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CDL’s London Royal Ravens drop Rated for up and coming player Nastiee

Published: 13/Mar/2020 19:35 Updated: 13/Mar/2020 20:15

by Albert Petrosyan

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The London Royal Ravens Call of Duty League team have added rising star Byron ‘Nastiee’ Plumridge to their starting lineup, reportedly demoting veteran Rhys ‘Rated’ Price to the bench ahead of what was supposed to be CDL Dallas weekend.

It’s been a crazy week in the Call of Duty League to say the least, after Activision announced that all 2020 Home Series events would be cancelled due to Coronavirus and matches would instead be played online.

In the wake of that news, the London franchise has made a roster change that many were expecting – the reported removal of Rated from the starting lineup in favor of Nastiee, a newcomer to the pro scene.

Nastiee will make his pro debut for the Royal Ravens at the upcoming round of matches, which was supposed to be at the CDL Dallas event but will now be played online.

London were one of eight teams set to compete at the Home Series, but it’s not clear how the league will be structuring the schedule moving forward.

They’re currently seventh in the season standings, with 40 points and four wins from their first eight matches. Their promising start to the season – going 1-1 at Launch Weekend and finishing top-four at their own Home Series – gave away to disappointment at CDL Atlanta, where they won only one of three matches and failed to get out of their group.

London Royal RavensLondon Royal Ravens’ best event so far was at their own Home Series, where they placed top-four.

London confirmed that it would indeed be the veteran Welshman who will be removed from the starting lineup in a tweet that they deleted shortly after posting.

It’s not clear whether they deleted it because the announcement was premature or if they’re waiting for league approval on the roster change before actually making it public.

Either way, the former Red Reserve and Splyce pro has been moved to the bench, joining Dylan ‘MadCat’ Daly and Sean ‘Seany’ O’Connor, both of whom were seemingly passed over when the team signed Nastiee.

Nastiee joins London after a very successful 2019-2020 at the amateur level. In July of 2019, he joined The Bhoys and placed first at the CWL Amateur Finals, earning $60,000 and a trip to CoD Champs, where they represented Celtic FC Esports.

After a brief spell with TrainHard Esport, with whom he placed second at the CDL London Challengers Open, Nastiee joined Team WaR and got first place at the Challengers event in Paris.

This was enough for Royal Ravens to be convinced that this rising star was the real deal and worthy of a shot at the professional level.

They’ll hope that the rookie can provide the spark the team needs to find its groove again and start earning more of those precious CDL points as the season moves along.

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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.