Call of Duty

H3CZ & Scump respond to “soft” CDL pros after backlash to OpTic tier list

Published: 14/Jan/2021 14:29

by Jacob Hale


After receiving backlash from current and former Call of Duty pros over their tier list video, OpTic Chicago members H3CZ and Scump have responded, with H3CZ even calling them “soft.”

What started out as a seemingly innocent video caused much division among the Call of Duty community when it was released on January 11.

In it, a number of the OpTic members made a tier list of some of the biggest names in Call of Duty esports past and present, including the likes of legends such as BigTymer as well as current champions like Crimsix and Clayster.

We saw a number of names call out those in the video, including Clayster who traded blows with Dashy over it as well as Dallas Empire coach Rambo calling it out as “disrespectful” when FormaL suggested he should be in the D tier.

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OpTic Chicago
H3CZ has brought OpTic back into his hands, and is already causing a stir ahead of the next CDL season.

All in all, it likely wasn’t meant to cause arguments, but it did so anyway, and the OpTic boys discussed it during the OpTic podcast on January 13.

H3CZ brought it up, asking if the others had seen the backlash, and while everyone there agreed it “wasn’t that bad,” Scump did also say that these reactions “are just going to happen” when you make a video like that.

H3CZ, on the other hand, had a different opinion, simply saying that “if you got offended, you’re f**king soft.”

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They went on to joke about FormaL “not giving a f**k” about what he said, which is probably a fair appraisal, and one of the major sources of the issues people had with the video.

Either way, no matter which side of the argument you fall on, the OpTic guys clearly don’t feel like they did anything wrong, but it will be interesting to see how these rivalries carry into the CDL launch on January 22-23.

Call of Duty

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.