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H3CZ explains why he’s “salty” Crimsix will no longer be on his team

Published: 15/Oct/2019 2:11 Updated: 15/Oct/2019 2:58

by Brad Norton


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Things behind the scenes at OpTic Gaming have been tumultuous over the past few months to say the least. Since the sale of OpTic parent company Infinite Esports & Entertainment to Immortals Gaming Club, H3CZ announced his departure from the brand to pursue the co-CEO role at NRG Esports. Similarly, Seth ‘Scump’ Abner, announced his exit from the organization.

Having been a part of the Green Wall dynasty since 2014, the winningest player in Call of Duty history, Crimsix, recently revealed how he was “forced out” of the OpTic brand by his former teammates.

In the October 14 edition of the Eavesdrop Podcast, H3CZ showed just how much respect he has for Crimsix as a player, and expressed regret at the fact that the two could not reach a deal and continue to work together moving forward.

Discussing the likelihood of certain professional players being able to ‘make it’ in multiple competitive scenes, NRG’s Gears of War captain Gilbert ‘Xplosive’ Rojo threw Crimsix’s name into the mix during the podcast.

Activision - Call of DutyCrimsix and H3CZ embracing at a Call of Duty event.

“Crimsix is actually pretty nice at Gears,” the NRG captain said when discussing the idea of competing alongside a Call of Duty pro.

“He’s one of those people that’s just really, really good at everything,” H3CZ responded. “It sucks man. Not having him on the squad is gonna suck. He’s always been one of my favorite players, even before he was in OpTic.”

“I’m a bit salty at that part,” he elaborated. “I like his brain, if that makes any sense. I like the way he thinks of things.”

Confirming suspicions that Crimsix will not be competing under the new Chicago-based franchise, H3CZ appeared momentarily disheartened on the podcast, acknowledging just how impressive a player he is and perhaps disappointed in the way the situation was handled following the sale of OpTic Gaming.

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If recent roster leaks are to be trusted, all signs point towards Crimsix teaming with Call of Duty veteran James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks under the Dallas banner for the inaugural 2020 season. Combined, the players have over a decade of elite-level experience and 55 championship wins.

Meanwhile, no official details have been revealed surrounding the Chicago-based franchise under the control of H3CZ, but you can keep up to date with all of the latest developments using our dedicated roster tracker

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

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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


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

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

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

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.