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Minnesota announces core of Call of Duty roster for franchise league

Published: 20/Sep/2019 23:59 Updated: 21/Sep/2019 0:20

by Michael Gwilliam

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Minnesota has unveiled their Call of Duty roster for the upcoming 2020 franchise league. 

This is the second team to unveil its roster ahead of the new league. Earlier this week, London made history by announcing the league’s first signing, and now Minnesota is quick to join the fray. 

Justin ‘SiLLY’ Fargo-Palmer, an AR player for Envy, Adam ‘Assault’ Garcia, Adam ‘GodRx’ Brown and Brian ‘Saintt’ Baroska as the team’s coach. This leaves Minnesota with at least four open slots on their roster, with two starters, and two subs. Teams are allowed to have a maximum of ten players, but must have seven by the time the 2020 season begins. 

At the end of the video, the three players take seats on chairs with two more spots vacant hinting future signings to their starting lineup.

Assault was the Main AR player for Team Envy. He is a 2018 World Champion and the 2018 World Championship MVP. SiLLY, also formerly of Team Envy, was a member of the same championship roster in 2018.

GodRx was a player on Enigma6 Group, who finished fourth at the Call of Duty World League Championship in 2019.

Their coach, Saintt, retired from competition on Feb 18, 2018. He made his coaching debut for eUnited before departing for Midnight Esports in August of 2019. During that coaching run, he helped Midnight qualify for the World Championship through the Play-in, but ultimately fell short as they finished 17-24th. 

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As is standard practice, all signings are pending league approval. 

It had previously been announced that former OpTic content creator Ashley ‘MiDNiTE’ Glassel had joined the franchise. In a video back in August, Glassel said she would “start off in a bit of a consulting role” and there were “a lot of areas they need help in.”

Earlier in September, the Minnesota franchise shared some concepts of what their new gaming facilities will look like and embraced the purple branding throughout. “Continuing to work hard at building a championship roster for the North,” they said in a tweet with the latest renders. 

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Haunting of Verdansk Warzone Halloween event: night map, Saw skins, more

Published: 20/Oct/2020 18:00 Updated: 20/Oct/2020 18:06

by Albert Petrosyan

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A brand new Halloween-themed event called ‘Haunting of Verdansk’ is now live in Call of Duty: Warzone and Modern Warfare, and we’ve got everything you need to know about what’s included.

With Halloween inching closer and closer, we’re officially in spooky season, and Infinity Ward have decided to give Modern Warfare a grand sending off with the Haunting of Verdansk in-game event.

The event, which kicked off on Tuesday, October 20 and wraps up on Tuesday, November 3, features a nighttime version of Warzone’s map, cosmetic items themed after popular horror film series like Saw and Texas Chainsaw Massacre, new modes, rewards, and a whole lot more.

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Haunting of Verdansk roadmap

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Full roadmap for the Haunting of Verdansk event in Warzone & Modern Warfare.

What’s added in Warzone for Haunting of Verdansk

Verdansk – Going Dark

As had been teased previously, a nighttime version of the Warzone map has made its debut in the Haunting of Verdansk event. As of now, the only modes confirmed for this are Trios and Plunder, but Activision did say that more would be made available.

Needless to say, the darkness of the terrain will compel almost everyone to use thermal optics on their weapons and the Cold Blooded perk in loadouts to hide from such scopes.

Trick or Treat scavenger hunt

Throughout the duration of the event, the nighttime version of Verdansk will feature 16 specially-marked Trick or Treat chests, which include a combined 16 new cosmetic items like Blueprints, weapons, charms, and more.

Of course, as is the spirit of Halloween, Infinity Ward have added a twist to this whole process: In some cases, certain chests will have tricks instead of treats, so open them carefully if you want to avoid “a terrifying fright.”

If and when you do unlock all 16 cosmetics, you will be automatically awarded a Legendary assault rifle blueprint called the Pumpkin Punisher, pictured below. More details about this scavenger, including all the chest locations and pictures of all rewards, can be found in our Trick or Treat Warzone guide.

Pumpkin Punisher blueprint
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Unlocking all 16 themed items in the Haunting of Verdansk event will unlock this Pumpkin Punisher AR blueprint.

Zombie Royale LTM

In this new Limited Time Mode, players who get killed come back to life as a Zombie instead of being sent to the Gulag. Zombies can’t carry weapons but do have special abilities that include increased speed, improved jumps, deadlier melee attacks, and thermal vision.

Turning into a Zombie isn’t the end all be all, though, as players will have the chance to return from the undead and rejoin their squad. Whenever someone is killed, they drop a syringe, and collecting two syringes will allow you to parachute back in with your loadout.

The last team with a surviving Operator wins, even if the rest of their squad have turned into Zombies.

Zombie Royale LTM
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The Haunting of Verdansk event includes a new LTM called Zombie Royale.

What’s added in Modern Warfare multiplayer

Themed changes

To add an extra layer of Halloween-themed spookiness into multiplayer, Infinity Ward have made it so any player who is on a kill-streak of three or more will have their head turn into a flaming jack-o-lantern pumpkin.

This feature isn’t purely cosmetic either, since the change lets players on both sides know who is on a roll and needs to be stopped at all costs before reaching some of those higher tier killstreaks.

That’s not the only such quirk added; in Domination, scarecrows replace the flags on points, while skulls appear instead of dog tags in Kill Confirmed, as well as other visual effects in other modes.

Haunting of Verdansk Modern Warfare
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In multiplayer, players who are on a 3+ kill-streak will have their heads transform into a flaming pumpkin.

New modes

There are two brand-new multiplayer modes coming as part of the Haunting of Verdansk event: Onslaught and Snipers Only. Onslaught features a Juggernaut suit spawning somewhere on the map that two teams have to fight for control over. Once someone has the suit equipped, they must try to get it to the specific target area while the other team tries to do everything they can to stop it.

As for Snipers Only, this is a variant of Team Deathmatch that replaces custom classes with five pre-built loadouts, all featuring sniper rifles as the primary weapon(s). The rest of the mode is like any match of TDM: The team with the most kills wins.

Horror film bundles & new Operator

Saw & Texas Chainsaw Massacre

When it comes to the best horror film franchises of all time, most would rank Saw and Texas Chainsaw Massacre high up there – and both have been incorporated in Modern Warfare & Warzone as cosmetic items.

The Saw bundle includes the iconic Billy the Puppet as an Operator outfit, as well as the Phlebotomozier Lethal Equipment – a throwing knife variant that kills enemies on impact in a shower of blood. The set also includes themed blueprints for an assault rifle and shotgun, both with “blood-red” tracers, as well as a Cargo Truck skin, tricycle charm, and four other items.

Saw in Warzone
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The Saw bundle in Modern Warfare & Warzone includes Billy the Puppet as an Operator outfit skin.

As for Texas Chainsaw Massacre, players will be able to run around dressed as the menacing Leatherface villain and a new LMG blueprint called Family Heirloom, which has a special stock attachment that lets it be held like a chainsaw.

The rest of the bundles comes with an SMG blueprint, vehicle horn, the ‘Anyone Home?’ melee weapon, which has a hammer on one side and a meat tenderizer on the other, and five other items.

Leatherface in Warzone
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Run around Warzone as the fearsome Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

New Dr. Karlov Operator

Dr. Karlov is the newest Operator added as part of the Haunting of Verdansk event – a character who’s obsessed with electricity and energy-charged weaponry, according to his lore.

The ‘Dr. Karlov Lives’ bundle includes a new outfit skin for Bale, two “high-voltage” weapon blueprints, an electric throwing knife, vehicle skin, and other cosmetics.

Dr. Karlov Warzone Operator
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The new Dr. Karlov Operator in Warzone and Modern Warfare.

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