Call of Duty

Luminosity Gaming announce new CoD roster ahead of CWL Pro League Finals

Published: 19/Jun/2019 23:36 Updated: 20/Jun/2019 7:30

by Alan Bernal


With the Call of Duty Pro League Finals around the corner, Luminosity Gaming have announced a beefed up squad that’ll look to make a deep run in one of the last CWL events of 2019.

Rumors had regularly circulated about an imminent roster shuffle after the fallout of star player Peirce ‘Gunless’ Hillman being benched by the team, and now the LG squad have surrounded its core with players that can grow with them.

After a “temporary time of turbulence” for the 2019 CWL Fort Worth champs, the org is now looking forward to a more fruitful and cohesive unit to lead them for the rest of the CWL season.

CWLLuminosity is gaining some young guns who are raring to be paired with CoD World Champs.

In a Twitter post, Luminosity announced the new five-man roster consisting of Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper, Josiah ‘Slacked’ Berry, Johnathan ‘John’ Perez, Cesar ‘Skyz’ Bueno and Carson ‘Brack’ Newberry.

Furthermore, Richard ‘Ricky’ Stacey is moving back to the coaching position to get the most out of his new lineup for the challenges that naturally come when shaking up a roster mid-season.

Leaving the Luminosity starting lineup will be Nicholas ‘Classic’ DeCostanzo, who had previously became a restricted Free Agent prior to the new starting roster’s announcement.

The official roster puts to bed mounds of murmurs revolving around the roster and has given fans some hope to bank on seeing as Luminosity recruited major young talents to build up and grow around CoD World Champs like FormaL and John.

Luminosity had a tough time after CWL Fort Worth

While their CWL regular season has been abysmal, the Luminosity squad that showed up at Fort Worth looked like a united and solid front to work off of. But the brilliance they showed on stage was only a flash of what the team could have been capable of.

Since the Texas tournament, Luminosity had gone 2-9 in the Pro League, further displacing their hopes of qualifying to the Pro League Playoffs with a lowly 5-13 record in Division A.

With some weeks of practice under their belts, the new lineup for Luminosity can be a strong contender when the CWL Pro League Finals roll through July 19 to July 21.

Luminosity’s full roster:

  • Josiah ‘Slacked‘ Berry
  • Johnathan ‘John‘ Perez
  • Matthew ‘FormaL‘ Piper
  • Carson ‘Brack‘ Newberry
  • Cesar ‘Skyz‘ Bueno
  • Peirce ‘Gunless‘ Hillman (substitute)

Last updated: June 20, 2019 – 3:30 AM EST

Call of Duty

Iconic Call of Duty Raid map spotted in Black Ops Cold War files

Published: 2/Dec/2020 2:24

by Brad Norton


Eight years after its introduction in the Call of Duty franchise, Black Ops 2’s Raid could finally be returning in a mainline entry as files for the iconic map have been uncovered in Black Ops Cold War.

Treyarch’s fan-favorite Black Ops 2 released in 2012. Since then, we’ve seen eight new titles come and go. In that gap, Raid has only made one other appearance in a global title, that title being Call of Duty Mobile.

While other maps have been rereleased countless times, including seven remakes of Nuketown alone, Raid has been left in the past. However, that’s about to change according to the latest leaks.

After an extended period in the shadows, Raid could finally be thrown back into the spotlight soon. Dataminers have uncovered a line of code relating to the map in Black Ops Cold War, suggesting that we’ll see it return in Season 1.

As a huge influx of Season 1 content slipped through the cracks on December 1, one key line stood out from the pack. ‘S1_map_raid_tu_cairo’ was plucked directly from the latest version of Black Ops Cold War.

Obviously, this doesn’t outright confirm Raid is a guarantee for the next Season. This is the first official reference to the map in quite some time, though, so it’s safe to assume Treyarch has been working to bring it back to life.

Black Ops 2 Raid gameplay
Raid might finally be back in a mainline CoD title for the first time since 2012.

The original map quickly became a favorite for its unique design. There were distinct sections that paved the way for vast combat opportunities. Both close-range and long-range loadouts could feel right at home on Raid. On one side you had a wide-open area with a high ground advantage for one team next to a  

On the other, you had a circular area perfect for flanking opportunities. Meanwhile, in the middle lane, you’d often catch snipers peeking across from either side in a near-symmetrical layout.

One of the more interesting tidbits from this datamine is the final word. Cairo is the capital of Egypt. The original version of Raid was set in Los Angeles. So when we see this new version, it could have a fresh coat of paint to fit the locale. 

Black Ops 2 Raid gameplay
Expect to see snipers hanging out across the basketball courts if Raid drops with Season One in Cold War.

It was an extremely popular competitive map throughout the year of its initial release. Given it worked quite well with essentially all objective-based game modes. From Hardpoint to Search and Destroy, Raid was often a favored pick.

Season One of Black Ops Cold War kicks off on December 10. There’s no confirmation we’ll see Raid in-game from this point on, so do take this leak with a grain of salt until then.