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CWL Pro League announces step in the right direction for Call of Duty coaches

Published: 28/Jan/2019 16:38 Updated: 28/Jan/2019 17:09

by Ross Deason

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MLG’s Adam Apicella has announced a significant change to the setup for Call of Duty coaches at the CWL Pro League that should make it significantly easier for them to do their job.

Coaches will be able to get more involved in their team’s performance and pre-map prep talk than they have been for a number of years thanks to a dedicated sixth headset being made available for them when the Black Ops 4 Pro League gets underway on February 4.

According to Apicella, these headsets will allow the coaches to communicate with their teammates between maps only, so the players will not have a sixth man during the live action. This is a model that is used in a number of top CS:GO tournaments, including the Majors, where coaches can only communicate during freeze time.

Coaches like OpTic’s Tyler ‘TeePee’ Polchow will be able to communicate clearly between maps.

The decision is a big step forward for teams with coaches, as they have at times struggled to communicate with with their full roster until an entire series has been concluded.

“After assessing feedback we will be adding a 6th headset to the main stage for Pro League to allow for Coaches to more easily communicate with their team between MAPS,” Apicella announced on Twitter.

We reached out for clarification on whether this change will mean that the coaches are now allowed to stand behind their teams at all times but, for the time being at least, the rule remains the same and they will only be allowed on the stage between maps.

“Same rule as it is today,” Apicella confirmed to Dexerto. “Only on stage between maps but we will now have a dedicated headset for coaches to easily communicate with all 5 players.”

RINGSHOUSE / YouTubeSome Call of Duty fans thought that compLexity gained an unfair advantage when Mr X could make calls in-game.

Coaching in professional Call of Duty has been a point of contention for a number of years. During the days of compLexity’s domination in Black Ops 2, some teams and players felt that they had an unfair advantage with Matthew ‘Mr X’ Morello on stage helping with calls mid-game.

Unfortunately for some teams and coaches, the rules soon flipped entirely and coaches were restricted to the point that many teams stopped using them. With the CWL’s constant growth, and seeing the importance of coaches in other esports, it’s encouraging to see that MLG and the CWL are making the life of a CoD coach slightly easier moving forward.

The CWL Pro League will begin on February 4 and run through to July 5. Teams have a short window to choose a sixth player as a substitute and, due to some top organizations not making the league, there are some big name players up for grabs. You can keep up to date with all the latest Call of Duty esports news and rumors by following @DexertoINTEL on Twitter.

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Black Ops Cold War weapons & perks changes revealed for Zombies

Published: 31/Oct/2020 0:23

by Tanner Pierce

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After revealing Black Ops Cold War’s Zombies mode back in September, Treyarch has now done a deep dive into all the changes coming to the mode. It seems like, in some regards, it’s going to be a completely different experience this time around.

If you’re excited about Black Ops Cold War’s iteration of Zombies but are hungry for more details, then you’ll be happy to know that Treyarch just delivered.

Thanks to a new blog post, the developer has given fans a deep dive into all the new changes coming to the game. While the developer ended up confirming a number of different features that previously leaked a few days back, they also revealed some wholly new information.

New perks for Zombies

While the developer officially confirmed the six perks that will be available at launch, including the exact statistics they will change, more will be announced when new maps get added to the game, in true Treyarch fashion.

The ones currently implemented, however, are sure to please longtime fans.

  • Jugger-Nog: 50% increase in health
  • Quick Revive: 50% increase in health regen speed
  • Speed Cola: 15% increase in reload speed
  • Stamin-Up: Increase in sprinting speed (percentage unclear)
  • Deadshot Daquri: ADS automatically moves sights to enemy weak spot (aim-assist)
  • Elemental Pop: Every bullet has a chance to apply random Ammo Mod effect

Black Ops Cold War Zombies weapons and scorestreaks

While weapon rarities isn’t new information for Black Ops Cold War Zombies, as it was previously announced by Treyarch during the initial reveal, the developer has finally gone into more detail about what it all means.

Like Warzone, each weapon that you pull from the wall or Mystery Box will be a certain weapon: Common, Uncommon, Rare, Epic, and Legendary. As expected, the higher the weapon rarity, the higher damage it deals and the more attachments it’ll have.

In addition, the mystery box will now contain scorestreaks on top of that, which was easily one of the coolest part of the original reveal trailer.

  • Combat Bow
  • Sentry Turret
  • War Machine
  • Chopper Gunner
  • Self-Revive

Right now, it’s unclear if the only way that players will be able to get their hands on these valuable items will be through the Mystery Box, although previous leaks have indicated that Zombies will also be able to drop them.

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All weapons in Black Ops Cold War, including the ones pulled from Mystery Boxes, have rarities.

New Exfil feature

The final feature that Treyarch revealed new details about was the new Exfil feature, which allows players to end their match before they die. According to the devs, you’ll only be able to do this from Round 10 onwards.

That being said, if you’re able to reach the extraction point within the time allotted, you’ll receive extra XP, as well as some Raw Aetherium Crystals, which can be used to upgrade your weapons.

All of this, combined with all the leaks we know including the armor changes, the upgrade system, and the salvage system, which have now all been confirmed by Treyarch, makes it seem like this year’s iteration is going to be wild.