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CoD veterans MBoZe and StuDyy announce roster for $250,000 CWL Vegas tournament

Published: 23/Nov/2018 22:08 Updated: 23/Nov/2018 22:12

by Albert Petrosyan

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Call of Duty veterans Marcus ‘MBoZe’ Blanks and Jeremy ‘StuDyy’ Astacio are teaming up for the upcoming $250,000 CWL Vegas event.

A roster featuring the two longtime competitors was announced late on November 22, also featuring Brandon ‘Nelson’ McKinney, Steve ‘Mochila’ Canle, and Jon ‘Bullseye.’

The squad is looking for an organization to represent at Vegas, and are hoping for a “chance to compete and mop the bracket,” according to a tweet put out by Nelson.

If they do make it to Vegas, they will have to survive the gauntlet that is the Open Bracket, which looks to feature several strong teams that just miss out on qualifying directly to Pool Pool.

It would be hard to predict how well or poorly this roster would perform at a major LAN tournament, especially since several of these players haven’t competed in a while.

MBoZe last competed during the Black Ops 3 season in 2015, first as a member of Nation, then with Team Kaliber. During his heyday, MBoZe was known for his time with FaZe Clan, SoaR Gaming, OpTic Nation, and OpTic Gaming, with whom he placed third at the 2014 CoD Championship.

MBoZe teamed with Nadeshot, Clayster, and Scump to placed third at the 2014 CoD Championship

StuDyy’s last appearance at a major tournament came in April as a member of compLexity Gaming, placing 25-28 at CWL Birmingham. It was after this event that he transitioned to an analyst role with the team for the remainder of the WWII season. 

As for Nelson and Mochila, both competed throughout the WWII season, eventually joining forces on a team called WrangleR. They placed 25-31 at the 2018 CWL Champs LCQ, missing out on a place at Champs.

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Black Ops Cold War already set new Call of Duty player record in the Beta

Published: 23/Oct/2020 6:20

by Brad Norton

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The Call of Duty franchise is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon as Treyarch’s recent Black Ops Cold War Beta went above expectations and shattered records.

Ever since the release of the first CoD title in 2003, the franchise has only continued to grow. Year after year more players hop on board to see what the latest title has in store. Whether fans gravitate towards single-player campaigns, cooperative experiences, or classic multiplayer competition, there’s something for everyone.

2020 is shaping up to be no different as Treyarch is firing on all cylinders for the Black Ops Cold War release. Everything from Zombies to Warzone will be on offer and it’s already clear that the community is hungry for it all.

After an impressive Alpha test on the PlayStation 4 that became the biggest in franchise history, that record has once again been broken. This time, by the Black Ops Cold War Beta that followed just weeks later.

Having kicked off exclusively for PS4 users on October 8 before jumping to all platforms on October 15, the Black Ops Cold War Beta was played by a staggering number of people. In fact, it was “the most downloaded [Beta] in Call of Duty history,” the developers revealed on October 23.

No exact figures were revealed for the history Beta. Though it being publicly available across Xbox One, PS4, and PC over the final days was sure to have helped boost the figures.

Not only is this a hugely positive sign before the launch of Black Ops Cold War, but it continues a trend from previous iterations. 2019’s Modern Warfare also broke records with its early access Beta period. 

Last year’s records also didn’t come with any specific numbers, though Activision assured the Modern Warfare Beta attracted more players than ever before.

Also of note, those players logged more hours played than any Beta in franchise history. It’s now clear that Black Ops Cold War has been yet another step up in terms of early engagement.

Black Ops Cold War gameplay
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The Black Ops Cold War Beta was live across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

It’s obviously too early to tell just how this might indicate sales for the release come November 13. However, to get into the Beta early, a majority of players needed to preorder on their platform of choice. So that’s certainly a good sign just weeks out from launch.

2019’s Modern Warfare topped over $600 million in sales across its first three days on the market. That instantly made it the highest-selling CoD of the generation. Though Black Ops Cold War could be on track to go even further this year.