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CoD community reacts to RØKKR’s insane Hardpoint comeback vs Empire

Published: 9/Mar/2020 5:26

by Brad Norton


From pro players, to commentators and coaches alike, the Call of Duty community was blown away by a breathtaking five-map affair between the Minnesota RØKKR and the Dallas Empire during the CDL Los Angeles Grand Finals.

As the world’s best Call of Duty teams descended on Los Angeles for the fourth CDL event of 2020, shocking results set the stage for a captivating Grand Final series between the  RØKKR and the Empire.


Having toppled previous event champs Atlanta FaZe on their way to the top, the Minnesota-based lineup seemingly had momentum on their side and continued to blow the community away with a staggering Hardpoint comeback in the series.

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The Los Angeles Home Series came to an end with a five map Grand Final series between the Empire and the RØKKR.

Down two maps to one against the Empire, with the outcome of the event hanging in the balance, Minnesota refused to go down without a fight as they pushed through to the final seconds of Hardpoint on Hackney Yard.


With fewer than 10 points needed for either team to clinch the map, it came down to the final few rotations and the last wave of respawns yet Minnesota was narrowly able to eek out the 250-247 victory.

To the shock and awe of the LA crowd, along with Clint ‘Maven’ Evans and Joseph ‘Merk’ DeLuca on the mic, as well as fellow pros tuned in at home, the RØKKR swung momentum in their favor. They were battled against unfavorable spawns and sealed the deal despite the odds being stacked against them in the closing moments.

“Headset would have been In the stands after a map win like that not joking,” Matthew ‘Skrapz’ Marshall of the London Royal Ravens expressed as the series went to a game five.


The closely contested series had the Call of Duty community glued to their screens. Even Chicago Huntsmen owner Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez was tuned in, sharing emoji eyes with RØKKR co-owner Gary Vaynerchuk.

“No freaking way,” Philip ‘Momo’ Whitfield posted while his casting duo Miles Ross described it as the “best Hardpoint ending of the year.”

“Just an epic series so far,” Empire owner Mike ‘hastr0’ Rufail said, recognizing the incredible competition in spite of his roster being taken to a fifth map.


More professional players chimed in, however, not everyone was praising the series. Rather, a number of competitors questioned the closing moments and explained how the map could have played out differently.

“Why did Huke try jumping out of yellow?” Bradley ‘wuskin’ Marshall asked. “Whoever made that kill won it.”


Highlighting the final set of eliminations, which saw the Empire seemingly wipe out the final wave of attackers from the RØKKR, Anthony ‘Methodz’ Zinni of the Toronto Ultra highlighted how Dallas could have closed out the final there and then.

 “If all of Dallas put their controllers down after that first wave of kills…game over.”

Ultimately, it wasn’t meant to be for the ROKKR lineup at the LA event as they came short at the finish line despite taking Empire to a game five thanks to their Hardpoint heroics.

The community might not have to wait long before these juggernauts go at it again however, as the ROKKR will be battling their way through to the top on March 28 as Empire hosts the next CDL event.

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Iconic Barret 50 cal sniper rifle leaked in Black Ops Cold War

Published: 20/Oct/2020 0:42 Updated: 20/Oct/2020 0:53

by Tanner Pierce


After the Black Ops Cold War Beta was available on PC, data-miners and hackers scoured through the game’s code to find hidden features, and some of them have seemingly stumbled upon a usable/playable version of a classic Call of Duty sniper rifle – the Barret .50 cal.

Unfortunately, with a little bit less than 24 hours to go, the Black Ops Cold War Beta is almost over. While most people spent the weekend knee-deep in the game’s base weapons, maps, modes, etc., many PC data-miners were enjoying everything the pre-release version had to offer that was hidden in the game’s coding.


Throughout the weekend, many players were leaking parts of the game’s code that referred to a number of unreleased features. While most of them were obviously left-over assets from Black Ops 4 or, at the very least, unsubstantiated pieces of data, there seems to be a classic sniper coming to the game.

A Black Ops Cold War Beta mod video from YouTuber Andrew2007 seems to show the Barrett .50 cal, a fan-favorite sniper rifle from several previous Call of Duty title, as a part of the game, although it appears that the gun is named ‘Barret M82’ for BOCW.


As can be seen in the video below, the weapon isn’t done, as there are no firing and reloading sound associated with the weapon. There isn’t even a scope texture, with a white square taking its place. This makes sense, as unreleased weapons generally don’t have all the assets associated with them attached until much closer to release.

Barret M82 from blackopscoldwar

For those confused as to why the rifle is firing at such a high rate, this is due to the mods that the user installed for the game. The actual Barret will certainly not function that way if and when it gets fully released.

Speaking of which, it’s also entirely possible that the video is fake and that the YouTuber simply modded the weapon into the game. Still, it looks pretty convincing, and given the fact that other prominent leak pages like leaker ModerWarzone have corroborated, its existence seems more likely than not.


The inclusion of the Barrett 50 cal is certainly a welcome one. The gun was featured in CoD 4: Modern Warfare, MW2, MW3, and even Black Ops 2’s story campaign. A variant of it was also featured in Modern Warfare (2019) but it was titled the Rytec AMR and featured some differences from the original.

The Barrett 50 cal sniper has been featured in multiple Call of Duty games including every entry of the Modern Warfare series.

What’s most likely to happen with this gun, judging from the fact that it wasn’t even included in the beta or alpha, is that it’s being saved for the post-launch content that Activision and Treyarch are planning on releasing.

Either way, it won’t be long until we find out since Black Ops Cold War is set to release on November 13, 2020.