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Call of Duty: Clever fan concept would see natural disasters hit the Blackout map

Published: 7/Dec/2018 16:41 Updated: 7/Dec/2018 17:43

by Matt Porter


A Call of Duty fan has come up with a way to make the series’ first Battle Royale mode even more exciting, by introducing disasters to spice up the game.

Blackout was included as part of the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and is the game’s first foray into the popular world of battle royale, which has taken over the market during the last couple of years.

100 players jump out of helicopters and land on the Blackout map, made up of classic Call of Duty maps like Nuketown, Array and Firing Range. The last person or squad standing is declared the winner, having outlasted all opponents to secure the victory.

While Blackout games are already stressful affairs, Reddit user s3ca_au has come up with an idea that could change the landscape of Blackout forever – figuratively and literally!

S3ca_au suggests the introduction of disasters, that would add another element of difficulty to the game. One example of this would be the dam located at Hydro Dam bursting, causing the map to flood, forcing players to fight against opponents, the storm and the rising water level.

Comments also suggested things like earthquakes which would cause the ground to shake, or even thunderstorms, as thunder can already be heard on the map while playing.

This fan concept would see the Hydro Dam burst and flood the map.

Adding these elements would add even more chaos to the battle royale game mode, which has become an extremely popular addition to the Call of Duty franchise.

Unfortunately for fans of this idea, neither Treyarch not Activision have announced any official plans to add these disasters to the game.

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Warzone team banned from $250k Twitch Rivals event after cheating scandal

Published: 22/Jan/2021 10:34 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 10:42

by Brad Norton


The $250K Twitch Rivals Doritos Bowl Warzone event hit a major snag in the road on January 21, as alleged cheaters were disqualified from the competition ahead of the closing round.

One of the biggest Warzone events to date set the scene for one of the biggest cheating scandals to date. Amidst the five-rounds of private lobby action, a number of Warzone’s veteran competitors began to accuse players of cheating in the tournament.

The Trio of METZY_B, kyrptic_j0ker, & Unifyz were disqualified from the competition in light of these allegations. This ban came through before players dropped into the fifth and final match of the day.

“Based on the evidence submitted from various sources in and out of the tournament, [Twitch has] determined that [their] gameplay was unnatural beyond a reasonable doubt,” event host Caleb ‘WavePunk’ Simmons explained.

As a result of their disqualification, Twitch opted to move forward with the event. Rather than restarting or replaying on a different date, the fifth map continued with one less team.

Accusations made against Metzy_B

Accusations started piling up after the fourth round of action. Players noticed some extremely sharp aim coming from METZY_B in particular. 

Resident Warzone investigator Tommey was soon on the case, as he began to dissect the footage. It was peculiar auto-aim that caught his eye, as the suspected cheater immediately “locked on” to an opposing player in the clip.

Given the $250K up for grabs, there was plenty at stake. $45,000 was on the line for the winning team, while even a last place finish would have awarded the alleged cheaters $1,200. However, METZY_B and his team were “ineligible for prizing,” Twitch soon confirmed. 

Naturally, it didn’t take long for the controversy to spill across social media, with many of Warzone’s biggest names repeating their gripes with the lack of an effective anti-cheat system.

“Unfortunately without anti-cheat, authentic Warzone tournaments just aren’t possible anymore,” NICKMERCS said. “There’s too much cheese & way too many rats.”

Despite this, it later became clear that, perhaps, the players in the tournament had jumped the gun early with their accusations…

METZY_B clears his name

After being kicked from the tournament, METZY_B joined Tommey’s Discord call in an attempt to clear his name, showing his PC, the programs he’s been using and more.

While METZY wasn’t reinstated to the tournament, some critics have deleted their tweets and Tommey, after investigating the situation, conceded that he got it wrong this time and there “wasn’t enough to go as far as it did.”

He later clarified that he played no part in reporting METZY to the admins of the tournament or forcing his removal, but the player is “more than welcome to take his earnings” from the event.

Game five continued with one less team in the lobby. Champions were crowned and the $250K prize pool was split accordingly. Be sure to check out our event hub for a full recap of the troubled Twitch Rivals Warzone tournament.