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Luminosity fall to shocking upset sweep at CWL Championship 2019

Published: 14/Aug/2019 21:29 Updated: 14/Aug/2019 22:53

by Albert Petrosyan

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Pro Call of Duty team Luminosity Gaming found themselves at the wrong end of an upset sweep in the first match of Pool Play at CWL Championship 2019.

Luminosity came into CWL Champs following a recent resurgence to their season, including a 5-6th place finish at the Pro League Playoffs at CWL Finals after having to qualify via the Play-In tournament.

However, that is all under danger of going to waste after the star-studded squad was stunningly demolished at the hands of amateur European side Team Singularity, who qualified for Champs after finishing in the top six of last month’s Amateur Finals.

The match finished 3-0 in favor of Singularity, who were very convincing in their victories on all three maps, making it seem as though they were the pro team casting aside their amateur challengers.

Having no one on their roster with any experience at the upper levels of professional Call of Duty, the squad was still able to handle their prolific opponents quite easily.

MLGThe margin for error is now very low for Luminosity Gaming at CoD Champs.

The series kicked off with a pretty one-sided Hardpoint on Arsenal, as Singularity took the map 250-157, foreshadowing LG’s eventual fate.

Their lead was doubled following a 6-4 win on Payload Search & Destroy, putting them in prime position for a sweep that virtually no one could have predicted coming in.

Fast forward to map three, the Europeans held a 2-1 lead on Frequency Control, but LG looked destined to at least force a deciding round five, after gaining a significant life advantage off the rip.

However, the lead in lives began dwindling down, and thanks to a combination of strong gunskill and excellent usage of streaks and Specialists, Singularity were able to capture both zones and steal the round for the series victory. 

The result has put LG in a very dangerous position going into the second day of Group Play. While losing a match isn’t the end of the world, failing to take a single map could prove to be fatal if tiebreakers end up coming in to play.

With matches against UYU and Vanity looming, the squad knows they have very little margin for error if they are to advance to bracket play.

As for Singularity, they find themselves in a position they probably would not have foreseen, and the result could end up being good enough to push them into the Knockout Stage. 

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3 tips to help you survive Black Ops Cold War’s new Zombies Cranked mode

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:40

by Tanner Pierce

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With the release of Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch has added Cranked into the game’s Zombies mode – and it’s pretty different from the standard version, requiring some completely separate strategies. 

While Cranked in Call of Duty games is nothing new, having debuted all the way back in 2013’s Ghosts, what is different is a Zombies version of the mode, which was just added to Black Ops Cold War during the game’s midseason update.

The concept is simple: You’re given a timer, and when that timer reaches 0, you explode and die. With each kill, however, your timer resets, giving you more time to keep on grinding. It’s an incredibly fast-paced mode in normal multiplayer, and the Zombies version is even more hectic – but there are some tips you can utilize to help you survive longer.

Pace out your kills

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Pacing out your kills in Cranked is important due to the fact that you only need one kill to reset your timer.

In standard Cranked, players are usually scrambling to get kills. In a 5v5 or 6v6, it makes sense, considering there’s only a limited amount of potential targets, and if you can’t find anyone, you’ll die easily due to the timer running out.

With BOCW Zombies Cranked, the opposite is true. There’s always an abundance of enemies and, while it’s not impossible to run out of targets, generally speaking, they’ll keep on spawning (there’s not even a break in-between rounds).

Because of this, there’s no need to be mowing down Zombies as one does in the normal mode. Instead, if you’re feeling overwhelmed (or if you want to get something done like Pack-A-Punching your weapon), try running away from the enemies for a while to get your bearings.

Remember, all it takes is one kill to reset your timer. If you find it running out, just look behind you at the horde you’ve surely amounted, kill one Zombie, and then move along with your business. Wasting your time mowing down each and every zombie can cost you your game.

With all that being said, don’t think you can run away from the Zombies with no problem; if you get too far away, you’ll find yourself struggling for kills, so it’s best if you stay nearby.

Use fast-reloading weapons and attachments

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You’ll want to use weapons that can be reloaded quickly in Cranked.

In normal Zombies, using a LMG is sort of required during late-game conflicts, as it allows you to mow down Zombies with greater power. In Cranked, speed is king, so it might be better to use something smaller like an SMG.

Reloading fast is essential in Cranked, as you can easily become overrun. Even though it does have a lot of power, you don’t want to waste your time on the horrendously slow reload time found on LMGs. If you want an even faster reload time, you could even throw a fast-mag onto your SMG, and get it done even quicker.

In addition, SMGs have the added benefit of allowing you to run faster, meaning you’ll be able to evade Zombies even better than you would before.

Always go for the Timer Freeze power up

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Remembering these tips can be the difference between surviving or dying early on.

Treyarch has implemented a brand new power-up that’s exclusive to the Cranked game mode: Timer Freeze. With this, players will be able to stop their countdown timer for around 15 seconds or so, giving them a breather.

While this might seem obvious to point out, you’ll want to go for those as much as possible. Getting one at the start of your game is not too important, but it’s especially critical when you get into the late game.

As the mode goes on, your timer will get shorter and shorter, meaning every break you get becomes more and more important. Having that 15 second breather seems like an eternity once you get it, so missing out on one can hurt you a lot – sometimes costing you your life.

While Cranked is incredibly fast-paced, it’s really not that bad if you know what you’re doing. If you remember these tips, you shouldn’t have as much of a problem.