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CoD Pros ACHES and SlasheR dispute competitive map vetos for Black Ops 4

Published: 14/Nov/2018 16:42

by Calum Patterson


With the first event of the Black Ops 4 CWL season on December 7, the competitive community is getting everything in order, including whether or not map vetos will be used.

Map vetos were used in Call of Duty: Ghosts, and returned for Call of Duty: WWII, allowing teams to pick and ban certain maps, depending on their strengths and weaknesses.

While it is sensible approach in theory, some players and fans complained about a lack of map variety in series, where a five game series could see the same map played three times across different game modes.

In response to a Tweet from former pro player, now manager at Rise Nation, Jonathon ‘Pacman’ Tucker, 100 Thieves player Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat argued that map vetos lead toi this issue of poor map variety.

Specifically, he references the map ‘Ardennes Forest’ from CoD: WWII, which was by far the most frequently played map, often played three times in a five game series.

Ardennes Forest was often played multiple times in a five game series.

However, Team Envy captain Patrick ‘ACHES’ Price disagreed, pointing out that map vetos feature in every other esport with multiple maps, and is “more competitive than random generated.”

SlasheR points out the flaw in ACHES’ argument however, because unlike Call of Duty, other games with multiple maps only have one game mode, meaning the same map being played more than once in a series is not possible.

CoD however has multiple modes and multiple maps, meaning the same map could be played for Hardpoint, Search & Destroy and Control.

SlasheR’s argues that having map variety is much better for the viewing experience, and even as a player he prefers watching different maps in a series, rather than the same back to back.

Envy coach Embry ‘Bevils’ Bevil disagreed however, stating that competitive integrity should take precedence over the viewing experience. While SlasheR didn’t necessarily argue against this, he doesn’t believe the improvement to competitive integrity is worth the poorer viewing experience.

It is unknown if map vetos will be used in Black Ops 4 for the CWL, but there has been no indication that it will be.

There has been hints that some of the maps currently in rotation will be removed ahead of the first event, with finalized CWL rules expected before CWL Vegas begins on December 7.

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How to get free Warzone Season 6 Combat Pack cosmetics bundle

Published: 21/Oct/2020 21:20 Updated: 21/Oct/2020 21:29

by Tanner Pierce


Activision has finally made the Season 6 Combat Pack for Call of Duty: Warzone available to download and it includes a slew of new content for players on PS4. Here’s everything you need to know about the bundle and how you can get your hands on it. 

Generally speaking, every time a new season rolls around for Warzone, Sony releases a pack that includes an exclusive blueprint, weapon skin, and other items that’s only available to PlayStation Plus members. Most players recognize it as a staple of each season at this point.

When Season 6 started, however, some players were puzzled by the fact that another one of these packs wasn’t announced or made available to Plus subcribers. Now, a few weeks later, that pack has finally been released and it includes a few items that might capture your interest.

Warzone Combat Pack 6 contents
Players have a slew of items they can get their hands on in the new Warzone Combat Pack.

What’s in the Warzone Season 6 Combat Pack?

Like all the other PS Plus packs released in the past, this one features several cosmetic items. According to the store listing, Combat Pack (Season 6) includes an Operator skin, pistol weapon blueprint, exclusive knife, charm, and a variety of other bonus content.

In addition, players will also get access to a 60-minute Double XP token, which can be activated in-game.

  • Epic Operator Skin for Rodion
  • Legendary Handgun Weapon Blueprint
  • Epic Knife
  • Epic Weapon Charm
  • Epic Calling Card
  • Epic Emblem
  • Epic Sticker
  • 60-minute Double XP Token
One of the main items players get in the new pack is the Jailbird skin for Rodion.

How do I get the Warzone Season 6 Combat Pack?

Like always, downloading the pack itself is quite simple and it can be found on the PlayStation Store on your PS4 or through your computer/mobile device:

  1. Visit the PlayStation Store, either online or on your PS4
  2. In the top search bar, type in “Warzone” (skip this step if doing online)
  3. The item should pop up on the right side of the screen if on console.
  4. Click “Download” (or “Add to Cart” on website)

How long will the pack be available for?

According to the in-game description, the Season 6 Combat Pack will be available until December 1, 2020, so there’s plenty of time to claim it before it leaves the store.