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Luminosity bench Gunless as CWL Pro League struggles continue

Published: 23/May/2019 7:45 Updated: 23/May/2019 7:56

by Matt Porter

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Call of Duty player Pierce ‘Gunless’ Hillman has been moved to the team’s substitute position as LG continue to struggle in the CWL Pro League.

The organization’s Black Ops 4 season started well, finishing fourth and CWL Las Vegas, and securing victory at CWL Fort Worth – an event where Gunless was named the “most valuable player”.

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Since their win in Texas, LG have struggled, placing top eight at CWL London, while sliding down the CWL Pro League table, currently sitting bottom of Division A with a 5-12 record.

MLGGunless won MVP at CWL Forth Worth.

Luminosity drop Gunless, bring in Ricky

In a statement released on Twitter by founder Steve Maida, Luminosity confirmed that Gunless “will move to the substitute roster and our coach and former professional player Richard ‘Ricky’ Stacey will be moved to the starting roster.”

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Maida stated that following the tournament win at CWL Fort Worth “the team atmosphere slowly deteriorated,” and “despite attempts to rectify the situation, we’ve reached a point where change is necessary.”

“We ask that you respect our judgement, decision, [and] the players” concluded the Luminosity founder, “And do your best to support them in this temporary time of turbulence.”

Twitter: LuminosityThe full Luminosity statement announcing the benching of Gunless.

Gunless and more react to benching

Following the announcement that he was being benched, Gunless tweeted that it wasn’t his decision to be removed the the starting lineup, but he accepted the decision made by Luminosity.

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“The only thing I’m going to say about the situation is that I didn’t force myself on the bench,” wrote the Fort Worth MVP. “I respect the organization’s decision and whatever they decide to do.”

Michael ‘Spacely’ Schmale immediately told Gunless to “hit [his] line” if he would like to “run [the] open [bracket],” while FaZe Clan’s Matthew ‘Skrapz’ Marshall asked him if we wanted to win a “proper event” this time. 

The benching of Gunless comes during a week where rumors circulated that he wasn’t scrimming with his team, and arrived at the MLG Arena just 15 minutes before their Pro League match started.

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Fellow pro player Patrick ‘ACHES’ Price defend the player throughout the week, pointing out that during LG’s 3-1 defeat to Reciprocity, Gunless was the only player to finish with a positive kill/death ratio.

Luminosity’s new-look lineup will be in action for the first time on May 23, when they take on Division A leaders OpTic Gaming in the CWL Pro League.

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Luminosity CWL Pro League Starting Lineup

  • Josiah ‘Slacked‘ Berry
  • Johnathan ‘John‘ Perez
  • Matthew ‘FormaL‘ Piper
  • Nicholas ‘Classic‘ DeCostanzo
  • Richard ‘Ricky‘ Stacey
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Black Ops Cold War Beta Supply Drop “leak” debunked by Treyarch

Published: 9/Oct/2020 21:51 Updated: 9/Oct/2020 21:53

by Brad Norton

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The Black Ops Cold War beta has only just begun, though an early bug may have let slip a huge feature on the way: The return of the Supply Drop system last seen in WWII.

[UPDATE October 9, 2020: Treyarch Community Manager Josh Torres has confirmed via Reddit that the bug seen below is indeed leftover code, more specifically placeholder UI from Black Ops 4, and does not indicate the possible return of supply drops]

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When it comes to microtransactions in Call of Duty, we’ve seen a number of different systems over the years. Some games have opted for the loot box-style method, while others have gone with a mix of Battle Passes and individual bundles.

We already know that Treyarch’s upcoming release will be sticking with Battle Passes, but could there be more microtransactions on the way too? If you’ve already been playing the Black Ops Cold War beta on PS4, you may not have noticed anything out of the ordinary on controller.

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However, if you happen to plug in a keyboard and mouse while playing on console, things get a little different. As a result, a brand-new bug appears to have slipped through the cracks, revealing mention of a Supply Drop system in Black Ops Cold War.

No different from many recent titles in the series, when booting up Black Ops Cold War, players are greeted with a message of the day. It’s here that ‘NoobOfVerdansk’ stumbled upon an eye-opening glitch. Instead of displaying the usual message along with a few standard tabs below, “many other options were found.”

Reserves, Purchase Crate, and Crate Bundle were all options visible in the menu. While it is only a beta, and bugs are inevitable, it could be hinting at a return. Perhaps the old microtransaction model may appear alongside Battle Passes.

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Supply Drops, or Reserve Crates as they were called in Black Ops 4, have featured all sorts of items. Some games kept powerful guns in these randomized lootboxes while other games stuck to purely visual unlocks.

These labels slipping through the cracks in the beta could be indicative of what’s to come, though it is worth taking this leak with a grain of salt. After all, it could just be leftover code from a system that’s since been scrapped in development. 

Black Ops 4 Supply Drops
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Supply Drops were vital in previous CoD’s if you wanted the most powerful weapons.

Only time will tell if the old system of in-game purchases replaces the specific bundle method of 2019’s Modern Warfare. Who knows, perhaps all three forms will be included: Supply Drops, Battle Passes, and bundles altogether.

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If you haven’t yet jumped into the beta, fear not. Check up on our full overview so you know when and how to dive in on every platform.