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Dashy joins Chicago Huntsmen in CDL reunion with Scump for 2021 season

Published: 14/Sep/2020 20:03 Updated: 14/Sep/2020 20:13

by Albert Petrosyan

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The Call of Duty League’s Chicago Huntsmen have signed former OpTic Gaming LA star Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell for the 2021 season, reuniting him with ex-teammate Seth ‘Scump’ Abner.

The Call of Duty Rostermania this offseason might be the craziest it’s ever been, and now that the free-agent moratorium has been lifted, one of the biggest and most highly-anticipated moves has become official.

Dashy, who entered free agency following his second season with OpTic Gaming Los Angeles, has signed with the Chicago Huntsmen, who have now solidified their starting lineup with yet another bonafide superstar.

The news was formally announced on September 14, but had been one that many fans and experts were expecting; there were plenty of rumors that Dashy would join Huntsmen since even before he was let go by OGLA.

CHICAGO HUNTSMEN 2021 CDL STARTING ROSTER

  • Seth ‘Scump’ Abner
  • Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper
  • Dylan ‘Envoy’ Hannon
  • Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell

In effect, Dashy replaces the recently-departed Alec ‘Arcitys’ Sanderson and his twin brother Preston ‘Prestinni’ Sanderson, both of who left the Huntsmen following their third-place finish at the CDL Championship Weekend.

It was during that same postseason that he made his final appearance for OGLA – coming in for a game-five Search and Destroy in their series vs crosstown rivals LA Guerrillas in the first round of the losers bracket.

The three-year pro wasn’t even supposed to be playing, but teammate Kenny ‘Kuavo’ Williams kept experiencing connection issues, so Dashy was asked to fill in for that one map. He didn’t disappoint, hitting a couple of difficult snipes to help OpTic win the game and the series.

Prior to that, he had been inactive for nearly two months after OGLA decided to bench him following a string of poor performances, replacing him with Zack ‘Drazah’ Jordan, who they ended up keeping on the roster for 2021.

After a successful first season with the Green Wall in Black Ops 4, which saw Dashy ascend into Call of Duty superstardom and win his first major trophy and tournament MVP, the arrival of franchising and Modern Warfare led to a tumultuous 2020 campaign.

The team, which was stacked with talent and considered to be one of the best, got off to a difficult start and only began experiencing some progress after the now-retired Jordan ‘JKap’ Kaplan was benched for Martin ‘Chino’ Chino.

But the success that the franchise had envisioned never really materialized, prompting a drastic roster shuffle that sent Dashy and Chino to the reserves in favor of Drazah and Darien ‘Hollow’ Chverchko, a Challengers player who is now also no longer with the org.

SCUFCWL Vegas in 2018 was Dashy’s first major trophy as a professional player, and he was also named tournament MVP.

Now Dashy’s on the Huntsmen and all of the baggage that came with the up-and-down 2020 season is behind him. Also, and perhaps more importantly, this move pairs him back up with Scump after the two had teamed together in 2019.

The messy saga involving the Immortals Gaming Club takeover of OpTic, coupled with the arrival of franchising, led to that roster being dismantled and Scump, Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow, and Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter all going their separate ways.

However, despite all the reports of ill feelings and bad blood between several members of that team, Dashy and Scump have apparently remained on good terms, which could be why he’s ultimately decided to join Chicago.


Keep up with all of the offseason player signings and team changes with our Call of Duty League Rostermania hub.

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Black Ops Cold War Zombies leak reveals new Pack-A-Punch, armor, more

Published: 29/Oct/2020 2:20 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 2:23

by Brad Norton

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A huge collection of Black Ops Cold War Zombies leaks has seemingly revealed a ton of key details for the upcoming mode, including new weapons, Perks, armor, and plenty of additional features. 

Zombies in Call of Duty has been around since World at War released in 2008. The round-based mode has been a staple in Treyarch games ever since and the upcoming Black Ops Cold War is no different.

The iconic mode is returning in a big way. Not only will new features be on display on a new map, but players will be able to join up with friends across all platforms for the first time ever. There’s a ton to look forward to, but before the November 13 launch, a wide array of details have already leaked out online.

From brand-new features in the latest iteration, to the surprise inclusion of armor, and even a new spin on Pack-A-Punch, there’s plenty to digest. Here’s an overview of all the key information from the new leaks.

Armor coming to Zombies in Black Ops Cold War

Warzone armor
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Warzone’s armor system appears to be making its way to Zombies in Black Ops Cold War

In a first for the series, armor is reportedly making its way to the Zombies experience. Similar to how it functions in Warzone, players will be able to equip three armor plates at once. Additionally, this armor can then be upgraded at brand new ‘armor stations’ around the map. 

This means that teams will be able to boost their health greater than ever before.

In previous iterations, Juggernog was the main source of health buffs. However, with full armor and Juggernog in Black Ops Cold War, players can allegedly survive “10 hits from a Zombie.”

Perks in Black Ops Cold War Zombies

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Many of the fan-favorites are back, but a new Perk is also on the way in Black Ops Cold War.

While previous leaks outlined which perks to expect in the newly revamped Zombies mode, a few new details have slipped through the cracks. There is one new Perk-a-cola in the game and it’s referred to as ‘Elemental Pop.’

This unique perk will activate an Ammo Mod at random. You may be wondering what an Ammo Mod even is, that’s because these are entirely new with Black Ops Cold War as well. There are four Ammo Mods in total and chugging this new perk will randomly give out one at a time.

Below is a list of all four and how they function:

  • Cyrofreeze – Frost damage and slows enemies.
  • Dead Wire – Electric damage and stuns enemies.
  • Napalm Blast – Fire damage and burns Zombies.
  • Brain Rot – Turns a Zombie to an ally.
Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
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Elemental Pop is set to change your weapons in exciting new ways.

One of these effects will be applied to your equipped weapon, changing how the map will play out moving forward. Also of note, Pack-A-Punch has been changed to fit these new Ammo Mods as well.

Whenever you’re Pack-A-Punching a gun in Black Ops Cold War, you’ll reportedly be able to choose from this list. No longer will the upgrade be down to luck; players will have input in the effects their weapons will come with.

Field Upgrades in Black Ops Cold War Zombies

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Eight powerful Field Upgrades are supposedly in the works for Black Ops Cold War.

Rather than working with Specialists in the upcoming Zombies mode, Field Upgrades are in focus. There are seemingly eight in total, though only five may be included at launch, according to the leaker.

Some of these help wipe out waves of enemies while others will set your team up to defend a location. They all have unique functions so you’ll have to pick wisely and spread them out among your team. Below is a list of each Field Upgrade seemingly confirmed for launch.

  • Aether Shroud – Masks your presence, making you near-invisible to Zombies. Lasts 5 seconds.
  • Ring of Fire – “Ring shows up that boosts damage inside for everyone.” Also burns enemies that step inside.
  • Healing Aura – Heal yourself and teammates to full health within a small radius.
  • Frost Blast – Wind blast of frost damage. Also slows Zombies.
  • Energy Mine – Proximity mine.

Additionally, three more Field Upgrades appear to be joining the list in future seasons. Lightning Links, Toxic Growth, and Frenzy Guard could all change your strategies as Black Ops Cold War evolves.

New Rune upgrade system in Black Ops Cold War Zombies

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It looks like there will be more to grind for than any previous Zombies experience.

While plenty of other details may seem like obvious iterations, Runes are supposedly the “biggest innovation” in Black Ops Cold War. These serve the role of a fully-fledged upgrade system. Everything from Perks to weapons can all be upgraded through the use of Runes.

With every aspect of the game having three distinct tiers, that leads to a total of 72 permanent upgrades to unlock. These are all purchasable with a new in-game currency known as ‘Aetherium,’ according to the leaks.

Aetherium comes in both Raw and Flawless variants. There’s no telling just how long the grind will be to tally up your Aetherium, though playing the game is seemingly the only way to earn this new currency. 

One example of the Rune system at work focused on the Stamin-Up perk. With the level one upgrade, movement impairing effects from stuns and Zombie strikes are reduced by 50%. At the next tier, all fall damage is removed. Finally, at level three, players are able to sprint while aiming.

Other new details for Zombies in Black Ops Cold War

Black Ops Cold War zombie gameplay
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You can spot a blueish grenade dropping off of this Zombie in the official trailer. This could be part of the new loot system.

Right off the bat, you’ll notice that Zombies have health bars and display damage numbers when being hit. Additionally, there will be a compass and minimap no different from Warzone. 

Zombies will supposedly also have a chance to drop random loot at any time. Similar to power-up drops in the classic Zombies experience, foes can drop armor, grenades, and even killstreaks, according to the leaker.

Last but not least, there is a new Salvage system in the game.

As you progress through the rounds and fend off waves, you’ll collect Salvage which can then be used to build various tools. From explosives to support equipment and even Monkey Bombs, crafting will be a key feature in Zombies.

Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
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This is a look at Salvage in the Zombies trailer, according to the leaker.

As always with early leaks, do take this information with a grain of salt until Black Ops Cold War is released. Some of these details could come from an early build that has since been changed or outright scrapped.

Only time will tell how much of this holds true. If even half of this info is accurate, however, Zombies fans could be in for the most elaborate year thus far.