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Modern Warfare developer finally responds to ranked play demands

Published: 9/Feb/2020 10:44

by Connor Bennett

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An Infinity Ward developer has finally responded to Modern Warfare player’s calls for details surrounding ranked play. However, it isn’t exactly good news for hopeful fans. 

While Infinity Ward has been dropping new content for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare since the game launched back on October 25, players have been waiting for parts of multiplayer that haven’t been released.

Many are still waiting on official details regarding a potential battle royale – which seems to be in the works, if supposed leakers are to be believed. Plenty of other players are hoping to see the introduction of ranked play. 

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New content drops for Modern Warfare have seen fans return to fan-favorite maps like Crash.

The multiplayer mode, which allows players to test themselves in a more competitive ruleset and hone their skills even further, has never been a part of an Infinity Ward developed title – though it hasn’t stopped fans begging for it with the formation of the Call of Duty League. 

While it has been pretty much silence from the developers when it comes to being quizzed on the subject, Infinity Ward art director Joel Emslie finally responded to a question on the Modern Warfare subreddit. “Sorry. I don’t have details on that,” he said on February 7, much to the dismay of some commenters. 

Of course, while it isn’t exactly the answer that fans will have been hoping for, the response doesn’t exactly close the door on hopes of ranked play.

Also, while Emslie might have an insight into what the studio is working on in terms of new content, if Infinity Ward were ever going to release a highly-requested mode, it is pretty unlikely that they would confirm it’s existence in a buried away Reddit comment.

Whether or not ranked mode will ever see the light of day in Modern Warfare still very much remains to be seen, though it may seem like hope is fading for many fans who are eager to test themselves against the very best.

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Crimsix backs “underrated” Slacked after CoD pro is snubbed by CDL teams

Published: 31/Oct/2020 11:10

by Joe Craven

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Call of Duty legend Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter has backed fellow pro player Josiah ‘Slacked’ Berry, after Slacked revealed he is set for a period in the Challengers League with no CDL teams willing to take him. 

While not a competitor for the title of best player of all time, Josiah ‘Slacked’ Berry has consistently proven himself to be among the very best Call of Duty professionals in the world. He has won a host of major tournaments, most recently CWL Fort Worth in Black Ops 4 and CWL Birmingham in WWII.

However, the Modern Warfare season proved incredibly challenging for Slacked and his Seattle Surge roster. The team were barely competitive at any tournament, and three-time CoD World Champion Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow announced his retirement amid their struggles.

Now, as the Call of Duty League heads towards its second season, it seems the Surge’s struggles are fresh in the minds of the powers that be, because Slacked is set to face a season in the Challengers portion of the League.

Seattle Surge original roster for the first CDL season
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Seattle Surge’s roster has collapsed off the back of a poor first season.

Slacked to miss out on CDL?

On October 30, the ex-Luminosity pro tweeted that he was “shocked” at how the offseason has gone so far, with offers from CDL teams essentially non-existent.

“[I’m] still a F/A and looking like challengers,” he said. “Won back to back to back to back titles & had the best average placing before MW out of anyone other than the OpTic dynasty. So sad how the CoD scene is ran nowadays.”

CoD World Champion and all-time great Crimsix involved himself in the discussion, backing his fellow pro to find a CDL team ahead of the new season.

“CDL teams… cmon guys…” he tweeted. “Slacked is a prime example of a player who makes the people around him better. Consistent for years and, in my humble opinion, severely underrated in terms of what he can bring to a team.”

The endorsement, particularly from one of the very best to ever play Call of Duty, is a big compliment for Slacked. Whether it sees him picked up by a CDL outfit remains another issue, but it’s clear that at least some of those at the very top believe Slacked has what it takes to perform at the highest level.

The second CDL season is set to be fascinating, with Nadeshot’s 100 Thieves set to acquire the spot previously held by Los Angeles OpTic, and rumors that the Greenwall brand will find its way back to H3CZ in Chicago. We’ll be the first to update you if it does.