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Controversial Black Ops 4 specialist now banned in CWL for Search and Destroy

by Calum Patterson

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Following the announcement of the V1 CWL ruleset for Black Ops 4 on October 26, changes have already been made, including the addition of a map and restriction of a controversial specialist.

Hacienda was added to the Hardpoint map rotation after calls from professional players, and now one of the other big complaints has also been addressed.

The 'Torque' specialist, which grants players who use him a Razor Wire and Barricade, will now be restricted in Search and Destroy for any CWL related matches - including the upcoming 2K tournament.

The decision has perhaps come following a clip which went viral online, showing a player use the Razor Wire in combination with the Barricade to prevent their opponent having any chance of defusing.

By simply placing the Razor Wire directly over the bomb, and the Barricade (which has a guardian damage effect) adjacent, the opponent had absolutely no chance of winning the round.

Now, the CWL rules have been updated to restrict Torque's use - but only in Search and Destroy. The specialist will still be permitted in Hardpoint and Control.

"Torque is now restricted in Search and Destroy, but is allowed in Control and Hardpoint. This change is effective for all CWL Variant matches after 6pm ET on Monday, October 29."

Many competitive players will be happy with this change, especially since Torque actually received a significant buff in the October 30 update for Black Ops 4.

His Barricade will now be earned faster and do more 'hit points', although Treyarch did say that specialists may receive specific tuning for CWL rulesets, separate to the regular public match balancing.