Call of Duty

David Vonderhaar going “hardcore” to fix lag in Black Ops Cold War Beta

Published: 10/Oct/2020 11:37

by Joe Craven


Longtime Call of Duty maker and Treyarch developer David Vonderhaar has responded to concerns over connection in the ongoing Black Ops Cold War Beta, following a host of complaints from players. 

The Black Ops Cold War Beta dropped on October 8, giving (PS4) players another chance to get their hands on Treyarch’s new CoD installment ahead of its November release.


Following on from the Alpha, Treyarch were keen to let players know what had changed, as well as what they will be monitoring going forwards.

However, many members of the CoD community have identified frustrating aspects of the Beta they want adjusted. While skill-based matchmaking once again dominates the discourse, many are also complaining of serious issues with connection, latency and lag.

BOCW’s Beta has fixed some of the Alpha’s problems, but has its own too.

What makes the issues all the more confusing, though, is that very few players experienced connection problems in the Alpha. The Beta’s connection issues on the other hand, appear to be affecting a significant portion of the player base.

One of these players is YouTube veteran Drift0r, who highlighted his connection woes as one of the Beta’s most intrusive issues. He communicated this to David Vonderhaar on October 10, after the Treyarch dev asked for a positive and a negative regarding the Beta. “Connection doesn’t feel right. Pretty sure I am behind in every gunfight,” he said.

Vonderhaar responded specifically, confirming that he is prioritizing looking into the issues. “I’ve seen a lot of tweets about the connection,” he replied. “That’s not good. I don’t have any information, but I am going to chase that one down hardcore. Of all the messages I’ve read, that one needs a lot of attention right away.”


Connection issues for many have taken the form of backing away behind cover, only to be killed by an enemy. Needless to say, this is an incredibly annoying way to die.

It’s important to remember that, despite the issues and the fact it’s the second time many players have been able to get their hands on Black Ops Cold War, this is still only a Beta.

Treyarch’s list of fixes and adjustments before the full game releases will be monumental, and pleasing everyone is a truly impossible task.

Call of Duty

NICKMERCS rates the best Warzone players from to Scump to HusKerrs

Published: 24/Oct/2020 1:06

by Theo Salaun


Tasked with drafting a team for a Call of Duty: Warzone tournament, NICKMERCS went through some of the game’s biggest names, ranking them while determining who he would most want to duo with.

To start Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards’ $10,000 “Cracked Creators” Warzone tournament, 16 creators were tasked with drafting their duo from 16 “cracked” streamers.


As one of the creators allowed to select their tandem, NICKMERCS sifted through 16 of the game’s best to determine who he would prefer to play with.

Ultimately, the FaZe streamer ended up putting his decision to a poll among his fans. But, before doing so, he originally went through all 16 and gave thoughts on how each of them ranks. And the options were varied, but all shared one thing in common: talent.


With professional Call of Duty League players like Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper and Seth ‘Scump’ Abner available, as well as Warzone streamers like Aydan and HusKerrs, the candidates were excellent. Still, NICKMERCS sifted through and broke down who he truly believes ranks as the battle royale’s best.

Segment begins at 00:20:45.

NICKMERCS starts by going through the list and just expressing what an absolute struggle it will be to pick from such a talented crop of peers: “Oh, it’s going to be so hard to pick man … No matter what, everybody that I would pick from is cracked.” But, after going through and complimenting practically everybody, he starts the process of elimination.

Since Nick chooses second after DrDisrespect, he immediately eliminates Zlaner as Doc’s likely first pick. Then, he eliminates JoeWo with two simple reasons: “I’ve never played with him and every time I play against him, I beat that little ass.”


Then, BobbyPoff is gone: “BobbyPoff, I love the guy, but take him off the list.” And the “Scarf Lord” is followed quickly by the Chicago Huntsmen’s FormaL and Scump: “Love ‘em, love ‘em. But I feel like there’s better BR players.” After that, things start getting complicated.

The list of “cracked” players in Hitch’s Cracked Creators Warzone tournament.

Similar to Zlaner, Nick decides to sacrifice Merk so that he can play with his longtime duo, Maven. Then, recognizing that all of these remaining players are absolute menaces on Verdansk, he goes with two simple metrics to determine his personal preference. He immediately prioritizes controller players and the highest earners in Warzone tournaments.

That eliminates stars like HusKerrs and Symfuhny for their mouse and keyboard usage, while also eliminating Crowder and DougIsRaw for their low earnings. Finally, he eliminates Jukeyz because of his struggles understanding the UK maestro’s accent and decides to put the decision to a poll.



Ultimately, it’s between Aydan and Tommey, with Cloakzy popping on to let NICKMERCS know that Aydan’s been playing some Fortnite recently. That leaves the FaZe star choosing Tommey, noting that “he’s got great communication, phenomenal player, guaranteed to get some chopper kills off rip.”

Despite going through full rankings for his options and landing upon an excellent duo, the decision-making process proved to be futile. NICKMERCS and Tommey could only end in the Top 12 for the tournament, while the easily dismissed BobbyPoff actually came in first place. 


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