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CDL Launch Weekend stats: Surprise player tops Simp and FormaL

Published: 29/Jan/2020 16:15

by Andy Williams


Following Activision’s Call of Duty League Launch Weekend, fans now have an idea of how the Modern Warfare season will shape up — but one surprise player stole the show from some familiar names.

Activision’s Call of Duty League Launch Weekend was an all-round success, as strong viewership numbers for the livestream, but particularly the match VODs on their dedicated YouTube channel.

With all eyes fixed on how the pros would show as they represented their cities for the first time, each player was looking to put their stamp on the league, But one player, in particular, left his mark on the competition. 

Wuskin playing Call of Duty.
London Royal Ravens’ wuskin was the star player of CDL Launch Weekend.

Plenty of stories emerged from the weekend’s action, from the Huntsmen versus Empire rivalry kicking off to Guerrillas having to forfeit a series-turning map. Yet wuskin’s standout performance seems to have flown completely under the radar. 

Thanks to Atlanta FaZe’s analyst, ‘Easy Mac,’ CDL fans have been treated to some in-depth statistics on player performance from the opening weekend, which are all tied up in a neat spreadsheet.

While the usual suspects appear on the list, such as FaZe’s Chris ‘Simp’ Lehr and Huntsmen’s Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper, wuskin managed to shine bright at the top of the overall kill-to-death ratio leaderboard for the weekend. 

Overall K/D for CDL Launch Weekend.
Easy Mac
Wuskin posted a mammoth 1.60 K/D ratio across all game modes for London Royal Ravens.

Marshall proved his worth the most in Domination, after posting a 1.88 K/D for the entire weekend — blowing FormaL’s 1.62 K/D out of the water. 

While his Hardpoint K/D only just creeped into the top five (at a still outstanding 1.34), the 22-year-old also clocked in an average hill time of 68.5 seconds… Proving that he can play the objective while holding his own in important enemy engagements. 

Wuskin was pushed down to sixth on the S&D K/D leaderboard by four members of FaZe, who proved dominant in the game type all weekend. After all, Atlanta’s star-studded squad couldn’t have Marshall taking all of the limelight. 

Stats for all game modes from CDL Launch Weekend
Easy Mac
Respawn game modes seemed to favor Royal Ravens’ AR support.

Of course, stats don’t paint the entire picture, as S&D can come down to pivotal moments. And wuskin ticked that box too, as he managed to pull off a seemingly impossible one-versus-three clutch versus New York Subliners (which also featured in the top five plays of CDL’s Launch weekend).

Minnesota crowd during New York Subliners versus London Royal Ravens.
Wuskin led Royal Ravens to a 3-0 sweep of the Subliners.

There is no doubt that wuskin showed up on the big stage when it mattered the most. Despite the Brit’s best efforts, Royal Ravens went 3-3 on map count for the weekend. 

Nonetheless, wuskin and co. will host the next CDL event in London at the Copper Box Arena, in what is set to be a lively trip across the pond for several teams.

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Black Ops Cold War Zombies leak reveals new Pack-A-Punch, armor, more

Published: 29/Oct/2020 2:20 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 2:23

by Brad Norton


A huge collection of Black Ops Cold War Zombies leaks has seemingly revealed a ton of key details for the upcoming mode, including new weapons, Perks, armor, and plenty of additional features. 

Zombies in Call of Duty has been around since World at War released in 2008. The round-based mode has been a staple in Treyarch games ever since and the upcoming Black Ops Cold War is no different.

The iconic mode is returning in a big way. Not only will new features be on display on a new map, but players will be able to join up with friends across all platforms for the first time ever. There’s a ton to look forward to, but before the November 13 launch, a wide array of details have already leaked out online.

From brand-new features in the latest iteration, to the surprise inclusion of armor, and even a new spin on Pack-A-Punch, there’s plenty to digest. Here’s an overview of all the key information from the new leaks.

Armor coming to Zombies in Black Ops Cold War

Warzone armor
Warzone’s armor system appears to be making its way to Zombies in Black Ops Cold War

In a first for the series, armor is reportedly making its way to the Zombies experience. Similar to how it functions in Warzone, players will be able to equip three armor plates at once. Additionally, this armor can then be upgraded at brand new ‘armor stations’ around the map. 

This means that teams will be able to boost their health greater than ever before.

In previous iterations, Juggernog was the main source of health buffs. However, with full armor and Juggernog in Black Ops Cold War, players can allegedly survive “10 hits from a Zombie.”

Perks in Black Ops Cold War Zombies

Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
Many of the fan-favorites are back, but a new Perk is also on the way in Black Ops Cold War.

While previous leaks outlined which perks to expect in the newly revamped Zombies mode, a few new details have slipped through the cracks. There is one new Perk-a-cola in the game and it’s referred to as ‘Elemental Pop.’

This unique perk will activate an Ammo Mod at random. You may be wondering what an Ammo Mod even is, that’s because these are entirely new with Black Ops Cold War as well. There are four Ammo Mods in total and chugging this new perk will randomly give out one at a time.

Below is a list of all four and how they function:

  • Cyrofreeze – Frost damage and slows enemies.
  • Dead Wire – Electric damage and stuns enemies.
  • Napalm Blast – Fire damage and burns Zombies.
  • Brain Rot – Turns a Zombie to an ally.
Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
Elemental Pop is set to change your weapons in exciting new ways.

One of these effects will be applied to your equipped weapon, changing how the map will play out moving forward. Also of note, Pack-A-Punch has been changed to fit these new Ammo Mods as well.

Whenever you’re Pack-A-Punching a gun in Black Ops Cold War, you’ll reportedly be able to choose from this list. No longer will the upgrade be down to luck; players will have input in the effects their weapons will come with.

Field Upgrades in Black Ops Cold War Zombies

Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
Eight powerful Field Upgrades are supposedly in the works for Black Ops Cold War.

Rather than working with Specialists in the upcoming Zombies mode, Field Upgrades are in focus. There are seemingly eight in total, though only five may be included at launch, according to the leaker.

Some of these help wipe out waves of enemies while others will set your team up to defend a location. They all have unique functions so you’ll have to pick wisely and spread them out among your team. Below is a list of each Field Upgrade seemingly confirmed for launch.

  • Aether Shroud – Masks your presence, making you near-invisible to Zombies. Lasts 5 seconds.
  • Ring of Fire – “Ring shows up that boosts damage inside for everyone.” Also burns enemies that step inside.
  • Healing Aura – Heal yourself and teammates to full health within a small radius.
  • Frost Blast – Wind blast of frost damage. Also slows Zombies.
  • Energy Mine – Proximity mine.

Additionally, three more Field Upgrades appear to be joining the list in future seasons. Lightning Links, Toxic Growth, and Frenzy Guard could all change your strategies as Black Ops Cold War evolves.

New Rune upgrade system in Black Ops Cold War Zombies

Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
It looks like there will be more to grind for than any previous Zombies experience.

While plenty of other details may seem like obvious iterations, Runes are supposedly the “biggest innovation” in Black Ops Cold War. These serve the role of a fully-fledged upgrade system. Everything from Perks to weapons can all be upgraded through the use of Runes.

With every aspect of the game having three distinct tiers, that leads to a total of 72 permanent upgrades to unlock. These are all purchasable with a new in-game currency known as ‘Aetherium,’ according to the leaks.

Aetherium comes in both Raw and Flawless variants. There’s no telling just how long the grind will be to tally up your Aetherium, though playing the game is seemingly the only way to earn this new currency. 

One example of the Rune system at work focused on the Stamin-Up perk. With the level one upgrade, movement impairing effects from stuns and Zombie strikes are reduced by 50%. At the next tier, all fall damage is removed. Finally, at level three, players are able to sprint while aiming.

Other new details for Zombies in Black Ops Cold War

Black Ops Cold War zombie gameplay
You can spot a blueish grenade dropping off of this Zombie in the official trailer. This could be part of the new loot system.

Right off the bat, you’ll notice that Zombies have health bars and display damage numbers when being hit. Additionally, there will be a compass and minimap no different from Warzone. 

Zombies will supposedly also have a chance to drop random loot at any time. Similar to power-up drops in the classic Zombies experience, foes can drop armor, grenades, and even killstreaks, according to the leaker.

Last but not least, there is a new Salvage system in the game.

As you progress through the rounds and fend off waves, you’ll collect Salvage which can then be used to build various tools. From explosives to support equipment and even Monkey Bombs, crafting will be a key feature in Zombies.

Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
This is a look at Salvage in the Zombies trailer, according to the leaker.

As always with early leaks, do take this information with a grain of salt until Black Ops Cold War is released. Some of these details could come from an early build that has since been changed or outright scrapped.

Only time will tell how much of this holds true. If even half of this info is accurate, however, Zombies fans could be in for the most elaborate year thus far.