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Dallas Empire’s Shotzzy wins 2020 Call of Duty League MVP

Published: 23/Aug/2020 21:10 Updated: 23/Aug/2020 22:14

by Theo Salaun

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The 2020 Call of Duty League MVP has finally been announced and the honor has gone to the second-seeded Dallas Empire’s rookie, Anthony ‘Shotzzy’ Cuevas.

Coming over from Halo, Shotzzy was one of 2020’s most highly anticipated rookies and he pulled through on those expectations with absolutely absurd movement and gunplay following a rough start to the season, easily earning the MVP crown.

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By season’s end, Shotzzy proved to be the most intimidating SMG Slayer in the CDL, narrowly edging out the Atlanta FaZe’s Chris ‘Simp’ Lehr in fans’ minds as the league’s best SMG by impressing weekly.

But it wasn’t so narrow with MVP voters (CDL talent team members and media members), as voting was “nearly unanimous” in favor of the young movement maestro, according to league Commissioner Johanna Faries.

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Understandably so, as he shrugged off early-season jitters during the first two events and pulled off a stellar 1.14 K/D for the rest of the season. Even including the first two events, Shotzzy’s K/D was at a 1.06 for the entire season, explaining why he is considered the league’s deadliest player. 

In his own tweet following the announcement, he was quick to credit all the support he has received following the rough start to his Call of Duty road.

“From the beginning of the year with all the hate and just putting my head down and putting so many hours into improving day to day and it pay off like this is a special feeling,” he wrote. “Thank you for the support this year, you guys have been amazing.”

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But the assassin, who has shown versatility rocking the Grau on maps like Azhir Cave during the CDL Playoffs, has always been adamant about his teammates’ role in enabling him to put up his big numbers. That undeniable MP5 slaying ability, versatility, and team play made him an easy decision for 2020 MVP — ahead of four other stellar candidates.

2020 Call of Duty League MVP candidates

  • Anthony ‘Shotzzy’ Cuevas, Dallas Empire (winner)
  • McArthur ‘Cellium’ Jovel, Atlanta FaZe
  • Dylan ‘Envoy’ Hannon, Chicago Huntsmen
  • Cesar ‘Skyz’ Bueno, Florida Mutineers
  • Chris ‘Simp’ Lehr, Atlanta FaZe

Not only does he get the honor of being awarded the league’s first-ever such trophy, but Shotzzy also received a custom MVP gaming headset and a luxury watch to remember his incredible campaign.

CDL 2020 MVP REWARDS
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The goodies given to the 2020 CDL MVP, including a trophy, headset, and watch.
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A close-up shot of the 2020 CDL MVP watch.

When asked in an exclusive Dexerto interview about his teammates and how they help him put up his numbers, the former Halo pro was quick to be selfless: “They honestly allow me to do whatever I do. And they’re not like ‘why are you doing this, why are you doing that?’ They kind of just let me roam freely and that’s why you see the stats I put up.”

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And, in that same interview, when asked if he was the league’s top player, the confidence was clear: “If you don’t think you’re the best, then you’re obviously not. So I’m going to say yeah.”

As it turns out, nearly every voter also thought he was the best. The CDL’s first MVP is in the books, but he’ll be looking to finish this season’s final chapter off with a happy ending at CDL Champs.

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Call of Duty Mobile adds Blackout map Alcatraz to battle royale mode

Published: 15/Oct/2020 6:06 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 6:37

by Brad Norton

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Call of Duty Mobile’s Anniversary update is in full effect to celebrate the launch of Season 11 and a few big surprises are on the way, including a limited time second map for the battle royale mode.

It’s the one year anniversary of CoD Mobile and the developers are celebrating in a big way. The full Season 11 patch notes outlined a bunch of new content on the horizon. From new rewards and weapons to a full Battle Pass and plenty more, there’s a ton to play for amidst the festivities.

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However, there’s also plenty more excitement set to carry the hype through the entire season. Chief among the additions is a special, limited-time map coming just for the battle royale playlist. If you’re a long-time Call of Duty player, you’ll know the location all too well.

Blackout’s Alcatraz map will be available to play alongside the standard Isolated battle royale map you know already. 

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Blackout’s Alcatraz map is making a return for a limited time in CoD Mobile.

“For our Anniversary Season we’re adding a limited time second map with Alcatraz,” the developers revealed on October 14. This location hasn’t been seen in Call of Duty since Black Ops 4’s take on the battle royale genre with Blackout.

If you weren’t around for its original run, Blackout is a considerably smaller map than what you might be used to in CoD Mobile. “Keep your head on a swivel and take advantage of the map’s verticality,” they advised. “Get up high and rain destruction on your enemies below.”

Similar to Warzone for PC and console players, plenty of vehicles were scattered around the original Blackout map. Expect to see some of those make a return, though every other gameplay element will play exactly the same as you’re used to.

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It’s worth noting, however, that this map won’t be a permanent addition to the mobile experience. Alcatraz is included for the Anniversary celebration before it disappears again. Though given how much effort would have been required to port the map to CoD Mobile, it’s likely not the last time we see it.

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Keep on high alert at all times as Alcatraz is a much smaller battle royale map than Isolation.

Expect to see plenty of surprises in the battle royale playlist throughout the next month. From new weapons to mods and a ton of balance updates, it’s easily one of the biggest patches to date.

Get caught up to speed before dropping in with a full rundown on the Season 11 patch notes here.

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