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Envy owner Hastr0 reveals what type of players CoD Dallas are looking to sign

Published: 5/Sep/2019 4:20 Updated: 5/Sep/2019 5:03

by Brad Norton

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Mike ‘hastr0’ Rufail, owner and CEO of the Call of Duty franchise based in Dallas, has provided some insight as to what kinds of players the team is looking to sign for the 2020 season. 

As the competitive Call of Duty landscape transitions in 2020 to a franchise-based model in the same vein as the Overwatch League, hastr0 is ready to get to work and put together a brand new roster for the Dallas-based team. 

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As the owner of one of the nine franchise spots in the new league, he took to Twitter to explain how they’re constructing a roster for the inaugural season.

Competitive Call of Duty will be forever changed by the new franchise system.

“We are really trying to use as much of our experience that we gained over the years to put together the best roster possible.”

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The primary focus when recruiting for the Dallas roster is to highlight players that can get along with one another, or a “a team of players that can just stay stable.”

“I think one of the biggest issues amongst Call of Duty teams has been interpersonal team issues,” he added. 

Hastr0 assured that while in previous years, “you see a lot of mid-season drama and roster changes” because of the team dynamic, the upcoming Dallas roster will comprise of “players who we know aren’t going to get tilted by a loss.”

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Team Envyus victorious at the 2016 Call of Duty World Championship

Alluding to the storied history of Team Envy, he asserted that “we were that team you could always expect to turn up at the world championships,” implying that the same champion-caliber roster will translate into the 2020 Call of Duty season.

With the player signing window having opened on September 3, CoD Dallas and all of the other franchises are now free to bring new talent aboard, so fans can expect a flurry of roster announcements in the coming days and weeks. 

With a long standing history in the competitive CoD scene, hastr0 helped lead Envy to four Call of Duty World Championship Grand Finals appearances, including a first place finish in 2016.

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Throughout the years, the iconic organization was ever-present on the biggest stage, especially when it came to their storied eClassico rivalry against Optic Gaming.

While those brands won’t be present as the franchise league kicks off in 2020, nine new teams will be looking to make their mark, with several of them already teasing exciting rosters.

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Keep up with all of the roster moves and team changes all offseason via our dedicated Call of Duty League RosterMania hub.

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Iconic Barret 50 cal sniper rifle leaked in Black Ops Cold War

Published: 20/Oct/2020 0:42 Updated: 20/Oct/2020 0:53

by Tanner Pierce

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After the Black Ops Cold War Beta was available on PC, data-miners and hackers scoured through the game’s code to find hidden features, and some of them have seemingly stumbled upon a usable/playable version of a classic Call of Duty sniper rifle – the Barret .50 cal.

Unfortunately, with a little bit less than 24 hours to go, the Black Ops Cold War Beta is almost over. While most people spent the weekend knee-deep in the game’s base weapons, maps, modes, etc., many PC data-miners were enjoying everything the pre-release version had to offer that was hidden in the game’s coding.

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Throughout the weekend, many players were leaking parts of the game’s code that referred to a number of unreleased features. While most of them were obviously left-over assets from Black Ops 4 or, at the very least, unsubstantiated pieces of data, there seems to be a classic sniper coming to the game.

A Black Ops Cold War Beta mod video from YouTuber Andrew2007 seems to show the Barrett .50 cal, a fan-favorite sniper rifle from several previous Call of Duty title, as a part of the game, although it appears that the gun is named ‘Barret M82’ for BOCW.

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As can be seen in the video below, the weapon isn’t done, as there are no firing and reloading sound associated with the weapon. There isn’t even a scope texture, with a white square taking its place. This makes sense, as unreleased weapons generally don’t have all the assets associated with them attached until much closer to release.

Barret M82 from blackopscoldwar

For those confused as to why the rifle is firing at such a high rate, this is due to the mods that the user installed for the game. The actual Barret will certainly not function that way if and when it gets fully released.

Speaking of which, it’s also entirely possible that the video is fake and that the YouTuber simply modded the weapon into the game. Still, it looks pretty convincing, and given the fact that other prominent leak pages like leaker ModerWarzone have corroborated, its existence seems more likely than not.

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The inclusion of the Barrett 50 cal is certainly a welcome one. The gun was featured in CoD 4: Modern Warfare, MW2, MW3, and even Black Ops 2’s story campaign. A variant of it was also featured in Modern Warfare (2019) but it was titled the Rytec AMR and featured some differences from the original.

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The Barrett 50 cal sniper has been featured in multiple Call of Duty games including every entry of the Modern Warfare series.

What’s most likely to happen with this gun, judging from the fact that it wasn’t even included in the beta or alpha, is that it’s being saved for the post-launch content that Activision and Treyarch are planning on releasing.

Either way, it won’t be long until we find out since Black Ops Cold War is set to release on November 13, 2020.

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