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CDL London Day 1 recap: OpTic debuts new lineup, Dallas & NY dominate

Published: 18/Jul/2020 0:22 Updated: 18/Jul/2020 0:41

by Albert Petrosyan

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Day 1 of the Call of Duty League’s London Home Series is now in the books, and things are getting more and more intense heading into the weekend portion of the tournament.

While elimination is never a threat on the first day of a Call of Duty League Home Series, how each team performs determines what situation they’ll be in once the next set of matches rolls around.

Following the four day one matches of CDL London, the Royal Ravens, Dallas Empire, New York Subliners, and Florida Mutineers will be playing for a semifinal spot on Saturday, while the Seattle Surge, Paris Legion, Los Angeles Guerrillas, and OpTic Gaming LA have to face the danger of getting knocked out in the first round.

Group A

London Royal Ravens 3-1 Seattle Surge

Controversy struck early at CDL London, once again involving the Seattle Surge, who had to play the game four Hardpoint on St. Petrograd a man down after Slacked was having some internet issues.

According to Slacked, the league did not allow the map to be replayed because internet disconnections are deemed to be the player’s fault, so the result stood, stopping any hopes of a reverse sweep and giving the hosts a 3-1 win.

Following the match, Octane, who has been quite outspoken in his criticisms of the CDL before, went on an enraged, profanity-laced rant against the league, as his team has now lost six out of their last seven.

Florida Mutineers 3-2 OpTic Gaming LA

This was, by far, the series that most fans were looking forward on Friday, as not only were the three-time champions Mutineers back in action, but, perhaps more importantly, it was also the debut of OpTic Gaming’s new-look roster, featuring rookies Drazah and Hollow.

The match was an instant classic, going all the way to a game five, round 11, but it was Florida’s championship experience that ultimately gave them the edge at the very end, extending their winning streak to a CDL-high nine matches.

Despite the loss, which was OpTic’s fourth in a row, the Green Wall will at least find the silver lining in how well their new signings played against such tough opposition, especially while facing the pressure of replacing a superstar like Dashy and a veteran like Chino.

Drazah went a combined 81-78 in both the Hardpoints, including a 30-kill performance in game four, and both he and Hollow yielded a positive K/D in the two Search and Destroy maps – 18-17 and 18-15, respectively.

Dallas Empire 3-1 Paris Legion

The series spelled doom for the Legion from the very beginning, as Empire took an unbelievable 116-0 lead on their way to handing Paris perhaps the most one-sided Hardpoint loss of the season.

The Europeans did tie things up with a win on Gun Runner S&D, which continues to be their one bread-and-butter mode, but Dallas were simply too strong in the respawn maps and took care of business with a 3-1 victory.

The loss is Paris’ 11th out of their last 12, a massive slide over the past three months that has seen the team drop all the way down to ninth in the standings, and possibly even lower after this weekend.

New York Subliners 3-0 Los Angeles Guerrillas

Fresh off their first-ever CDL tournament victory at their own Home Series, the Subliners demolished Guerrillas and fired a warning shot to the rest of the league that they’re still in championship form.

The match was pretty much over as soon as it began, New York started off hot on all three maps and never gave Los Angeles the chance to gain a foothold in the series. NYSL have won their fourth-straight opening match in a row, as they’re now one more victory away from their fifth consecutive semifinals appearance.

As for Guerrillas, the loss was their fourth in a row, as they’ve now dropped eight consecutive maps and are in danger of sealing their fate as the league’s lowest-seeded team heading into the Playoffs.

Looking ahead to Day 2 of CDL London

With Day 1 now wrapped up, the stage is set for what should be an exciting and intense set of matches on Saturday. In Group A, the hosts, Royal Ravens, will face the three-time champion Mutineers for a spot in the semifinals, while Surge and OpTic Gaming will make up the first elimination clash.

As for Group B, Empire and Subliners both look to stamp their ticket to the next round as the two powerhouse sides will do battle for the first time since Dallas won way back in early March, at the Los Angeles Home Series.

For the second-straight event, Legion and Guerrillas will meet in the first round of the lower bracket. At CDL New York, Paris swept LA to survive, but the series was a lot closer than the final 3-0 scoreline would indicate.

Day 2 Schedule – July 18

Group A Bracket

Group B Bracket

Remember, you can watch these matches live and keep up with all of the Call of Duty League action via our CDL London Home Series hub, which includes streams, updated scores, brackets, and more.

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4 features Warzone desperately needs in Black Ops Cold War

Published: 28/Oct/2020 13:00 Updated: 28/Oct/2020 13:31

by James Busby

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With season 6 of Warzone out for fans to enjoy and Black Ops Cold War on the way, we’re still excited to see what content updates will drop in the future. Here are four things we want to see added to Call of Duty’s battle royale title.

Warzone’s blisteringly fast kill times, highly customizable loadout drops, satisfying killstreaks, and addictive gunplay makes it one of the most unique entries in the BR genre. Of course, like all good battle royale games, Warzone needs a constant stream of fresh content updates and unique modes to keep players invested. 

Fans are now looking forward to Warzone in the upcoming Black Ops Cold War, releasing on November 13, 2020. We’ve seen some fantastic additions to Warzone already in Modern Warfare, but there are still some things that would be perfect to heighten the experience for players.

1. Return of classic guns

Black Ops Cold War Beta
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Black Ops Cold War will also carry on the Warzone mode.

The Call of Duty franchise first graced our screens back in 2003 and since then, players have fought their way through the gritty battlefields of WWII, stopped a nuclear cold war, taken down terrorist regimes, and even ventured into the very depths of space.

Each Call of Duty game has introduced a wave of new weapons, attachments, cosmetics, and killstreaks that fans can equip themselves with when venturing into the highly competitive multiplayer arenas. 

As a result, there have been a vast number of historical, modern-day, and futuristic guns added to the franchise over the years. While Warzone’s current arsenal of deadly weaponry is nothing to frown at, we’d love to see some iconic Call of Duty guns return to the scene. 

Fortunately, our prayers have been answered with the release of the CR-56 AMAX (Galil), so there could be a very good chance that we see other fan favourites make their way over to Warzone. After all, we’d love to run around Verdansk with our trusty Thompson SMG at our side. 

2. Dynamic weather conditions

Summit from Call of Duty Black Ops 1.
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New weather effects could further enhance the game’s action for players to enjoy.

Battle royale fans have wanted dynamic weather conditions for ages and while PUBG has toyed around with various climate conditions, we’ve yet to see other battle royale games take the same leap – after all, Modern Warfare’s multiplayer already has night variants of maps like Azhir Cave, Hackney Yard, Gun Runner, and Rammaza, and Verdansk with The Haunting of Verdansk Halloween event.

While these maps may not feature any new content, the added veil of darkness really helps bring a new dynamic to the overall gameplay. Having a nighttime mode for allows for some brilliantly chaotic moments, particularly when you never know who is lurking in the shadows.

Watching enemy tracer rounds light up the sky, hearing nearby footsteps, and jumping at shadowy silhouettes is exhilarating and terrifying. Further dynamic weather effects would only enhance these emotions.

For example, weather effects that reduce player visibility would call for the use of NVGs (Night Vision Goggles), laser pointers, thermal optics, and Flash Grenades. Having various weather effects would also force players to adapt their current playstyle, drastically switching up the current meta and creating new opportunities for different weapons/attachments to truly shine.

3. Continued Seasonal events

Haunting of Verdansk Roadmap
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Full roadmap for the Haunting of Verdansk event in Warzone & Modern Warfare.

With Halloween’s ‘Haunting of Verdansk’ now live on Warzone, we’ve got a great taste of seasonal content that incentivizes players to play. We think it would be a fantastic opportunity to expand on these events with further seasonals, such as a Holiday event featuring holiday bonuses; a thick layer of snow or a blizzard draping the map, with special cosmetics focusing around the time of year across different cultures.

These weather changes to Verdansk will force players to restrategize and approach their matches differently, requiring them to rethink their weapon add-ons such as optics, and differing perks like Cold Blooded.

4. Further map updates 

ActivisionChanges to Warzone’s map could drastically impact the way we play.

Warzone players have been busy opening the various bunkers dotted around the map, collecting the rare loot inside, and scrutinizing details in order to uncover the game’s secrets.

The opening of a few bunkers may seem small, but it’s this kind of change that helps keep the map interesting for new and veteran players. Epic Games and Respawn are constantly adding, removing, and even destroying vast sections of their battle royale maps, so we’d love to see Verdansk receive the same treatment. 

For example, Warzone’s Gora Dam could begin to crack under the pressure as the frozen reservoir begins to thaw, leading to a catastrophic event that sees vast sections of the map partially destroyed or flooded. Not only would this make for an awesome in-game spectacle, it would also drastically alter the way players traverse their way around Verdansk.

We’ve seen cool additions to Verdansk’s map as of late with the Football stadium opening, and a new train traversing the map, both allowing players new POI experiences in-game, but constant graduating changes to the map will keep it fresh and appealing for returning players.

New aquatic vehicles could even be introduced to further supplement this change. The possibilities are seemingly endless and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for Warzone when Black Ops Cold War releases.