Have OpTic Gaming been blacklisted from bootcamp ahead of CWL Champs? - Dexerto
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Have OpTic Gaming been blacklisted from bootcamp ahead of CWL Champs?

Published: 28/Jul/2019 1:26 Updated: 28/Jul/2019 1:42

by Albert Petrosyan


The 2019 CWL Championship is just around the corner, and OpTic Gaming‘s professional Call of Duty team may have been blacklisted from practicing for it at bootcamps. 

The upcoming CWL Championship will be the biggest tournament of the Black Ops 4 season, featuring 32 of the world’s best Call of Duty teams battling it out for a share of the $2 million prize pool.

As is usually the case, many of those teams will participate in bootcamps in preparation of the event, meaning that they will get together and hold scrimmages against each other offline.

However, one team that may not be partaking in these practice sessions is OpTic Gaming, who have apparently been denied the chance to scrim on LAN by other teams.

Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly suggested as much, in a tweet he posted on July 27 before deleting it moments later: “We got blacklisted, unbelievable.”

TJHaLy - TwitterTJ deleted this tweet just moments after posting it.

Further fueling the speculation that OpTic have been blacklisted was what Luminosity Gaming’s Josiah ‘Slacked’ Berry said on a livestream the same day.

According to Slacked, OpTic will not be ‘bootcamping’ for Champs, and that 100 Thieves have already set up a session with eUnited, Team Reciprocity, and Gen.G.

Logic would dictate that the Green Wall would not voluntarily exclude themselves from these practice sessions, especially considering their disastrous performance at CWL Finals, where they lost both matches by a combined map count of 0-6. 

If what is being speculated about OpTic’s situation is true, it does create an atmosphere of confusion about the circumstances that have led to this point.

For one, they’ve always been the hosts of these bootcamps, as CEO Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez has invited teams to his H3CZQUARTERS on numerous occasions this season to practice against his team.

If they have indeed been left out, it must mean that the any and all of the teams they invited this time around turned them down, assuming they were planning on hosting one again, of course. 

It must be noted that the squad did have an issue with 100 Thieves in one of those bootcamps, when Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter engaged in a mini-feud with 100 Thieves’ Ian ‘Enable’ Wyatt about players showing up late. 

OpTic Update - TwitterGetting blacklisted from bootcamp is the last thing OpTic need after their horror-show performance at CWL Finals.

OpTic not the only ones blacklisted

As it would turn out, OpTic is not the only team that’s been kept out of these bootcamps. Several days ago, FaZe Clan’s Thomas ‘ZooMaa’ Paparatto also tweeted that his team had been kicked out, and, unlike TJHaLy he decided to not delete the tweet.

Perhaps OpTic and FaZe could wait around for a couple of more teams to get blacklisted, and then they can all form their own “blacklist bootcamp,” which, all jokes aside, might end up being a successful idea. 

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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.