LA Guerrillas part ways with world champion ACHES ahead of CDL Playoffs - Dexerto
Call of Duty

LA Guerrillas part ways with world champion ACHES ahead of CDL Playoffs

Published: 22/Jul/2020 21:28 Updated: 24/Jul/2020 10:47

by Theo Salaun

Share


In a statement released on July 22, the Call of Duty League’s Los Angeles Guerrillas have announced that they are releasing two-time World Champion Patrick ‘ACHES’ Price.

Following struggles early on in the CDL debut season, ACHES was benched months ago alongside Andres ‘Lacefield’ Lacefield and Renato ‘Saints’ Forza. While Saints regained his starting position, ACHES and Lacefield never did — leading to the former’s release with just one Home Series event left in the regular season.

As a 26-year-old renown veteran in the league, the former Team Envy player was hoped to bring a level of leadership to a middling Guerrillas team. Sitting at last in the league, with just 50 CDL Points, the Guerrillas have now opted to part ways with the substitute player ahead of August’s playoff circuit.

In the team’s announcement, they thanked the former CWL Pro League All-Star for his time with the team and wished him luck with future endeavors.

 

“The Los Angeles Guerrillas have parted ways with Patrick ‘ACHES’ Price,” the team tweeted. “We thank him for his time with the team and wish him the best of luck in the future.”

As of yet, ACHES hasn’t detailed what those future plans may be, instead simply mentioning that he is “still going to move forward to what’s next” on Twitter. But fans will most certainly speculate as to whether he’ll opt to give it another shot with Treyarch’s upcoming Call of Duty title.

Or, he could always join the 27-year-old Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow in retirement, possibly choosing to stream full-time and analyze more gameplay on the side, like his former teammate Tyler ‘TeeP’ Polchow. 

If he were to try and continue competing professionally, he would, of course, have to find a CDL franchise that’s willing to sign him. While that may seem like a long shot with how much he struggled at the start of this season, it’s hard to put the blame entirely on him.

The Guerrillas roster went 1-3 (25 percent winning rate) before he was benched and have finished their season with a 5-17 record (22.7 percent). This is line with comments from professional players and analysts alike, most recently with former pro and analyst, Jonathan ‘Pacman’ Tucker, calling for ACHES to get back in the starting lineup.

In a Reddit thread discussing that Tweet, Dallas Empire veteran James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks echoed Pacman’s sentiments, stating that “if you think this LAG team is getting dead last with Pat, you’re sorely mistaken.”

Clayster Aches LA Guerrillas

While we will never know how this LAG team could perform with ACHES back in the lineup, he will certainly be one of the most intriguing free agents to watch between this season and the next — especially if the CDL brings on expansion teams that could be looking for a proven veteran to lead them.

Call of Duty

Black Ops Cold War already set new Call of Duty player record in the Beta

Published: 23/Oct/2020 6:20

by Brad Norton

Share


The Call of Duty franchise is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon as Treyarch’s recent Black Ops Cold War Beta went above expectations and shattered records.

Ever since the release of the first CoD title in 2003, the franchise has only continued to grow. Year after year more players hop on board to see what the latest title has in store. Whether fans gravitate towards single-player campaigns, cooperative experiences, or classic multiplayer competition, there’s something for everyone.

2020 is shaping up to be no different as Treyarch is firing on all cylinders for the Black Ops Cold War release. Everything from Zombies to Warzone will be on offer and it’s already clear that the community is hungry for it all.

After an impressive Alpha test on the PlayStation 4 that became the biggest in franchise history, that record has once again been broken. This time, by the Black Ops Cold War Beta that followed just weeks later.

Having kicked off exclusively for PS4 users on October 8 before jumping to all platforms on October 15, the Black Ops Cold War Beta was played by a staggering number of people. In fact, it was “the most downloaded [Beta] in Call of Duty history,” the developers revealed on October 23.

No exact figures were revealed for the history Beta. Though it being publicly available across Xbox One, PS4, and PC over the final days was sure to have helped boost the figures.

Not only is this a hugely positive sign before the launch of Black Ops Cold War, but it continues a trend from previous iterations. 2019’s Modern Warfare also broke records with its early access Beta period. 

Last year’s records also didn’t come with any specific numbers, though Activision assured the Modern Warfare Beta attracted more players than ever before.

Also of note, those players logged more hours played than any Beta in franchise history. It’s now clear that Black Ops Cold War has been yet another step up in terms of early engagement.

Black Ops Cold War gameplay
Activision
The Black Ops Cold War Beta was live across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

It’s obviously too early to tell just how this might indicate sales for the release come November 13. However, to get into the Beta early, a majority of players needed to preorder on their platform of choice. So that’s certainly a good sign just weeks out from launch.

2019’s Modern Warfare topped over $600 million in sales across its first three days on the market. That instantly made it the highest-selling CoD of the generation. Though Black Ops Cold War could be on track to go even further this year.