Call of Duty star Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell has set the record straight and responded to the recent rumors that he’d been benched by OpTic Gaming Los Angeles.
Few Call of Duty players saw their stock rise higher than Dashy during the Black Ops 4 season. The young star, alongside Thomas ‘TJHaly’ Haly, joined up with then-OpTic Gaming mainstays Seth ‘Scump’ Abner, Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter, and Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow to form a formidable line-up.
Though, as the competitive scene opened up a whole new chapter with the start of the Call of Duty League and the Modern Warfare season, his veteran teammates departed for new line-ups – leaving Dashy and TJHaly with OpTic LA. There had been rumors that Otell was facing a spell on the sidelines in favor of Martin ‘Chino’ Chino, though he’s finally straightened things out.
Dashy was a huge standout during the Black Ops 4 season.
During his April 13 stream, Dashy had been attempting to set up a 10s match with other professional players when he was quizzed about his situation, asking why he apparently wasn’t starting for OpTic Gaming Los Angles anymore.
“I’m starting. I literally just finished scrimming,” the 20-year-old quickly replied before being congratulated on having his starting spot back again. “Again? Nah, I was playing again today and that’s all that matters. Dropped 43 today, I took a picture just in case everyone didn’t see it,” he added.
With there never being any sort of official word one way or the other – whether Dashy was a starter or not – the only way to know if a change was in the works is if the OpTic Gaming Los Angeles players say something moving forward.
Regardless of a supposed change or not, Dashy and his OpTic LA teammates will be back in competitive action soon enough as they take part in the Chicago Huntsmen’ online CDL event that kicks off on April 24 and runs through April 26.
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.