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Five things we learned from CWL London – 100 Thieves, TJHaLy, and more

Published: 5/May/2019 23:20 Updated: 6/May/2019 10:39

by Albert Petrosyan

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With CWL London now having wrapped up, it’s time to look back at some of the major things we learned from the $325,000 pro Call of Duty tournament. 

With CWL London being the first major event of the season to be played in the UK, many fans had high expectations going into the May 3-5 weekend.

The tournament certainly didn’t disappoint, and perhaps it was fitting that 100 Thieves were the ones crowned champions, securing their first major tournament victory as an esports organization. 

However, the major storylines go beyond just 100T and their major accomplishment; there was a lot to be picked up from the three intense days of competitive CoD action.

That being said, here are the five of the biggest things we learned from CWL London.

100 Thieves may be the best team in the CWL

100 Thieves’ victory at CWL London was their first major trophy as an esports organization.

It’s always a bold statement to call another CoD team the best when OpTic Gaming are very much relevant in the conversation. However, it would be hard to argue against 100 Thieves currently being the best team in the CWL.

Aside from winning CWL London rather convincingly, their 8-3 record is the best in Division B of the Pro League, and if it weren’t for Priestahh falling ill at CWL Fort Worth, we could be looking at 100T being back-to-back champions. 

TJHaLy proves his haters wrong

OpTicUpdate - TwitterTJHaLy’s strong performance at CWL London proved his haters that he belongs on OpTic.
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After OpTic Gaming’s underwhelming 9-12 placing at CWL Fort Worth, many faulted Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly’s performances, some even calling OpTic to drop their young star.

OG, of course, ended up sticking with TJ, and had their faith rewarded with a multitude of stellar showings at CWL London, which has caused a lot of his haters to suddenly be awfully quiet.

He was seventh in Search and Destroy K/D with 1.479, fifth in Control with 1.214, and his 1.090 K/D across all three game modes was ranked fifth best overall. 

eUnited are a top-three team

eUnited - TwittereUnited are the only team in the CWL to appear in two major tournament Grand Finals.

Those who may not have though of eUnited as a top-three team in the CWL should be doing so now, after yet another strong performances from them at a major event.

eUnited are the only team in the CWL to have appeared in the Grand Final of a major tournament more than once this season, and they’ve just had the bad luck of matching up against the only two teams that are probably better than them – OpTic and 100T.

All that, on top of the fact that their 8-3 record is tied with 100T for tops in Division B of the Pro League, strongly suggests that they should be considered among the top three CWL teams. 

Luminosity still have major issues

MLGLG’s followed up the CWL Fort Worth win with a disappointing 7-8 finish at CWL London, including going 0-3 in pool play.

When Luminosity Gaming surprised some by winning CWL Fort Worth, a lot of the issues that they had in the Pro League leading up to the event were pretty much forgotten.

Unfortunately for LG and their fans, those issues returned in a big way at CWL London, as the team went 0-3 to finish dead last in Pool B, and ultimately went out in the third round of the Losers Bracket, securing an underwhelming 7-8 placing.

Having this latest poor showing in the back of their minds, could LG be due for a roster change in the third and final RosterMania period coming up next month?

Crowds at UK events are just built differently

CWL London was just the latest of numerous major CoD tournaments held in the UK where the fans just captured the headlines much more so than their US based counterparts.

Whether it was the spontaneous breakouts of massive uncensored chants, Team Reciprocity’s Tommey leading the crowd in a war cry about LG being “shit,” or the entirety of the audience singing Sweet Caroline in unison, there is no longer any doubt that crowds at UK events are just built differently.

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How to get free Black Ops Cold War & Warzone pre-Season 1 bundles

Published: 4/Dec/2020 17:56 Updated: 4/Dec/2020 18:52

by Tanner Pierce

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With the announcement that Season 1 of Black Ops Cold War has been delayed, Activision and Treyarch also confirmed that players will be able to get their hands on two free bundles ahead of the first content drop. Here’s everything you need to know about what it includes and how to get it.

While Season 1 of Black Ops Cold War, which was set to bring brand new maps and integrate the game with Warzone, was originally set to come out on December 10, the developers have now announced a slew of new details about the first post-content season, including the fact that it will now launch on December 16.

During this deep dive, Treyarch also confirmed that Black Ops Cold War players will be able to get their hands on some new free bundles for the game before the season launches, presumably in order to help tide people over until the new content drop. Here’s how you can get your hands on both bundles.

Field Research and Certified Bundles

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The news of the bundles was announced when Activision confirmed that Season 1 of Black Ops Cold War had been delayed.

According to Activision, both bundles are set to include a number of different items to use in-game: five in the Field Research bundle and four in the Certified bundle.

While these packs are specifically for Black Ops Cold War players, it’s important to remember that some of these items, like the blueprint and Operators, are available for use in Warzone as well.

  • Field Research Bundle
    • Epic Park Operator skin
    • Epic SMG blueprint
    • Epic reticle
    • Epic Calling Card
    • Rare Weapon Charm
  • Certified Bundle
    • Epic Garcia Operator skin
    • Rare Assault Rifle blueprint
    • Epic reticle
    • Epic Weapon Charm

Unfortunately, we don’t know much else about the bundle and we have no idea what they will look like exactly, as Activision didn’t end up releasing any images of them. Once they become available, however, we’ll update this article.

How to get both bundles for free

Luckily, players won’t have to do much of anything to get their hands on it. That being said, they won’t be given to everyone and you do have to do a simple task to get it. According to Activision, both bundles will be given to players who log-in to the game between December 8 at 10AM PST (1PM EST, 6PM GMT) and December 15 at 11PM PST (2AM EST, 7AM GMT on December 16).

To be clear, logging in simply means that you just have to open the game and get to the main menu. Playing a match isn’t required, although the chance of players opening the game without playing it is slim, to say the least.

That being said, it’s great that Treyarch is giving it away for free. Here’s hoping it’s good enough to hold people over until the new season.