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FaZe Face-Off: $75k Twitch Rivals Warzone tournament announced

Published: 2/Sep/2020 17:00

by Brad Norton

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The next big Warzone competition is right around the corner as FaZe Clan has just announced the $75,000 Twitch Rivals: FaZe Face-Off event featuring popular musicians, athletes, and some of the biggest content creators.

North American Call of Duty players have been treated to a near-endless supply of marquee Warzone events throughout 2020. From major prize pools in official Call of Duty League events to bragging rights in TeeP’s Trials or Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown.

There’s always a fresh competition on the horizon and FaZe Clan has just revealed the next big thing for the battle royale title. Partnering with Amazon-owned streaming platform, the latest instance of their Twitch Rivals series will be kicking off a string of new Warzone events.

From Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff to Ben Simmons, Josh Hart, FaZe Swagg, and plenty more, a huge portion of the lineup has already been locked in for the first ‘FaZe Face-Off.’ We’ve got you covered with a rundown on everything you need to know about the upcoming event.

Warzone player shooting in Verdansk.
Activision
Players will be keen to make an impact in FaZe’s pro-am event.

When is the Twitch Rivals: FaZe Face-Off Warzone event?

The first iteration of this new tournament collaboration between Twitch and FaZe is not too far off. Fans can expect to see the Warzone competition kickoff on September 17 at 2:00 PM (PT) / 5:00 PM (ET) / 10:00 PM (BST).

Not only will it be streamed on the official Twitch Rivals channel, but FaZe will also be broadcasting the action as well (stream embedded below). 

On top of this, the streamers competing in the event will likely broadcast their own POV live on Twitch. So if you prefer to watch the action from their perspective, you’ll be able to do so with a slight delay.

Who is competing in Twitch Rivals’ FaZe Clan event?

While many of FaZe’s own veteran players will be dropping into Verdansk, they’ll be met by some huge names. Former Warzone event winners in Mason ‘Symfuhny’ Lanier, Vikram ‘Vikkstar123’ Singh Barn and Aydan ‘Aydan’ Conrad, all join the action alongside mainstream celebrities.

New FaZe Clan recruit and investor, Ben Simmons, will be in the mix. As will Josh Hart, Zach LaVine, and plenty more decorated athletes.

From Marshmello to Lil Durk and Carnage, an assortment of popular musicians have been invited too. In total, 20 teams will be finalized before the event kicks off.

Warzone gameplay
Infinity Ward
Verdansk will serve as host to yet another major pro-am competition on September 17.

Teams will be fighting for the lion’s share of a whopping $75,000 prize pool throughout the course of the event. An exact format is yet to be locked in for the tournament. Though it’s a safe bet to assume that Warzone’s best players will be evenly paired up with celebrities.

Speaking in their press release, FaZe Clan COO, Jaci Hays, expressed how this is just the start of things to come from the organization in the livestreaming space.

“We are so excited to be teaming up with Twitch for this massive event. Our teams are working together to level up the entertainment value in the livestream space, and we are just getting started with this Twitch Rivals tournament. Fans can expect a one-of-a-kind, interactive, highly-entertaining experience.”

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Modern Warfare glitch reveals unreleased Makarov pistol

Published: 28/Oct/2020 1:35 Updated: 28/Oct/2020 1:58

by Brad Norton

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Infinity Ward adds weapons to Modern Warfare with each new season, though it appears even more have been in the works behind the scenes as a secret pistol was accidentally handed out due to a confusing glitch.

Problematic bugs have been on the rise once again throughout Modern Warfare’s sixth and final season. Warzone players have had their runs ended by broken Loadout Drops while others have literally been left in the dark as a result of a game-breaking issue. Despite these problems, every now and then, glitches can actually be a pleasant surprise.

This was the case on October 27 as a player shockingly stumbled upon a new weapon. While playing offline, they noticed something suspicious. One of the AI-controlled enemies was wielding a unique pistol.

After taking them down and picking up the gun, the Makarov was revealed in all its glory. Fit with custom animations, an unfinished model, but all the firepower you’d expect from the classic secondary.

The Makarov pistol first appeared in 2010’s Black Ops and soon featured in the game’s sequel before disappearing. It was usable across the campaign and multiplayer in the first game, though only appeared in the story for the follow-up.

Evidently, it’s an extremely rare weapon compared to some iconic guns in the Call of Duty franchise. Having only appeared in Treyarch releases, it’s a surprise to see the pistol up and running in Modern Warfare.

It appeared as a Renetti on the ground and the icon matched up as well. Though it’s very clear a good amount of work has been put into the gun. From unique reload and inspect animations to its own balancing, it may have been in the plans for a previous seasonal update.

Given the unfinished model of the weapon, however, there’s a good chance we don’t see it properly anytime soon. Infinity Ward could have been testing it months ago before scrapping the gun. Perhaps it’s simply in the game’s files as a placeholder. There’s really no telling at this point in time.

Black Ops 2 Makarov gameplay
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The Makarov pistol has only been usable in Black Ops 1 and 2.

It popped up during an offline session against bots, so don’t expect to see this random bug in an online match either. It would be surprising to see the weapon appear in an Infinity Ward title for the first time after such a long gap, though anything is possible.

With Treyarch taking over Warzone with the transition to Black Ops Cold War, however, it would make more sense to see the Makarov in 2021.