Excelerate Gaming finalize roster overhaul ahead of CWL Fort Worth - Dexerto
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Excelerate Gaming finalize roster overhaul ahead of CWL Fort Worth

Published: 6/Mar/2019 23:28 Updated: 10/Mar/2019 2:25

by Albert Petrosyan

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Rostermania is in full force as Excelerate Gaming have parted ways with their professional Call of Duty roster less than two weeks before the CWL Fort Worth major tournament is set to kick off.

Update, March 9: Excelerate announced their roster for Fort Worth and the Pro League – and it includes two former players. Although ExG previously announced that their entire roster has parted ways, ProFeeZy and MRuiz have found their way back on the team. Joining them will be Brack and JetLii from Midnight, as well as Skyz from UYU.

Excelerate Gaming Roster

  • ProFeeZy
  • MRuiz
  • JetLii
  • Skyz
  • Brack
  • Coach: Ricky

Original story as follows.

All five players from ExG’s starting lineup – Christpher ‘ProFeezy’ Astudillo, Michael ‘Beehzy’ Said, Mike ‘MRuiz’ Ruiz, Robert ‘RobbieB’ Brugnoli and Austin ‘Believe’ Smith – have parted ways with the org and are no longer in the CWL Pro League.

“We’d like to wish them the best of luck going forward, and want to thank them for all they’ve done while under Excelerate,” said CEO Justin Tan. “With CWL Fort Worth approaching quickly, we plan to have an announcement soon, regarding our CWL Pro League roster. 

Prior to ExG’s formal announcement, ProFeezy had already confirmed that he, Beehzy, MRuiz, and Believe were looking for a new organization to represent at Fort Worth.

They’ve also announced that they are looking for a new fifth player for their team as they’ve chosen not to keep on RobbieB, and it’s highly unlikely that they would be will to recruit their former teammate FA5TBALLA after his contentious demotion to the substitute’s role a few weeks ago

With franchising on the horizon for next year, many are speculating this is a sign that ExG are trying to maximize on profits by selling their Pro League spot for this season, with major orgs like FaZe Clan apparently in the mix as potential buyers.

Others believe that ExG will hold on to their spot and are simply getting rid of an underachieving and largely inexperienced group of players in favor of more seasoned and experienced veterans. 

As for the CWL rule that requires all orgs to retain at least one player that took part in the Pro League, ExG have met this requirement by keeping on FA5TBALLA as their substitute. 

ExGA lot has changed with the ExG Call of Duty roster that first qualified for the CWL Pro League.

Regardless of what ends up happening down the line, the more urgent question is which group of players will ExG be fielding at the upcoming CWL Fort Worth pro tournament, which is set to take place March 15-17.

The deadline for all roster moves has been set to March 8, so we will not have to wait too long to find out who will be representing ExG. 

ExG are currently in Pool C with Midnight Esports, Splyce, and Luminosity Gaming, so whoever ends up putting on their jersey will definitely have their work cut out.

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First look at leaked Black Ops Cold War Season 1 maps & Operators

Published: 1/Dec/2020 23:56 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 0:13

by Brad Norton

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Everything from new maps to incoming Operators and plenty more has all spilled out early, with new Black Ops Cold War leaks revealing a bunch of content coming with the Season 1 update.

We’re still a few days out from the arrival of Season 1, though new Black Ops Cold War leaks are coming through almost every day. From classic modes making a return, to unique in-game events on the horizon, we’ve already got a decent idea of what to expect.

However, things haven’t stopped there. The latest set of datamined content has uncovered our first-look at Season 1 maps, Operators, and more. While the names of incoming maps may have been revealed a while back, we now have a proper look at all four additions coming soon.

Additionally, there’s also a unique Season 1 Starter pack that comes boasting some exclusive rewards. Here’s a rundown on everything we now know thanks to the latest leaks.

First look at Black Ops Cold War Season 1 maps

Up first, we’ve got a quick look at four new locations coming in Season 1. They’re bite-sized pictures that simply reveal the theme of each new map. The first appears to be some kind of game show set as camera equipment and bright signs can be spotted throughout.

Next up looks to be a darker map, perhaps something underground or even a subway system given the briefcases nearby. It may have been an evacuation site. Only time will tell for this one.

The third map pictured seems to be a wide-open locale with some kind of rocket in the center. Maybe a testing facility or a fully-fledged launch site somewhere in the United States.

Last but not least, we have a simple map that looks to feature some amount of office space, shelving, and a patriotic statue of sorts. If earlier intel holds up, one of these new locations will be a fresh Zombies experience. The first appears to be confirmed for Gunfight only, meaning a close-quarters design for 2v2 combat. While the remaining two maps are for core multiplayer game modes.

It’s worth noting that not all of these are confirmed to be launching on day one. While the major update is set to introduce a ton of this new content, some of these maps could be drip-fed throughout the season to keep players coming back. 

First look at Black Ops Cold War Season 1 Operator Skins

What would a new Season in Call of Duty be without some fresh cosmetics? A few of your favorite Operators appear to be getting some new outfits in Season 1. First up is Woods with a new winter look, rocking some snow goggles, thick gloves, a beanie, and a coat.

Next is Sims who has a more casual look this time around. Rather than dressing the part for a mission, he’s wearing a simple top with some cool shades and a hat.

Last but not least is some love for the Warsaw Pact. Portnova has a new skin this Season with a vibrant red top and a matching beret.

Also part of the leaks is an entirely new skin that could be the level 100 unlock in the Season 1 Battle Pass.

This Operator comes equipped for battle with multiple grenades and ammunition pouches on his upper body. Not to mention an imposing mask to cover his presumably scarred face.

Another new Operator wears a gas mask, only has one eye, and could not be more intimidating in an all-black outfit. 

These come alongside a previously leaked Operator skin for Adler. There’s no way of telling how to unlock these items; some might be tied to the Battle Pass, while others could be acquired through challenges like their current variants.