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Disappointing Black Ops 4 CMG Pro Down ends worse than it started – Final placements

Published: 14/Jan/2019 3:28 Updated: 14/Jan/2019 8:40

by Vincent Genova


The CMG Pro Down has filled competitive CoD fans schedules and given pros valuable practice between official CWL tournaments, but this weekend’s edition was lacking.

The tournament started with eUnited and OpTic Gaming dropping out for a much deserved rest. The two automatically qualified for the Pro League based on their CWL Vegas placings, meaning they don’t have to worry about competitive CoD for about another month. Splyce and Luminosity also qualified, but decided to make short, cameo appearances in the Pro Down.

For the rest of the teams, possibly the biggest tournament of their careers is taking place on January 16 – this is the reason the Pro Down tournament was so disappointing.

The Pro League Play-in takes place just days after the Pro Down and will determine the Black Ops 4 League teams for the entire season. With such massive stakes at the Play-in, pros were understandably hesitant to stream this weekend, potentially revealing the strategies they have been working on since Vegas.

Splyce was the one team who decided to stream the Pro Down, making Jurd, Temp and Loony (and substitute NAMELESS) the only way for CoD fans to watch the tournament. Since they were eliminated in Round 2, the Pro Down quickly disappeared from sight.

As for the matches, we can look at results after completion like we are following 1940’s baseball.

100 Thieves, possibly still working out the kinks or maybe hiding new strats, dropped their first two matches to go home early. They lost a 5-map affair to TeddyRecKs and crew, before being knocked out by EnVy in Losers.

The Pro Down and the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers had a lot in common.

EnVy, who said they were using the Pro Down as practice, went on a decent run by eliminating 100T, EG, and Tainted Minds before dropping to REC in Round 4.

Pittsburgh Knights and UYU may have tried to use the Pro Down to gel their rosters after making late moves. Both teams picked up quality wins; PK dropped EG and UYU took out Team Spacely after sending EnVy to Losers.

In the end it was FaZe and Enigma 6 making it to Winners Finals and Reciprocity emerging from the Losers side of the bracket. Which brings us to the exciting conclusion of the Pro Down tournament:

The Pro Down ended in a triple forfeit, but at least nobody was watching.

Pro players should not have to stream important practice sessions during what are ultimately meaningless tournaments – and fans should not have to wait months between competitive content. Thankfully, the Pro League Play-in will solve the problem on January 16.

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4 features Warzone desperately needs in Black Ops Cold War

Published: 28/Oct/2020 13:00 Updated: 28/Oct/2020 13:31

by James Busby


With season 6 of Warzone out for fans to enjoy and Black Ops Cold War on the way, we’re still excited to see what content updates will drop in the future. Here are four things we want to see added to Call of Duty’s battle royale title.

Warzone’s blisteringly fast kill times, highly customizable loadout drops, satisfying killstreaks, and addictive gunplay makes it one of the most unique entries in the BR genre. Of course, like all good battle royale games, Warzone needs a constant stream of fresh content updates and unique modes to keep players invested. 

Fans are now looking forward to Warzone in the upcoming Black Ops Cold War, releasing on November 13, 2020. We’ve seen some fantastic additions to Warzone already in Modern Warfare, but there are still some things that would be perfect to heighten the experience for players.

1. Return of classic guns

Black Ops Cold War Beta
Black Ops Cold War will also carry on the Warzone mode.

The Call of Duty franchise first graced our screens back in 2003 and since then, players have fought their way through the gritty battlefields of WWII, stopped a nuclear cold war, taken down terrorist regimes, and even ventured into the very depths of space.

Each Call of Duty game has introduced a wave of new weapons, attachments, cosmetics, and killstreaks that fans can equip themselves with when venturing into the highly competitive multiplayer arenas. 

As a result, there have been a vast number of historical, modern-day, and futuristic guns added to the franchise over the years. While Warzone’s current arsenal of deadly weaponry is nothing to frown at, we’d love to see some iconic Call of Duty guns return to the scene. 

Fortunately, our prayers have been answered with the release of the CR-56 AMAX (Galil), so there could be a very good chance that we see other fan favourites make their way over to Warzone. After all, we’d love to run around Verdansk with our trusty Thompson SMG at our side. 

2. Dynamic weather conditions

Summit from Call of Duty Black Ops 1.
New weather effects could further enhance the game’s action for players to enjoy.

Battle royale fans have wanted dynamic weather conditions for ages and while PUBG has toyed around with various climate conditions, we’ve yet to see other battle royale games take the same leap – after all, Modern Warfare’s multiplayer already has night variants of maps like Azhir Cave, Hackney Yard, Gun Runner, and Rammaza, and Verdansk with The Haunting of Verdansk Halloween event.

While these maps may not feature any new content, the added veil of darkness really helps bring a new dynamic to the overall gameplay. Having a nighttime mode for allows for some brilliantly chaotic moments, particularly when you never know who is lurking in the shadows.

Watching enemy tracer rounds light up the sky, hearing nearby footsteps, and jumping at shadowy silhouettes is exhilarating and terrifying. Further dynamic weather effects would only enhance these emotions.

For example, weather effects that reduce player visibility would call for the use of NVGs (Night Vision Goggles), laser pointers, thermal optics, and Flash Grenades. Having various weather effects would also force players to adapt their current playstyle, drastically switching up the current meta and creating new opportunities for different weapons/attachments to truly shine.

3. Continued Seasonal events

Haunting of Verdansk Roadmap
Full roadmap for the Haunting of Verdansk event in Warzone & Modern Warfare.

With Halloween’s ‘Haunting of Verdansk’ now live on Warzone, we’ve got a great taste of seasonal content that incentivizes players to play. We think it would be a fantastic opportunity to expand on these events with further seasonals, such as a Holiday event featuring holiday bonuses; a thick layer of snow or a blizzard draping the map, with special cosmetics focusing around the time of year across different cultures.

These weather changes to Verdansk will force players to restrategize and approach their matches differently, requiring them to rethink their weapon add-ons such as optics, and differing perks like Cold Blooded.

4. Further map updates 

ActivisionChanges to Warzone’s map could drastically impact the way we play.

Warzone players have been busy opening the various bunkers dotted around the map, collecting the rare loot inside, and scrutinizing details in order to uncover the game’s secrets.

The opening of a few bunkers may seem small, but it’s this kind of change that helps keep the map interesting for new and veteran players. Epic Games and Respawn are constantly adding, removing, and even destroying vast sections of their battle royale maps, so we’d love to see Verdansk receive the same treatment. 

For example, Warzone’s Gora Dam could begin to crack under the pressure as the frozen reservoir begins to thaw, leading to a catastrophic event that sees vast sections of the map partially destroyed or flooded. Not only would this make for an awesome in-game spectacle, it would also drastically alter the way players traverse their way around Verdansk.

We’ve seen cool additions to Verdansk’s map as of late with the Football stadium opening, and a new train traversing the map, both allowing players new POI experiences in-game, but constant graduating changes to the map will keep it fresh and appealing for returning players.

New aquatic vehicles could even be introduced to further supplement this change. The possibilities are seemingly endless and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for Warzone when Black Ops Cold War releases.