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H3CZ explains how one simple change in BO2 made CoD esports “blow up”

Published: 29/Sep/2019 12:14 Updated: 29/Sep/2019 17:01

by Joe Craven


Co-CEO of Chicago’s Call of Duty franchise, Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez, has pinpointed what he believes to be a key moment in the success of Call of Duty esports, and it harks back to the days of Black Ops II. 

While CoD esports dates back to before 2012’s Call of Duty: Black Ops II, few titles have done as much as Treyarch’s near-futuristic installment did in terms of propelling the esport forwards.

Black Ops II received widespread community and critical acclaim, with many touting its nonlinear campaign as one of the best in Call of Duty history. On top of this, public matches had a replayability that has not been replicated since, and Zombies provided countless hours of easter eggs and undead secrets to explore.

TreyarchBlack Ops II’s maps were also acclaimed, with many arguing they are some of the best ever.

Away from the casual side of things, League Play provided an opportunity for all players to experience the competitive side of CoD, but this is not the feature H3CZ thinks had the most significant impact on esports. 

During a segment at the Black Ops 2 throwback event at the Esports Stadium, H3CZ was asked about Black Ops II’s impact on the competitive Call of Duty scene. 

“If I was to identify the specific impact that Black Ops II had on the competitive scene, it would have to be the return of killstreaks,” he replied. “(David) Vonderhaar decided that was gonna be a thing, and everyone was up in arms about the whole situation.” 

H3CZ explains that there was initial backlash to the inclusion of killstreaks in competitive CoD as many people perceived killstreaks as too casual to have a place in the professional game. 

“The second that (killstreaks) started becoming a thing and it became a part of the strategy,” he continued, “as to how it pushed that particular game forward, it blew it all up.” 

He goes on to relay the excitement and accomplishment of being able to call in a Lightning Strike on Slums, and how it rewarded successful play and communication. 

TreyarchBlack Ops II’s killstreaks are remembered for their strength, such as the insane Swarm that was called in at 1700 points.

Killstreaks have not gone anywhere in competitive play, and have a vital role in all game modes played. They can often decide rotations in Hardpoint, or provide openings in Search and Destroy.

While killstreaks technically featured as scorestreaks in Black Ops II – in an effort to encourage greater objective play – they return as traditional killstreaks in Modern Warfare, but will undoubtedly have a similar impact on competitive play as they have always done.

Regardless of the form in which they take, H3CZ should be listened to as one of the pioneers of competitive Call of Duty.

Disclaimer: Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez is a minority shareholder in Dexerto Ltd.

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How to watch Totino’s Black Ops Brawl tourney: streams, teams, schedule

Published: 23/Nov/2020 15:00 Updated: 23/Nov/2020 15:45

by Jacob Hale


Totino’s are continuing their esports and gaming work by hosting a massive $20,000 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War tournament featuring pro players and top streamers.

Over the years, we’ve seen the frozen pizza brand host tournaments in multiple games as well as form sponsorships with the likes of 100 Thieves, who recently entered the Call of Duty League with the LA Thieves.

Now, with Black Ops Cold War out and players starting to really get to grips with the game, they’re teaming up with a number of top names in Call of Duty, including the Minnesota RØKKR CDL team, to put on a show for fans. Here’s everything you need to know about the tournament.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl stream & schedule

The Totino’s Black Ops Brawl is a four-hour event that takes place on Tuesday, November 24.

The show is set to kick off at 3pm ET (12pm PT/8pm GMT) live from Totino’s Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded here for you to easily tune in.

It will be hosted by Call of Duty League casters Joe ‘Merk’ Deluca and Clint ‘Maven’ Evans, with $20,000 on the line for competing teams.

Who’s playing?

So far, several big names have been announced as taking part in the Black Ops Brawl, from pro players to content creators, analysts, casters and more. Here are the team captains for the event, as well as their chosen teammates:

  • Symfuhny with Huskerrs, Aydan and ZLaner
  • Swagg
  • Tommey
  • Censor with Shotzzy, iLLey and ACHES
  • Crowder
  • Hitch
  • Nameless
  • TeePee

That’s not an exhaustive list by any means, so expect to see a lot more recognizable names when you tune into the event, as captains announce who will be joining them for the tournament.

Totino's Black Ops Brawl casters Merk and Maven
Merk and Maven will be casting hosting the Black Ops Brawl.

Format and prize pool

At the time of writing, we don’t know the exact format of the Totino’s Black Ops Brawl tournament, though we do know that there will be eight captains selecting three other players to go to battle with.

As for the prize pool, there is $20,000 on the line, with $15,000 going directly to the winning team and the remaining $5,000 going to the team that finishes in second place.

Be sure to tune in on Tuesday, November 24 at 4pm ET to catch all the action and see Black Ops Cold War at its best!