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H3CZ reveals “rumors” detailing CDL 2021 season format

Published: 30/Jul/2020 2:15 Updated: 30/Jul/2020 2:19

by Theo Salaun

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In a far-reaching interview with the Seattle Surge’s Sam ‘Octane’ Larew, Chicago Huntsmen CEO Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez revealed rumors surrounding the Call of Duty League’s format for 2021.

H3CZ and Octane each have a wealth of Call of Duty experience, the former especially on the industry side and the latter especially on the playing side. In a recent episode of H3CZ’s Eavesdrop Podcast, they tackled the issues with the CDL’s format and touched on how it’s rumored to continue involving online play in 2021.

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Given H3CZ’s standing in the Call of Duty scene, rumors he’s privy to are particularly noteworthy. In this instance, he describes preliminary structuring for the CDL’s 2021 season surrounding “rumors that … we’re going to continue to be online and that there’s apparently going to be three homestand events or something like that.” 

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This is the first time that the public has been made aware of any CDL format discussions for next season, and it bears significant weight — especially in relation to Octane, as he has been one of the players most vehemently opposed to online play continuing for the next league campaign.

Octane has worn his heart on his sleeve in recent weeks, following a controversial incident in which his bottom-ranked Surge squad had to play out a match 4-vs-5 due to the inability to replay a map after a player disconnected. 

But, when faced with the possibility that online play may be required in 2021, he seemed surprisingly open to it, should certain improvements pass: “I just hope that we learn from all the things that have happened this year … If the ability to play on LAN does come up, even in a restricted setting … that’s fine with me. I just think that the competitive atmosphere of this year hasn’t really been the best and I think that a lot of players are starting to get a little antsy.”

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Both H3CZ and Octane are adamant that online play is better than no play at all, while respecting the difficulties of that transition. But, of those learnings from this season, aspects like an online pause feature are likely to be chief amongst their concerns.

As for players already getting “antsy,” the two alluded to both Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow’s retirement, and OpTic Gaming Los Angeles’ Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat recent critiques.

Like Octane, SlasheR is a prominent CoD veteran who seems to be nearing his wits’ end when it comes to online play. In his post suggesting he will temporarily retire if the league doesn’t return to LAN, he noted the “central south servers.”

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Like the necessity of a pause feature, server options are another possible way for online play to be improved in 2021. Increased veto options for CDL Champs haven’t satisfied players, so it will be interesting to follow whether or not players think other improvements can make another online season survivable — or if they’ll push for an offline bubble, akin to the NBA’s current system.

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“Broken” Warzone skin is too hard to see & players aren’t happy about it

Published: 18/Oct/2020 22:48

by Theo Salaun

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Call of Duty: Warzone’s Season 5 Roze “Rook” operator is maddening players, as the small, dark silhouette is sometimes impossible to detect before getting killed.

Verdansk is a diverse environment and Modern Warfare’s operators are fittingly blessed with a varied assortment of camouflages. With the map spanning green, forested areas, dry, muted plains, and dark, indoor rooms, there is a lot of different scenery to keep track of.

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Within the map’s obscured nooks and crannies, one Season 5 operator skin has become a particular nuisance for players. Upon hitting Tier 100 on the preceding season’s Battle Pass, the Roze “Rook” skin was unlocked, offering fans a jet-black, sleek character to rock across Modern Warfare’s multiplayer and accompanying battle royale.

With the prevalence of close-quarters combat in dimly lit indoor spaces, players have begun pointing out just how impossible it is to see Roze in the game. 

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Roze’s Rook skin is easy to see in the light, but practically invisible in the dark.

In a screenshot shown by ‘bleedblue_knetic’ on Reddit, there appears to be an empty cell in the subterranean jails located below the Prison POI. But their teammate, ‘Deadalus,’ is highlighted as being right behind the cell’s bars. 

Even knowing someone is technically there, it is practically impossible to discern a character model behind the partial obstructions.

I’ve never really seen anyone talk about it, but does anyone else think Roze skin is not okay? from CODWarzone

As such, bleedblue_knetic’s post is titled simply: “I’ve never really seen anyone talk about it, but does anyone else think Roze skin is not okay?” In response, the vast majority of commenters agreed that this skin is an issue and is getting widely used by sweaty players because of how difficult it is to see in Warzone’s darker environments.

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One commenter summed it up succinctly: “It’s one of the most broken skins in the game.”

Another Redditor, ‘OJbeforethebadstuff,’ also replied with his own example of the Rook skin’s seeming invisibility. While their video settings appear to lack more brightness than necessary, it still demonstrates just how deadly Roze’s camouflage can be.

 

As seen in the video, the screen is darker than most players’ displays, but, nonetheless, the Roze that kills him is frankly invisible. It isn’t until you watch the kill cam that you realize there was a person actually standing there amongst the tables, waiting to secure an easy elimination.

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Usually, hacking is raised as a possibility when you’re killed by someone you can’t see. But, in this case, it appears that the Rook skin is simply svelte and dark enough to blend into indoor backgrounds perfectly.

Her hitbox isn’t technically smaller than others’ and she does appear in an obvious contrast when in bright environments, but so much of Warzone is played in dimmed locations that this is as meta a skin as the game has seen. Infinity Ward has yet to respond to complaints and it remains to be seen if some of the game’s niche visibility issues can be resolved.

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