Call of Duty

H3CZ tells story of how Infinite management tried to drop OpTic’s Call of Duty team

Published: 27/May/2019 15:45 Updated: 28/May/2019 13:53

by Matt Porter


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In an episode of his popular Eavesdrop Podcast which released on Monday, May 27, H3CZ, alongside Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards, discussed some of the difficulties they have encountered working with OpTic’s parent company Infinite Esports, and a specific moment that they attempted to drop their legendary Call of Duty team back in late 2018.

“How many times did we save Infinite from the beginning?” H3CZ asked Hitch. “We’re only going to talk about the one. The one. Where they tried to drop the Call of Duty team.”

Infinite Esports attempted to offload OpTic Gaming’s legendary CoD team.

“There were contract issues, but it wasn’t the contract or the players but the people they were represented by that was the issue,” H3CZ stated. “Because of that external factor – that had nothing to do with the players – they got to the point where they didn’t want to deal with that anymore, ‘so we’re going to have to let them go.’”

“So I go in there, and I said: ‘There’s nothing to talk about. We’re not dropping the Call of Duty team, period. I don’t give a fuck. We’re not dropping the team. If they leave, I leave, and everyone else leaves.”

The OpTic Gaming CEO then explained that he asked Infinite to give him the weekend to smooth things over with the team, only to receive a call from the player’s agent on the Saturday who informed H3CZ of an email he received that stated Infinite would find the team “a new home” in two weeks.

H3CZ concluded: “I remember telling them step-by-step why what they were doing was fucked up. And they thought ‘Finally, this is how we get rid of him.’ Twice they tried to get rid of me. I continued to be a pain in their asshole for the rest of time.”

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Following the blowback from H3CZ about their decision, Infinite held on to the OpTic Gaming Call of Duty squad and saw their decision pay off when the team won CWL Las Vegas back in December 2018.

Hitch confirmed that the players were talking about accepting contracts from other teams at the time though, which shows just how close OpTic Gaming came to losing one of the most legendary teams in all of esports.

Much like this scenario, the future of OpTic Gaming’s Call of Duty lineup remains up in the air, as Infinite Esports continue to try and offload the entire organization, with bids from Immortal and H3CZ himself believed to be two of the possibilities.

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

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.