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Envy’s ACHES calls out “trash” CWL analyst desk

Published: 6/Mar/2019 14:09 Updated: 6/Mar/2019 15:14

by Calum Patterson


Professional Call of Duty player Patrick ‘ACHES‘ Price is clearly not impressed by the current CWL analyst desk, labelling newcomers Jonathan ‘Pacman‘ Tucker and Jeremy ‘StuDyy‘ Astacio “trash cans”.

Both Pacman and StuDyy have joined the CWL talent lineup for the Black Ops 4 season, and feature on the main desk at both open events and throughout the regular Pro League matches.

Between games, the desk discusses previous and upcoming matches, and analyse the various teams and their performances.

Twitch / Call of DutyThe analyst desk at the CWL Pro League has come in for some criticism.

There has been mixed reactions to their additions to the desk. Initially positive, as fans were glad to see some fresh faces on the broadcast, the reception has turned sour after the first month of Pro League action.

Many viewers have taken to Reddit and social media to complain about the lack of actual analysis which takes place, with more general, light-hearted discussion taking up much of the analysis segments.

There has also been criticism from pro players, after Pacman suggested that Denial Esports drop their entire roster following bad performances, which some felt was not appropriate.

Following the announcement that Brice ‘Faccento’ Faccento was retiring from competing, ACHES Tweeted to the former Rise Nation and Evil Geniuses player: “Replace one of the trash cans on the desk PLEASE.”

Pacman responded shortly after, telling ACHES to worry about his own business and focus on Team Envy’s performance, but ACHES didn’t back down, making clear he was referring specifically to Pacman and StuDyy, and suggesting they should no longer be on the desk.

Not everyone felt so strongly though, and both OpTic Gaming player Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell and 100 Thieves’ Ian ‘Enable’ Wyatt responded, defending the desk’s apparent shortcomings.

The next event on the calendar, CWL Fort Worth, will be an opportunity for the analyst desk to take some of the feedback from fans and players on board.

The balance between in-depth analysis and more general discussion is perhaps proving tricky for the broadcast team, but don’t expect ACHES to show them any sympathy.

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Black Ops Cold War already set new Call of Duty player record in the Beta

Published: 23/Oct/2020 6:20

by Brad Norton


The Call of Duty franchise is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon as Treyarch’s recent Black Ops Cold War Beta went above expectations and shattered records.

Ever since the release of the first CoD title in 2003, the franchise has only continued to grow. Year after year more players hop on board to see what the latest title has in store. Whether fans gravitate towards single-player campaigns, cooperative experiences, or classic multiplayer competition, there’s something for everyone.

2020 is shaping up to be no different as Treyarch is firing on all cylinders for the Black Ops Cold War release. Everything from Zombies to Warzone will be on offer and it’s already clear that the community is hungry for it all.

After an impressive Alpha test on the PlayStation 4 that became the biggest in franchise history, that record has once again been broken. This time, by the Black Ops Cold War Beta that followed just weeks later.

Having kicked off exclusively for PS4 users on October 8 before jumping to all platforms on October 15, the Black Ops Cold War Beta was played by a staggering number of people. In fact, it was “the most downloaded [Beta] in Call of Duty history,” the developers revealed on October 23.

No exact figures were revealed for the history Beta. Though it being publicly available across Xbox One, PS4, and PC over the final days was sure to have helped boost the figures.

Not only is this a hugely positive sign before the launch of Black Ops Cold War, but it continues a trend from previous iterations. 2019’s Modern Warfare also broke records with its early access Beta period. 

Last year’s records also didn’t come with any specific numbers, though Activision assured the Modern Warfare Beta attracted more players than ever before.

Also of note, those players logged more hours played than any Beta in franchise history. It’s now clear that Black Ops Cold War has been yet another step up in terms of early engagement.

Black Ops Cold War gameplay
The Black Ops Cold War Beta was live across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

It’s obviously too early to tell just how this might indicate sales for the release come November 13. However, to get into the Beta early, a majority of players needed to preorder on their platform of choice. So that’s certainly a good sign just weeks out from launch.

2019’s Modern Warfare topped over $600 million in sales across its first three days on the market. That instantly made it the highest-selling CoD of the generation. Though Black Ops Cold War could be on track to go even further this year.