamination, security protocol mandates a complete shut down of the following locations:
    • Subway
    • Stadium Garage
    • Bunkers 00, 04, 05, 06, 09, 11

WEAPONS

  • Increased bullet velocity of the Tactical Rifle Charlie
  • New Weapons added:
    • FARA 83 – AR
      • Unlocked via Battle Pass Tier 15
    • LC10 – SMG
      • Unlocked via Battle Pass Tier 31
    • Machete – Melee
      • Unlocked via Weapon Challenge or Store Bundle
  • New Weapon Unlock Challenges added:
    • Groza – AR
    • Mac-10 – SMG
  • Reactive Blueprints added:
    • The Reactive property lets Operators display their skill in real-time by evolving their weapon’s appearance with kills during a match.
      • For example, the “Vulture Exo” pulsates a green energy across the skeleton of a bird that wraps around the entire weapon. As an Operator earns kills, this energy shifts from blue to orange and eventually red, signifying how much of a hot hand they have in the match.
  • Cold War attachments have been updated – pros, cons and stat bar values now more accurately reflect their functionality
    • The following attachments have also had their functionality adjusted:
      • Bruiser Grip
        • Before: Melee Quickness
        • After: Movement Speed, Hip Fire Accuracy
      • Mounted Flashlight
        • Before: Enemy Reveal Distance
        • After: Movement Speed, Aim Walking Movement Speed
      • Tiger Team Spotlight
        • Before: Enemy Reveal Distance
        • After: Movement Speed, Aim Walking Movement Speed

OPERATORS

  • New Operators added:
    • Kapano “Naga” Vang: Warsaw Pact (Launch Week)
      • Unlocked via Battle Pass
    • Karla Rivas: NATO (In Season)
      • Unlocked via Store Bundle
    • Terrel Wolf: NATO (In Season)
      • Unlocked via Store Bundle
    • Samantha Maxis: NATO (In Season)
      • Unlocked via Store Bundle

GENERAL FIXES

  • Players should no longer spawn outside of the Gulag combat area
  • Ammo replenishment timing when equipping Stopping Power rounds on Cold War weapons has been addressed
  • Fixed various issues with reticle streaming
  • The “Grinch Forest Spirit” Skin now properly renders at all distances
  • The “Gem Cutter” Silenced Assault Rifle is now properly suppressed
  • Operator Mission “Unkillable” will now track properly when getting kills with the High Alert Perk active
  • Mac-10 Weapon Unlock Challenge now tracks correctly when getting 2 rapid kills using an SMG
  • Operator Missions require now associated Operator to be equipped
  • Fixed an issue with War Tracks not playing correctly
  • Fixed an issue causing the Heartbeat Sensor to incorrectly display player with Ghost Perk active on Kill Cam
  • Prestige banners now include correct text and award stickers

STORE

  • Added new CDL team packs

DOWNLOAD

  • The Season Two download is going to be large. In order to reduce the overall disk space that MW and WZ take up, you can uninstall the content packs for modes that you’re not playing if you want to free up space. You can learn how to do so here.
  • Download size:
    • PlayStation 5:
      • 17.0 GB
    • PlayStation 4:
      • 17.0 GB
    • Xbox One Series X / Xbox One Series S:
      • 17.9 GB
    • Xbox One:
      • 17.9 GB
    • PC:
      • 16.9 GB (Warzone Only)
      • 20.8 GB (Warzone and Modern Warfare)

For more details about the new content for Black Ops Cold War multiplayer and Zombies, make sure to check out the BOCW Season 2 Patch Notes and our “What’s new in Black Ops Cold War Season 2” page.