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Huntsmen’s FormaL explains why beating Empire was “so satisfying”

Published: 25/Jan/2020 23:26

by Albert Petrosyan


The Chicago Huntsmen got a convincing victory over Dallas Empire in day one of the CDL Launch Weekend, and legendary Call of Duty pro Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper said the win was “so satisfying.”

Despite the CDL not having even kicked off yet, the Chicago Huntsmen and Dallas Empire came into the Launch Weekend already considered by many to be utter rivals.

Not only are they two of the highest-rated teams, but both organizations have remnants of the old OpTic Gaming – Team Envy ‘eClasico‘ rivalry, as well as players on each side who once were teammates during the peak of their careers.

Dexerto / Empire / HuntsmenThe old OpTic-Envy ‘eClasico’ rivalry lives on with Dallas Empire vs Chicago Huntsmen.

Their highly-anticipated first meeting, however, ended up being much more one-sided that many expected, as Chicago upset the higher-rated Dallas team 3-1 and looked like the more dominant side throughout the affair.

Following the match, ESPN Esports caught up with FormaL, who was outstanding in his performance, and asked for his opinion about the matchup and the result.

“Both teams, you could tell they really wanted to win that and there was a lot of trash talk leading up to the event and there was a lot of animosity in the match for sure,” FormaL said. “But to come out on top like that is just so satisfying.”

CDL - YouTubeFormaL decision to join Huntsmen meant that he would be reunited with his iconic T2P duo Scump.

Much of the discussion leading up to the Launch Weekend had been about how dominant the Empire had been in their preseason scrims, hardly losing to anyone in their practice matches.

FormaL, speaking about Dallas’ performance, reiterated what his teammate Seth ‘Scump’ Abner had said a few weeks ago – the dominated scrims “didn’t matter because LAN is where everything counts.”

“From how they were playing online to the event, online is just a different atmosphere,” he explained. “Guys are playing at home. They’re really comfortable. They take different challenges and they play a little bit differently. Onstage when the lights hit you and the crowd is going … it affects you mentally.”

ROKKR - TwitterAlmost every pro player will agree that competing on LAN at an actual event is very different than playing Call of Duty online.

FormaL’s reaction to the victory and how it was “so satisfying” makes a lot of sense considering the trash-talking that went on between the two organizations and their players leading up to Launch Weekend.

He and Seth ‘Scump’ Abner did not like Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter mocking a poster of OpTic Gaming’s World Championship victory in 2017, which explains why the T2P were yelling and gesturing so demonstrably following the win.

While FormaL left his comments for his interview with ESPN Esports, Scump wasted no time to talk his trash, hopping on the analysts desk in the post-match discussion and sending a special message to Crimsix.

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CoD Mobile October 22 update adds Halloween Events, new modes, more

Published: 23/Oct/2020 3:33

by Brad Norton


The latest Call of Duty Mobile update has arrived as the developers have introduced a heap of new content along with plenty of Halloween-themed surprises.

Call of Duty has well and truly been overrun with Halloween-festivities over the past few days. First Modern Warfare and Warzone were both hit with freaky updates. Now it’s time for CoD Mobile to join them.

The October 22 update brings with it a complete rundown on upcoming events, as well as new weapons, maps, and a huge balance pass. It’s a meaty update so there’s plenty to sink your teeth into.

From when you can expect certain Halloween-challenges to what new modes have been deployed, here’s everything to know about the latest CoD Mobile update.

Halloween-themed events in CoD Mobile

Right out of the gate, the CoD Mobile devs clued us in on every event taking place over the next few days. The Survival Kit Seasonal Challenge is already underway, though six unique events will be joining the mix from now until November 1.

Some events will provide you with new weapons such as the first of its kind NA-45 explosive sniper. Meanwhile, other events will allow you to play on specific Halloween-themed maps. 

Every day you come back to CoD Mobile will bring you something new, so here’s what to look out for over the next week.

CoD Mobile weekly updates

  • 10/21 – Survival Kit Seasonal Challenge
  • 10/23 – Elite Marksmen Seasonal Challenge
  • 10/23 – 11/01 ~ Pumpkin Confirmed Event & Playlist (MP)
  • 10/23 – 11/01 ~ Halloween Standoff Playlist (MP)
  • 10/23 – 10/29 ~ King’s Quarters Event (MP)
  • 10/23 – 10/29 ~ King 24/7 Playlist (MP)
  • 10/26 – 11/01 ~ Attack of the Undead Playlist (MP)

Halloween twists on classic multiplayer modes in CoD Mobile

Similar to how Modern Warfare has changed up various modes to fit the Halloween festivities, CoD Mobile’s playlists are adapting too. First up is a unique spin on Kill Confirmed. Rather than picking up Dog Tags, players will be dropping Pumpkins all over the map instead.

Adding to the chaos, this playlist will now put 20 players into a lobby in 10v10 action. Not only that but unique rewards will also be on offer. Just for playing this limited-time mode four unique items can be unlocked. There are two weapon skins styled as a Jack O’ Lantern, a Rare sticker, along with a Pumpkin weapon charm.

Kill Confirmed CoD Mobile gameplay
Kill Confirmed is now Pumpkin Confirmed.

Also making a return this time around is the spooky version of Standoff. The iconic multiplayer map has been given a terrifying makeover and it’ll pop up across almost every competitive playlist throughout the Halloween update.

Last but not least, Attack of the Undead is back for a limited time. You’ll be able to play this survival-based mode in its own exclusive playlist over the next few days. Be the last player left standing against Undead enemies to claim the victory.

New map and weapon in CoD Mobile

Packed into the latest update is a batch of new content outside of the Halloween goodies. You’ll be able to jump into a new yet familiar map while getting your hands on a one-of-a-kind sniper to boot.

Modern Warfare’s popular ‘King’ map has made its way to the mobile experience. The small gunfight map has been translated over for 2v2 and 1v1 action.

There’s a unique 24/7 playlist and even original rewards just for checking out the new stomping grounds as well.

Call of Duty Mobile King's map
The King’s Quarters event comes with a handful of unique rewards.

After plenty of teasers, the NA-45 explosive sniper rifle is finally arriving in CoD Mobile. “Every other shot you fire triggers explosive damage that can hit multiple players,” the devs confirmed.

In order to keep things balanced, however, each individual shot deals less damage than other snipers. Headshots will still be a one-hit kill though.

Rounding out the patch is a series of balancing updates and bug fixes. The NA-45 has already had its damage scaled back right out of the gate. The DLQ33 will now reload faster and the HG40 has been buffed overall in multiplayer.

The latest update is already available in-game and there’s clearly plenty to look forward to over the coming days. Check out the full list of balance updates below.

Call of Duty: Mobile full October 22 patch notes


  • NA-45: Damage reduced
  • DLQ33: Reload speed increased
  • HG40: Firing range reduced, damage at medium range reduced, and other adjustments

Battle Royale

  • NA-45: Damage reduced and bullet velocity reduced
  • Purifier: Damage enhanced slightly, players can now cancel Reload animation
  • Tempest: Damage and damage radius enhanced slightly, weapon fire charging time decreased


  • Attachments for shotguns
    • Sawed-Off Barrel (-2): Negative effect of reducing firing range has been mitigate
    • Extended Barrel (+2): Active effect of enhancing firing range has been weakened
  • Attachments for the NA-45
    • High Explosive Ammo: The explosion range of the ammo -10%
  • Attachments for the Fennec
    • Extended Mag: clip size extended