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Longtime Call of Duty pro player announces retirement from competing

Published: 30/Apr/2019 1:27

by Albert Petrosyan


Former professional Call of Duty player Steven ‘Diabolic’ Rivero has retired from competing, putting an end to what was one of the longest active careers in CoD esports. 

On April 29, Diabolic formally announced his retirement via a post on social media, thanking his friends and family for all of their support over the years.

“I took some time off and decided that I no longer want to compete,” he wrote. “I am forever grateful for the amazing friends I met and the experiences that went along with them.”

Diabolic final CoD team before retiring was Enigma6 Group, as he last featured for them in a 3-1 loss to Gen.G on April 4, their final match of week six of the CWL Pro League. 

In the roster change period following that loss, E6 completed a roster overhaul that saw Diabolic and Chino get dropped in favor of GoDRx and JetLi. 

Diabolic leaves legacy of longevity

Despite never really being considered to be among the highest tier of players in the history of CoD esports, Diabolic leaves an exemplary legacy of hard work, longevity, and respect following his retirement.

Having started his competitive career sometimes before 2013, he played for numerous organizations over the years, known best for his time with Dream Team and Enigma6 Group.

It was with Dream Team that he had perhaps his most memorable moment in the CWL, coming in second and winning $40,000 at the Black Ops 3 NA CWL Stage 2 Playoffs in 2016. 

Call of DutyDiabolic (middle left) was part of the Dream Team squad that took second at the Black Ops 3 NA CWL Stage 2 Playoffs in 2016, winning $40,000.

Pro players react to Diabolic’s retirement

Having a career as long as Diabolic had, it comes as no surprise that he was a widely respected figure among his pro player peers.

As a result, his retirement announcement was met with a lot of reaction from the competitive community, with prominent players and fans alike wishing him the best in his future endeavors. 

What’s next for Diabolic?

Now that he is retired from competing in Call of Duty, the question remains as to what’s next for Diabolic in life? Unfortunately, he hasn’t really revealed what he has planned for the future.

Considering his vast experience and the respect he has within the community, it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him try and secure a coaching position with a team in the Pro League.

He also could pursue another position within CoD esports, much like how other retired pro players have done, such as NAMELESS, Pacman, and StuDyy.

At the end of the day, announcing retirement isn’t exactly a binding commitment, so it’s never out of the realm of possibility that Diabolic could come back into the competitive picture should a team knock on his door down the line.

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Best Stoner 63 loadout in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Published: 27/Nov/2020 9:47

by James Busby


LMGs aren’t exactly known for their mobility, but the Stoner 63 is one gun you’ll want to try giving a go. With the right attachments, it can be a real winner for you in Black Ops Cold War. 

The Stoner 63 has been a fan-favorite gun amongst LMG enthusiasts since it tore its way through the virtual battlefields of the original Black Ops. While it may no longer be as potent as it once was, this LMG still packs a punch. Whether you’re looking to grab the DM Ultra camo or aiming to get those all-important multi-kills, the Stoner 63 will enable you to do just that. 

It might not be as fast as the game’s SMG and assault rifle classes, but the Stoner 63 is arguably the most viable LMG in the game. Unlike the M60 and RPD, this LMG actually has decent accuracy by default. When you combine this with its high-damage rounds, you have a recipe for success.

Best Stoner 63 loadout

Stoner 63 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
The Stoner 63 is the most viable LMG in Black Ops Cold War.

Here’s the best attachments you can use on your Stoner 63 in Black Ops Cold War:


  • Optic: Millstop Reflex
  • Muzzle: Muzzle Brake 5.56
  • Barrel: 20.7 Match Grade
  • Body: SOF Target Designator
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Magazine: 100 RND
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap 
  • Stock: Raider Pad

While the Stoner 63 has a fairly decent standard sight, the Millstop Reflex remains a staple pick for most guns in Black Ops Cold War. It instantly gets rid of any annoying obstructions and provides a clear picture of your surroundings. 

Next up is the Muzzle Brake 5.56 and Field Agent Grip. Both of these attachments make the Stoner 63’s vertical recoil a lot more manageable, especially when firing for longer periods of time. The gun will still creep up the screen during prolonged engagements, but you’ll usually kill your target before needing to make any major adjustments. 

The 20.7 Match Grade increases the LMG’s damage by a whopping 100% enabling you to sit back and beam anyone that dares stray into your sights. When this is combined with the added reveal distance from the SOF Target Designator, you have a truly lethal combination. 

Stoner 63 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
Don’t expect to be light on your feet when you’re wielding this LMG.

While this loadout is not tailored around close-quarter fights, it can still give you a fighting chance against the game’s ever-popular SMG and AR classes. This is thanks to the Airborne Elastic Wrap and Raid Pad stock, which minimizes the gun’s ADS time and sprint to fire penalty. 

No LMG loadout would be complete without featuring a large magazine, so the 100 RND mag has been utilized. This enables you to effortlessly take down multiple foes or greatly damage any pesky Scorestreaks that are flying around. Just make sure you find somewhere safe to reload, as the lengthy animation can prove frustrating. 

So there you have it, a Stoner 63 loadout that will enable you to barrage your enemies with deadly precision. If you want to keep updated with all the latest Call of Duty news and updates, then follow us over on @DexertoIntel