H3CZ on Scump & Warzone's Rebirth Island | CharlieIntel Podcast #14 - Dexerto
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H3CZ on Scump & Warzone’s Rebirth Island | CharlieIntel Podcast #14

Published: 18/Dec/2020 18:34 Updated: 21/Dec/2020 11:54

by Ava Thompson-Powell

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With Warzone Season 1 well underway, Mike and Keshav sit down with Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez to discuss Call of Duty’s future.

In this week’s episode, we discuss all things Black Ops Cold War & Warzone Season 1. From Rebirth Island’s reception to the return of Raid, Pine’s arrival in multiplayer, and what the Season 1 update means for Call of Duty’s future; today’s episode is one to tune in for.

H3CZ covers his favorite CoD titles, what the Chicago Huntsmen means to him after reacquiring OpTic Gaming, and if he’s planning for life without Scump. Talking through the CoD esports community, he also touches on why he thinks it’s vital that Activision supports the scene more.

With some big changes in Season 1, players are torn as to whether the direction CoD is going in is a positive one. The biggest change, Rebirth Island, sees players venturing into a more intimate, 40-player map that proves for high octane, intense action.
Internet sensation David Dobrik’s Twitch channel has also come under the CoD spotlight of late, with a swarm of bot accounts promoting a non-official YouTube channel that uploads clips of his streams to the rival platform. YouTube has yet to act on this stealing of content.
Due to the holiday season, there will be no podcast next week. Be sure to check in with us on December 31st for a New Year’s special focusing on Call of Duty in review.

This podcast is also available to listen to on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
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OpTic Envoy’s AK74u Black Ops Cold War loadout ahead of CDL launch

Published: 18/Jan/2021 16:53

by Jacob Hale

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The competitive Call of Duty season is almost upon us, with the CDL launching on January 23, and Envoy’s AK74u could prove one of the most important in getting OpTic Chicago some all-important championship wins.

The AK74u is the go-to SMG for all competitive Black Ops Cold War players. While the MP5 was the main one when the game first dropped, a subsequent nerf saw the 74u take top spot and maintain it ever since.

While Envoy’s original loadout back in November was impressive, this one is a complete change-up, and seems to be the meta build for most top pros who run it.

Taking to Nuketown ‘84 for a 1v1 against teammate FormaL, both were using the AK74u — and it absolutely shreds.

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The AK74u is the best-in-class SMG.

As mentioned, this looks to be the meta build for most pros, but Envoy is by far one of the most impressive SMG players in the Call of Duty League, so it definitely looks great in his hands.

Here’s the attachments Envoy uses on the gun:

  • Muzzle: Muzzle Brake 5.45
  • Barrel: 9.3” Extended
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Speedgrip
  • Stock: KGB Skeletal Stock
  • Handle: GRU Elastic Wrap

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If you’re looking to maximize your abilities with an SMG in hand, Envoy is one of the best people to look at, and with the launch of League Play in BOCW seemingly imminent, now’s the perfect time to get used to this build.

This may look slightly different from what you see in public matches, with certain attachments banned or not viable in a competitive space, so it’s well worth familiarizing yourself with.

Whether or not this remains the meta throughout the year isn’t yet known; we expect a number of weapon balancing changes throughout the year, but how this affects the 74u isn’t clear.