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CWL Champs 2019: FaZe Clan among first four bracket teams eliminated

Published: 17/Aug/2019 2:14 Updated: 17/Aug/2019 5:52

by Albert Petrosyan


Day three of the Call of Duty World League Championship 2019 wrapped up on August 16, and four more teams saw their CoD Champs journey come to an early end.

The start of bracket play at CWL Champs 2019 could only mean one thing – casualties, and there were four of them on the first day of the Championship Bracket.

Splyce, Team Envy, and FaZe Clan all failed to win their first round match in the Losers Bracket, meaning that they have now all been eliminated from the $2 million competition.

While they all will be disappointed in their placement, FaZe getting knocked out this early definitely comes as a major surprise, as they came into the week being one of the favorites to hoist the majestic trophy on Sunday.

Unfortunately, the road stops here for all four squads, who have officially placed 13-16 and will be taking home $25,000 each. You can check out the full final placements and prize split in our CWL Champs 2019 Final Placements hub

After restructuring their roster mid-season, FaZe Clan were unable to make it out of the first round at Champs.

Splyce upset by Team WaR

The first Losers Bracket match of the day was between Team WaR against Splyce, who came into the matchup as heavy favorites to advance.

The back-and-forth series ended up going to game five Search & Destroy, as WaR took the first Hardpoint and Control, while Splyce won the first S&D and the second Hardpoint. 

The fifth map went all the way to a round 11, and with everything riding on the line, the amateur side had just a bit more clutch factor to seal Splyce’s fate. 

Envy stunned by Singularity

While they did not have the greatest of seasons this year, Team Envy’s roster still featured three players who won it all at last season’s Champs.

However, that experience was not enough for them to surpass Team Singularity, the amateur team that has been one of the biggest surprises at this year’s tournament.

The match started with Singularity taking a quick 2-0 lead after winning Arsenal Hardpoint 250-163 and Payload S&D 6-4. A strong Arsenal Control from Envy put them on the board, but their AM opponents put the match to bed on Gridlock Hardpoint 250-155. 

FaZe reverse swept by 100 Thieves

Following pool play, you would be hard-pressed to find anyone that predicted a Losers Bracket first round meeting between powerhouse teams 100 Thieves and FaZe Clan.

However, after both were stunned in their Winners Bracket matches, that ended up being the matchup, and it ended up producing an unforgettable series that people will be talking about for the rest of CoD esports history.

Having built a 2-0 overall lead and a 2-0 round lead in the third map Control, FaZe were essentially one kill away from knocking out 100T and advancing to the next round.

Instead, they allowed 100T to steal the Control from under their noses, which gave them the momentum and confidence needed to pull off one of the greatest comebacks in Champs history. 

Heretics stopped by Elevate

An under-the-radar match turned into a fascinating battle, which unfortunately, was overshadowed by a lengthy delay due to technical issues.

Elevate jumped to a strong 2-0 lead after taking the first two maps, but that start was reciprocated by the Spanish side, who won the next two games to force a fifth map.

Unlike the 100T vs FaZe match, however, a reverse sweep was not to be on the cards, as Elevate took the game five S&D to eliminate Heretics.

Check out the full Championship Brackets by visiting our CWL Champs 2019 Winners and Losers Brackets, and follow all of the action live via our dedicated CWL Champs 2019 hub, which features both livestreams, updated scores, 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.