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Clayster voices concerns about the Stim Shot in Black Ops 4

Published: 16/Oct/2018 16:12 Updated: 16/Oct/2018 16:14

by Ross Deason

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James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks has voiced his concerns about some weapons and items in Black Ops 4 ahead of the release of the first official CWL ruleset.

The Call of Duty veteran and eUnited star took to Twitter to say that the professional players want to know the rules and maps that will be played so that they can begin practicing, but also pointed out two key components that he believes need to be balanced in the first update.

“The #1 priority should be making subs viable,” said the 2015 world champion, echoing the opinion of numerous other top players who believe the submachine guns cannot currently compete with assault rifles, even at close ranges.

He continued by saying that he believes the Stim Shot should also be adjusted: “Another thing I don’t see anyone talking about is how Stim seems ridiculously broken and defeats the purpose of manual heal. Feel like you get it wayyyy too quick and the regen speed is super fast.”

Another CoD veteran, Eric ‘TwiZz’ Servello, added more context to Clayster’s complaints about the stim shot, explaining that the speed at which it heals players “takes away the effectiveness of trading kills” when an opponent has been weakened.

An obvious suggestion would be to make the Stim Shot heal players at a slower rate and have a longer cooldown time. Another option could be to make it so that the fast-healing item only replenishes a total of 75 health per use.

Trying to make the submachine guns more effective could prove to be a more significant task as balancing an entire class of weapons without negatively impacting other areas of the game can be tricky.

Given Treyarch’s track record, it seems likely that the concerns of players like Clayster and TwiZz will be addressed in the next major update, which is believed to be coming some time this week.

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2021 CDL Challengers info announced: Scouting & Elite Series

Published: 30/Oct/2020 17:42 Updated: 30/Oct/2020 18:35

by Bill Cooney

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The Call of Duty League has announced all-new details for upcoming 2021 Challengers events, and there will be even more ways for up and coming players to show their stuff.

Call of Duty Challengers is the official “path to pro” circuit for amateur CoD esports players around the world, and there are two brand new events being added to the circuit in 2021 – the Scouting Series and Challengers Elite.

The 2019 season wrapped up in August with the $500k finals crowning the top teams in North America, Europe and Asia. Once again, players looking for their big break are eagerly awaiting the next opportunity.

They won’t have to be patient for very long either, with the first new Challengers event kicking off just a couple of weeks at the time of writing, in early December with the Scouting Series.

This Series will bring together CDL coaches to draft their own squads from one big pool of all the players that secure an invite. These teams will be split up into EU and NA competitions and will play against teams from their region over the course of the four-day tournament.

Elite is the second new event, and will put the top amateur teams from Challengers into an exclusive bracket to battle it out, sometime “over the course of the 2021 Season.”

Challengers Cups were first introduced in 2019 and will be returning in 2021 as well. These will be standalone tournaments  players across North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region. Through the Cups and the competitive Ladder, players can earn Challengers points which are used to qualify and seed teams for various events throughout the season.

Call of Duty Challengers players at LAN event
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Challengers brings together the best amateur CoD players from around the world to compete.

Specific dates for the upcoming 2021 season events are still unknown, but we’ll keep you posted on them as information becomes available.

If you’re interested in seeing if you and your team have what it takes, you can get more information on how to sign up and get going right here. There’s no guarantee you’ll be the next player on the Dallas Empire or anything like that, but if you’re confident in your ability to frag out, it can’t hurt to give it a shot.