Since coming together in 2015, OpTic Gaming’s Call of Duty roster has established itself to be the greatest in the history of the esport.
Often referred to as a dynasty, the quartet of Seth ‘Scump’ Abner, Mathew ‘FormaL’ Piper, Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter, and Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow have won numerous championships across the Advanced Warfare, Black Ops 3, and Infinite Warfare titles, including the coveted CWL Championship in 2017.
Unfortunately, the current CWL season for CoD: WWII has not been so kind to OpTic as it has been mired with underachievement and internal struggles when held up to the team’s lofty standards.
Their recent top-16 finish at CWL Seattle, which is their worst placement since the roster was formed, has led to massive rumors that roster changes are coming before the May 7th roster lock.
There is heavy talk around the community that at least one and potentially all four members of the team are set to leave, which would result in the most publicized roster change(s) in CoD RosterMania history.
With OpTic having, by far, the biggest fan-base in CoD esports, such a change would also send a shockwave that would likely inspire heavy reactions and feedback.
Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow is one of the players that has been heavily linked to be leaving OpTic
A video has been posted on the YouTube channel ‘Semtexable’ that pays tribute to the OpTic CoD dynasty in anticipation of the roster’s breakup.
The video, which starts off with OpTic losing to Luminosity in the CWL Seattle Loser’s Bracket, also includes some of the best moments the roster has experienced, including scenes from their run to their first ever CWL Championship in 2017.
If anyone is not yet saddened by the prospect of the team potentially splitting up, they most likely will after watching this tribute.
Black Ops Cold War is all the talk right now in the world of Call of Duty, but there’s a whole lot more content waiting in Season 1! Here’s everything you need to know, including the release date, info about Warzone integration, and more.
Black Ops Cold War comes jam-packed with a lot of content for Campaign, Multiplayer, and Zombies, and a lot more is on its way once the game’s ‘preseason’ period wraps up.
After the first month is in the books, Treyarch will be rolling out a flurry of new experiences for CoD players to enjoy across all modes, including Warzone, which will finally debut its highly anticipated next chapter.
When does Black Ops Cold War Season 1 release?
Season 1 of BOCW, and everything that it’s set to include, is scheduled to launch worldwide on Thursday, December 10 (exact time TBA). It’ll likely come as part of a massive update that also makes changes to existing aspects of the game, such as the weapon balancing patch that’s already been teased.
Black Ops Cold War Season 1 Roadmap & new content
A lot of content is coming in the Black Ops Cold War Season 1 roadmap.
As mentioned above, there’s a lot of new goodies for players to keep busy with come December 10.
For multiplayer, there’s going to be new 6v6 maps and modes, new weapons, another Fireteam map, and the return of the 2v2 Gunfight mode that was first introduced in Modern Warfare and became quite a hit. It’s not yet confirmed whether or not the Gunfight maps will be brand new or remakes of the ones from MW.
With Zombies being a big focal point in BOCW, Treyarch’s got stuff coming for that as well. For now, that’s being described as “new Zombies modes,” so fans will have to wait a bit longer for more details.
Last but not least, there’s Warzone, but we’ll get into that in the following sections.
New Prestige levels, Prestige Master, & challenges
Prestiging is about to get even crazier in Black Ops Cold War Season 1.
After a year’s absence, the Prestige ranking system is back in Call of Duty, but the BOCW version works a bit differently than in past titles. Following this ‘preseason’ period, in which players can Prestige up to three times, the launch of Season 1 will introduce a whole new depth to this system.
S1, and every season that follows, will have four additional Prestige ranks to achieve across the first 200 levels, with a new Weapon Blueprint that can be unlocked at level 50. Those who manage to hit level 200 and gain all four will also earn the rank of Prestige Master, which also unlocks Prestige icons from past CoD games.
It doesn’t end there, either; there’s actually going to be 1000 levels available in each season, so there’s going to be plenty to level up for even after you get Prestige Master.
Lastly, S1 will add in two sets of new challenges – 20 for multiplayer and 20 for Zombies – which will be unlocked a few at a time as you progress towards Level 200. If you manage to hit Level 200, unlock all the challenges, and complete them, you will earn an animated Season Master Calling Card as a reward.
BOCW x Warzone integration: weapons, progression, more
One of the more highly anticipated parts of Season 1 will be the integration of Black Ops Cold War in Warzone, which comes in two parts: weapon integration and unification of the progression systems.
Starting in Season 1, Warzone players can choose loadouts from both BOCW and MW.
Starting on December 10, every weapon that was in BOCW at launch or gets added in S1 will be made available in Warzone. Players will be able to choose between loadouts from BOCW and Modern Warfare, essentially doubling the battle royale’s weapon arsenal in a single update.
Season 1 will unify the progression systems in Cold War, Modern Warfare, and Warzone.
S1 will combine the progression of BOCW, Warzone, and Modern Warfare into a singular system, meaning your level in one game will be the same for all three and any XP gained will apply across the board.
While this won’t change much in Cold War specifically, Warzone and MW players will see their ranks reset and start fresh on December 10, in order to match up with BOCW. Don’t worry though, anything you’ve already unlocked or completed in those games will not be deleted.
The next chapter of Warzone…
On top of all those changes, Season 1 is expected to kickstart the next phase of the popular battle royale’s story, which the official Roadmap referred to as a “classified Warzone experience.”
Currently, there’s no information or any concrete leaks out there about what this will include, but a mention of “Rebirth Island” has been spotted in the artwork, sparking speculation that the Black Ops 1 location could be the next Warzone map.
Expect more details to be revealed in the coming weeks.
There you have it – everything there is to know about the upcoming Season 1 of Black Ops Cold War, which will be free on all platforms. Anything specific that you’re excited about? Let us know on Twitter, @Dexertointel!