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CDL Playoffs Day 5 recap: Huntsmen survive, Champs Weekend bracket set

Published: 24/Aug/2020 0:26 Updated: 24/Aug/2020 2:48

by Albert Petrosyan


The fifth and final day of the Call of Duty League postseason’s ‘Playoff’ portion has wrapped up, which means that the Championship Weekend bracket is now finalized for the $4.6 million tournament.

12 teams entered the CDL Playoffs looking for eternal glory but that field was cut down to just four following the matches that took place on August 23, the final day of the postseason’s first portion.

London Royal Ravens and Chicago Huntsmen survived the gauntlet that is the Losers Bracket to join Atlanta FaZe and Dallas Empire in next weekend’s finale, which will see one of those four crowned first-ever champions of the CoD League.

On the flip side, it was despair for the likes of New York Subliners, Florida Mutineers, Toronto Ultra, and OpTic Gaming LA, all of whom failed to make it out of the lower bracket and will be limited to just watching Champs Weekend.

London Royal Ravens 3-2 New York Subliners


Day 5 started with an upset in the third round of the Losers Bracket, as London Royal Ravens took down the New York Subliners in a series that went the distance.

The final Search and Destroy on Rammaza was really what broke the back of the Subliners players; the Royal Ravens executed their strategy to perfection and never let their NA counterparts a chance to breathe.

It was a much-earlier exit than most expected for New York, who came into the Playoffs as one of the league’s better-performing teams over the past few months. While their 7/8 placement is much lower than they’d hoped for, at least the Subliners players will enjoy a healthy $175,000 share of the prize pool.

OpTic Gaming LA 3-0 Florida Mutineers

Speaking of upsets, none may have been bigger this weekend than OpTic Gaming Los Angeles ripping apart the three-time champion Florida Mutineers in a stunningly one-sided series.

It was all OGLA over the first two maps before Mutineers looked as though they might get back into the match in the map three Domination on Hackney Yard. Well, that was never meant to be, as a huge comeback led to a frantic finish and the Green Wall came out on top in the final moments.

It’s a shock exit for Florida, who came into the playoffs as the third seed and one of the tournament favorites. While their $175,000 in winnings is definitely a substantial amount, this result will sting during a long offseason.

London Royal Ravens 3-1 Toronto Ultra

When Royal Ravens faced Ultra in the first round of the Winners Bracket on Thursday, emotions ran high after Zer0 was seemingly booted offline, which allowed Toronto to nab that series 3-1.

That scoreline was flipped in their August 23 rematch, arguably a more important result since it guaranteed London a spot in the Championship Weekend bracket, at least a top-four placement, and a minimum of $450,000.

Just as in the series vs Subliners, Seany played a pivotal role in this victory, putting up double-digit kills in the S&D and an overall 92-71 kill-death ratio in the two Hardpoints. If the Royal Ravens go all the way, the Scotsman could have a serious case for postseason MVP.

As for Ultra, it was pure heartbreak after they’d come into the playoffs on the back of their Toronto Home Series victory, riding a four-match winning streak that turned to six after they beat London then Florida before losing to Dallas. They finished tied for fifth place and earned a $300,000 share of the prize pool for their efforts.

Chicago Huntsmen vs OpTic Gaming LA

When an unstoppable force like the current OpTic Gaming LA meets the immovable object that is Chicago Huntsmen, that match is almost destined to go the distance, and it did.

A contender for series of the year, it seemed like almost every second of every map was dripping with intensity, none more so than the final 1v1 between Huntsmen’s Envoy and OpTic’s TJHaLy in the game five, round 11 on Arklov Peak.

It almost felt like the perfect revenge for Envoy and co, who were victimized by a similarly clutch play from TJ in the first S&D on Gun Runner, one that the Green Wall won to even up the series.

But in the end, it was the Huntsmen who finished on top, albeit barely, but they will be heading to the Championship Weekend bracket while OGLA, despite their impressively-improved performances, will have to settle for a 5th/6th placement and $300,000.

Looking ahead to Championship Weekend

Things will only get even more intense next weekend when the Champs bracket kicks into another gear for the finale of this $4.6 million postseason. The top two seeds, Atlanta FaZe and Dallas Empire, will battle in the Winners Bracket final with a Grand Final berth on the line.

The loser will get another chance in the Losers Bracket final, where they’ll face either London Royal Ravens or Chicago Huntsmen, depending on who wins that round five series.

That said, of course, getting to the Grand Final straightaway will be the highest priority for both FaZe and Empire since the team that makes it out of the Winners Bracket will start the best-of-nine championship match up 1-0.

CDL Playoffs Winners Bracket

CDL Playoffs Losers Bracket

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

Keep track of which teams have been eliminated so far and their share of the $4.6 million prize pool by checking out the CDL Playoffs Final Placements.

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Full list of 21 Black Ops Cold War Scorestreaks reportedly leaked

Published: 28/Oct/2020 23:27 Updated: 28/Oct/2020 23:28

by Brad Norton


Black Ops Cold War is still a few weeks away from launch, though an early leak appears to have confirmed all 21 Scorestreaks that will be available from day one.

Killstreaks and Scorestreaks have been a staple of the Call of Duty franchise for many years now. Black Ops Cold War is sticking to the formula with a few unique changes, though there might be more streaks to unlock than ever before. 

Treyarch’s next release is set to drop on November 13 though major leaks are already starting to slip through the cracks. We got our first look at a list of Scorestreaks through the game’s early access Alpha and Beta tests. However, that was barely scratching the surface if the new intel holds true.

Black Ops Cold War is set to boast 21 unique streaks at launch. All of which can be earned across multiple lives so long as you’re adding to your total score by tallying kills and completing objectives. While we can’t include the leaked image as to avoid DMCAs, here’s a rundown on each and every streak.

Black Ops Cold War Scorestreaks
The early access Alpha gave us a look at just a few Black Ops Cold War Scorestreaks.

First up, the cheapest streak in the game appears to be the Incendiary Bow. Just like the War Machine available in the Beta, this will be an equippable weapon to deal extraordinary damage. Next up are a few familiar inclusions on the cheaper side of things. The RC-XD, Spy Plane, Counter Spy Plane, and Care Package are all to be expected. Though one new streak stands out.

At 700 points, players will seemingly be able to equip some armor just like in Warzone. The icon displays a bulletproof vest, so additional health could be on the menu in the core multiplayer experience

The Flamethrower is another fresh addition that we haven’t seen yet, while the Death Machine is reportedly also making a return. As we scale up to the more expensive streaks, a Hand Cannon is available for 2250 points. There’s no telling just how this one might work, though it could provide a One In The Chamber style buff.

At the very end of the list is the expected AI and pilotable Scorestreaks. You’ve got the Attack Helicopter and Chopper Gunner alongside a VTOL Escort and the Gunship to round things out. You’ll need to go on an absolute tear to unlock the final streak, however, as it’s placed at 10,000 points.

Below is a complete list of all Scorestreaks coming to Black Ops Cold War.

All 21 Scorestreaks in Black Ops Cold War

  • Incendiary Bow – 500
  • RC-XD – 600
  • Armor – 700
  • Spy Plane – 800
  • Counter Spy Plane – 900
  • Flamethrower – 1,000
  • Care Package – 1,250
  • Sentry Turret – 1,400
  • Death Machine – 1,500
  • Cruise Missile – 1,750
  • Artillery – 2,000
  • Hand Cannon –  2,250
  • Napalm Strike – 2,500
  • Air Patrol – 3,000
  • War Machine – 3,250
  • Strafe Run – 3,500
  • Attack Helicopter – 4,000
  • H.A.R.P. – 5,000
  • Chopper Gunner – 6,000
  • VTOL Escort – 8,000
  • Gunship – 10,000
Black Ops Cold War gameplay
Outside of AI-controlled air support, there will be a few pilotable streaks as usual in Black Ops Cold War.

Obviously, it’s worth taking this information with a grain of salt for now. There’s a good chance this information comes from an earlier build of the game. Some Streaks may have been removed or significantly changed already. 

Be sure to keep your eyes peeled over the coming days, however. If early copies of the game are already out in the wild, more leaks will likely be on the way.