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Atlanta FaZe coach Crowder slams Dallas Empire “onliner” criticism

Published: 27/Apr/2020 11:11

by Jacob Hale


Atlanta FaZe’s head coach James ‘Crowder’ Crowder has slammed critics of CDL Chicago grand final opponent Dallas Empire, defending them from fans calling the team “onliners.”

Due to the outbreak of the ongoing health crisis, the Call of Duty League has had to shift to an online format, abandoning the LAN events that were supposed to be spread throughout the year.

Of course, moving online brings a new host of issues for the league and teams in it, but one of the most common seems to be how fans weigh online wins against LAN wins. After criticism of Dallas Empire as an “online” team, Crowder has explained why this is such a bad take.

Dallas Empire became the first team to win two CDL Home Series events with their 3-1 victory over FaZe.

Dallas Empire beat Atlanta FaZe 3-1 in the grand final of CDL Chicago, becoming only the second team to beat Atlanta after Minnesota ROKKR and also taking down Chicago Huntsmen in their semi-final matchup.

Crowder tweeted out after the series finished that Dallas exhibited “incredible play and teamwork” and called them the “best team in the game,” which is high praise considering it’s something more often said about Atlanta themselves.

Despite this, someone came back and called Dallas the “best online team” – which Crowder didn’t take kindly to, saying it’s “such a sh**ty take” and to “give credit when it’s due.”

Although Crowder was happy to heap praise on Dallas for their continued top performances and placements, some Atlanta fans didn’t agree with what he was saying.

Twitter user ImDepend told the coach that “you guys have smoked them on LAN” and added that, despite beating two of the top teams, he doesn’t believe they can be the best team in the game “just because of one online tournament win.”

Whether or not Dallas Empire are the best team in the game will continue to be a subjective issue until more events are held, but for now, Crowder’s voice is one that is definitely worth listening to when it comes to Call of Duty.

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Fans won’t have to wait too long to see more CoD action, with CDL Florida taking place May 8-10, though Dallas won’t be in attendance to defend their crown – they’ll have to wait until CDL Minnesota on June 6-8.

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Warzone dev reveals fix for missing Trick or Treat rewards bug

Published: 22/Oct/2020 13:55

by Jacob Hale


One of Warzone’s lead developers has responded to the frustrating Trick or Treat rewards bug during the Haunting of Verdansk event, with players not getting the Pumpkin Punisher Grau blueprint after completing all the challenges.

The Haunting of Verdansk is the special Halloween event in Warzone, with lots of new content for players to sink their teeth into.

This includes new Operator packs, including skins from horror films Saw and Texas Chainsaw Massacre, as well as the new Zombie Royale game mode and, of course, the Trick or Treat Rewards.

By searching chests in 16 different locations, players can earn all manner of items from calling cards and emblems to the awesome Cleaver melee blueprint. As a result of unlocking all 16, you’re supposed to get the Grau blueprint weapon, Pumpkin Punisher — but for some people, this isn’t happening.

Warzone Pumpkin Punisher blueprint Grau attachments
The Pumpkin Punisher gives a spooky spin on a previous Warzone favorite weapon, the Grau 5.56.

A number of players have reported that even after completing all 16 Trick or Treat challenges and unlocking all the rewards, the Pumpkin Punisher remains locked and isn’t added to their Armory.

One player reported the issue to Joe Cecot, the Co-Design Director of Multiplayer at developer Infinity Ward, and he suggested that the likely issue is the UI thinks players have everything, but they’re actually missing one of the rewards.

To fix this, Cecot offered a workaround, though it might not be particularly fun: he advises players to hit all the locations again and the gun will likely be unlocked, to make sure the game properly registers the completion of every single challenge. He also says that it’s “most likely the location that is still not registered will give candy out of the box.”

Of course, this will be slightly frustrating for players who have not yet unlocked the Pumpkin Punisher, despite having completed all of the relevant tasks.

Cecot did add that in the long run, they’ll “most likely fix people in this state,” though it’s unclear when that could happen, or even if at all.