Dallas’ Call of Duty franchise have unveiled their first player in franchising as former eUnited star James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks.
Competitive Call of Duty is undergoing a huge shift as it moves to franchise ahead of the Modern Warfare season. 12 franchises spanning 11 cities across the United States and Canada have been founded, replacing the huge brands of yesteryear in Call of Duty.
As a result, players have had the opportunity to sign with whoever they want – provided that they aren’t retained by a team that has a franchise spot. One such team, Dallas – which is backed by Team Envy – has begun to make their moves, starting off with a huge splash.
The legendary CoD pro will represent Dallas.
The team has announced that Clayster will be their first signing ahead of the inaugural season. The former eUnited Rifler has won 2 World Championships throughout his storied career and will give Dallas plenty of firepower.
Teams in the Call of Duty league will be able to sign up to 10 players for their roster, with the 5v5 system that was brought in during the Black Ops 4 holding over into franchising.
As has already been announced, teams will be able to substitute players in during their matches – similar to how the Overwatch League works – so, rosters could differ based on respawn game modes and for Search and Destroy.
Who else will join Clayster on the Dallas roster remains to be seen, as the team will announce a player every day until Saturday, October 19, where they will then reveal their branding for the new league.
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.