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FormaL smashes Call of Duty: Blackout world record

Published: 14/Oct/2019 12:19 Updated: 14/Oct/2019 12:44

by Matt Porter

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Professional Call of Duty player Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, and while the game’s esport is in its off-season, the former Luminosity star has set an insane world record in Blackout.

FormaL is one of CoD’s most recognizable names, with the American rising to superstardom thanks to his time on OpTic Gaming, during which he secured the organization’s first world championship in the game as part of a dynasty roster which dominated for almost two years.

While many pros are taking time off ahead of the 2020 season, the 24-year-old has continued to grind Black Ops 4, focusing on the game’s Blackout mode and more recently, the brand-new Heavy Metal Heroes limited-time mode.

FormaL is one of the greatest CoD players in the world.

Heavy Metal Heroes sees the game’s map turned into a comic-book, with a revamped art style, with boost jumping which will be familiar to those who played the franchise’s Advanced Warfare of Black Ops 3 titles.

The added movement abilities lead to some aggressive playstyles, something which FormaL’s incredible aim lends itself to perfectly, so it will come as little surprise that a dominating performance early on Monday, October 14 saw him set a crazy world record in the limited-time mode, racking up 49 kills by himself as his team cruised to victory.

With just two opponents remaining, his teammates were doing everything they could to help him rack up as many kills as possible, calling out enemy locations but not even engaging them, instead letting FormaL zoom around the map with a Grapple Gun to pick them off himself.

Unsurprisingly, the crew were ecstatic to see him set such a crazy record, shouting “Oh my God!’ over and over again, with the CoD pro celebrating that they had “finally done it,” after a week of attempts at setting records in the Heavy Metal Heroes LTM.

FormaL’s kill record eclipses anything seen on the game since the mode released on September 23, with OpTic Gaming member Patryk ‘Rallied’ Salata coming closest with an impressive 34.

FormaL’s time on Black Ops 4 is quickly coming to an end though, with the release of Modern Warfare set to take his focus as he prepares for the franchised Call of Duty League, in which he is almost certain to play part in.

The American will be hoping that his record-breaking form will continue well into the 2020 season, so he can take home a big slice of the $6 million prize pool that’s up for grabs.

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Black Ops Cold War Zombies: New Firebase Z details, Tombstone Soda, Scorestreaks

Published: 15/Jan/2021 21:29 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 21:30

by Tanner Pierce

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In celebration of 115 day (which is a reference to Element 115 from Zombies lore), Treyarch have revealed some of the first major details about the upcoming Black Ops Cold War Zombies map, Firebase Z.

During the Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch announced that a new Zombies map, titled Firebase Z, would be coming before the end of the season and confirmed that more details would be coming on 115 day.

Now, that day is here and it’s safe to say that Treyarch have delivered, at least for the time being, confirming exactly how the map connects to the mode’s overall narrative and revealing some new items that players will be able to use while grinding their way through it.

Black Ops Cold War Firebase Z story

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Firebase Z will take place in Vietnam and feature new enemies.

According to Treyarch, Firebase Z takes place in a facility called Outpost 25, which is located in the jungles of Vietnam. Set after the events of the first map, Die Maschine, Samantha Maxis has been captured by Omega Group and it’s up to the Requiem team to go and save her, which brings them to Outpost 25.

The developers also confirmed that the map will feature some brand-new enemies and gameplay mechanics, but they failed to go into detail about what exactly they will be. Could we be seeing a new boss zombie similar to the Megaton from Die Maschine? Fans will have to just wait and see.

New Zombies perk and scorestreaks

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Tombstone Soda is returning in Black Ops Cold War and it’ll operate a bit differently than it has in the past.

In addition to the narrative details, Treyarch also confirmed some of the new items coming to the game. The first, which was teased a few weeks back, is the Tombstone Soda perk.

For Black Ops Cold War, the aforementioned perk, which originated in Black Ops II, will feature some novel abilities.

While the player has the perk active, they will turn into a “shadow” if they’re downed. In this form, players can use weapons while they attempt to revive themselves. That being said, if you die while in shadow form, you’re done, presumably until the next round.

If you’re a fan of the original perk, however, that’s not a problem, as the tier-three upgrade for the Black Ops Cold War version allows you to drop a small stash, which includes all of your original items, when you die, which is almost identical to how the BO2 version worked.

Beyond that, the developers also confirmed that two new scorestreaks will be coming to the game: the Artillery and Napalm Strike. Each one can be crafted from the Crafting Table, although it’s unknown whether or not they’ll be available on just Firebase Z or if Die Maschine is also getting some love.

All in all, it seems like Firebase Z is going to bring a ton of cool features when it launches on February 4, 2021, which is sure to liven up the overall Zombies experience in Black Ops Cold War.