Black Ops 4: Release date and time announced for 'Operation Absolute Zero' - new Specialist, Blackout map update, and more - Dexerto
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Black Ops 4: Release date and time announced for ‘Operation Absolute Zero’ – new Specialist, Blackout map update, and more

Published: 8/Dec/2018 0:12 Updated: 8/Dec/2018 1:56

by Albert Petrosyan


The release date and time has been announced for ‘Operation Absolute Zero,’ the next major content drop in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

According to an in-game announcement screen, Operation Absolute Zero will launch on Tuesday, December 11 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM PT on PlayStation 4.

As usual, PS4 will be getting this content drop a week earlier than the Xbox One and PC platforms, as per the exclusivity agreement that Sony has with Activision.

According to the message included with the announcement, Operation Absolute Zero will bring a new Specialist, an update to the Blackout map, and new weapons to Black Ops 4.

This will be the first time that new weapons will be introduced into the game since its launch on October 12, as the Daemon 3XB SMG, SWAT RFT Assault Rifle, and Secret Santa melee weapon will all be available via Contraband tiers in the Multiplayer Black Market. 

These weapons will come in addition to new weapon camos, reactive camos, reticles, and other holiday themed seasonal items that will be added in the coming days.

The brand new Specalist that will be added is called Zero, who is a “versatile and deadly hacker available in both Multiplayer and Blackout.” In Multiplayer, Zero will be able to disrupt and distract enemies by using “powerful hacking tools,” which could include an EMP.

Players will be able to unlock this new Specialist by completing Tier 1 in the Black Market, which will be revamped with the launch of Absolute Zero. 

As for Blackout, a whole slew of new content will be added to the popular battle royale mode, including the iconic Hijacked map from Black Ops 2, the new ARAV armored vehicle, the Zero Specialist, and a brand new set of Blackout Zombies Character Missions. 

The launch of Operation Absolute Zero also means that the end of Operation First Strike is near, and Treyarch have confirmed that it will end on December 11.

This gives players a maximum of four days left to try and level up their content stream as much as possible, and with First Strike having 200 total tiers, it’s likely that many will miss out on the top rank.

Source – Treyarch

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Sources: 100 Thieves acquire OpTic’s CDL spot represented as LA Thieves

Published: 26/Oct/2020 17:23 Updated: 26/Oct/2020 18:40

by Albert Petrosyan


Sources have told Dexerto that 100 Thieves are entering the Call of Duty League by purchasing the spot previously held by OpTic Gaming Los Angeles.

After initially declining to invest in a slot for the Call of Duty League’s inaugural 2020 season, 100 Thieves are re-entering CoD esports after all for the 2021 campaign and beyond.

The spot that had been OpTic Gaming Los Angeles’ has now transferred ownership to the prominent esports organization, and sources have reported that 100T will rebrand the team to LA Thieves.

Immortals Gaming Club, which had purchased OpTic Gaming and one of two Los Angeles CDL franchise spots, recently sold the Green Wall back to Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez, who will remain in control of the brand.

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The OpTic Gaming Los Angeles franchise will end after just one season of competing in the CDL.

At this time, it’s not yet clear whether the league will allow H3CZ to rebrand his Chicago Huntsmen franchise to OpTic. Since he’s already the CEO of Huntsmen, his reacquisition of the OpTic brand meant that control of one of the two teams would eventually have to change hands once again.

According to recent reports from Esports Talk, the CDL was taking the stance that franchises should remain tied to the cities they were initially founded in. Thus, if H3CZ and NRG wanted their team to take on the OpTic Gaming insignia, they would have to sell the Huntsmen spot and move their Call of Duty operations to Los Angeles.

However, in those same reports, it was indicated that despite their initial unwillingness to enter the CDL, 100 Thieves and CEO Matt ‘Nadeshot’ Haag acquiring a spot was not totally out of the question, and now it’s come to fruition.

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While brief, 100 Thieves’ first stint in competitive Call of Duty was a highly successful one.

While brief, 100 Thieves’ first stint in Call of Duty esports was a very successful one; the team captured two major trophies in the then-called CoD World League and finished second in the CWL World Championship.

100T’s team became a fan-favorite, and when Nadeshot announced that they’d be leaving the esport due to the transition to franchising, many were left disappointed, especially considering Haag’s extensive CoD background.

The only question that remains now is concerning their roster – whether or not Nadeshot or his org will want to make any personnel changes remains to be seen, but if not, many will still expect the team to be a contender, considering that three of the four players are top-tier with championship experience.


  • Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat
  • Kenny ‘Kuavo’ Williams
  • Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly
  • Zack ‘Drazah’ Jordan
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CoD stars SlasheR and Kenny are returning to 100 Thieves as members of LA Thieves.

For SlasheR and Kenny, this will be their second stint with 100T after previously featuring for the org in its lone season of competition. Similarly, General Manager Eric ‘Muddawg’ Sanders is also returning to the red and black after leaving them for OpTic when the org parted ways from CoD esports.

As always, we will continue to update this story and bring you the latest as more information becomes available.