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CoD leakers claim Blackout’s Alcatraz map is coming to Warzone

Published: 14/Sep/2020 0:42

by Theo Salaun

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Alcatraz mode was one of its most popular complements to Blackout battle royale and now leakers have discovered that the prison map could also be coming to Warzone. 

Based on datamined files, a few prominent leakers are alleging that elements of Black Ops 4’s Alcatraz map have been added to Warzone. Those elements include the names of locations that were made popular in the second Blackout map.

While the addition of these assets to the game’s files doesn’t mean a new Alcatraz mode is coming right now, it does coincide with earlier rumors and suggests that the map will be joining the game, possibly in Season 6. 

 

As shown by dataminer ‘Nanikos,’ memorable Alcatraz locations like “Cell House” and “Parade Grounds” have been added. Interestingly, well-known leaker ‘TheGamingRevolution’ confirms that these files were “recently added” so they are unlikely to be leftover from Blackout and, instead, signify the map’s return.

In Blackout, the Alcatraz Portal Quads mode included just 10 squads of four players and featured round-based re-deployments and Weapon Wallbuys, as were made popular in CoD’s Zombies modes. 

Essentially, it was a combination of the BR and Zombies, allowing players to respawn a certain number of times but also constantly putting them under threat of attack not just by enemies, but also the living dead.

alcatraz quadsAlcatraz featured players re-deploying frequently, akin to Warzone’s Stimulus modes.

Back in June, it was rumored that Blackout would be making its return “in some form” in 2020, so it’s very possible that this either was referencing the return of Alcatraz as an add-on to Warzone.

In late August, another leak suggested that a new mode called “Zombie Royale” would be coming to Warzone in Season 6 or beyond. At the time, it’s leaked description read: “be the last team with a human alive to win. Players turn into Zombies on death, but can become human again by consuming fallen player’s hearts.”

While that doesn’t sound exactly like the traditional Portal Quads format in Alcatraz, but for such an extremely unique game type to be added to Warzone, it wouldn’t be surprising at all if Call of Duty’s developers joined forces to deploy a throwback map for Zombie Royale to be played on.

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The Alcatraz map is visibly smaller than the traditional battle royale environments.

For a mode that’s rumored to be that dependent on infecting other players, it would be very reasonable to want a smaller map so that teams can’t simply camp the entire time to remain human. If that’s the case, then these leaks are starting to link up perfectly, as Alcatraz is a much more restricted location than Verdansk.

Of course, all of this information is based on leaks, so should be taken with a grain of salt. However, considering what’s been rumored and speculated in regards to this over the past few months, don’t be shocked if all ends up coming to fruition.

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HusKerrs becomes first Warzone player to break $100K in earnings

Published: 28/Oct/2020 21:32

by Theo Salaun

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Popular streamer Jordan ‘HusKerrs’ Thomas has officially cracked $100,000 in earnings from Call of Duty: Warzone tournaments, extending his lead and continuing to set the pace for the battle royale’s best.

An NRG content creator, HusKerrs has catapulted into the mainstream Twitch community’s collective consciousness in 2020 thanks to effortless domination in Warzone. Playing on PC, the streamer exudes consistency at the highest level of play and gets tilted as rarely as he shoots shakily.

With a straight shot that refuses to waver, HusKerrs capped off the last week of Warzone tournaments with a first-place finish in Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown and a second-place at Twitch Rivals. The former tournament boasted a record-breaking $210,000 prize pool and the latter, a sturdy $100,000.

Following those tournaments, the star streamer has left the country for a vacation and taken to Twitter to update his checklist. First on that list, an esport milestone as the only player to hit $100,000 in Warzone earnings. And, second, a personal benchmark of hitting 100,000 Twitter followers.

 

Even if you disregarded every single Warzone tournament before his last two, HusKerrs would still be 15th-highest earner from the battle royale since its debut in March 2020.

That’s in major thanks to Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown, as the NRG man and his duo, AverageJoeWo, carved off the largest chunk of that historic prize pool.

Netting $15,000 from the Showdown’s Grand Finals ties the most money individually earned since the Minnesota ROKRR’s tournament in early October. Already ahead of Aydan ‘Aydan’ Conrad, who sits at No. 2 in the earnings rankings with $64K, these recent performances extend the lead and earn HusKerrs a well-deserved vacation.

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From handling business in the competitive Apex Legends circuit for Rogue to being the center of Warzone business, HusKerr’s gaming career is on an upward trajectory. Now, it appears that an entirely new horizon is opening up for the 24-year-old royale maestro.

Starting on October 30, he will be hosting, casting, and analyzing the next giant Warzone tournament: HusKerrs’ Howl.

The $300,000 tournament will feature 32 players, including top competitors like Aydan and Mason ‘Symfuhny’ Lanier, split into duos for a two-week, double-elimination format.