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Karma baits fake “announcement” to shade CDL coaches

Published: 19/Sep/2020 23:59

by Theo Salaun

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Legendary Call of Duty pro Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow incited massive speculation by teasing an announcement, only to use the opportunity to shade coaches across the Call of Duty League he retired from just months ago.

While the 27-year-old Karma decided it was time to hang up the sticks midway through the inaugural CDL season, he has remained prominent in the community by participating in Warzone tournaments, providing wholesome content with his daughter, and giving his thoughts on the professional world’s happenings. 

Amidst a turbulent CDL Rostermania period, with the league shifting to 4v4 and rosters being scrapped or revamped everywhere, the former GOAT teased the CoD community by proclaiming that he had an announcement on the way. 

While the most obvious speculation surrounded prospects that he may have taken a coaching gig with a team or a content creation role with an organization, it turns out that the (former) GOAT was simply baiting in order to take a not-so-subtle shot at the majority of salaried coaches.

Explaining that there was “no announcement,” it appears that Karma just wanted a chance to criticize the lack of experience from overconfident coaches and analysts in the professional world.

He expressed the inherent peculiarity for current players that a “coach who’s probably not even broke T8 in four years or more is telling you how to play or someone is throwing irrelevant stats at you thinking they matter.”

Moreover, the former OpTic Gaming superstar also appears to be taking shots at teams for sticking with inexperienced coaching staffs rather than making it a priority to recruit him and all that he brings to the table.

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While it’s unclear who Barlow is specifically targeting here, he raises an interesting point: after his retirement, the Dallas Empire’s Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter and James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks each won their third World Championship while coached by Raymond ‘RamboRay’ Lussier.

Interestingly, the Empire were one of three final four teams to have a head coach with substantial high-level playing experience, along with Atlanta FaZe (James ‘Crowder’ Crowder) and Chicago Huntsmen (Troy ‘Sender’ Michaels).

So while it’s unlikely that Karma is attacking those specific coaches and franchises, it seems that the rest aren’t immune from the same criticism that other aspiring coaches in the scene, such as former pro Dylan ‘MadCat’ Daly, have also expressed.

Of course, there’s still a ways to go before the 2021 season kicks off, more than enough time for one of the CDL franchises to reach out to Karma and bring him on as a coach.

But for those who thought that the three-time World Champion would have an easy transition from playing to coaching, maybe the market isn’t as open as people think it is.

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Best way to use zombie abilities in Warzone’s Zombie Royale

Published: 23/Oct/2020 15:51

by James Busby

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Surviving as one of  Warzone’s fleshy undead can be a little tricky in the new Zombie Royale mode, but these tips should have you ripping and tearing your way to victory in no time. 

Warzone’s Halloween festivities are well underway and players have been busy unleashing their inner beast when playing the terrifyingly good LTM, Zombie Royale. The frozen fields of Verdansk have been cloaked in darkness and squads will need to work together if they wish to survive the horrors that await them. In this mode, dead operators skip the Gulag and instead come back as nightmarish zombies. While in this new undead form, players drop all their current equipment and perks.

If you wish to ever see your human form again, you’ll need to use your unique abilities to kill any players that dare to walk amongst the undead. While Zombie Royale’s reanimated corpses may have access to some incredibly potent attacks, they can be killed incredibly easily if you’re not careful. In order to help you get to grips with your newfound zombie form, we’ve put together a handy survival guide that should help you secure more kills.

Zombie abilities

Warzone Zombie
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Warzone’s Zombies have access to some incredibly powerful abilities.

Passive abilities

Warzone’s zombies aren’t your standard shambling corpses – in fact, they have incredible agility. Their passive ability gives every undead player faster movement speed and stronger melee attacks, allowing you to quickly chase down your fleeing victims. Once you’ve tracked them down, swipe at them with your deadly strikes to snuff their life out for good. 

Zombies also have superior vision and can easily see nearby operators. Enemy players are highlighted and their footprints can be tracked, giving you plenty of opportunities to pounce on your newfound target. If that wasn’t enough, zombies are also immune to the gas circle and gas grenades. This allows you to set up some frightfully sneaky plays. 

Charged Jump

Arguably the most fun Zombie ability is the Charged Jump. This highly mobile move allows you to effortlessly leap onto rooftops, scale cliffs, evade enemy fire and initiate fights. You can adjust both the distance and height by holding down the Charged Jump button, so be sure to experiment with this before leaping towards your enemy. 

EMP Blast 

This ability works exactly the same as Modern Warefare’s EMP Drone in that it destroys enemy electronics, equipment, vehicles, and disables digital optics. Your enemy’s HUD will also be disabled if they get caught within the blast’s radius. 

Gas Grenade

Gas Grenades are incredibly potent in Warzone since they disorient your enemies and slow down their movements. Combine this with the high mobility from Zombie Royale’s undead and you have a lethal combination. 

Zombie ability tips

Warzone zombie fight
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You’ll need to learn how to use these zombie abilities if you wish to increase your survivability.

Before you go chasing the nearest player, it’s often best to scan your surroundings for any enemy players that are alone. Not only will this stop your fleshy body from being riddled with bullets, it will also increase your chances of securing a successful kill. While it can be tempting to rush into the fray with your Charged Jump, it does give away your position thanks to the ability’s glow effect. 

Instead, it’s often best to use the cover of darkness to sneak up on them. Once you’ve successfully got within a few meters, it’s time to unleash your EMP Blast. This will instantly destroy any Proximity Mines and Claymore’s, allowing you to safely enter even the most fortified defenses. To make matters even better, the initial blast also reduces visibility and will cause most players to panic — giving you the moment to strike.

Once you have disabled any equipment and digital optics, it’s time to throw in your Gas Grenade. When the grenade has filled the room with deadly toxins, instantly run in and begin clawing away at your hapless victim. The slowing effect and overall disorientation from both abilities should make any escape futile.

Even if your enemy does manage to make a break for it, simply activate your Charged Jump to catch up to them. Just be aware that doing this will make you highly visible to nearby squads, so only use this ability when you have to. 

If you use these tips, you’ll be able to secure more kills as a zombie in Warzone’s Zombie Royale mode.