Mochila, MBoZe and Nelson Try to Recruit Karma for Champs Run - Dexerto
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Mochila, MBoZe and Nelson Try to Recruit Karma for Champs Run

Published: 8/Jul/2018 21:51 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:06

by Vincent Genova

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Brandon ‘Nelson’ McKinney, Marcus ‘MBoZe’ Blanks and Steve ‘Mochila’ Canle are seemingly teaming up for an opportunity to qualify for Champs.

The three veterans have their eye on a magical run through the Last Chance Qualifiers for CoD Champs, but need one more player to join.

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Nelson spotted a tweet from MBoZe about late night grinding in CoD:WW2, then – maybe jokingly – extended a conditional offer to team up.

When MBoZe was down with the idea, Nelson checked with Mochila if it was fine with him. Mochila approved and suddenly a team of veterans was formed. Almost.

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The trio still needs a fourth, and decided to extend an offer to the recently retired Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow.

Karma has yet to respond, though he is not opposed to competing in the LCQ and Champs. He revealed that he was almost a part of a reunited Fariko Impact squad, and expressed regret at no longer competing.

There is one major issue with Karma competing in the LCQ however, his affiliation with OpTic Gaming.

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My biggest issue right now – and I’ve got to talk to my agents, I really have to call them – pretty much I either lose the OpTic tag or I stay with the tag. And I don’t know man, that’s tough. I don’t want to but I don’t know man. I don’t know what to do.

Since MBoZe is also a content creator for OpTic currently, maybe this roster could work something out where others failed.

It has been a disappointing year for the veterans who are used to higher placings, with a T24 finish at Anaheim being the best major open result for Mochila. Nelson also placed T24 in Anaheim as well as Dallas, while MBoZe retired from competing in November. 

Karma also finished below his standards, but below standards for a three time world champion still included a 2nd place finish at CWL Stage 1 Playoffs.

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The team would most likely be playing for fun, but their talent should be enough for at least a chance at qualifying.

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David Vonderhaar appears to confirm Black Ops Cold War ranked play

Published: 9/Oct/2020 14:04

by Jacob Hale

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Treyarch studio design director David Vonderhaar has dropped a major hint about ranked play in the upcoming Black Ops Cold War, and it could be great news for competitive players.

Throughout the Modern Warfare season, one of the main gripes for players was the non-existence of ranked play, where players could compete against equal opponents to try and grind their way to the top rankings and have the chance to prove their mettle against top opponents.

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Instead, Infinity Ward introduced the CDL playlist, which featured a CDL ruleset and maps but without the ELO or MMR tiers commonly associated with ranked systems.

Without some kind of level, emblem or something else to grind for, a lot of players felt like the CDL playlist didn’t provide the competitive edge they were looking for, but the story could be completely different when Black Ops Cold War drops.

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Black Ops Cold War is due to release November 13.

The game is currently in beta testing, but fans are already looking forward to the full game dropping and getting involved, and one of the main questions competitive players have asked about is ranked play — with Vonderhaar providing a very promising answer.

After the question was posed to him, Vahn didn’t give a straight answer, but the hint was enough to get fans excited.

“Let me give you this,” he started, after explaining that it won’t be in the beta. “Do you know a Black Ops game without a hardcore competitive agenda? Can you think of one? I can not. There’s your answer, without telling you anything.”

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There is some accuracy to Vonderhaar’s statement, too. While Black Ops 1 lacked a ranked system when it released back in 2010, each game since has had an iteration of competitive play in some way, be it League Play in Black Ops 2 and 4, or Arena in Black Ops 3, all of which were used to serve the esports community.

It will be interesting to see what ranked play looks like in Black Ops Cold War, assuming there will be one, as a feature of Call of Duty titles that players are always asking for more from. Needless to say, competitive players should be a little more excited now than they were before.