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First Black Ops 4 CWL rule set features new game mode and only one Specialist restriction

Published: 26/Oct/2018 16:23 Updated: 26/Oct/2018 21:47

by Matt Porter

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The first version of the official rule set to be used in Call of Duty esports during the 2018/19 Black Ops 4 season has been released by the CoD World League.

Competitive fans of the popular FPS title have been crying out for the rules to be revealed since the game was released in order to practice anything but Search and Destroy.

The official announcement on Friday, October 26 gives professional players just over a month to practice with these competitive rules, with the first competitive event of the year scheduled to take place on December 7 – 9 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Notably, the rules feature a lack of restrictions with only the Nomad Specialist banned, however, there have been a number of perk and weapon bans. It has been made clear that following CWL Vegas, the rules regarding Specialist’s will be extensively reviewed.

It was also confirmed that new game mode Control will be added in replacement for Capture the Flag that featured during the WWII season.

CWL Black Ops 4 Ruleset – Version 1

Maps and Settings


Search and Destroy Maps:

  • Arsenal
  • Firing Range
  • Frequency
  • Gridlock
  • Hacienda
  • Payload
  • Seaside

Search and Destroy Settings:

  • Time limit decreased to 1:30
  • Round Win limit increased to six rounds
  • Select Spawn disabled 
  • Silent Plant enabled
  • 15-second pre-match timer
  • Five second pre-round timer

Hardpoint Maps:

  • Arsenal
  • Contraband
  • Frequency
  • Gridlock
  • Seaside
  • Slums
  • Summit

Hardpoint Settings:

  • Two second respawn delay
  • Three-second suicide penalty
  • 15-second pre-match timer


Control Maps:

  • Arsenal
  • Frequency
  • Gridlock
  • Jungle
  • Payload
  • Seaside

Control Settings:

  • Two second respawn delay
  • Three-second suicide penalty
  • 15-second pre-match timer
  • Five second pre-round timer


Specialists

The following Specialist is restricted from use in CWL competition:

  • Nomad

Specialists in the game can be used by one player on each team, just like in regular Multiplayer lobbies.

Specialist Equipment

The following Specialist Equipment is restricted from use in CWL competition:

  • Sensor Dart
  • Tac-Deploy (Restricted in Hardpoint and Search & Destroy only)

Weapon Restrictions

The following will be restricted for competitive play.

  • Titan
  • Hades
  • VKM 750
  • MOG 12
  • SG12
  • Hellion Salvo (temporary restriction, see below for details)

Rocket Launchers have traditionally been restricted from competitive Call of Duty due to free fire functionality and the damage that they apply to other players. However, they will be permitted in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 competitive play after a tuning adjustment has been made to significantly reduce damage to players.

The ultimate goal of keeping Launchers in play in competitive is to serve as a tactical counter to equipment and scorestreaks exclusively, and not affect player-to-player combat.

For that reason – specifically, when selecting Esports settings in custom games, which will be added to the game in the near future – damage to players from Launchers will be dramatically reduced, such that it will be insignificant.

Hellion Salvo is restricted until the tuning update is released. Since some online events may occur before the update, we want to make sure Launchers are only used as intended. We will announce when the update has been made and launchers have been removed from the restriction list on Twitter.

Other Restrictions:

The following will be restricted for competitive play.

Attachments:

  • High Caliber 
  • High Explosive 
  • Laser Sight II
  • Max Load
  • Rapid Fire
  • Rocket Cache
  • Steady Grip

Optics:

  • Fast Lock

Perks:

  • Gung-Ho
  • Skulker
  • Team Link
  • Tracker

Wildcards:

  • Overkill
  • Primary Operator Mod
  • Secondary Operator Mod

Scorestreaks:

  • UAV
  • Care Package
  • Counter-UAV
  • Sentry
  • Mantis

Gear:

  • Acoustic Sensor

Lobby Settings

In all modes, some standard game settings will be changed, including:

  • Friendly Fire enabled
  • Battlechatter disabled
  • Revenge voice disabled
  • Announcer disabled
  • 3rd Person Spectating Disabled
  • 3rd Person Gestures Disabled
  • Gesture Camera Controls Disabled
  • Team Assignment – Open


Back in early October, Activision PR Manager Xav de Matos revealed that Treyarch had flown in professional Call of Duty players like Gunless, Enable and Attach to Los Angeles to help work on the rule set.

The rule set will be used on MLG’s Gamebattles site and other competitive platforms, and will be used on LAN for the first time during the CWL Las Vegas Open.

The Call of Duty World League began in January of 2016 on Black Ops 3, with the upcoming Black Ops 4 season being the fourth year it has ran.

The CWL for Black Ops 4 features one Pro League tournament which will take place in early 2019, culminating at the 2019 CWL Finals, with the 2019 CWL World Championships set to take place later in the year.

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How to watch HusKerrs Howl $300K Warzone event: streams & schedule

Published: 30/Oct/2020 3:39 Updated: 30/Oct/2020 3:45

by Brad Norton

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Another massive Warzone event is heating up as popular content creator and battle royale champion Jordan ‘HusKerrs’ Thomas is hosting his very own tournament with $300,000 on the line.

Following close behind Vikkstar’s original Warzone competition, HusKerrs is next in line for his own huge Call of Duty event. HusKerrs Howl aims to crown the best partners in the world as this unique event focuses on Duos action.

After making history as the first player to pass six figures in Warzone winnings, it’s only fitting that HusKerrs’ event comes with the biggest prize pool yet. A whopping $300,000 is up for grabs over the course of two weeks.

From the teams that will be dropping in to when each round of action is taking place, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about the HusKerrs Howl Warzone event.

What is the HusKerrs Howl Warzone event?

The HusKerrs Howl event is one of the biggest Warzone tournaments to date. Not just in terms of prizing, but in how long it’s set to last and how many teams will be getting involved.

Duos will be dropping into Verdansk across multiple weeks in order to qualify for the Finals. Additionally, there’s also a special one-off Zombie Trios section to get things going before the Duos competition really begins.

A brand new Twitch channel has been created just for this event with HusKerrs set to host. We’ve embedded this below for your convenience. Expect almost every competitor to be sharing their own perspective throughout the tournament as well.  

HusKerrs Howl Warzone event schedule

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HusKerrs Howl will be starting with a Zombie Royale showdown.

First up is the special Zombie Day event on Friday, October 30 at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET. This is a unique Trios competition in the Zombie Royale playlists. Only one team can take out the prize for what is essentially a warm-up run before the real show starts up.

The following day on October 31, Duos will be dropping in for the first round of qualifying action. This will be followed up by the second and third rounds on November 5 and November 6 respectively.

Last but not least, the best Duos from the qualifiers will advance through to the Finals. This takes place on November 7 to determine the overall winner of the HusKerrs Howl event.

HusKerrs Howl Warzone event format

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This particular competition is for Duos only.

This particular Warzone competition is for Duos only and will feature a double-elimination bracket. 16 teams will be dropping in for the first day of action. They will go head to head until the very end with only the Top 3 qualifying for the Finals.

For the final two days of the qualifiers, only eight duos will be playing. From here, the Top 2 make it into the Finals. This makes seven Duos so HusKerrs will be taking the eighth and final spot.

As teams are going head to head, the Duo with the highest point total in each matchup will advance. No different from most Warzone events, teams will be awarded one point per elimination. There’s currently no telling how many points will be awarded for higher placements in each match.

Stay tuned over the coming days for full recaps and results as the action gets underway. Big names such as Symfuhny, Aydan, and TeePee are all expected for the event. So it’s sure to be an intense tournament.