Call of Duty

Fortnite pro Aydan defeats Scump’s team to win another Code Red CoD event

Published: 8/Jan/2020 11:09 Updated: 8/Jan/2020 11:16

by Calum Patterson


Fortnite pro Aydan ‘Aydan’ Conrad, SnD star John ‘2Pac_ThuGLorD’ Hartley and streamer HollyLive to take down the trio of Scump, Crowder and Summit1g in Hitch’s Birthday Bot Bash tournament.

The 4th annual Birthday Bot Bash saw lots of popular content creators mix with pro players for a shot at the $10k prize pool. With pro player Seth ‘Scump’ Abner and former pro James ‘Crowder’ Crowder on the same team, they were big favorites.

They were also joined by streamer Jared ‘summit1g‘ Lazar, who, despite being more known as an entertainer, is a competent FPS player. He even previously competed in CS:GO – before it all came burning down.

However, the favorites met their match when facing the notoriously good Search and Destroy player 2Pac_ThuGLorD and his teammate, Fortnite pro Aydan. In fact, for this formidable duo, it’s not the first time they’ve beaten out top CoD pros.

They teamed up in the $10,000 2v2 Code Red tournament on November 26, and beat a host of CoD pros including Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow, Sam ‘Octane’ Larew, Josiah ‘Slacked’ Berry and Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly to take first place.

The bot tournament, thrown by TST and NRG member Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards, fills teams of three with a bot player as their 4th, all in the name of good fun. The bots can sometimes even do the impossible – such as turning on Scump.

Ghost Gaming player Aydan believes he may in fact now have the most Code Red tournament wins of any content creator. It’s yet another victory in a game he’s got no business winning in, especially against top pro players.

2Pac_ThuGLord has also been one of the most successful online tournament players for a number of years and now acts as an analyst for the Chicago Huntsmen in the Call of Duty League. Holly is a longtime CoD player too and has no doubt learned from the best thanks to her husband’s decorated career.

Even with Crowder, the head coach of Atlanta FaZe and a 2015 World Champion, and his strategy, it wasn’t enough for Scump to overcome the Fortnite pro and SnD phenom. Aydan, 2Pac and Holly had to beat them in two best of 3’s, first in the winner’s final, and again in the grand final.

Other big names in the event included streamer Dr Disrespect, pro player Matthew “FormaL’ Piper, former pro and world champion Tyler ‘TeePee’ Polchow, and former OpTic CEO H3CZ.

The tournament also shone the spotlight on some rising stars, such as CoD streamer and aspiring pro player Nicholas ‘Equuip’ Viera, who played alongside CWL desk host Katie Bedford.

Hitch’s Birthday Bot Bash – Final Placements

Place Team
1st Aydan, 2Pac_ThuGLorD, HollyLive
2nd Scump, Crowder, summit1g
3rd Hitch, Jorge, Blake
4th Swagg, Pamaj, KoreanSavage
5-6th Equuip, Moo, Katie Bedford
5-6th TeePee, Maven, MerK
7-8th DrDisrespect, FormaL, Symfuhny
7-8th TBNRKenworth, NateGibson, Trogan
9-12th H3CZ, Hutch, Di3seL
9-12th LuLuLovely, AvaGG, Emiliaa
9-12th JERICHO, Keiti, ActaBunniFooFoo
9-12th Testyment, Acrn, SoaRRymm
13-16th I AM WILDCAT, BasicallyIDoWrk, LEGIQN
13-16th Bloo, Kitty, Devin
13-16th Classify, Mako, Froste
13-16th Scope, Emzy, ChiefzLive
Call of Duty

Black Ops Cold War is reportedly bricking PS5s

Published: 3/Dec/2020 17:40

by Michael Gwilliam


Call of Duty players may want to avoid playing Black Ops Cold War on their next-gen PlayStation 5s as reports are surfacing that the game is bricking consoles.

While the latest entry in the long-running CoD series had been met with praise, there have been some notable issues with the game, especially when it pertains to new hardware.

Aside from the issues players may be having with maps such as Miami or camo challenges the community deems unfair, there is a major problem with the game breaking PS5s.

In a now-viral post on Reddit, one user described their experience with the FPS and how it damaged their system.

BOCW NukeTown
You can’t play Nuketown if your console is bricked.

“Game has hard crashed the entire console, only game that had been crashing for me on the PS5,” WillHar270 wrote. “Now when I turn it on none of my games will load without crashing and when games do start to load up the screen fills up with flickering and glitching pixels before the console goes dead.”

“If Cold War is crashing your PS5, DO NOT PLAY IT, it will damage your system, in particular for me my GPU,” they further warned.

According to the gamer, after trying everything from a factory reset to even installing system software off a USB drive, nothing worked to fix the console.

Cold War has bricked my PS5 from blackopscoldwar

Luckily, after contacting Sony, the company reportedly explained that this issue has been happening for others, always with BOCW serving as the lone culprit. As such, the player was able to send their PS5 back and will receive a replacement in a fortnight.

It’s unclear what exactly is causing the issue or if Activision or Sony is to blame, but it should be noted that bricking isn’t limited to just PS5s.

As Dexerto previously reported, Cold War was also causing Xbox Series X bricking problems, which were addressed by the devs.

car on fire in BOCW
Dreams of playing next-gen consoles are going up in flames.

“We’re investigating all crashes and across the game,” Treyarch community manager Josh ‘FoxhoundFPS’ Torres claimed. However, no further update was made.

Hopefully, a patch is released soon that can prevent these fatal crashes from occurring so players can enjoy the game without worrying about their console bricking.