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CDL Playoffs Day 4 recap: FaZe get revenge, Winners Bracket Final set

Published: 23/Aug/2020 1:14 Updated: 23/Aug/2020 1:18

by Albert Petrosyan

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The fourth day of action at the Call of Duty League Playoffs is in the books, and following the four intense matches on August 22, the Champs Winners Bracket final has been determined.

The $4.6 million CDL postseason has been a very entertaining affair thus far but there was some extra excitement in anticipation of Day 4 as it featured some high-profile matchups in the Winners Bracket.

As expected, tournament favorites Atlanta FaZe and Dallas Empire did what they had to do to secure a spot in next week’s Championship Weekend bracket and both are just one more win away from a Grand Final berth.

In the lower bracket, London Royal Ravens and OpTic Gaming LA advanced to survive for another round, while Paris Legion and Minnesota ROKKR were the day’s casualties and their respective seasons are now over.

London Royal Ravens 3-1 Paris Legion

The day started in the Losers Bracket with another chapter of the Battle of Europe, as the London Royal Ravens and Paris Legion met in a meeting of the league’s lone two EU sides.

It was as convincing of a 3-1 win one could ask for; while Royal Ravens did lose the Hackney Yard Domination, which is by far their worst game mode, they proved to be too much for Legion to handle in the other three maps, especially with Seany going on a massive killstreak in the second Hardpoint.

London advance to play the Florida Mutineers in the third round of the Losers Bracket. As for Paris, they finish the tournament tied for ninth place, which amounts to a $100,000 payout.

OpTic Gaming LA 3-0 Minnesota ROKKR

Being winless over the last three months is not where Minnesota ROKKR envisioned themselves when the CDL Playoffs started, and that losing streak hit 10 matches following their 3-0 defeat to OpTic Gaming Los Angeles.

It looked as though the ROKKR might get off to a good start before their 78-point lead crumbled at the hands of a massive OGLA comeback, who were paced by Kuavo’s inspiring 45-kill performance.

From then on, it was like clockwork for the Green Wall, who controlled both the S&D and Domination and never gave Minnesota the chance to creep back into the series. It was a revenge of sorts for OGLA, as Kuavo and Drazah took to Twitter following their win and slammed ROKKR newcomer Exceed, who had taunted them in the leadup to the Playoffs.

The win ensures OpTic’s survival for at least one more round as they will face the New York Subliners in another elimination match on Sunday. As for Minnesota, their season is now over after what had been a grueling past few months for SiLLY and co.

Atlanta FaZe 3-2 Chicago Huntsmen

In what was easily the most highly-anticipated matchup of the day, if not the whole Playoffs, Atlanta FaZe were able to exact revenge against Chicago Huntsmen for handing them that dominant 3-0 loss at the New York Home Series – their first and only matchup in the regular season.

Unlike their first meeting, this was a back-and-forth affair, one which went all the way down to the wire as FaZe won the final Rammaza Search & Destroy, 6-4, to clinch the series.

There were highlight plays from both sides in that final map; Majormaniak has a huge three-kill spree in the ninth round that included a nasty turn-on, while FormaL helped his team’s cause early on by going big in a 2v4 situation.

With the win, Atlanta is now in the Winners Bracket Final, which means they’ve guaranteed themselves at least a top-three placement and a $600,000 payout. As for Huntsmen, their dreams of CDL glory are not over yet, as they’ll get a second chance in the Losers Bracket.

Dallas Empire 3-2 Toronto Ultra

Seeing as how Dallas Empire and Toronto Ultra were two of the league’s hottest teams coming into the Playoffs, it’s no surprise that their match went the distance.

In fact, it looked like Ultra might add to their league-leading six-match winning streak after taking a 2-1 lead, but Empire flexed their championship muscles and dominated the final two maps, thanks to some stellar plays from iLLeY in the Gun Runner Hardpoint.

Now, Toronto will have to start a new winning streak in the Losers Bracket if they’re to lift the CDL Championship trophy next weekend. Dallas, on the other hand, are already in the Champs bracket and have guaranteed themselves a top-three placement and a whopping $600,000!

Looking ahead to Day 5 of CDL Playoffs

The fifth day of the 2020 CDL postseason will also be the final one for the first portion of the tournament, as following the action on August 23, things will shift to the Championship Weekend next week.

All four matches will be in the Losers Bracket, starting off with the New York Subliners taking on London Royal Ravens followed by Florida Mutineers facing OpTic Gaming LA. The winners will then advance to the fourth round and face the Toronto Ultra and Chicago Huntsmen, respectively.

The two teams that make it out alive from Day 5 will earn a spot in the fifth round, which takes place next weekend and comes with a guaranteed top-four finish and a minimum $450,000 share of the prize pool.

Day 5 Schedule – Sunday, August 23

Winners Bracket

Losers Bracket

Championship Weekend Bracket

You can keep up with all of the Call of Duty action and watch these matches live via our CDL Playoffs & Championship Weekend hub, which includes live streams, the full schedule, updated scores, brackets, and more.

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Best way to use zombie abilities in Warzone’s Zombie Royale

Published: 23/Oct/2020 15:51

by James Busby

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Surviving as one of  Warzone’s fleshy undead can be a little tricky in the new Zombie Royale mode, but these tips should have you ripping and tearing your way to victory in no time. 

Warzone’s Halloween festivities are well underway and players have been busy unleashing their inner beast when playing the terrifyingly good LTM, Zombie Royale. The frozen fields of Verdansk have been cloaked in darkness and squads will need to work together if they wish to survive the horrors that await them. In this mode, dead operators skip the Gulag and instead come back as nightmarish zombies. While in this new undead form, players drop all their current equipment and perks.

If you wish to ever see your human form again, you’ll need to use your unique abilities to kill any players that dare to walk amongst the undead. While Zombie Royale’s reanimated corpses may have access to some incredibly potent attacks, they can be killed incredibly easily if you’re not careful. In order to help you get to grips with your newfound zombie form, we’ve put together a handy survival guide that should help you secure more kills.

Zombie abilities

Warzone Zombie
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Warzone’s Zombies have access to some incredibly powerful abilities.

Passive abilities

Warzone’s zombies aren’t your standard shambling corpses – in fact, they have incredible agility. Their passive ability gives every undead player faster movement speed and stronger melee attacks, allowing you to quickly chase down your fleeing victims. Once you’ve tracked them down, swipe at them with your deadly strikes to snuff their life out for good. 

Zombies also have superior vision and can easily see nearby operators. Enemy players are highlighted and their footprints can be tracked, giving you plenty of opportunities to pounce on your newfound target. If that wasn’t enough, zombies are also immune to the gas circle and gas grenades. This allows you to set up some frightfully sneaky plays. 

Charged Jump

Arguably the most fun Zombie ability is the Charged Jump. This highly mobile move allows you to effortlessly leap onto rooftops, scale cliffs, evade enemy fire and initiate fights. You can adjust both the distance and height by holding down the Charged Jump button, so be sure to experiment with this before leaping towards your enemy. 

EMP Blast 

This ability works exactly the same as Modern Warefare’s EMP Drone in that it destroys enemy electronics, equipment, vehicles, and disables digital optics. Your enemy’s HUD will also be disabled if they get caught within the blast’s radius. 

Gas Grenade

Gas Grenades are incredibly potent in Warzone since they disorient your enemies and slow down their movements. Combine this with the high mobility from Zombie Royale’s undead and you have a lethal combination. 

Zombie ability tips

Warzone zombie fight
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You’ll need to learn how to use these zombie abilities if you wish to increase your survivability.

Before you go chasing the nearest player, it’s often best to scan your surroundings for any enemy players that are alone. Not only will this stop your fleshy body from being riddled with bullets, it will also increase your chances of securing a successful kill. While it can be tempting to rush into the fray with your Charged Jump, it does give away your position thanks to the ability’s glow effect. 

Instead, it’s often best to use the cover of darkness to sneak up on them. Once you’ve successfully got within a few meters, it’s time to unleash your EMP Blast. This will instantly destroy any Proximity Mines and Claymore’s, allowing you to safely enter even the most fortified defenses. To make matters even better, the initial blast also reduces visibility and will cause most players to panic — giving you the moment to strike.

Once you have disabled any equipment and digital optics, it’s time to throw in your Gas Grenade. When the grenade has filled the room with deadly toxins, instantly run in and begin clawing away at your hapless victim. The slowing effect and overall disorientation from both abilities should make any escape futile.

Even if your enemy does manage to make a break for it, simply activate your Charged Jump to catch up to them. Just be aware that doing this will make you highly visible to nearby squads, so only use this ability when you have to. 

If you use these tips, you’ll be able to secure more kills as a zombie in Warzone’s Zombie Royale mode.