Black Ops 4: Blackout set to receive major updates with Operation Grand Heist - new locations, vehicles, Prestige system, and more - Dexerto
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Black Ops 4: Blackout set to receive major updates with Operation Grand Heist – new locations, vehicles, Prestige system, and more

Published: 18/Feb/2019 20:07 Updated: 18/Feb/2019 21:13

by Albert Petrosyan

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The upcoming Operation Grand Heist content stream in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is set to introduce a massive slew of new content for the Blackout battle royale mode.

The content stream will be adding a brand new location to the map, along with several new vehicles, new playable structures, gameplay and Armor tuning updates, the all-new Prestige system, several cosmetic items and characters, a brand new game mode, and much more.

Most of this content will be coming when Operation Grand Heist goes live on February 19 for the PlayStation 4, although some of it will be released in the days following. 

Ghost Town location

Maybe the biggest addition to Blackout in Operation Grand Heist is the brand new Ghost Town, which will feature a combination of two popular and well-known maps from previous Black Ops titles.

The map features two levels, with the the Outlaw Multiplayer map from Black Ops 3 located above the Buried Zombies map that’s buried in a cave underneath. 

Here’s an updated picture of the Blackout map showing where this new Ghost Town will be located, along with other smaller new structures. 

Prestige System

The launch of Operation Grand Heist will allow players to level up beyond Echelon 80 thanks to the brand new Prestige System that will be implemented.

Much like Multiplayer, this system will allow players to rank up their Prestige up to 10 times “on their way to becoming a Blackout Prestige Master.” Players who Prestige will unlock unique Prestige icons, Calling Cards, and more.

New game modes

Operation Grand Heist will be adding two brand new game modes called Hot Pursuit and One in the Chamber in Blackout.

Although not much is yet known about One in the Chamber, Hot Pursuit has been revealed to be a respawn-enabled mode that will involve players searching for cash and across the entire map and deposit at certain locations. 

Here is the official in-game description:

Locate the cash and deposit at safes across the map in this new, respawn-enabled game mode. The team with the most money wins.

Vehicles

With the addition of the new Hot Pursuit game mode will also come three brand new vehicles – SUV police vehicle, PBR patrol boat, and Muscle Car.

While these three vehicles will certainly feature in the game mode, it’s not yet clear whether they will be available yet in the core default modes of Blackout, although that does certainly seem to be the case in all likelihood.

Cosmetic items and characters

Operation Grand Heist will introduce a flurry of new cosmetic items for players to use in Blackout, as well as the brand new Cosmic Silverback Gorilla character, which will only be available for Black Ops Pass owners.

However, there will be plenty of new characters and cosmetics to use after Grand Heist goes live, some of which can be seen below:


For more information about the upcoming Operation, including all of the additions to Multiplayer and Zombies, make sure to visit our Operation Grand Heist info page.

Remember that the Operation will be available first on the PlayStation 4 only when it goes live on February 19 and will be available on the Xbox One and PC a week later on February 26. 

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7 players to watch during 2021’s CDL Kickoff Classic

Published: 22/Jan/2021 19:02 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 20:03

by Theo Salaun

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Activision’s Call of Duty League is finally here and things are getting started with the CDL Kickoff Classic — a preseason event where x-factor players on all 12 teams can begin making their mark. 

With an exodus of 12 starters as the CDL shifts to a 4v4 format in Black Ops Cold War, individual play is paramount. Players have less backup on the battlefield and, with a deep talent pool in the Challengers scene, more competition for their roles.

Representing Chicago, OpTic Gaming are back with Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez, Seth ‘Scump’ Abner and the gang. Delighting fans, Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag’s 100 Thieves return to competitive CoD for Los Angeles. Teams have shuffled since the inaugural season and each team’s expectations will be tested by at least one player’s CDL Kickoff performance. 

Alec ‘Arcitys’ Sanderson (Atlanta FaZe)

The best AR in CoD?

Chicago Hunstmen Arcitys CDL
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Did the most stacked roster in CoD add the league’s best AR?

While Michael ‘MajorManiak’ Szymaniak was highly regarded by his teammates last season, few rank him in a tier anywhere near Arcitys. FaZe’s submachine gun and flex play was never a question, but adding Arcitys on the assault rifle could push them past the Dallas Empire in power rankings.

If Arcitys continues, let alone improves upon, his 2020 form, then Atlanta should be an early favorite. Tested by a strong Florida Mutineers squad, fans should get a quality temperature check on FaZe’s newest member.

Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter (Dallas Empire)

Did Dallas release the right veteran AR?

Crimsix celebrating a Dallas Empire win
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At 28 years old, Crimsix needs to continue disproving his doubters.

The transition from 5v5 to 4v4 was not without heartbreak and few splits were as tough as the Empire’s. Dropping James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks instead of Crimsix was a difficult decision and, at the CDL Kickoff Classic, that decision will receive its first evaluation.

When the two veteran ARs face each other, Crim will be with the same absurd, young trio of “Xeo” gunners and Clayster with… one standout sophomore and two formerly projected bench players. It shouldn’t be too hard of a test for Dallas, but fans should be curious to see how much Crim’s thumbs have aged.

Donovan ‘Temp’ Laroda (Los Angeles Thieves)

Big Brand meets Big Ego

temp la thieves
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Temp talks the talk, but must walk the walk for the CDL’s next big brand.

Tying for 5th at CDL Champs wasn’t enough to keep OpTic in Los Angeles so Nadeshot got to buy into the league. Although the team’s Challengers call-ups, Zack ‘Drazah’ Jordan and Darien ‘Hollow’ Chervchko, played admirably in the postseason — 100T replaced them in the starting lineup with one of the league’s most confident ARs.

The self-proclaimed top “gunnie” in the CDL, Temp has an unrelenting belief in his ability (alternatively, a ‘strong personality,’ per general manager Eric ‘Muddawg’ Sanders) backed by a strong history of top-tier, albeit streaky play. While his year with the New York Subliners was disappointing, Temp now rejoins former teammates Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat and Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly. With 100T’s enormous fanbase and a matchup with OpTic Chicago, the gunner gets a large stage to prove his play can rise to both the occasion and his own expectations.

Preston ‘Priestahh’ Greiner (Minnesota ROKKR)

The honorary Tiny Terror?

Atlanta FaZe's Priestahh.
Activision
From teaming with the Tiny Terrors to a much larger role, Priestahh can make a statement in 2021.

FaZe were the second-best team in 2020 and Priestahh would likely still be on the team if not for the swap to 4v4. Instead, one of the league’s most selfless players gets to turn a new leaf with a fully revamped ROKKR squad.

Starting with Minnesota’s preseason matchup against the Toronto Ultra, Priestahh should shift from flex to his more natural sub role. Expectations for what was a miserable ROKKR team will hinge on his ability to prove he was being overshadowed in Atlanta and can transition from dirty work to slaying.

Makenzie ‘Mack’ Kelley (New York Subliners)

No ZooMaa, No Hydra: Return of the Mack

New York Subliners' Mack.
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A 2020 MVP candidate, Mack needs to take another step for NY to compete.

Easily one of the top rookies in 2020, Mack jumped into New York’s starting lineup and almost immediately surged into the MVP conversation. The Subliners had a quality offseason after fizzling in the playoffs, but new issues mean Mack will have to go above and beyond to start 2021.

With rookie Paco ‘HyDra’ Rusiewiez dealing with visa issues and Tommy ‘ZooMaa’ Paparatto retiring due to injury, Mack is moving to SMG for an unfinished roster. He’s back in his preferred role, but the season depends on his ability to reach 2020’s near-MVP form.

Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell (OpTic Chicago)

Heeding Chicago’s Bat-Signal

Dashy on stage
Activision
Back with his guys, Chicago’s hopes depend on Dashy’s return to form.

Like Atlanta, Chicago shuffled pieces after falling just short of the championship in 2020. With Arcitys eager to rejoin former teammates on FaZe, H3CZ celebrated the return of OpTic with the return of one of the brand’s former players.

But 2020 was an ugly year for Dashy and, aside from some big moments as a suddenly summoned bench player in CDL Champs, questions surround the formerly elite AR. Expectations are high for the biggest brand in CoD, but will rise and fall depending on Dashy’s play.

Peirce ‘Gunless’ Hillman (Seattle Surge)

Started from the bottom, now we Peirce

Chicago Huntsmen's Gunless.
MLG
In just a few years, Gunless has gone from star to substitute to starter with a chip on his shoulder.

Like Dashy, no one questions the raw mechanical talent that Gunless holds. Unfortunately, also like Dashy, the gifted player spent most of a porous 2020 on the bench with rumored character concerns. 

Now, he joins two others as reinforcements for Sam ‘Octane’ Larew on 2020’s worst team: Seattle. If the Surge are going to improve upon a 5-18 record that ended dead last at CDL Champs, Gunless will need a return to form beginning on Day 1 against the Los Angeles Guerrillas.

While the Call of Duty League is chock-full of players with high expectations, low expectations and everything in between, these seven stand out as those with the most notable stocks in the preseason. A variety of other rookies and transferred players can make statements during the Kickoff Classic, but power rankings and fan expectations should hinge entirely on our listed x-factors.