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H3CZ clarifies NRG position and reflects on OpTic Gaming past

Published: 17/Sep/2019 23:30 Updated: 18/Sep/2019 2:12

by Isaac McIntyre

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Former Call of Duty management role with NRG Esports, a position he announced earlier this week.

The incoming NRG personality first teased that he would be making a major move in the new Call of Duty landscape ahead of 2020 franchise league in his September 15 video on YouTube.

In that clip, Rodriguez stunned fans by donning an NRG sweatshirt, before the organization confirmed hours later that H3CZ would be a leading figure in their new CoD enterprise. Now, the former OpTic veteran has explained various details about his new position.

H3CZ, YouTubeH3CZ revealed earlier this week that his Call of Duty future lies with NRG Esports.

“My new role at NRG as a whole is going to be the co-CEO alongside Andy Miller. If you don’t know who Andy Miller is … he founded and sold a company top Apple, worked directly under Steve Jobs. So I’m going to work under Steve Jobs!” he joked in his video blog.


“He’s a really smart dude. He’s one of the owners for the Sacramento Kings, and he’s had a lot, a lot, a lot of business success in the past. I’m looking forward to running this thing with him, and learning from him. I have an opportunity here that I didn’t last time around.”

For mobile users, the video segment starts at 14:44.

While H3CZ is becoming embedded with the new Chicago franchise, he also issued a heartfelt message to diehard Greenwall fans that had been alongside the organization since he first became involved all the way back in 2007.

“Let’s just say it’s been a very tough three weeks, but now that the announcement’s done and we’ve said what we needed to say, I think it’s time for a new chapter,” he said.

“Again, as weird as the new chapter is going to be, remember it’s going to be as weird for me as it will be for you. I will always that (OpTic), it’s etched in my skin forever and ever.”


“I’m going to wear this proudly,” the NRG co-CEO said, pointing to his OpTic tattoo. “Diesel has the same tattoo, all the boys from the Scuf house have the same. All this stuff means something, we were part of a supercool period of time where we built something incredible.”

Rodriguez wrapped up his introspective on OpTic is a promise to fans: “There’s a lot to discuss. Onwards and upwards, onto the next adventure we go.”

H3CZ helmed the OpTic Gaming organization for almost the entirety of its history.

As for player personnel, the Chicago franchise, much like almost all of the other CDL teams, has not officially announced any signings, despite the window to recruit players having already been open for a few weeks.

In fact, the only team to have made a signing public is the London franchise, who made history on September 17 with the first ever player signing for the new league.

Keep track of all the latest news regarding player movements with our Rostermania tracker.

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Best way to use zombie abilities in Warzone’s Zombie Royale

Published: 23/Oct/2020 15:51

by James Busby

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Surviving as one of  Warzone’s fleshy undead can be a little tricky in the new Zombie Royale mode, but these tips should have you ripping and tearing your way to victory in no time. 

Warzone’s Halloween festivities are well underway and players have been busy unleashing their inner beast when playing the terrifyingly good LTM, Zombie Royale. The frozen fields of Verdansk have been cloaked in darkness and squads will need to work together if they wish to survive the horrors that await them. In this mode, dead operators skip the Gulag and instead come back as nightmarish zombies. While in this new undead form, players drop all their current equipment and perks.

If you wish to ever see your human form again, you’ll need to use your unique abilities to kill any players that dare to walk amongst the undead. While Zombie Royale’s reanimated corpses may have access to some incredibly potent attacks, they can be killed incredibly easily if you’re not careful. In order to help you get to grips with your newfound zombie form, we’ve put together a handy survival guide that should help you secure more kills.

Zombie abilities

Warzone Zombie
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Warzone’s Zombies have access to some incredibly powerful abilities.

Passive abilities

Warzone’s zombies aren’t your standard shambling corpses – in fact, they have incredible agility. Their passive ability gives every undead player faster movement speed and stronger melee attacks, allowing you to quickly chase down your fleeing victims. Once you’ve tracked them down, swipe at them with your deadly strikes to snuff their life out for good. 

Zombies also have superior vision and can easily see nearby operators. Enemy players are highlighted and their footprints can be tracked, giving you plenty of opportunities to pounce on your newfound target. If that wasn’t enough, zombies are also immune to the gas circle and gas grenades. This allows you to set up some frightfully sneaky plays. 

Charged Jump

Arguably the most fun Zombie ability is the Charged Jump. This highly mobile move allows you to effortlessly leap onto rooftops, scale cliffs, evade enemy fire and initiate fights. You can adjust both the distance and height by holding down the Charged Jump button, so be sure to experiment with this before leaping towards your enemy. 

EMP Blast 

This ability works exactly the same as Modern Warefare’s EMP Drone in that it destroys enemy electronics, equipment, vehicles, and disables digital optics. Your enemy’s HUD will also be disabled if they get caught within the blast’s radius. 

Gas Grenade

Gas Grenades are incredibly potent in Warzone since they disorient your enemies and slow down their movements. Combine this with the high mobility from Zombie Royale’s undead and you have a lethal combination. 

Zombie ability tips

Warzone zombie fight
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You’ll need to learn how to use these zombie abilities if you wish to increase your survivability.

Before you go chasing the nearest player, it’s often best to scan your surroundings for any enemy players that are alone. Not only will this stop your fleshy body from being riddled with bullets, it will also increase your chances of securing a successful kill. While it can be tempting to rush into the fray with your Charged Jump, it does give away your position thanks to the ability’s glow effect. 

Instead, it’s often best to use the cover of darkness to sneak up on them. Once you’ve successfully got within a few meters, it’s time to unleash your EMP Blast. This will instantly destroy any Proximity Mines and Claymore’s, allowing you to safely enter even the most fortified defenses. To make matters even better, the initial blast also reduces visibility and will cause most players to panic — giving you the moment to strike.

Once you have disabled any equipment and digital optics, it’s time to throw in your Gas Grenade. When the grenade has filled the room with deadly toxins, instantly run in and begin clawing away at your hapless victim. The slowing effect and overall disorientation from both abilities should make any escape futile.

Even if your enemy does manage to make a break for it, simply activate your Charged Jump to catch up to them. Just be aware that doing this will make you highly visible to nearby squads, so only use this ability when you have to. 

If you use these tips, you’ll be able to secure more kills as a zombie in Warzone’s Zombie Royale mode.