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Gen.G eliminated from CWL Championship 2019 after two stunning upsets

Published: 14/Aug/2019 18:42 Updated: 14/Aug/2019 23:58

by Albert Petrosyan

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One of the favorites to place high at this year’s CWL Championship 2019 has been shockingly eliminated in the first day of Pool Play.

Coming off of back-to-back Grand Finals appearances at CWL Anaheim and CWL Finals over the past two months, Gen.G entered Pool Play at Champs knowing that many people were betting on them to have a strong placement, if not win the whole thing.

However, their journey to hoisting the coveted trophy ended several days early, as they were on the wrong end of two upsets at the hands of Fuego Gaming and Team WaR respectively. 

The two losses, coupled with two victories for fellow Pool B pro team Enigma6 Group, mathematically eliminated Gen.G from being able to finish in the top two group spots necessary to advance to the Knockout Stage.

As a result, the team became the highest seed ever (#2) in Call of Duty Champs history to be eliminated in the Pool Play phase of the tournament. 

MLGGen.G have been shockingly eliminated from CoD Champs.

Their first match of the day was against British side Fuego Gaming, who were one of the lowest ranked teams at Champs, having qualified by virtue of finishing 13-16th at last month’s Amateur Finals

After a back-and-forth start to the series, the match got all the way to a game five Search & Destroy on Gridlock, which saw Fuego’s Harry Payne clutch up and eliminate Jared ‘Nagafen’ Harrell in a 1v1 to wrap up the victory.

Despite the loss, Gen.G still had all to play for, since the fact that they managed to win two maps put them in a favorable position should tiebreakers have come into play.

However, that was assuming they would take care of Team WaR, their second opponent to round off the first day of Pool Play.

If the players had any visions of grandeur ahead of that matchup, they were in for a very rude awakening, as WaR devastatingly demolished them in 3-0 fashion, sending Gen.G home on the very first day.

While the elimination comes as a major shock to Gen.G and virtually everyone watching Champs, it does give both Fuego and WaR all to play for in day two, as the two amateur teams will face each other with a spot in the Knockout Stage on the line.

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3 tips to help you survive Black Ops Cold War’s new Zombies Cranked mode

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:40

by Tanner Pierce

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With the release of Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch has added Cranked into the game’s Zombies mode – and it’s pretty different from the standard version, requiring some completely separate strategies. 

While Cranked in Call of Duty games is nothing new, having debuted all the way back in 2013’s Ghosts, what is different is a Zombies version of the mode, which was just added to Black Ops Cold War during the game’s midseason update.

The concept is simple: You’re given a timer, and when that timer reaches 0, you explode and die. With each kill, however, your timer resets, giving you more time to keep on grinding. It’s an incredibly fast-paced mode in normal multiplayer, and the Zombies version is even more hectic – but there are some tips you can utilize to help you survive longer.

Pace out your kills

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Pacing out your kills in Cranked is important due to the fact that you only need one kill to reset your timer.

In standard Cranked, players are usually scrambling to get kills. In a 5v5 or 6v6, it makes sense, considering there’s only a limited amount of potential targets, and if you can’t find anyone, you’ll die easily due to the timer running out.

With BOCW Zombies Cranked, the opposite is true. There’s always an abundance of enemies and, while it’s not impossible to run out of targets, generally speaking, they’ll keep on spawning (there’s not even a break in-between rounds).

Because of this, there’s no need to be mowing down Zombies as one does in the normal mode. Instead, if you’re feeling overwhelmed (or if you want to get something done like Pack-A-Punching your weapon), try running away from the enemies for a while to get your bearings.

Remember, all it takes is one kill to reset your timer. If you find it running out, just look behind you at the horde you’ve surely amounted, kill one Zombie, and then move along with your business. Wasting your time mowing down each and every zombie can cost you your game.

With all that being said, don’t think you can run away from the Zombies with no problem; if you get too far away, you’ll find yourself struggling for kills, so it’s best if you stay nearby.

Use fast-reloading weapons and attachments

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You’ll want to use weapons that can be reloaded quickly in Cranked.

In normal Zombies, using a LMG is sort of required during late-game conflicts, as it allows you to mow down Zombies with greater power. In Cranked, speed is king, so it might be better to use something smaller like an SMG.

Reloading fast is essential in Cranked, as you can easily become overrun. Even though it does have a lot of power, you don’t want to waste your time on the horrendously slow reload time found on LMGs. If you want an even faster reload time, you could even throw a fast-mag onto your SMG, and get it done even quicker.

In addition, SMGs have the added benefit of allowing you to run faster, meaning you’ll be able to evade Zombies even better than you would before.

Always go for the Timer Freeze power up

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Remembering these tips can be the difference between surviving or dying early on.

Treyarch has implemented a brand new power-up that’s exclusive to the Cranked game mode: Timer Freeze. With this, players will be able to stop their countdown timer for around 15 seconds or so, giving them a breather.

While this might seem obvious to point out, you’ll want to go for those as much as possible. Getting one at the start of your game is not too important, but it’s especially critical when you get into the late game.

As the mode goes on, your timer will get shorter and shorter, meaning every break you get becomes more and more important. Having that 15 second breather seems like an eternity once you get it, so missing out on one can hurt you a lot – sometimes costing you your life.

While Cranked is incredibly fast-paced, it’s really not that bad if you know what you’re doing. If you remember these tips, you shouldn’t have as much of a problem.