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Dallas Empire coach Rambo hits back at “disrespect” from FormaL and OpTic

Published: 12/Jan/2021 13:10

by Jacob Hale


Dallas Empire coach Raymond ‘Rambo’ Lussier has hit out at OpTic Chicago members, and especially Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper over the disrespect they’ve shown him in a CDL ranking video.

As the kings of content in the Call of Duty League, the OpTic team are always putting together interesting videos and things for fans to engage with.

One video posted in January, though, has caused quite a stir among the community, with players, coaches and fans alike not taking kindly to what’s been said, as they rank some of the greats of Call of Duty past and present into tiers.

James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks has already called out Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell for suggesting he is a ‘C-Tier’ talent in Call of Duty, and now his former coach, Rambo, has something to say to the team too.

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Dallas Empire have seen incredible levels of success with Rambo coaching them, but he was a great player himself, too.

Rambo was one of the harder choices for the players to place, with arguments that he could be placed anywhere between the B to D tiers.

Eventually, they settled and put him in C, though FormaL wasn’t impressed at all, convinced that Rambo is a D-tier talent who wasn’t much of a force on the map, even referencing a rough start Rambo had to a map during the finals of CoD Champs 2014.

While he might not be playing anymore, Rambo still has that competitive edge, and he wasn’t happy with what was said, calling it “pretty disrespectful” and even goading the team, saying they “got sent to the curb by my squad in my last event.”

The event he’s speaking about, of course, is that CoD Champs event, where his Envy side got the better of both FormaL’s Team Kaliber and Scump’s OpTic Gaming on their epic loser’s bracket run.

While Rambo was never known for his insane raw skill and high-kill gameplay, he’s commonly regarded as one of the smartest minds in Call of Duty history, so you can definitely understand where his frustration comes from.

Now, though, his Dallas Empire squad are on top of the Call of Duty world and already spent one season getting the better of the Chicago side — and now he’ll want even more going into CDL 2021.

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Black Ops Cold War Zombies: New Firebase Z details, Tombstone Soda, Scorestreaks

Published: 15/Jan/2021 21:29 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 21:30

by Tanner Pierce


In celebration of 115 day (which is a reference to Element 115 from Zombies lore), Treyarch have revealed some of the first major details about the upcoming Black Ops Cold War Zombies map, Firebase Z.

During the Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch announced that a new Zombies map, titled Firebase Z, would be coming before the end of the season and confirmed that more details would be coming on 115 day.

Now, that day is here and it’s safe to say that Treyarch have delivered, at least for the time being, confirming exactly how the map connects to the mode’s overall narrative and revealing some new items that players will be able to use while grinding their way through it.

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Firebase Z will take place in Vietnam and feature new enemies.

According to Treyarch, Firebase Z takes place in a facility called Outpost 25, which is located in the jungles of Vietnam. Set after the events of the first map, Die Maschine, Samantha Maxis has been captured by Omega Group and it’s up to the Requiem team to go and save her, which brings them to Outpost 25.

The developers also confirmed that the map will feature some brand-new enemies and gameplay mechanics, but they failed to go into detail about what exactly they will be. Could we be seeing a new boss zombie similar to the Megaton from Die Maschine? Fans will have to just wait and see.

New Zombies perk and scorestreaks

Tombstone Soda is returning in Black Ops Cold War and it’ll operate a bit differently than it has in the past.

In addition to the narrative details, Treyarch also confirmed some of the new items coming to the game. The first, which was teased a few weeks back, is the Tombstone Soda perk.

For Black Ops Cold War, the aforementioned perk, which originated in Black Ops II, will feature some novel abilities.

While the player has the perk active, they will turn into a “shadow” if they’re downed. In this form, players can use weapons while they attempt to revive themselves. That being said, if you die while in shadow form, you’re done, presumably until the next round.

If you’re a fan of the original perk, however, that’s not a problem, as the tier-three upgrade for the Black Ops Cold War version allows you to drop a small stash, which includes all of your original items, when you die, which is almost identical to how the BO2 version worked.

Beyond that, the developers also confirmed that two new scorestreaks will be coming to the game: the Artillery and Napalm Strike. Each one can be crafted from the Crafting Table, although it’s unknown whether or not they’ll be available on just Firebase Z or if Die Maschine is also getting some love.

All in all, it seems like Firebase Z is going to bring a ton of cool features when it launches on February 4, 2021, which is sure to liven up the overall Zombies experience in Black Ops Cold War.