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Karma reveals new OpTic Gaming CoD roles ahead of CWL Finals

Published: 10/Jul/2019 8:05 Updated: 10/Jul/2019 9:10

by Matt Porter

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Legendary Call of Duty pro and current OpTic Gaming star Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow has revealed that his team have made changes to their in-game roles as they prepare for the two biggest tournaments of the year.

CWL Finals and CWL Championships are the biggest tournaments of the 2019 Call of Duty calendar, and with the Pro League now concluded, teams are earnestly preparing in the hopes of making a deep run in these events.

While OpTic Gaming will undoubtedly be one of the favorites heading into CWL Finals, the team have decided to make a major role shift as they try to solidify their lineup ahead of the $1.25 million tournament.

MLGOpTic Gaming are making major role changes ahead of CWL Finals.

While OpTic finished top of the Pro League’s Division A, the team have decided that Karma and teammate Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter will switch specialists, less than a month after Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly revealed that he thought role changes were not the answer to their Hardpoint problems.

In the switch, Karma will take up a slower position in the team, using the ICR assault rifle and the Recon specialist. Crimsix will move back into a more aggressive role by playing with the Maddox and running Crash, whose TAK-5 special issue item will allow him to boost his squad’s health by 50 points each.

Karma confirmed on Twitter that Seth ‘Scump’ Abner will be using Battery and the War Machine for the remainder of the season, TJHaLy will switch to Ruin and run Grav Slam, and Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell will remain on Prophet with the Tempest tactical rifle.

While OpTic may have won their division in the CWL Pro League, their 2019 season overall has been a difficult one, with their sole tournament victory coming at CWL Las Vegas back in December.

Since then, 100 Thieves have staked their claim as Call of Duty’s top dogs, winning back-to-back tournaments in London and Anaheim, and positioning themselves as favorites heading into the summer’s big tournaments.

OpTic will be hoping that their major role switches will help them close the gap to teams like eUnited and 100T in a LAN tournament environment, but we’ll have to wait until July 19 at CWL Finals to see what effects these changes have.

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Another Warzone streamer shows hacks live on Twitch stream

Published: 24/Oct/2020 22:27

by Theo Salaun

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Like clockwork, another Call of Duty: Warzone streamer has exposed their in-game cheats while playing live on Twitch. And this time, the cheater did not take kindly to chat quickly trashing him.

Hackers have been the biggest issue in Warzone; with cross-play enabled between PC and console players for the first time, the CoD fanbase has been exposed to even greater levels of cheating than ever before.

Going by ‘festation’ on Twitch, yet another streamer has outed themselves as a cheater on the platform by displaying their hacks while broadcasting live. In this case, they were quickly called out on Twitter and in the chat, leading to deleted clips and a switch to Black Ops 4 gameplay.

With Twitch chat flaming him for being bad at Modern Warfare and Warzone even with hacks activated, festation proceeded to let them know that he is elite on Black Ops 4 and challenged them to 1v1 matches. He then switched over to the earlier CoD title, but not before his hacks were clipped and shipped across the internet.

As shown in the clip, downloaded before its inevitable deletion on Twitch, festation is rolling around Verdansk while knowing precisely where every single opponent is on the map. He can see players, color-coded based on their health, with a structural indication of their character model’s movement through walls.

Similarly, he also has indicators for guns, cash, and armor found throughout the map. Unfortunately for him, that sort of unfair game awareness doesn’t equate to the IQ that matters, as he is easily blown up by a Cluster Strike at one point.

This is likely why Twitch chat laid into him even more, as fans typically shame hackers for remaining inferior at the game even when gaining an unfair advantage. 

Part of the reason why he gained a decent amount of viewers on Twitch was likely because of getting exposed on Twitter. Concerned fans of the battle royale went so far as to reply to a random TimTheTatMan tweet to try and bring attention to the blatant hacking.

In response, new viewers could enjoy seeing the cheater switch over to BO4 and continue to struggle while throwing out challenges to his detractors in chat: “Get on Black Ops 4, watch me smack any of you on Hardpoint.”

This is far from the first time a streamer has been exposed for cheating. In the past, one accidentally displayed his hacks while another purposefully tried to show his off. As of yet, neither Infinity Ward nor Twitch appear to have banned festation, but repercussions seem likely following this exposure.