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Dallas CoD announce Crimsix as fifth player ahead of 2020 CDL season

Published: 18/Oct/2019 18:11 Updated: 18/Oct/2019 19:04

by Albert Petrosyan


The Call of Duty franchise based in Dallas has announced that legendary veteran player Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter will be the final member of their starting lineup for the 2020 CDL season.

Envy Gaming’s Dallas Call of Duty franchise is one of 12 organizations that will be participating in the 2020 CDL season – the inaugural campaign for the esport’s transition to a franchise-based model.

During the week of October 14-18, the team announced one member of its starting lineup per day, starting off with defending World Champion  James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks.

Saving perhaps the biggest announcement for last, they revealed Crimsix to be their fifth starting player on October 18, confirming what many had already been speculating after clues had been dropped earlier in the week.

“How everything went down?” Crim said in his cinematic announcement video. “How the last years have gone? It’s all white noise now. It’s all behind me. But I will never forgive, and will never forget. Most players, they want to be the best, but I’m way past that now. It’s about cementing myself as the greatest of all time.”

It will undoubtedly take a while to get used to seeing Crimsix in a jersey that’s not emblazoned with the green of OpTic Gaming.

He joined the Green Wall back in 2014 and quickly established himself as an integral part of what later became known as OpTic’s ‘dynasty roster,’ along with Scump, FormaL, and Karma.

He ended up winning 19 major tournaments with the organization, bringing his total to 32 and making him the winningest player in CoD history, and second in esports overall, behind Halo legend and current Florida CoD GM Tom ‘OGRE2’ Ryan.

Unfortunately, it appears that his time with OpTic did not end on good terms, as he claimed that he was “forced out” by former teammates, leading to him announcing free agency in early September. 

Crimsix - TwitterCrimsix was a key member of OpTic’s ‘dynasty roster,’ helping deliver the Green Wall their first ever World Championship.

Speaking of OpTic, they did Crimsix the honor of giving him a proper farewell on social media after the announcement went live, posting a collage of his most memorable moments and captioning it with a goodbye message.

“Today, we part ways with Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter,” they tweeted. “We thank him for his time and skill, and the passion that he put toward OpTic for the past five years. We wish him nothing but success and look forward to his next adventure with CoD Dallas.”

While this completes Dallas CoD’s expected starting lineup for the 2020 season, it does not mean that they will not be making any more player signings.

With organizations required to have at least seven players, and mid-match substitutions having been confirmed as part of the competitive format, fans can expect Dallas to make more announcements in the near future.

That said, the collection of players they’ve already put together is quite fearsome, as it combines the veteran leadership and experience of Clayster and Crimsix, the already established talent of Huke, and the young and raw skill of both iLLeY and Shotzzy. 


  • James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks
  • Anthony ‘Shotzzy’ Cuevas-Castro
  • Cuyler ‘Huke’ Garland
  • Indervir ‘iLLeY’ Dhaliwal
  • Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter

Keep up with all of the offseason roster moves and player announcements via our dedicated CDL RosterMania hub.

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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.