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CoD Pro ZooMaa calls ‘gentleman’s agreements’ a “joke” in Black Ops 4

Published: 20/Nov/2018 13:00 Updated: 20/Nov/2018 13:01

by Calum Patterson


FaZe Clan pro player Tommy ‘ZooMaa’ Paparatto went on an impassioned rant about the recent controversy over ‘gentleman’s agreements’ in Black Ops 4, saying he is “tired” of it.

Gentleman’s agreements (GA) have been used to varying degrees and with varying success over previous seasons in competitive Call of Duty, and it is an issue which has cropped up again in Black Ops 4.

Although some in the community are vehemently against GA’s in every aspect, some argue that they are necessary to allow the competitive community, mainly at the professional level, to act quickly when something is problematic – or at least quicker than the developers/CWL can.

Fans from the Infinite Warfare season will recall the issue with OSA assault rifle, which was used by almost all players at the first event, forcing a gentleman’s agreement until it was finally ruled out of competitive play officially.

Black Ops 4 doesn’t have an OSA type situation thankfully, but there has been rumors of a possible GA to Ruin’s Grapple Hook, at least in Search and Destroy, where it can be used at the start of almost every round.

However, ZooMaa has made his feelings very clear on the issue. While playing the recent CMG ProDown tournament, the FaZe Clan vet lashed out at fellow pro’s who were trying to enforce the Grapple GA, calling it a “joke”.

ZooMaa’s teammate James ‘Replays’ Crowder explains that if he does use the Grapple in SnD, effectively breaking the GA, other teams will respond by using the Ajax specialist (also rumored to be GA’d in competitive play due to the shield, which is not officially restricted in the ruleset).

The Stage One MVP doesn’t care however, saying “I’m tired of sitting back and letting people run the show. I’m using the grapple every fucking map. Use Ajax, for all I give a fuck”, before pointing out that other powerful specialists are being used.

Although amendments to the V1 CWL Ruleset were made to better balance specialists in competitive (like making Torque’s Barricade and Razor Wire deal no damage, for example), there are clearly still issues for some players.

The debate around the Grapple Hook would likely be resolved by giving it a longer cooldown, so it cannot be used so frequently in Search and Destroy, or perhaps restricting it so it cannot be used for the first 10 seconds of an SnD round.

Whether Treyarch has any plans to implement such changes to the Grapple in competitive play is unknown, and with only a matter of weeks until the first major event, CWL Vegas, there isn’t much time to make changes either.

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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


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
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.