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Minnesota’s Call of Duty franchise shares first look at incredible future pro team facilities

Published: 4/Sep/2019 5:37 Updated: 4/Sep/2019 6:19

by Andrew Amos


The Call of Duty franchise that’s based in Minnesota has shared artist concepts of what their gaming facilities will look like.

With the brand new franchised Call of Duty League expected to kick off in 2020, member organizations are slowly starting to share their plans for the inaugural season. 

Every team will have a base of operations to play their games at in the league’s home and away format, similar to how Activision-Blizzard’s other franchised league, the Overwatch League, operates.

MLGCall of Duty is getting a franchised league in 2020.

Minnesota’s franchise is one of the first to reveal their home base of operations for their 2020 season, through artistic impressions shared on Twitter on September 3. The images shared were of the reception of the building, as well as a lounge for spectators and players, along with a dedicated practice room.

“Continuing to work hard at building a championship roster for the North,” the tweet said. “Nothing official to report just yet. In the meantime, here are the latest renders of our future facility.”

Minnesota have embraced their purple branding throughout the artist impressions, with every room getting a tinge of it throughout. There’s also what looks to be a bar out the back of the reception, which would make a great hub for fans of the CoD franchise to hang out and watch their favorite team.

Initial impressions for the scrim room also have two walls decked out with computers, with a small sitting area in the middle when players are taking a break from practice. The facility shares a lot of features with other similar team buildings across the world, but the color is a nice touch.

Twitter: CoD_MNThe reception to Minnesota’s facility looks to feature a bar in the background.

The Minnesota CoD franchise also recently held an event to discuss the future of esports in the North. COO Brett Diamond and former OpTic member Ashley “MiDNiTE” Glassel spoke about how the team are close to organizing the official branding for the 2020 season, as well as their interest in expanding to other titles.

Their branding will revolve around a Viking, tying back to the state’s Scandinavian culture. They have also hinted at recruiting a content creator team to help promote the organization on a social level.

Twitter: CoD_MNThe scrim room features two rows of PCs.

Owned by WISE Ventures, who also preside over the Minnesota Vikings NFL team, the north-based Call of Duty franchise is one of nine that’s confirmed to be competing next year in the CDL.

The other eight host cities include New York, Toronto, Atlanta, Miami, Dallas, Paris, and Los Angeles, which will house two franchises.

With the player signing window finally opening on September 3, fans can expect there to be a lot of roster noise over the coming weeks.

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New Warzone update removes helicopters & adds Juggourdnaut Royale

Published: 23/Oct/2020 19:56

by Tanner Pierce


Infinity Ward has pushed out a new playlist update for both Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone and while it adds some modes to the game like Juggourdnaut Royale, it also removes helicopters from the night-version of its battle royale.

New playlist updates for Modern Warfare and Warzone, generally speaking, only change out the gamemodes in the game, but today’s is a bit special. According to some notes released by Infinity Ward, the new hotfix removes two major aspects of the title.

The first is the removal of helicopters from the night version of Verdansk, which is pretty major to say the least. Currently, it’s unclear exactly why Infinity Ward made this change, as they didn’t specify in their tweet. It could be due to a bug, low visibility, or something else entirely.

Pumpkin heads have also been removed from Modern Warfare and Warzone.

In addition, the developer also removed the pumpkin heads due to a bug occurring, although exactly what that bug is was also not made clear. It’s also undetermined if this removal also affects the pumpkin heads on the juggernaut suit, which automatically has the head attached when you put it on.

Beyond these removals however, the update also adds a new mode, Juggourdnaut Royale. Despite the name being a bit different, this is the exact same mode as Juggernaut Royale, which was added to the game during Season 4. Players have to fight over juggernaut suits located around the map in order to survive.

On top of that, Infinity Ward also added BR Solo Survivor and Plunder: Candy Collector to the rotation, both of which appear to be renamed versions of the standard modes.

It’ll be interesting to see how long it takes the developers to re-add the helicopter and pumpkin heads to the game. While the former has obviously been in the game from the start, the latter is a nice seasonal treat that will only be around for a couple more weeks.