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Call of Duty League announce $500,000 Challengers postseason

Published: 28/Jun/2020 21:51 Updated: 28/Jun/2020 22:21

by Theo Salaun

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The CDL has delighted NA, EU, and APAC players by announcing a $500,000 Challengers open sign-up qualifiers and finals that will be held entirely online. 

Aspiring professional Call of Duty players who couldn’t crack a CDL roster have been able to participate in Challengers events all year, but now the league has announced a light, on top of a fat prize pool, at the end of the tunnel with the Last Chance Qualifiers and subsequent Finals.

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The CDL announced its Challengers postseason format on Twitter.

While some Challengers players, like the Florida Mutineers’ Maurice “Fero” Henriquez and Joseph “Owakening,” have already used performances to move up and snag league salaries—this postseason should provide others with a chance to bolster their reputation while potentially earning some ducats.

As the CDL announced officially on Twitter, the postseason will be played out online in three of the game’s most popular regions: North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. Although this leaves out a highly active South American region, it should, at the very least, bode well for amateur players who have hoped for better support in the scene’s lower tier.

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The CDL’s Last Chance Qualifiers explained with date, sign-up information, and Finals placements.

The Last Chance Qualifier is fittingly named and presents an opportunity for players who haven’t been on top of the standings all year to get into the finals. It will feature open sign-ups and be played out online on August 1 and 2. 

While three-quarters of the top teams, based on year long accrued Challengers Points, will be eligible for the Finals in each region—one quarter will qualify directly through the Last Chance Qualifiers. That means eight teams will make it in via these qualifiers in NA and EU, while four will in APAC.

And that’s where the money is. In the Finals, teams will compete in double-elimination brackets within each region for a cut of the prize pool. 

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The CDL’s Challengers Finals with prize-pool breakdown.

In North America, 32 teams will compete for $250,000. In Europe, 32 will compete for $200,000. And in Asia-Pacific, where the competition is restricted to just 16 teams, players will be competing for $50,000.

While it may be disappointing that active regions like South America will not be represented in these playoffs, this lends aforementioned credence to Activision’s support for their path-to-pro system. Teams like the Mutineers have already benefited from investing in Challengers talent, so a high-stakes opportunity like this should only continue bolstering Call of Duty’s amateur player pool.

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Black Ops Cold War is reportedly bricking PS5s

Published: 3/Dec/2020 17:40

by Michael Gwilliam

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Call of Duty players may want to avoid playing Black Ops Cold War on their next-gen PlayStation 5s as reports are surfacing that the game is bricking consoles.

While the latest entry in the long-running CoD series had been met with praise, there have been some notable issues with the game, especially when it pertains to new hardware.

Aside from the issues players may be having with maps such as Miami or camo challenges the community deems unfair, there is a major problem with the game breaking PS5s.

In a now-viral post on Reddit, one user described their experience with the FPS and how it damaged their system.

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You can’t play Nuketown if your console is bricked.

“Game has hard crashed the entire console, only game that had been crashing for me on the PS5,” WillHar270 wrote. “Now when I turn it on none of my games will load without crashing and when games do start to load up the screen fills up with flickering and glitching pixels before the console goes dead.”

“If Cold War is crashing your PS5, DO NOT PLAY IT, it will damage your system, in particular for me my GPU,” they further warned.

According to the gamer, after trying everything from a factory reset to even installing system software off a USB drive, nothing worked to fix the console.

Cold War has bricked my PS5 from blackopscoldwar

Luckily, after contacting Sony, the company reportedly explained that this issue has been happening for others, always with BOCW serving as the lone culprit. As such, the player was able to send their PS5 back and will receive a replacement in a fortnight.

It’s unclear what exactly is causing the issue or if Activision or Sony is to blame, but it should be noted that bricking isn’t limited to just PS5s.

As Dexerto previously reported, Cold War was also causing Xbox Series X bricking problems, which were addressed by the devs.

car on fire in BOCW
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Dreams of playing next-gen consoles are going up in flames.

“We’re investigating all crashes and across the game,” Treyarch community manager Josh ‘FoxhoundFPS’ Torres claimed. However, no further update was made.

Hopefully, a patch is released soon that can prevent these fatal crashes from occurring so players can enjoy the game without worrying about their console bricking.