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CoD Champs – Epic Winners Bracket Final set for Championship Sunday

Published: 18/Aug/2019 0:42 Updated: 18/Aug/2019 2:32

by Albert Petrosyan


The Winners Bracket Final at the CWL Championship 2019 is now set, and it will feature two of the best teams in Call of Duty esports – OpTic Gaming vs eUnited.

Considering that both OpTic Gaming and eUnited came into this week as two of the favorites to win the $2 million tournament, it doesn’t come as a major surprise that they’ve made it this far relatively unscathed. 

However, while this may be a classic case of an unstoppable force meets an immovable object, something has to give, as only one of these two powerhouse squads can advance to the Grand Final.

As far as previous matches go for this season, OpTic hold a 4-2 edge over eUnited, as well as a 13-8 map advantage. One of those wins came in the Grand Final of CWL Vegas, which saw the Green Wall sweep to secure their lone championship so far this season.

However, eU’s rosters was different back then, and since promoting Chris ‘Simp’ Lehr to the lineup, they’ve been operating like a well-oiled machine, taking two out of the three matches with a combined map count of 7-4. 

That said, let’s take a look at how both of these squads have gotten to this point in the tournament. 

Matt PotthoffSimp’s addition has turned eUnited into arguably the strongest team in CoD esports.

eUnited look as strong as ever

eUnited have picked up right where they left off following their win at CWL Finals, and look virtually unbeatable going into the match against OpTic.

After going 3-0 in pool play, and dropping only two maps, the boys in blue sped through the first three rounds of the Winners Bracket, beating Team WaR, Evil Geniuses, and UNITS.

They survived a bit of a scare against EG, who took them to a game five, but whatever issues they had were quickly fixed as they demolished UNITS 3-0.

There’s no question that the star of the show against UNITS was Chris ‘Simp’ Lehr, who put in a series of a lifetime in the semifinals. 

OpTic charge forward with an iron fist

Unlike eUnited, OpTic came into Champs having a lot to prove, after their disastrous performance at CWL Finals where they did not even pick up a single map win.

However, so far this tournament, the surge of the Green Wall has been very much present, as they went 3-0 in pool play and have beaten Team Heretics, Enigma6, and Team Reciprocity all 3-1 in the Winners Bracket.

Some fans were worried that REC would give them a scare in the semifinal, considering their inspiring reverse sweep of Luminosity in the previous round, but as is usually the case, OpTic proved too strong to beat in Hardpoint. 

You can check out the full Championship Brackets by visiting our CWL Champs 2019 Winners and Losers Brackets, and follow all of the action live with our dedicated CWL Champs 2019 hub, which features livestreams, updated scores, final placements so far, and more.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter @DexertoINTEL for constant live update tweets through each day of the competition. 

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3 tips to help you survive Black Ops Cold War’s new Zombies Cranked mode

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:40

by Tanner Pierce


With the release of Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch has added Cranked into the game’s Zombies mode – and it’s pretty different from the standard version, requiring some completely separate strategies. 

While Cranked in Call of Duty games is nothing new, having debuted all the way back in 2013’s Ghosts, what is different is a Zombies version of the mode, which was just added to Black Ops Cold War during the game’s midseason update.

The concept is simple: You’re given a timer, and when that timer reaches 0, you explode and die. With each kill, however, your timer resets, giving you more time to keep on grinding. It’s an incredibly fast-paced mode in normal multiplayer, and the Zombies version is even more hectic – but there are some tips you can utilize to help you survive longer.

Pace out your kills

Pacing out your kills in Cranked is important due to the fact that you only need one kill to reset your timer.

In standard Cranked, players are usually scrambling to get kills. In a 5v5 or 6v6, it makes sense, considering there’s only a limited amount of potential targets, and if you can’t find anyone, you’ll die easily due to the timer running out.

With BOCW Zombies Cranked, the opposite is true. There’s always an abundance of enemies and, while it’s not impossible to run out of targets, generally speaking, they’ll keep on spawning (there’s not even a break in-between rounds).

Because of this, there’s no need to be mowing down Zombies as one does in the normal mode. Instead, if you’re feeling overwhelmed (or if you want to get something done like Pack-A-Punching your weapon), try running away from the enemies for a while to get your bearings.

Remember, all it takes is one kill to reset your timer. If you find it running out, just look behind you at the horde you’ve surely amounted, kill one Zombie, and then move along with your business. Wasting your time mowing down each and every zombie can cost you your game.

With all that being said, don’t think you can run away from the Zombies with no problem; if you get too far away, you’ll find yourself struggling for kills, so it’s best if you stay nearby.

Use fast-reloading weapons and attachments

You’ll want to use weapons that can be reloaded quickly in Cranked.

In normal Zombies, using a LMG is sort of required during late-game conflicts, as it allows you to mow down Zombies with greater power. In Cranked, speed is king, so it might be better to use something smaller like an SMG.

Reloading fast is essential in Cranked, as you can easily become overrun. Even though it does have a lot of power, you don’t want to waste your time on the horrendously slow reload time found on LMGs. If you want an even faster reload time, you could even throw a fast-mag onto your SMG, and get it done even quicker.

In addition, SMGs have the added benefit of allowing you to run faster, meaning you’ll be able to evade Zombies even better than you would before.

Always go for the Timer Freeze power up

Remembering these tips can be the difference between surviving or dying early on.

Treyarch has implemented a brand new power-up that’s exclusive to the Cranked game mode: Timer Freeze. With this, players will be able to stop their countdown timer for around 15 seconds or so, giving them a breather.

While this might seem obvious to point out, you’ll want to go for those as much as possible. Getting one at the start of your game is not too important, but it’s especially critical when you get into the late game.

As the mode goes on, your timer will get shorter and shorter, meaning every break you get becomes more and more important. Having that 15 second breather seems like an eternity once you get it, so missing out on one can hurt you a lot – sometimes costing you your life.

While Cranked is incredibly fast-paced, it’s really not that bad if you know what you’re doing. If you remember these tips, you shouldn’t have as much of a problem.