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Methodz Finally Felt the Wrath of the Angry OpTic Fans Following CWL Anaheim Exit

Published: 18/Jun/2018 17:26 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:05

by Mike Kent

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The honeymoon period for the new OpTic Gaming Call of Duty players is over after placing 5th/6th at CWL Anaheim 2018.

Sam ‘Larew’ Octane and Anthony ‘Methodz’ Zinni joined the team following the exit of Matt ‘FormaL’ Piper to Luminosity and Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow to the sidelines.

Questions had been raised about Methodz after it was made public that he wasn’t one of the first choices for the team, but he won over fans with a fantastic display at the CWL Pro League.

The CWL Atlanta winner helped secure his team five wins and only losses in the first half of Group B, and the team looked confident heading into CWL Anaheim.

The team continued that form in the group stage as they took down Splyce, Envy, Complexity and Conquest to go top of their group. It setup a rematch with Luminosity, ft FormaL in winner bracket round one.

Unlike their 3-0 demolition in the Pro League, OpTic struggled against LG and ended up losing 3-1, meaning they’d need to pull off an incredible loser bracket run to win the event.

After taking down eUnited and Tainted Minds they were left with the challenge of Unilad, a squad that many expected OpTic to walk over.

Unfortunately for the GreenWall fans, it didn’t quite go to plan, losing an intense round 11, despite having the bomb down with four players alive and only three on UNILAD.

With such a passionate set of followers, it comes as no surprise to learn that the mentions of the OpTic players lit up on Twitter as they looked for someone to blame.

Prior to the loss against UNILAD, Methodz had expressed how he felt with a Sponge Bob meme. No doubt following the loss, the Tweets just got worse.

The new OpTic player will get his chance to redeem himself in the second half of the CWL Pro League, and then again at CoD Champs to round out the year. Can OpTic walk away with a win after a season-long drought?

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

Published: 2/Dec/2020 2:24

by Brad Norton

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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
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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
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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.