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Esports Betting Tips – CWL Championship 2018 Day One

Published: 15/Aug/2018 16:14 Updated: 6/Apr/2020 13:38

by Joe O'Brien

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

The CWL Championship kicks 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.

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

Ghost Gaming TO WIN vs Zone

When: Wednesday August 15, 23:30 UTC

Odds: 1.26 vs 3.27

A lot of the heaviest-hitters at the CWL Championship kick off their group stage campaign with comfortable matches, so while there are plenty of clear favorites to pick from on opening day, most of them offer very little return.

That Ghost Gaming and Zone both came through the Last Chance Qualifier perhaps helps to balance out the odds slightly, although Ghost are still favored quite heavily. If you’re looking for a safe pick, this might be the team to back.

Having missed out on both stages of the CWL Pro League, Ghost have been out of the spotlight somewhat this season. Since adding former World Champion Chris ‘Parasite’ Duarte, however, they’ve put in a top-6 placement at CWL Seattle and a top-16 at CWL Anaheim, arguably making them something of a dark horse for a deep run here.

Kicking off their run against Zone, a UK squad which has arguably done well to even make it to the CWL Championship, should offer a fairly safe win for Ghost.

Feeling Lucky

Lethal Gaming TO WIN vs Brash Esports

When: Wednesday August 15, 22:00 UTC

Odds: 2.05 vs 1.64

Lethal Gaming and Brash Esports occupy similar territory, albeit on opposite sides of the pond. Both teams are made up of players with limited experience at the highest level, having largely operated in the open bracket of major events this season.

Both are squads of players still looking for a big break. There are no has-beens or veterans to lead the way on either side, only the most hardcore of viewers will find names in these teams they might recognize. None have a top placing at a major event under their belt on any title.

Both teams made a single roster change coming into the Last Chance Qualifier, further muddying potential predictions of form, and neither had an utterly dominant performance at the event itself. Lethal came through the winner bracket with back-to-back game five wins, while Brash fought through losers, with a game five victory of their own to secure qualification.

With limited evidence of form or class on either side, this match could very much go either way. As such, it makes sense to back the underdog, Lethal Gaming.

Wildcard

Havok Esports TO WIN vs Team Vitality

When: Wednesday August 15, 20:30 UTC

Odds: 2.54 vs 1.42

Thomas ‘Tommey’ Trewen has shown he can work miracles with unproven talent, and taking this squad to the CWL Championship, especially on such short notice, is arguably one of them. Half of the line-up had never competed internationally before the LCQ, and now they’re stepping onto the game’s biggest stage.

Facing them in their first match will be a North American line-up under Havok Esports with some familiar names to anyone who watched the Infinite Warfare season, but WWII hasn’t seen them appear at the highest level.

They lack notable achievements recently, which makes it hard to put much faith in the Havok players, but there is at least enough evidence of quality in the past that they shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand, especially against another team which largely has no major achievements to speak of.

The exception is of course Tommey, and his class and veteran leadership may tip the balance in Vitality’s favor, but this is still an uncertain match-up. Vitality’s “favorite” status, at least according to the odds, seems tenuous at best, and so Havok are a good option if you’re looking for high-risk, high-reward.


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Black Ops Cold War Zombies leak reveals new Pack-A-Punch, armor, more

Published: 29/Oct/2020 2:20 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 2:23

by Brad Norton

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A huge collection of Black Ops Cold War Zombies leaks has seemingly revealed a ton of key details for the upcoming mode, including new weapons, Perks, armor, and plenty of additional features. 

Zombies in Call of Duty has been around since World at War released in 2008. The round-based mode has been a staple in Treyarch games ever since and the upcoming Black Ops Cold War is no different.

The iconic mode is returning in a big way. Not only will new features be on display on a new map, but players will be able to join up with friends across all platforms for the first time ever. There’s a ton to look forward to, but before the November 13 launch, a wide array of details have already leaked out online.

From brand-new features in the latest iteration, to the surprise inclusion of armor, and even a new spin on Pack-A-Punch, there’s plenty to digest. Here’s an overview of all the key information from the new leaks.

Armor coming to Zombies in Black Ops Cold War

Warzone armor
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Warzone’s armor system appears to be making its way to Zombies in Black Ops Cold War

In a first for the series, armor is reportedly making its way to the Zombies experience. Similar to how it functions in Warzone, players will be able to equip three armor plates at once. Additionally, this armor can then be upgraded at brand new ‘armor stations’ around the map. 

This means that teams will be able to boost their health greater than ever before.

In previous iterations, Juggernog was the main source of health buffs. However, with full armor and Juggernog in Black Ops Cold War, players can allegedly survive “10 hits from a Zombie.”

Perks in Black Ops Cold War Zombies

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Many of the fan-favorites are back, but a new Perk is also on the way in Black Ops Cold War.

While previous leaks outlined which perks to expect in the newly revamped Zombies mode, a few new details have slipped through the cracks. There is one new Perk-a-cola in the game and it’s referred to as ‘Elemental Pop.’

This unique perk will activate an Ammo Mod at random. You may be wondering what an Ammo Mod even is, that’s because these are entirely new with Black Ops Cold War as well. There are four Ammo Mods in total and chugging this new perk will randomly give out one at a time.

Below is a list of all four and how they function:

  • Cyrofreeze – Frost damage and slows enemies.
  • Dead Wire – Electric damage and stuns enemies.
  • Napalm Blast – Fire damage and burns Zombies.
  • Brain Rot – Turns a Zombie to an ally.
Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
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Elemental Pop is set to change your weapons in exciting new ways.

One of these effects will be applied to your equipped weapon, changing how the map will play out moving forward. Also of note, Pack-A-Punch has been changed to fit these new Ammo Mods as well.

Whenever you’re Pack-A-Punching a gun in Black Ops Cold War, you’ll reportedly be able to choose from this list. No longer will the upgrade be down to luck; players will have input in the effects their weapons will come with.

Field Upgrades in Black Ops Cold War Zombies

Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
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Eight powerful Field Upgrades are supposedly in the works for Black Ops Cold War.

Rather than working with Specialists in the upcoming Zombies mode, Field Upgrades are in focus. There are seemingly eight in total, though only five may be included at launch, according to the leaker.

Some of these help wipe out waves of enemies while others will set your team up to defend a location. They all have unique functions so you’ll have to pick wisely and spread them out among your team. Below is a list of each Field Upgrade seemingly confirmed for launch.

  • Aether Shroud – Masks your presence, making you near-invisible to Zombies. Lasts 5 seconds.
  • Ring of Fire – “Ring shows up that boosts damage inside for everyone.” Also burns enemies that step inside.
  • Healing Aura – Heal yourself and teammates to full health within a small radius.
  • Frost Blast – Wind blast of frost damage. Also slows Zombies.
  • Energy Mine – Proximity mine.

Additionally, three more Field Upgrades appear to be joining the list in future seasons. Lightning Links, Toxic Growth, and Frenzy Guard could all change your strategies as Black Ops Cold War evolves.

New Rune upgrade system in Black Ops Cold War Zombies

Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
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It looks like there will be more to grind for than any previous Zombies experience.

While plenty of other details may seem like obvious iterations, Runes are supposedly the “biggest innovation” in Black Ops Cold War. These serve the role of a fully-fledged upgrade system. Everything from Perks to weapons can all be upgraded through the use of Runes.

With every aspect of the game having three distinct tiers, that leads to a total of 72 permanent upgrades to unlock. These are all purchasable with a new in-game currency known as ‘Aetherium,’ according to the leaks.

Aetherium comes in both Raw and Flawless variants. There’s no telling just how long the grind will be to tally up your Aetherium, though playing the game is seemingly the only way to earn this new currency. 

One example of the Rune system at work focused on the Stamin-Up perk. With the level one upgrade, movement impairing effects from stuns and Zombie strikes are reduced by 50%. At the next tier, all fall damage is removed. Finally, at level three, players are able to sprint while aiming.

Other new details for Zombies in Black Ops Cold War

Black Ops Cold War zombie gameplay
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You can spot a blueish grenade dropping off of this Zombie in the official trailer. This could be part of the new loot system.

Right off the bat, you’ll notice that Zombies have health bars and display damage numbers when being hit. Additionally, there will be a compass and minimap no different from Warzone. 

Zombies will supposedly also have a chance to drop random loot at any time. Similar to power-up drops in the classic Zombies experience, foes can drop armor, grenades, and even killstreaks, according to the leaker.

Last but not least, there is a new Salvage system in the game.

As you progress through the rounds and fend off waves, you’ll collect Salvage which can then be used to build various tools. From explosives to support equipment and even Monkey Bombs, crafting will be a key feature in Zombies.

Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
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This is a look at Salvage in the Zombies trailer, according to the leaker.

As always with early leaks, do take this information with a grain of salt until Black Ops Cold War is released. Some of these details could come from an early build that has since been changed or outright scrapped.

Only time will tell how much of this holds true. If even half of this info is accurate, however, Zombies fans could be in for the most elaborate year thus far.