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Call of Duty League start date and venue announced for opening weekend

Published: 29/Oct/2019 16:21 Updated: 29/Oct/2019 17:34

by Andy Williams


The first franchised season for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is set to officially launch on January 24-26, in the Minneapolis Armory, Minnesota. 

The latest iteration of the Call of Duty series has brought a plethora of updates, none more so than the changes coming to their esports division. 

Activision Blizzard’s new city-based league (formally known as the Call of Duty League) will see 12 teams from across the world battle it out for top honours — for the first time in the first-person shooter’s history.

Photographer: Tyler Allix/The Armory (Facebook)The first event of the inaugural CDL season will take place in the iconic Minneapolis Armory.

To kick-off the flagship season, Activision have announced that the season opener will take place in the iconic Minneapolis Armory (former home of the Minneapolis Lakers) and will be hosted by the Minnesota Røkkr. 

During the launch weekend, the Call of Duty Challengers Open will also begin, which will see amateur players from around the world compete in an open bracket tournament to showcase their talent with the intention of propelling themselves into the professional league. 

Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, announced their excitement heading into the forthcoming CDL season: “We are thrilled with the continued growth of the Call of Duty esports footprint as an international, city-based league with 12 teams in 4 countries, all of which deliver epically entertaining competition to millions of fans around the world.”

Kotick continued to shed light on the vision behind the new league: “Building on our city-based model’s success in esports first established by the Overwatch League, we are excited to unite the historic passion for the Call of Duty franchise with city-based fandom, to create a league to rival the very best leagues in traditional sports in recognizing, celebrating and rewarding our players.”

Although full details of the league’s structure are yet to be released, fans can now look forward to seeing the action get underway in Minnesota on January 24.

Given that the season opener will get under way in the new year, teams will begin to announce their finalized rosters and team branding as we draw closer to January 24. Keep up-to-date with all the roster moves ahead of the CDL season with our dedicated roster hub.

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“Broken” reticles you should avoid using in Black Ops Cold War

Published: 5/Dec/2020 17:50

by Julian Young


Since the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, players have been grinding to unlock their favorite weapons, skins, and customization options. Unlocking the best reticles for each gun is important, and a video by YouTuber ‘JGOD’ has exposed some huge issues with the game’s current reticle choices.

Since the game’s release on November 13, Black Ops Cold War players have been furiously grinding to unlock additional weapons and customization options in both Multiplayer and Zombies.

Some of the most important items for players to unlock are the various gun reticles across the two main game modes. Players want to make sure they are using the best reticle to help them stay on-target during the action.

In a video posted to his YouTube channel, content creator ‘JGOD’ has criticized the current offering of reticles in Cold War, along with confirming which are the best options with what’s available.

Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Loadout Screen
Activision / Treyarch
Reticles are just one of the many customization options available to players in Cold War.

Broken reticles in Cold War

In the video, JGOD takes a deep dive into the issues with the reticles available in Multiplayer and Zombies. He breaks down exactly what is wrong with each of the reticles for the 1.25x and 1.37x scopes, which are some of the most popular options in Cold War.

JGOD starts off on Cartel with some basic red dot/triangle options for each scope, showing how they can be seen easily when looking at textures like walls. However, as soon as he moves his reticle up into the air, the red crosshairs completely disappear.

“Where did that red reticle go?” he asks while looking around. The YouTuber continues by showing how some reticles – even yellow and green options – are invisible when looking at other textures around the map. He seems shocked, saying: “I’ve never, ever, ever, ever had this issue in any other Call of Duty.”

The video continues with a breakdown of each reticle’s in-game appearance compared to their image in Cold War’s loadout menu. JGOD shows that almost every red, yellow, or green reticle is affected by different visual issues, and players should avoid those options until the problems are addressed.

Best reticle options for Black Ops Cold War

With all the issues JGOD pointed out in his video, players might be wondering what reticles are still worth using. Luckily, there are still a few good options available.

Similar to Modern Warfare, the blue reticle options appear to be the best choice for Cold War players at the moment. JGOD confirms that, saying: “When it comes to the reticles . . . you wanna pretty much go with the blue ones.” He winds down his video by saying he is “just bringing awareness to this type of issue, so that if the devs were unaware of how broken this is, they can get on it.”

While Treyarch has confirmed they are working on other reticles issues – like certain reticles appearing upside down – they have not addressed the concerns surrounding reticle visibility at the time of writing.