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Hastr0 unveils alternate Dallas Empire logos that didn’t make the cut

Published: 5/Jan/2020 23:47 Updated: 5/Jan/2020 23:51

by Brad Norton


Dallas Empire CEO Mike ‘hastr0’ Rufail has given Call of Duty fans a peek behind the curtain and unveiled a number of unique designs that were considered for franchise branding.

The inaugural Call of Duty League homestand event is just weeks away as competition kicks off in Minnesota from January 24. 12 of the world’s best teams will be on display in an official capacity for the very first time, and Dallas will be involved in the opening match as they square off against the Chicago Huntsmen. 

Ahead of the first slate of matches, hastr0 decided to share a number of unique designs the organization was weighing up before settling on its current look. 

Official Dallas Empire branding was revealed by hastr0 on October 20.

While certain franchises were initially met with backlash upon their branding reveals, the Dallas Empire visuals were largely praised. Slick gold and black designs allowed the Dallas-based team to stand out from the likes of more vibrant lineups such as Toronto Ultra and Atlanta Faze.

All topped off by a subtle homage to foundational roots in Team Envy, it’s clear a great amount of detail went into finalizing the ideal look. Showcasing a few earlier renditions, however, hastr0 shed light on some mock-ups that didn’t quite reach the same level.

Interestingly enough, none of the other takes on Dallas-themed branding featured an homage to Team Envy in the logo itself. Rather than sneakily including a design that can be interpreted as an ‘N’ and a ‘V’ to represent the parent company, each of these creations bring about an entirely new form of branding. 

Twitter: DallasEmpireDallas Empire has launched a number of limited-time merchandise drops ahead of the Call of Duty League.

Maintaining a crown as the focal point of new branding heading into the Call of Duty League, two of the logos on display feature a more yellowish theme than the golden coloring we know today. 

One design placed the crown front and center while another had it resting over the ‘E’ in Empire. Set out with a more poppy and playful font, hastr0 highlighted that these iterations simply “weren’t it.”

Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter appears in an alternative Empire jersey for another graphic that didn’t quite make the final cut. Moreso resembling the final branding than any other image on display, this creation features a similar crown-based Emblem yet appears distinctly different due to its brighter color scheme and more grungy font.

Lastly, another creation does away with the crown-based concept and opts for a horizontal ‘E’ instead. The actual lettering in this iteration is disjointed while the logo itself is one fully connected letter. 

With reports of up to $40 million being spent to secure spots in the Call of Duty League, it’s no surprise that a great amount of effort went into defining the visual appeal of each and every brand. 

Outlining how there were “many more” designs that didn’t make the final cut, perhaps those too will see the light of day in the near future. 

Dallas Empire takes to the stage for the first Call of Duty League match on January 24 against the Chicago Huntsmen. 

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Black Ops Cold War devs address Mastery camo bug & confirm other fixes

Published: 27/Nov/2020 0:17

by Brad Norton


Mastery camos in Black Ops Cold War will soon be looking better than ever, Treyarch has confirmed, with an assortment of camo-related fixes on the way in a nearby update.

If you’ve already been hard at work grinding the latest Call of Duty, unlocking the very best camos has likely kept you busy. Reaching that elite Dark Matter cosmetic is always a huge effort, though many players have already hit it just weeks after launch.

Unfortunately, the flashy Mastery Camos haven’t quite lived up to the hype in many regards. Some weapons barely display the unique visual. Small areas of the guns are given the new design while a majority of the weapon stays the same.

The community was naturally disappointed at first, but it turns out these actually aren’t working as intended. Fixes are on the way very soon, as Treyarch has confirmed the top priorities for the next major update.

Black Ops Cold War M60
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An example of how minimal Dark Matter currently looks on the M60 due to recent bugs.

First and foremost, we now have confirmation that “unintentional changes to Mastery Camos” will be addressed in the next update. “After our most recent update, some weapons began to display certain Mastery Camo differently,” devs addressed on the official Treyarch Trello board.

While an exact date isn’t quite set in stone for the next update just yet, rest assured it won’t be long. “We are looking to release a fix for this in our next major update,” they confirmed.

So if these issues had you holding back on the Dark Matter grind, there’s no reason not to get back on the hustle. In a matter of days, the camos will be displaying properly and you’ll be able to flex your early accomplishments.

Next up, there are six other major problems that Treyarch is looking into. Some are more vague, such as various console crashes and bugged animations. However, others are more specific.

Prestige leveling should be a bit smoother in the weeks to come. If your level hasn’t been displaying properly, a fix for this is currently in the works. 

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Outside of bug fixes, Flak Jacket could be addressed in a nearby update.

While no specific changes are on the way just yet, the balance team has also “had discussions” surrounding the power of Flak Jacket. A potential nerf could be on the way given how common the perk has become since launch.

The most recent patch only just went out on November 25, so we likely won’t see anything for a few days at a minimum. At least now have a solid idea of what to expect when the next updates roll around.