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Esports Betting Tips – CWL Championship 2018, Day Four

Published: 18/Aug/2018 13:07 Updated: 19/Aug/2018 12:58

by Joe O'Brien

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The biggest event of the Call of Duty calendar is upon us.

The CWL Championship kicked off on Wednesday August 15, with 32 teams facing off for the most prestigious trophy the game has to offer. It’s the final showdown of the WWII season.

The group stage was full of upsets, and the madness only continued on the first day of the playoffs. With several big names now either in the lower bracket or out of the tournament altogether, this year’s world championship is shaping up as the most surprising to date.

We’ve teamed up with Rivalry.gg to provide daily insight into the CWL Championship for prospective betters. If you’re looking to complement your viewing experience by adding some stakes of your own, we’ll be highlighting worthy favorites and underdogs for every day of the competition.

Play It Safe

Team Kaliber TO WIN vs Elevate

When: Saturday August 18th, 17:30 UTC

Odds: 1.38 vs 2.67

Safety is in short supply in what has been perhaps the most unpredictable CWL Championships to date, and it’s only getting scarcer as the tournament progresses.

In the next round of matches, there’s only really one choice if you’re looking for a “safe” pick. Team Kaliber is the only pre-tournament favorite left in the winner bracket, and in their path is a team that has already outperformed expectations to reach this point.

Elevate certainly shouldn’t be underestimated – in the group stage they beat Evil Geniuses and out-placed OpTic Gaming, and in the first round of the winner bracket they pulled off an insane upset with a 3-0 sweep over Luminosity.

Though Team Kaliber hasn’t been flawless, since losing their first match of the tournament they’ve looked much more like the squad that won the CWL Pro League Stage 2. Upsets aside, these are teams in two different tiers, and Team Kaliber should be comfortable taking on Elevate here.

All that being said, betters beware – several more surprising upsets have already occurred in this very tournament. There is no such thing as a truly safe bet, and never has that been more true than at this year’s CWL Championship.

Feeling Lucky

eUnited TO WIN vs UNILAD

When: Saturday August 18th, 17:30 UTC

Odds: 1.80 vs 1.83

As punishment for being upset in the group stage by Team Sween, eUnited faces one of the toughest routes through the CWL Championship playoffs.

One of their toughest challenges has already been passed, however, as in the first round eUnited swept aside Red Reserve, third-place finishers in Stage 2 of the CWL Pro League and one of the favorites for this event.

In that match, eUnited was a team that looked capable of winning the entire tournament. Every player was dialed in and on point, with particularly notable performances from Alec ‘Arcitys’ Sanderson. More games like that, and eUnited could well lift the trophy on Sunday.

Every step of the way will demand just as much from eUnited, however, and UNILAD is no exception. After a flawless 9-0 map count in the group stage, they dismissed compLexity comfortably in the first round of the winner bracket.

UNILAD hasn’t been tested the way eUnited have, however, and the last time these two teams met, at the Stage 2 playoffs, it was eUnited who were victorious. If you’re willing to accept the risk of betting on a match between two elite teams, eUnited should be favored here.

Wildcard

Lightning Pandas TO WIN vs Evil Geniuses

When: Saturday August 18th, 16:00 UTC

Odds: 2.15 vs 1.58

Lightning Pandas continue to impress at the CWL Championships. Having taken down Team Kaliber in the group stage to steal the top seed for the playoffs, they dispatched Lethal Gaming in the first round of the winner bracket with ease.

Evil Geniuses will be one of the toughest opponents they’ve faced yet. After something of a slow start, EG caught fire in their final match of the group stage, taking down OpTic Gaming 3-0 to eliminate them from the competition. Their own round one match, against Team Vitality, was another dominant sweep.

Unlike Evil Geniuses, Lightning Pandas had to reach the CWL Championship through the Last Chance Qualifier. LP is no squad of rookies, however – this is a team of veterans, all of whom have competed at the highest level and one of whom even has two titles to his name this very season.

EG can certainly hit impressive peaks, but as the group stage itself showed they’re also prone to underwhelming performances at times. The momentum they’ve carried into the playoffs arguably gives them an edge, but Lightning Pandas are certainly capable of defeating them – a result that would come as less of a surprise than the upset the Lightning Pandas themselves pulled off earlier in the tournament.


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Black Ops Cold War preorder guide: Editions, bonuses, cross-gen, more

Published: 27/Oct/2020 5:49 Updated: 27/Oct/2020 6:11

by Brad Norton

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Black Ops Cold War is almost upon us and if you’re struggling to keep on top of the many different versions, early in-game bonuses, and even cross-gen features, we’ve got you covered.

Treyarch’s next mainline entry in the Call of Duty series is fast approaching. After a record-shattering Alpha, followed by an equally impressive Beta, it’s clear that we’re in store for one of the biggest releases in franchise history.

More players are eager to drop into the action than ever before, but preordering can be a bit confusing. There are multiple unique versions of the game that span across five platforms. For veterans and newcomers alike, it can be easy to lose track of what’s included with each edition.

If you’re wondering which to preorder, we’ve got you covered. Below is a complete rundown of every version of Black Ops Cold War.

When does Black Ops Cold War release?

Treyarch’s next big release is launching on Friday, November 13, 2020. Black Ops Cold War will be available across more platforms than many previous releases. Current-gen players can hop in on day one across the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Meanwhile, those with next-gen consoles from day one can access the game on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X + S. Of course, PC gamers will also be getting in on the fun as well.

Regardless of where you’re playing or where your friends are playing, everyone can still team up. Treyarch has confirmed that Black Ops Cold War will feature cross-platform and cross-generation play for all multiplayer modes as well as Zombies.

Digital Black Ops Cold War editions

It can be easy to lose track of what content and which features are included with the many different versions of Black Ops Cold War. Some come with weapon Blueprints while others come with the ability to play across multiple platforms.

To keep things simple, it’s worth bearing in mind that there are three main versions of the game. If you’re playing on PC, it couldn’t be simpler. Though if you’re a console gamer, things get a bit muddled due to the new generation of hardware.

Below is a full table of what you need to know. From preorder bonuses to the exact features and content provided with each version, use this as a guide before putting your money down.

PlayStation Digital Preorders

Standard Edition Cross-Gen Bundle Ultimate Edition
PS4 version of the game Included Included Included
PS5 version of the game PS4 version playable through backwards compatibility Included Included
Woods Operator Pack (available now in Warzone and Modern Warfare) Included Included Included
Confrontation Weapons Pack Included Included Included
Land, Sea, and Air Pack Included
Battle Pass Bundle (1 Season Battle Pass + 20 Tier Skips) Included

Xbox Digital Preorders

Standard Edition Cross-Gen Bundle Ultimate Edition
Xbox One version of the game Included Included Included
Xbox Series X + S versions of the game Xbox One version playable through backwards compatibility Included Included
Woods Operator Pack (available now in Warzone and Modern Warfare) Included Included Included
Confrontation Weapons Pack Included Included Included
Land, Sea, and Air Pack Included
Battle Pass Bundle (1 Season Battle Pass + 20 Tier Skips) Included

PC Digital Preorders

Standard Edition Ultimate Edition
PC version of the game Included Included
Woods Operator Pack (available now in Warzone and Modern Warfare) Included Included
Confrontation Weapons Pack Included Included
Land, Sea, and Air Pack Included
Battle Pass Bundle (1 Season Battle Pass + 20 Tier Skips) Included

Physical Black Ops Cold War editions

If you prefer to snag a physical copy of Black Ops Cold War, there are some unique details to keep in mind. With many digital versions of the game, cross-platform functionality is built-in. If you opt for a disc, however, an extra cost is associated with unlocking this cross-gen feature.

For example, if you buy a physical copy for the PS4 but want to play on PS5 in 2021, you’ll have to pay $10. It gets even more complicated if you purchase a physical copy for next-gen and want to revert back for whatever reason.

Below is a complete list of details to be wary of before buying a physical copy of Black Ops Cold War.

  • PS4 Standard Physical edition can upgrade to PS5 for $10.
  • PS5 Standard Physical edition only comes with the PS5 version. 
  • Xbox One Physical Standard edition cannot upgrade to Xbox Series X
  • Xbox Series X Standard Physical edition includes Xbox One copy
Black Ops Cold War gameplay
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Black Ops Cold War has three unique versions across five different platforms.

So there you have it, everything there is to know about the various editions of Black Ops Cold War. Options are almost always a good thing and there’s plenty to choose from to fit your ideal CoD experience.