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Karma casts doubt over current CoD team’s future with OpTic Gaming

Published: 15/Aug/2019 13:38 Updated: 15/Aug/2019 15:24

by Calum Patterson


Three time Call of Duty World Champion Damon ‘Karma‘ Barlow has suggested that the ongoing 2019 CWL Championship could be the last time the fan favorite roster ever wear the OpTic Gaming jersey.

OpTic Gaming‘s Call of Duty team has suffered a turbulent year both in and out of the game. A strong start with a win at the first event CWL Vegas has been followed by diminishing performances, and a complicated organizational situation.

On June 12, Immortals Gaming Club officially announced the acquisition of Infinite Esports & Entertainment, the parent company of OpTic Gaming, and took over the OpTic brand.

OpTic are looking to make up for their top 24 at 2018 champs – when Karma wasn’t on the team.

With the exception of the Call of Duty team, all other OpTic rosters are to be sold, renamed or released, with OpTic’s iconic status in CoD esports likely the saving grace for the brand.

However, the role of long-time CEO Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez is unclear under the new ownership, and although OpTic has secured the LA spot for the 2020 Call of Duty franchised league, rumors suggest that it will be an all new roster.

Speaking to Dexerto, Karma explained that he hopes fans will come out to support the OpTic roster one last time, explaining “It’s our last weekend. Not sure if we’ll ever be in these (OpTic) jerseys again, so come out, be loud, hopefully we make it there for you.”

Karma also revealed why it would be extra special to win this world championship and secure his fourth ring, as it is likely the last ‘CoD Champs’ as it has been known: “It’d be pretty wild (to win the event). I didn’t get to play last year, so to be here this year, and it’s the last one, it’d be pretty sweet.”

The roster is certainly in with a shot – despite shaky performances at previous events, particularly the CWL Finals in Miami, the team is stacked with individual talent that need only stay organized and focused to make a deep run.

And Karma is not the only OpTic member becoming wistful over the end of an era, as H3CZ himself sent a special message to fans on the final ‘OpTic Day’ – 10 years since he left his office job to run the organization.

The team is also wearing a special one-off jersey for the event, emblazoned with the names of every Call of Duty player who represented the GreenWall.

The CoD team started well with a victory over TrainHard Esport, although admittedly a team they would have been expected to get past comfortably. You can keep up with all the action at the 2019 CWL Championship on our coverage hub.

OpTic will face a tougher challenge in their final pool play match against Evil Geniuses, but a win over Carnage in their second match should secure their spot in bracket play.

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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.