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First ever Black Ops 4 CWL 2K claims a number of top teams on day one

Published: 5/Nov/2018 11:06

by Ross Deason


The first CWL 2K tournament of the Black Ops 4 season has reached the final stages in Europe and North America, but some big names will not be advancing to the second day of play.

Due to the sheer number of teams that signed up in the EU and NA regions, the 2K was split into two days of competition. In Europe, teams played up until the semi-final stage, while North America reached the quarter-finals.

While some of the biggest names are still standing, numerous others fell early on both sides of the pond, including the reigning world champions.

Round of 32 – NA

Team Envy have looked strong online since the game’s release, performing exceptionally well in most of their scrims. However, they fell in the round of 32 to Dylan ‘Envoy’ Hannon’s ‘gold bullets’.

The current World Champions had coasted through the earlier rounds of the tournaments, despite Patrick ‘ACHES’ Price’s comments about the current 2K format, but were stunned by their opposition in a game that they would have felt supremely confident about.

Envy weren’t the only ones to fall short in the round of 32, though, as Evil Geniuses were taken out by ‘ReactGaming’, Steve ‘Mochila’ Canle’s team lost to G2. Michael ‘Swarley’ Carter’s team and Rush Gaming’s ‘C2C Gaming’ also failed to make it to the round of 16.

Round of 16 – NA

The matches started to really heat up in the round of 16, with a number of big names facing off against each other. In the top half of the bracket, Adam ‘KiLLa’ Sloss’ team fell to 100 Thieves in a hard-fought 3-1 series.

Without a doubt, the biggest upsets came when FaZe Clan were knocked out by Michael ‘Beehzy’ Said’s team and Luminosity dropped to Tanner ‘Mosh’ Clark and Paul ‘Tisch’ Tischler.

G2 continued to impress after looking shaky in scrims, elimination Christopher ‘Parasite’ Duarte and Adam ‘GodRx’ Brown’s team, and Michael ‘SpaceLy’ Schmale’s squad eliminated golden bullets.

One of the more interesting matches on paper saw Splyce take on Enigma6, but E6 fell in 3-0 fashion to Jordan ‘Jurd’ Crowley, Lamar ‘Accuracy’ Abedi and co.

The quarter-finals will be even more interesting, with 100T taking on G2, Splyce facing off against SpaceLy’s team, eUnited playing Beehzy’s squad and OpTic Gaming meeting Mosh’s roster.

Round of 16 – EU

In Europe, results were pretty much business as usual throughout the earlier rounds of the competition but the round of 16 proved to be a difficult one for some of the top Spanish teams as Heretics, Movistar Riders and Vodafone Giants all dropped to British opposition.

Wailers ‘Wailers’ Locart’ team also dropped to Niall ‘Niall’ Sunderland and company, meaning that the quarter-finals were dominated by UK teams except for Gone Gaming’s French and British mix team.

Quarter-finals – EU

Even Gone Gaming couldn’t keep their 2K hopes alive in the quarter-finals, though, as Billy ‘Hawqeh’ Harris’ team took them out to secure a top four spot.

The biggest shock of the EU 2K so far came when Red Reserve fell to Niall’s team. Widely regarded as the best team in Europe, Red’s failure to make it to day two will come as a surprise to many, including themselves.

On the other half of the bracket, Thomas ‘Tommey’ Trewren and Denholm ‘Denz’ Taylor’s newly formed Reciprocity roster fell to Gurdip ‘SunnyB’ Bains’ team and Dylan ‘MadCat’ Daly’s squad lost to Dylan ‘Dylan’ Henderson’s team following a controversial map five that saw the teams have to play a sudden death round 11 after David ‘Dqvee’ Davies used one of his scorestreaks.

With so many big names falling in the quarter-finals, the EU 2K semi-final matches consist of four teams that currently have no organization backing them. Jordan ‘Reedy’ Reed’s team, Shea ‘QwiKeR’ Sweeney’s squad, SunnyB’s team and Niall’s roster will all be hoping that a win on day two will catch the eyes of potential orgs.

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4 features Warzone desperately needs in Black Ops Cold War

Published: 28/Oct/2020 13:00 Updated: 28/Oct/2020 13:31

by James Busby


With season 6 of Warzone out for fans to enjoy and Black Ops Cold War on the way, we’re still excited to see what content updates will drop in the future. Here are four things we want to see added to Call of Duty’s battle royale title.

Warzone’s blisteringly fast kill times, highly customizable loadout drops, satisfying killstreaks, and addictive gunplay makes it one of the most unique entries in the BR genre. Of course, like all good battle royale games, Warzone needs a constant stream of fresh content updates and unique modes to keep players invested. 

Fans are now looking forward to Warzone in the upcoming Black Ops Cold War, releasing on November 13, 2020. We’ve seen some fantastic additions to Warzone already in Modern Warfare, but there are still some things that would be perfect to heighten the experience for players.

1. Return of classic guns

Black Ops Cold War Beta
Black Ops Cold War will also carry on the Warzone mode.

The Call of Duty franchise first graced our screens back in 2003 and since then, players have fought their way through the gritty battlefields of WWII, stopped a nuclear cold war, taken down terrorist regimes, and even ventured into the very depths of space.

Each Call of Duty game has introduced a wave of new weapons, attachments, cosmetics, and killstreaks that fans can equip themselves with when venturing into the highly competitive multiplayer arenas. 

As a result, there have been a vast number of historical, modern-day, and futuristic guns added to the franchise over the years. While Warzone’s current arsenal of deadly weaponry is nothing to frown at, we’d love to see some iconic Call of Duty guns return to the scene. 

Fortunately, our prayers have been answered with the release of the CR-56 AMAX (Galil), so there could be a very good chance that we see other fan favourites make their way over to Warzone. After all, we’d love to run around Verdansk with our trusty Thompson SMG at our side. 

2. Dynamic weather conditions

Summit from Call of Duty Black Ops 1.
New weather effects could further enhance the game’s action for players to enjoy.

Battle royale fans have wanted dynamic weather conditions for ages and while PUBG has toyed around with various climate conditions, we’ve yet to see other battle royale games take the same leap – after all, Modern Warfare’s multiplayer already has night variants of maps like Azhir Cave, Hackney Yard, Gun Runner, and Rammaza, and Verdansk with The Haunting of Verdansk Halloween event.

While these maps may not feature any new content, the added veil of darkness really helps bring a new dynamic to the overall gameplay. Having a nighttime mode for allows for some brilliantly chaotic moments, particularly when you never know who is lurking in the shadows.

Watching enemy tracer rounds light up the sky, hearing nearby footsteps, and jumping at shadowy silhouettes is exhilarating and terrifying. Further dynamic weather effects would only enhance these emotions.

For example, weather effects that reduce player visibility would call for the use of NVGs (Night Vision Goggles), laser pointers, thermal optics, and Flash Grenades. Having various weather effects would also force players to adapt their current playstyle, drastically switching up the current meta and creating new opportunities for different weapons/attachments to truly shine.

3. Continued Seasonal events

Haunting of Verdansk Roadmap
Full roadmap for the Haunting of Verdansk event in Warzone & Modern Warfare.

With Halloween’s ‘Haunting of Verdansk’ now live on Warzone, we’ve got a great taste of seasonal content that incentivizes players to play. We think it would be a fantastic opportunity to expand on these events with further seasonals, such as a Holiday event featuring holiday bonuses; a thick layer of snow or a blizzard draping the map, with special cosmetics focusing around the time of year across different cultures.

These weather changes to Verdansk will force players to restrategize and approach their matches differently, requiring them to rethink their weapon add-ons such as optics, and differing perks like Cold Blooded.

4. Further map updates 

ActivisionChanges to Warzone’s map could drastically impact the way we play.

Warzone players have been busy opening the various bunkers dotted around the map, collecting the rare loot inside, and scrutinizing details in order to uncover the game’s secrets.

The opening of a few bunkers may seem small, but it’s this kind of change that helps keep the map interesting for new and veteran players. Epic Games and Respawn are constantly adding, removing, and even destroying vast sections of their battle royale maps, so we’d love to see Verdansk receive the same treatment. 

For example, Warzone’s Gora Dam could begin to crack under the pressure as the frozen reservoir begins to thaw, leading to a catastrophic event that sees vast sections of the map partially destroyed or flooded. Not only would this make for an awesome in-game spectacle, it would also drastically alter the way players traverse their way around Verdansk.

We’ve seen cool additions to Verdansk’s map as of late with the Football stadium opening, and a new train traversing the map, both allowing players new POI experiences in-game, but constant graduating changes to the map will keep it fresh and appealing for returning players.

New aquatic vehicles could even be introduced to further supplement this change. The possibilities are seemingly endless and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for Warzone when Black Ops Cold War releases.