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How Simp became Call of Duty’s teenage prodigy

Published: 23/Mar/2020 12:13 Updated: 1/May/2020 14:56

by Andy Williams

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Atlanta FaZe’s Chris ‘Simp’ Lehr is one of Call of Duty’s hottest talents. But just how did the youngster rise to the top in such a short space of time?

As with most of Call of Duty’s fresh breed, Simp emerged from the depths of the Search & Destroy scene, where he consistently dominated his opposite number in Black Ops 3 online tournaments.

After gaining some traction on BO3, Simp joined Indervir ‘iLLeY’ Dhaliwal and Jovel ‘Cellium’ McArthur in forming eUnited Cadets for WWII — an invaluable experience which laid the foundations for his rookie year.

Atlanta FaZe's Simp.
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Simp is already hailed as one of Call of Duty’s greats.

Fast-forward to Black Ops 4, and FaZe Clan snatched Lehr from eUnited. Simp represented the FC Black banner in CWL Fort Worth (his first official offline tournament), where he led his team to clinch top honors in the Open Tournament.

eUnited noticed Simp’s gift on the sticks and signed the youngster to their professional roster as soon as he turned 18. Replacing two-time world champ, Jordan ‘JKap’ Kaplan, the new kid on the block had big shoes to fill.

Simp and co. experienced some initial turbulence as a roster, after bowing out in second at CWL London and crashing out in sixth at CWL Anaheim.

But, after a bumpy start, the five-man roster closed out the BO4 season in style, winning back-to-back CWL tournaments which saw Simp crowned a world champion in his rookie year.

Atlanta FaZe's Simp.
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Will Simp win consecutive titles in Call of Duty?

In the space of 12 months, Simp went from being an online phenomenon to Rookie of the Year and world champ. Now flying through servers with his Tiny Terror duo, Tyler ‘aBeZy’ Pharris, the 19-year-old is looking to cement his legacy in Activision’s newly formed franchised Call of Duty League.

Simp stands at the forefront of Call of Duty’s young revolution — and he’s showing no signs of slowing down…

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Iconic Call of Duty Raid map spotted in Black Ops Cold War files

Published: 2/Dec/2020 2:24

by Brad Norton

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Eight years after its introduction in the Call of Duty franchise, Black Ops 2’s Raid could finally be returning in a mainline entry as files for the iconic map have been uncovered in Black Ops Cold War.

Treyarch’s fan-favorite Black Ops 2 released in 2012. Since then, we’ve seen eight new titles come and go. In that gap, Raid has only made one other appearance in a global title, that title being Call of Duty Mobile.

While other maps have been rereleased countless times, including seven remakes of Nuketown alone, Raid has been left in the past. However, that’s about to change according to the latest leaks.

After an extended period in the shadows, Raid could finally be thrown back into the spotlight soon. Dataminers have uncovered a line of code relating to the map in Black Ops Cold War, suggesting that we’ll see it return in Season 1.

As a huge influx of Season 1 content slipped through the cracks on December 1, one key line stood out from the pack. ‘S1_map_raid_tu_cairo’ was plucked directly from the latest version of Black Ops Cold War.

Obviously, this doesn’t outright confirm Raid is a guarantee for the next Season. This is the first official reference to the map in quite some time, though, so it’s safe to assume Treyarch has been working to bring it back to life.

Black Ops 2 Raid gameplay
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Raid might finally be back in a mainline CoD title for the first time since 2012.

The original map quickly became a favorite for its unique design. There were distinct sections that paved the way for vast combat opportunities. Both close-range and long-range loadouts could feel right at home on Raid. On one side you had a wide-open area with a high ground advantage for one team next to a  

On the other, you had a circular area perfect for flanking opportunities. Meanwhile, in the middle lane, you’d often catch snipers peeking across from either side in a near-symmetrical layout.

One of the more interesting tidbits from this datamine is the final word. Cairo is the capital of Egypt. The original version of Raid was set in Los Angeles. So when we see this new version, it could have a fresh coat of paint to fit the locale. 

Black Ops 2 Raid gameplay
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Expect to see snipers hanging out across the basketball courts if Raid drops with Season One in Cold War.

It was an extremely popular competitive map throughout the year of its initial release. Given it worked quite well with essentially all objective-based game modes. From Hardpoint to Search and Destroy, Raid was often a favored pick.

Season One of Black Ops Cold War kicks off on December 10. There’s no confirmation we’ll see Raid in-game from this point on, so do take this leak with a grain of salt until then.