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Call of Duty community enraged over “insane” ticket prices for CDL events

Published: 18/Nov/2019 0:42 Updated: 19/Jan/2020 13:18

by Brad Norton

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The first year of a brand new franchise-based league kicks off in 2020 and Call of Duty fans could not be more upset over the current ticket prices for the first batch of major events.

With the schedule for the first split of the regular-season having just been unveiled on November 16, the Call of Duty community now knows where the first 62 matches will be taking place. 

From Paris to Seattle, tickets have already been released for a few homestand events and the initial price points have been turning fans away in droves. 

Twitter: CODLeagueThe full 2020 regular season runs from January through to July.

Starting with the launch event in Minnesota on January 24-26, general admission tickets cost $75 for a reserved seat on a single day. Special VIP passes cap out at $550 but includes tickets to each day of competition throughout the year, as well as access to a wide array of exclusive add-on perks, such as team merchandise and venue tours. Additionally, standing passes can come in as cheap $25 but won’t secure you a specific seat.

Meanwhile, on the cheaper side of things, a two-day pass for the Atlanta homestead can come in as low as $50 in total. Comparatively, a weekend at the Seattle event will cost $80 while a VIP weekend-pass will run you $200.

Marking the first iteration of the home and away style structure for Call of Duty events, it appears this transition has frustrated a number of fans, who preferred the previous structure of showcasing a host of teams in one location.

New AtlasParis Legion homestand events will be hosted at La Seine Musicale and cost roughly $95 USD for a day pass.

To the displeasure of the community, the steep prices have sparked debates online with certain fans claiming that if the prices don’t drop the initial events will see poor turnouts.

“All this to watch five league matches and an [amateur] tournament,” Reddit user ‘Dizzycod9’ said in response to Seattle’s price announcement. “The $200 tickets include meet and greets that used to be free and also early door access to the area and access to new merch. It’s gonna be dead inside the building.”

Reddit user ‘the_Midg’ added their own thoughts, dubbing the pricing “actually insane.”

“Once you add in accommodation and sh*t it’s not worth it. I’ll just watch on stream,” they said.

Reddit: the_MidgOne of many frustrated replies from avid Call of Duty fans.

Also entering the first year of a home and away game structure, ticket prices for 2020 Overwatch League events were similarly unveiled in August.

On the cheaper side, the Los Angeles Gladiators, Florida Mayhem, Dallas Fuel, and Atlanta Reign are all charging under $70 for general admission tickets. Additionally, VIP passes range from $240 to $354 for an entire weekend of festivities. 

These prices fall in line with initial Call of Duty event costs, even exceeding in terms of VIP access. Local fans aren’t happy, however, especially considering the prices cover just two best of five matches during a single day.

Dallas ObserverThe Team Envy-owned Dallas Fuel sold out 4,500 tickets for each day of its first homestand event.

Numerous professional players have already voiced their displeasure with the initial schedule, complaining about the excessive travel for an extremely brief period of competition.

OpTic Gaming’s GM Eric ‘Muddawg’ Sanders expressed, the LA-based squad will “have to fly to Paris to play a singular regular season match vs Atlanta.”

With certain series potentially ending in swift 3-0’s, elite talent may barely even be on stage for an hour at these large-scale events. 

There’s no telling whether ticket prices will drop as each major event draws near.

However, with both fans and pro players complaining early on, it’s safe to say that the initial structure has left a bad taste.

You can view the full rundown on 2020 matchups with our guide to the first Call of Duty League split

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Iconic Call of Duty Raid map spotted in Black Ops Cold War files

Published: 2/Dec/2020 2:24

by Brad Norton

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Eight years after its introduction in the Call of Duty franchise, Black Ops 2’s Raid could finally be returning in a mainline entry as files for the iconic map have been uncovered in Black Ops Cold War.

Treyarch’s fan-favorite Black Ops 2 released in 2012. Since then, we’ve seen eight new titles come and go. In that gap, Raid has only made one other appearance in a global title, that title being Call of Duty Mobile.

While other maps have been rereleased countless times, including seven remakes of Nuketown alone, Raid has been left in the past. However, that’s about to change according to the latest leaks.

After an extended period in the shadows, Raid could finally be thrown back into the spotlight soon. Dataminers have uncovered a line of code relating to the map in Black Ops Cold War, suggesting that we’ll see it return in Season 1.

As a huge influx of Season 1 content slipped through the cracks on December 1, one key line stood out from the pack. ‘S1_map_raid_tu_cairo’ was plucked directly from the latest version of Black Ops Cold War.

Obviously, this doesn’t outright confirm Raid is a guarantee for the next Season. This is the first official reference to the map in quite some time, though, so it’s safe to assume Treyarch has been working to bring it back to life.

Black Ops 2 Raid gameplay
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Raid might finally be back in a mainline CoD title for the first time since 2012.

The original map quickly became a favorite for its unique design. There were distinct sections that paved the way for vast combat opportunities. Both close-range and long-range loadouts could feel right at home on Raid. On one side you had a wide-open area with a high ground advantage for one team next to a  

On the other, you had a circular area perfect for flanking opportunities. Meanwhile, in the middle lane, you’d often catch snipers peeking across from either side in a near-symmetrical layout.

One of the more interesting tidbits from this datamine is the final word. Cairo is the capital of Egypt. The original version of Raid was set in Los Angeles. So when we see this new version, it could have a fresh coat of paint to fit the locale. 

Black Ops 2 Raid gameplay
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Expect to see snipers hanging out across the basketball courts if Raid drops with Season One in Cold War.

It was an extremely popular competitive map throughout the year of its initial release. Given it worked quite well with essentially all objective-based game modes. From Hardpoint to Search and Destroy, Raid was often a favored pick.

Season One of Black Ops Cold War kicks off on December 10. There’s no confirmation we’ll see Raid in-game from this point on, so do take this leak with a grain of salt until then.