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Hitch and Team Summertime join H3CZ at NRG

Published: 2/Oct/2019 18:58 Updated: 2/Oct/2019 19:03

by Albert Petrosyan


NRG Esports’ new co-CEO Hector ‘H3CZ‘ Rodriguez has recruited his former OpTic Gaming colleague Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards and his Team Summertime group of content creators. 

H3CZ and Hitch were two of the most iconic members of OpTic Gaming to have recently parted ways with the organization following its sale to Immortals Gaming Club.

However, after a short turnaround, the pair will be joining forces under the NRG banner, which the former Green Wall CEO recently joined in an executive capacity.

On October 2, NRG’s official Twitter page posted the announcement in the form of a video skit, which showed H3CZ coming up with the idea while grilling outdoors.

The video then cuts to Hitch and the other two members of Team Summertime – Blake Cissel and JorgeNotGeorge – relaxing in a pool, revealing that idea to be him wanting to recruit the trio to his new org.

Team Summertime, referred to as TST for short, is a collaborative effort between Hitch, Blake, and Jorge to regularly put out content together on Twitch and YouTube.

Their streams normally feature all three members’ face-cams on the screen at the same time, which allows viewers to be able to see all of their reactions at once when something cool happens on the broadcast.

According to their respective bios on Twitter, they are now all content creators for NRG, so they will likely just continue to do what they have been doing since TST became their full-time gig back in 2018.

Their content will probably mainly be focused on Call of Duty streams and videos, with Modern Warfare due to be released on October 25, although they have been known to sprinkle some other games here and there, such as Minecraft, FIFA, and VR titles.

Hitch - TwitterThe three members of TST are tight-knit trio that produce a lot of popular content, especially in Call of Duty.

As for NRG, this is obviously evidence that their recruitment of H3CZ as co-CEO is paying off already since he and Hitch had a long and strong relationship during their time with OpTic.

A content superpower like TST is a very nice addition to the organization’s group of content creators, as the trio will no doubt attract a lot of viewership on Twitch and YouTube moving forward.

In addition to their content, TST has also built a very positive reputation in the online gaming community, especially within the Call of Duty scene, thanks to their recent charity Black Ops 2 throwback LAN event in partnership with Movember, a charity that “tackles men’s health on a global scale.”

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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.