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Karma claims Modern Warfare is giving some CoD pros “false hope”

Published: 19/Jun/2020 16:01 Updated: 19/Jun/2020 16:18

by Daniel Cleary


Three-time CoD world champion Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow has claimed that Modern Warfare and its ‘slide cancel’ mechanic is giving some pro players “false hope” in the Call of Duty League.

Karma is considered one of, if not the, best Call of Duty players of all time and has been consistent across multiple titles in recent years, however, the former OpTic star has not been too impressed with the franchise’s latest release.

After he made his shock announcement on June 4, revealing that he would be leaving the Seattle Surge and retiring from competitive play, Barlow opened up on the current state of competitive Modern Warfare.

Karma wearing 3 rings
Karma has won the world championship in three separate Call of Duty titles.

During the latest episode of the Codcast, a show hosted by former pros Nameless and Pacman, Karma explained that the slide canceling, which has been abused by certain pro players, has become quite an issue.

Slide canceling‘ is a mechanic in Modern Warfare that provides players with a slight speed increase by resetting cooldown on the tactical sprint and also allows players to ADS (aim down sights) quicker after moving.

After being asked who were the most frustrating players that he has competed against, Karma immediately highlighted some of the rising stars that had grown accustomed to this new technique, naming members of the Dallas Empire in particular.

“In this game playing like Shotzzy, Huke or anyone who slides, Illey. There’s so many, anybody who is good because they’re f****ng ‘click, click, X’,“ he explained, mimicking the slide cancel button combo.

The 26-year-old later added that, while it seemed to be improving their gameplay in Modern Warfare, it could come back to bite them in future titles. “I’m not playing so it doesn’t matter what I say, but like this game is giving false hopes, false hope!”

He also revealed that he was baffled over the fact that certain teams have even won championships partly due to this new movement mechanic, claiming that “it’s mind-blowing even though it’s online.”

“Some of the people that are insane in this game is just f***ing outrageous,” Barlow admitted, taking shots at some of CoD pros. “They better pray that you can slide next year and do all this weird s*** because it is going to be different.”

Despite much of the backlash over the mechanic from Karma and other pro players, it seems likely as if slide canceling will be sticking around for the rest of the season after Automated Tac Sprint was included in the recent ‘gentlemen’s agreements’ list to make it less of an issue.

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Black Ops Cold War leaks suggest new ‘Dropkick’ game mode coming soon

Published: 28/Nov/2020 10:56

by Joe Craven


A brand new Black Ops Cold War game mode, named ‘Dropkick’ and featuring nukes, has surfaced in-game and looks set to be added by Treyarch in the near future. 

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is rapidly closing in on the inception of its first season of content, with developers Treyarch promising a year of incredible support.

We have already seen new game modes in Black Ops Cold War, mainly in the form of Fireteam Dirty Bomb, a 40 player Uranium fuelled arena of chaos. The four-team playlist has been widely praised by the community, joining modes like Fracture and Control on the list of Treyarch-created game modes.

It seems that Black Ops Cold War fans are set to receive another unprecedented game mode, at least if recent in-game leaks are anything to go off.

Fireteam Dirty Bomb screengrab in BOCW
Fireteam Dirty Bomb is a 40-player four-team mode that has become very popular in Black Ops Cold War.

A pre-match loading screen in Black Ops Cold War appears to have released plenty of details about the new mode, which will be called ‘Dropkick’ – barring any last-minute changes from Treyarch.

While the images across the middle of the screen advertise Fireteam Dirty Bomb, the message across the bottom of the loading page gives us our first hints at what Dropkick could entail.

It reads: “If you die while your team is holding the objective you won’t respawn until the carrier is eliminated.”

Dropkick message in Black Ops Cold War
Treyarch/Twitter: @ModernWarzone
The loading screen referencing Dropkick across the bottom.

Other in-game leaks have indicated that Dropkick will revolve around nuclear weapons and codes.

While details remain scarce (obviously), the description of the mode reads: “Gain access to launch codes while holding the objective in Dropkick to deploy a powerful nuke and declare victory.”

Dropkick nuke message in BOCW
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It appears that a nuke drop will end matches of Dropkick in Black Ops Cold War.

It goes without saying that there’s no guarantee we’ll see Dropkick in BOCW anytime soon. Until we receive official confirmation from Treyarch these leaks remain very much unconfirmed.

However, it is certainly indicative of Treyarch working on new game modes, so keep your eyes peeled on Black Ops Cold War in the near future.