CWL Champs 2019: 100 Thieves' reverse sweep of FaZe Clan a series for the ages - Dexerto
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CWL Champs 2019: 100 Thieves’ reverse sweep of FaZe Clan a series for the ages

Published: 17/Aug/2019 5:10 Updated: 17/Aug/2019 6:16

by Albert Petrosyan


Powerhouse Call of Duty teams 100 Thieves and FaZe Clan did battle at the 2019 CWL Championship, and their series will go down in history as being one of the best ever.

It’s not usual to see two tournament favorites meet in the first round of the Losers Bracket at CoD Champs, but that was the case for 100 Thieves and FaZe Clan.

After flawless matches in pool play, they both fell victim to 3-1 losses in the first round of the Winners Bracket, at the hands of Luminosity Gaming and Team Reciprocity respectively.

As fate would have it, the two squads would end up having to face each other in a do-or-die affair, with one of them guaranteed to finish a disappointing 13-16 at the $2 million tournament.

100T ended up getting the win, but it was no ordinary victory, as it involved an unbelievable reverse sweep that had all the characteristics of an unforgettable series.

MLG100 Thieves pulled off a reverse sweep for the ages, using every bit of the skill that won them back-to-back CWL events earlier this year.

FaZe start off with a bang

There is no questionthat FaZe had 100T on the ropes in the first half of the match, jumping out to a quick 2-0 lead.

They stood tall on Frequency Hardpoint 250-217, before clutching up in round 11 of Gridlock Search & Destroy to win 6-5, which also included an incredible 1v3 by their longtime star man ZooMaa.

The turning point

The swing in the series came during the third map Control on Gridlock, which 100 Thieves somehow stole from under the FaZe players’ noses. FaZe had used their momentum to gain a 2-0 advantage, and at one point had a 9v2 life advantage in the third round.

However, seemingly dead and buried, 100T miraculously managed to steal the round, and ended up coming back to win the map 3-2, staying alive and extending the series.

Reverse sweep confirmed

FaZe appeared to not let that disastrous map loss deter their focus, twice building a 60+ point lead in the Hacienda Hardpoint that followed.

However, excellent tactics and streak usage from 100T allowed them comeback again and take the win at the end, despite having been on the wrong end of a spectacular 49-kill performance from young star Cellium. 

With momentum very much on their side now, there was a much greater sense of confidence in 100T, who ended up handling FaZe pretty easily in the map five Arsenal S&D.

The series came full circle when Octane clutched up an impressive 1v3 of his own, adding a cherry on the top of what will go down as one of the greatest Champs comeback wins ever.

With the result, FaZe were one of the four teams that were eliminated in the first day of bracket play, a huge letdown for a team that were quite literally one kill away from sweeping their way to the next round.

Instead, they will be going home with a 13-16 placement and a $25,000 split of the prize pool, along with the bitter regret that comes with such a massive collapse.

You can check out the final placements of eliminated teams so far and their prize splits by visiting our CWL Champs 2019 Final Placements, and follow all of the action live via our dedicated CWL Champs 2019 hub, which features four livestreams, updated scores, Winners and Losers brackets, and more.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter @DexertoINTEL for constant live update tweets through each day of the competition. 

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3 tips to help you survive Black Ops Cold War’s new Zombies Cranked mode

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:40

by Tanner Pierce


With the release of Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch has added Cranked into the game’s Zombies mode – and it’s pretty different from the standard version, requiring some completely separate strategies. 

While Cranked in Call of Duty games is nothing new, having debuted all the way back in 2013’s Ghosts, what is different is a Zombies version of the mode, which was just added to Black Ops Cold War during the game’s midseason update.

The concept is simple: You’re given a timer, and when that timer reaches 0, you explode and die. With each kill, however, your timer resets, giving you more time to keep on grinding. It’s an incredibly fast-paced mode in normal multiplayer, and the Zombies version is even more hectic – but there are some tips you can utilize to help you survive longer.

Pace out your kills

Pacing out your kills in Cranked is important due to the fact that you only need one kill to reset your timer.

In standard Cranked, players are usually scrambling to get kills. In a 5v5 or 6v6, it makes sense, considering there’s only a limited amount of potential targets, and if you can’t find anyone, you’ll die easily due to the timer running out.

With BOCW Zombies Cranked, the opposite is true. There’s always an abundance of enemies and, while it’s not impossible to run out of targets, generally speaking, they’ll keep on spawning (there’s not even a break in-between rounds).

Because of this, there’s no need to be mowing down Zombies as one does in the normal mode. Instead, if you’re feeling overwhelmed (or if you want to get something done like Pack-A-Punching your weapon), try running away from the enemies for a while to get your bearings.

Remember, all it takes is one kill to reset your timer. If you find it running out, just look behind you at the horde you’ve surely amounted, kill one Zombie, and then move along with your business. Wasting your time mowing down each and every zombie can cost you your game.

With all that being said, don’t think you can run away from the Zombies with no problem; if you get too far away, you’ll find yourself struggling for kills, so it’s best if you stay nearby.

Use fast-reloading weapons and attachments

You’ll want to use weapons that can be reloaded quickly in Cranked.

In normal Zombies, using a LMG is sort of required during late-game conflicts, as it allows you to mow down Zombies with greater power. In Cranked, speed is king, so it might be better to use something smaller like an SMG.

Reloading fast is essential in Cranked, as you can easily become overrun. Even though it does have a lot of power, you don’t want to waste your time on the horrendously slow reload time found on LMGs. If you want an even faster reload time, you could even throw a fast-mag onto your SMG, and get it done even quicker.

In addition, SMGs have the added benefit of allowing you to run faster, meaning you’ll be able to evade Zombies even better than you would before.

Always go for the Timer Freeze power up

Remembering these tips can be the difference between surviving or dying early on.

Treyarch has implemented a brand new power-up that’s exclusive to the Cranked game mode: Timer Freeze. With this, players will be able to stop their countdown timer for around 15 seconds or so, giving them a breather.

While this might seem obvious to point out, you’ll want to go for those as much as possible. Getting one at the start of your game is not too important, but it’s especially critical when you get into the late game.

As the mode goes on, your timer will get shorter and shorter, meaning every break you get becomes more and more important. Having that 15 second breather seems like an eternity once you get it, so missing out on one can hurt you a lot – sometimes costing you your life.

While Cranked is incredibly fast-paced, it’s really not that bad if you know what you’re doing. If you remember these tips, you shouldn’t have as much of a problem.