Call of Duty

Hastr0 reveals plan for possible open bracket Call of Duty event

Published: 7/Dec/2019 11:59

by Daniel Cleary


Team Envy and Dallas Empire boss Mike ‘Hastr0’ Rufail has shared his plans for possibly hosting a Call of Duty open bracket event for amateur players.

The 2020 Modern Warfare season will see the pros take part in the inaugural year of the new Call of Duty League with multiple home and away events for each franchise.

Although the pro players’ schedule has already been confirmed by Activision, the season’s Path 2 Pro events for amateur players are still yet to be announced.

MLGDallas Empire owner Hastr0 reveals his plans to host an open bracket Call of Duty event.

Only weeks out from the CDL’s opening matches on January 24, the Dallas Empire owner has suggested that he might also be running a tournament for players to attend in between some of the scheduled events during the year.

Hastr0 explained that he had managed to acquire a license to host Call of Duty open events in his home city of Dallas for the upcoming year and seemed keen to put on an open bracket event, saying, “I have a license to operate open bracket tournaments for Call of Duty in Dallas.”

He also revealed that he would be willing to put up a tempting prize pool of $50,000 for those attending before asking if any players would have an interest in the open bracket competition, “If I drop $50k into a prize pool, do you guys show up?”

Since the announcement of the franchised Call of Duty League, many competitive fans were worried after learning that the format would be completely shifting in the Modern Warfare season.

However, if open bracket tournaments, such as the one Hastr0 was planning, still took place, many challenger teams and players that could go unnoticed throughout the regular season would have a chance to prove themselves against the top teams.

Since sharing his plans for the possible Dallas open event, the Team Envy CEO has already piqued the interest of many competitive players and pros and even Halo star Bubudubu showed interest in attending.

Although the tournament is still yet to be confirmed, Hastr0 seems eager to provide competitive CoD fans with more to look forward to during the Dallas Empire’s first year in the franchised Call of Duty League.

Empire’s first host weekend in Dallas for the Call of Duty League takes place Saturday March 28 – Sunday March 29.

Call of Duty

Warzone blueprint appears to deal 30% more damage than base weapon

Published: 10/Jan/2021 17:04 Updated: 10/Jan/2021 17:07

by Joe Craven


YouTuber JGOD has revealed that certain blueprint weapons in Call of Duty: Warzone appear to have a significant damage boost over their standard counterparts, as fans concern over ‘pay to win’ guns in the battle royale grows.

Recent revelations in the Warzone community have concerned players of CoD’s sophomore battle royale, with many signs suggesting that blueprint weapons, specifically variants of the MAC-10, have received a sly buff over their base versions.

Blueprint weapons are pre-built variants of base weapons, with specific attachments already equipped. They are only accessible through bundles and, to this point, were believed to be entirely cosmetic.

Gallantry blueprint in Warzone
The Gallantry blueprint of Black Ops Cold War’s MAC-10 has come under serious scrutiny of late.

It has previously emerged that the Gallantry MAC-10 variant dealt significantly more headshot damage and had more manageable recoil. However, in a January 9 YouTube video, JGOD revealed that the problems actually run far deeper.

In the video, he returns to the MAC-10 Gallantry blueprint, and shows that its damage is significantly higher than that of the base weapon. After receiving a tip-off from a member of the Warzone community, JGOD found that the blueprint MAC-10 dealt roughly 30% more damage than the base version of the SMG.

Breaking it down, JGOD shows that the blueprint MAC-10 deals more damage to every part of enemies’ bodies, particularly the head, chest and stomach. Similarly, the BOCW MP5, MW MP5 and base MAC-10 all come out relatively close when it come to TTK and range. However, throwing in the Gallantry variant shows just how overpowered it is, comprehensively beating out every aforementioned weapon at all ranges.

Many fans are incredibly concerned about the weapon variant, simply because blueprints have, to this point, appeared to be cosmetic only. Their availability though – largely available through the purchasing of bundles – could signal a shift towards pay to win weaponry in the Call of Duty battle royale.

Needless to say, questions have since been raised over other Warzone blueprints, with players wondering whether they will also provide a tangible advantage in almost every gunfight.

Initially, the headshot difference was considered a mistake by the game’s developers, but recent discoveries regarding overall damage have led many to the conclusion they are intentional.

As we have seen in past CoD titles, pay to win weapons are never looked upon favorably by the community. At the time of writing, neither Infinity Ward, Treyarch or Raven have addressed the disparity between the base MAC-10 and the far more viable blueprint.