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Five ways to improve Blackout post-launch

Published: 18/Oct/2018 22:45 Updated: 18/Oct/2018 23:09

by Wyatt Donigan


Blackout has taken the Call of Duty community by storm since Black Ops 4 dropped on October 12, but there are still some ways Treyarch can improve the game mode.

The success of Blackout has been one of the driving forces of the popularity of Black Ops 4 in the days since launch, with any popular streamers such as Dr Disrespect and Shroud, dedicating all of their time to the game.

The game has been so popular, in fact, that it catapulted to the top of Twitch with almost 30 million hours watched between October 11 and 17.

If that wasn’t good enough, Black Ops 4 also generated a whopping $500 million in revenue during its first three days on the market alone.

Despite the incredible amounts of success the game has seen, there is still plenty of work to be done in order to keep the hype train going, especially as far as Blackout is concerned.

We’ve put together five of the biggest areas we’d love to see Treyarch make some changes to now that we’ve had our hands on the game for a week.

Five ways to improve Blackout

1. Tweak the effectiveness of 9-Bangs

This piece of equipment has quickly become the go-to for Blackout players everywhere as they’ve proven to be incredibly effective no matter the situation.

Tossing one of these towards an enemy or group of enemies pretty much guarantees the user a kill just due to how long the victim is stunned. Not only does it blind them completely, but it makes it so that they can’t even fire their weapon regularly.

While 9-Bangs doesn’t need to be removed from the game altogether, shortening the time and intensity of the stun would be a good place to start with tweaking the utility item.

2. Better inventory management on console

Managing your inventory when playing Blackout on console is almost as hard as winning a match at this point. While the system is streamlined on PC with an effective grid system for looting, looting and cycling through equipment, heals, and attachments is cumbersome on console.

In a game like Blackout where death is a constant worry, being able to quickly manage your items is imperative to success. Treyarch has already talked about changes to the Quick Menu system on console, but they can take a step further by bringing in the grid system from console to make the looting process less of a headache.

3. Improve footstep audio

Being able to hear what direction footsteps are coming from in a battle royale game is one of the many keys to victory and Blackout is no different.

Right now, though, the audio of footsteps tends to be a bit inconsistent, leading to plenty of frustration. There’s nothing worse than hearing footsteps and not knowing whether it’s coming from above, beside, or behind you, leading to your untimely death. Making sure that audio is on point in Blackout should be near the top of the list for Treyarch moving forward. 

4. Create a more dynamic victory screen

While securing a win in Blackout should be a joyous occasion, the victory screen is pretty lackluster at the moment. Landing that final kill simply freezes the screen before a generic “#1 Victory” screen pops up with a classic military quote.

Including the killcam or adding in more dynamic graphics to make that final screen more satisfactory will go a long way to making this mode feel as complete as possible.

5. Patch out movement glitches 

There’s currently a glitch that allows players to traverse the map much quicker while playing Blackout. Former Overwatch League pro and Twitch streamer Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel was seemingly one of the first to discover the glitch and it gained tremendous traction in the days since his discovery. 

It looks like the glitch, which involves rebinding the jump key to allow players the ability to manually deploy the wingsuit, can only be done on PC, but that hasn’t stopped many utilizing the glitch to gain an upper hand on their opponents. 

Treyarch has remained adamant that stopping players from gaining unfair advantages is a high priority for them, so fixes for this exploit could be on the way sooner rather than later. 

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How to watch Hitch’s $20K Black Ops 2 tourney: stream, teams, bracket

Published: 28/Oct/2020 19:24 Updated: 28/Oct/2020 19:25

by Brad Norton


Returning for his final event of the Call of Duty League offseason, Team Summertime’s Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards is hosting an enormous Black Ops 2 Invitational featuring former champions and popular content creators.

Throwback tournaments have been all the rage throughout the 2020 offseason and no one has been leading the charge quite like Hitch. Outside of hosting Warzone comps, his unique tournaments have spanned from Modern Warfare 2 to Black Ops 4. This time, his sights are set on 2012’s Black Ops 2.

Despite hackers ruining an early test for this particular event, the kinks have all seemingly been worked out. From former championship-winning teams to some of the biggest content creators, Hitch’s final event is set to be the biggest yet.

From how you can tune in, to every player joining the all-star Call of Duty event, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything there is to know about the Black Ops 2 Invitational.

How to watch the Black Ops 2 Invitational

The final event of the offseason is set to kick off on Wednesday, October 28. Opening matchups went live at 3PM EST (12PM PT) and the broadcast will likely run for most of the day.

As per usual, it’s all expected to be featured on Hitch’s own Twitch stream which we’ve embedded below. A majority of the players and creators will likely be sharing their own perspectives throughout the event as well.

Black Ops 2 Invitational teams & bracket

Some squads feature some of the most successful Call of Duty veterans while others consist of popular streamers. Regardless, every team is stacked with FPS talent so expect some close matchups.

Standing out among the eight rosters is a true throwback. The 2014 world championship team of Crimsix, Karma, TeePee, and ACHES, will be reuniting. Formerly representing Complexity and then Evil Geniuses, these four players haven’t been on the same team since 2014.

The full list of teams competing in the Black Ops 2 Invitational can be found below.

  • Team Dr Disrespect: Dr Disrespect, ZLaner, StoneMountain64, & KingRichard
  • Team CouRageJD: CouRageJD, Parad12e, LEQIQN, & MLGImpulse
  • Team The Mob: Classify, Mako, Froste, Flyroh
  • Team Scump: Scump, Envoy, Merk, & Rambo
  • Team Aydan: Aydan, Ritual, Kismet, & Parasite
  • Team Luli: Lulu, Blazt, Frozone, & Almxnd
  • Team Pamaj: Pamaj, Rated, JHaZe, & Exodass
  • Team TeePee: TeePee, Karma, Crimsix, & ACHES


Here is the starting bracket for this competition, which is being updated live on the tournament’s web-page as the results from the various matches start filing in.

TST Black Ops 2 Bracket
The official bracket for Hitch’s Black Ops 2 Invitational.

Format & rules

The biggest thing to note about this tournament’s format is that it’s being played on mouse and keyboard, unlike true competitive Call of Duty, which has always been played using controllers.

Outside of that, the only other important aspect to note as the map-mode rotations, which we’ve listed below for both the Winners and Losers Bracket rounds.

Winners Rounds:

  • WR1: Raid Hardpoint, Standoff SnD, Slums CTF, Standoff Hardpoint, Raid SnD
  • WR2: Slums Hardpoint, Express SnD, Raid CTF, Yemen Hardpoint, Meltdown SnD
  • WR3: Standoff Hardpoint, Raid SnD, Standoff CTF, Raid Hardpoint, Express SnD

Losers Rounds:

  • LR1: Slums Hardpoint, Express SnD, Raid CTF, Yemen Hardpoint, Meltdown SnD
  • LR2: Standoff Hardpoint, Raid SnD, Standoff CTF, Raid Hardpoint, Express SnD
  • LR3: Yemen Hardpoint, Meltdown SnD, Slums CTF, Slums Hardpoint, Standoff SnD
  • LR4: Standoff Hardpoint, Raid SnD, Raid CTF, Raid Hardpoint, Express

Finals Rounds:

  • GF: Yemen Hardpoint, Standoff SnD, Slums CTF, Raid Hardpoint, Raid SnD
  • GFR: Slums Hardpoint, Express SnD, Raid CTF, Standoff Hardpoint, Meltdown SnD

Movember charity

Movember Charity
Movember Foundation
TST is hosting several tournaments to raise money for the Movember charity.

This Black Ops 2 Invitational, like the rest of Team Summertime’s Off-Season Series, was created to raise money for Movember, which is the “leading charity changing the face of men’s health.”

If you’d like to donate to this cause, you can do so by visiting TST’s Movember charity page here.