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CWL Champs 2019 round 2 matchups set for Winners Bracket

Published: 16/Aug/2019 22:27 Updated: 16/Aug/2019 23:26

by Albert Petrosyan

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Bracket play at the CWL Championship 2019 started off with a bang, as we now have our matchups for the second round of the Winners Bracket.

The first day of bracket play at CoD Champs 2019 took place on August 16, with the 16 teams that survived pool play doing battle to see who would stay up in the Winners Bracket.

After the first round, eight teams stamped their ticket to the quarterfinals of the $2 million tournament, with the other eight now having their backs against the wall in the Losers Bracket.

As expected, several of the tournament favorites made it through to round two, including eUnited, OpTic Gaming, and Team Reciprocity, while 100 Thieves and FaZe Clan were stunningly sent down after losing to Luminosity and REC respectively.

That said, you can find details about the four second round matchups below, all of which will be played during day four of Champs on August 14.

MLGFormaL’s Luminosity are in the second round of the CWL Champs Winners Bracket after taking down 100 Thieves.

eUnited vs Evil Geniuses

The winners of last month’s CWL Finals and the top seeded team at Champs will be facing off against the organization that won it all last season.

eUnited took down amateur side Team War 3-1 in the first round, and EG handles Splyce by the same scoreline, setting up what should be a fun affair.

While EG are certainly to be taken seriously, most will see eU being favorites going into this matchup. 

Sicario Gaming vs UNITS

An interesting round two matchup that not many would have foreseen, as amateur team Sicario Gaming will be facing off against UNITS, the band of pro players who have gone almost half the season without an organization.

Sicario took down pool play standouts Team Singularity 3-1 in the first round, and UNITS delivered Team Envy a 3-1 loss.

While Sicario have proven to be a dangerous opponent, UNITS will likely have the experience to win this duel.

Team Reciprocity vs Luminosity

When the Winners Bracket was first announced, very few would have predicted both of these teams to advance to the second round, considering the strength of their respective first round opponents.

However, REC were able to defeat FaZe Clan 3-1, a match which featured some brother rivalry as Skrapz and Wuzkin faced off. Shortly afterwards, LG got a stunning 3-1 result against 100 Thieves, which is even more crazy considering how both teams fared in pool play.

It’s definitely tough to call this one, but one thing is for certain, fans should expect a fiery match between these two strong teams. 

Enigma6 vs OpTic Gaming

The fourth and final match of round two will feature Enigma6 facing off against OpTic, one of the favorites to win it all at CoD Champs 2019.

After topping Pool B with a perfect 3-0 record, E6 continued their stellar play with a 3-0 demolishing of Elevate, while OG took care of Spanish side Team Heretics 3-1.

E6 have been on quite a ride so far, but the Green Wall’s relentless and unforgiving potential could be too much for them to handle.

You can 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 four livestreams, updated scores, final placements so far, 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

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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

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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

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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

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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.