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H3CZ outlines how Call of Duty League Champs may still go ahead on LAN

Published: 3/Jul/2020 2:56 Updated: 3/Jul/2020 8:58

by Brad Norton


While the ongoing global situation has forced all Call of Duty League competition online since April, Chicago Huntsmen CEO Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez believes that we could still see the end of season Champs event played at a LAN event.

Call of Duty’s Championship event marks the end of the competitive cycle for each new release. It’s the most prestigious tournament in the scene, and we’re closely approaching the 2020 spectacle. 

Details have been scarce in the lead-up, save for a leaked cosmetic bundle in Modern Warfare. This is because details are still not set in stone, according to industry icon H3CZ. With the regular CDL season coming to a close on July 26, Activision is allegedly still planning the major end of year event.

Given the current crisis and a wide array of major sporting leagues still on hold, the format of Champs in 2020 remains up in the air. It could be contested online, to much dismay from the pro players involved. But the Huntsmen CEO argues that “there are ways in which we can still have a LAN event.”

Call of Duty Championship 2019 eUnited raising trophy
Call of Duty Champs is the most important event of each competitive year.

In the second episode of the NRG Duo Podcast with Rodriguez and NRG Esports Founder Andy Miller, the two discussed how an in-person event may come to fruition. After months of dealing with suboptimal CDL servers, a LAN event could help truly determine which team stands atop the rest. Therefore, all 12 CDL team owners are currently going back and forth on the matter.

“I think it’s important that we do have as much of an integrity-driven competition than anything else,” H3CZ said. “When there’s doubt in connectivity, I think we should eliminate all those ‘ifs’ and go for it.”

Following in the footsteps of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), H3CZ explained how Activision should “take a note from [ UFC President] Dana White.” After a brief period without events, White pushed forward despite the ongoing crisis. Fighters competed in empty arenas without spectators, just essential cornermen and production staff. A similar model could be utilized for a Champs LAN event.

“No fans allowed,” H3CZ continued. “We’ll have the players and we’ll have some staff. Quarantine [players] now. Quarantine everybody in one location. Have them only deal with themselves, have them get daily testing, isolate those who need isolation, and get the work done.”

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With $2 million up for grabs for the first-place team, there’s more at stake in the CDL playoffs than there has been all year. That will be a big motivating factor, according to H3CZ. “They get paid to do this thing. There will be zero resistance on any level from anybody that’s involved in competition.”

For the time being, however, nothing is yet locked in. Talks are still ongoing between Activision and the 12 CDL team owners. Though H3CZ assured that a decision will be made “very soon.”

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

Published: 23/Oct/2020 15:51

by James Busby


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
Activision / Infinity Ward
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.