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Modern Warfare devs reveal upcoming changes – Riot Shields, killfeed, more

Published: 26/Nov/2019 14:09 Updated: 26/Nov/2019 14:16

by Joe Craven

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Infinity Ward developers Joe Cecot and Ashton Williams have revealed a number of Modern Warfare features they are working on adjusting, going into upcoming patches. 

Since Modern Warfare’s release on October 25, fans have quickly identified a number of aspects they want adjusting. These include skill-based matchmaking, dead silence as a field upgrade, and the absence of prestiging. 

On November 25, Joe Cecot and Ashton Williams, Co-Design Director of Multiplayer and Senior Communications Manager respectively, confirmed a number of changes they are working on ahead of upcoming Modern Warfare updates.

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Dead Silence is one of the biggest community complaints so far.

Arguably the most important changes revealed were those to Riot Shields, and the game’s obituary – commonly known as the kill feed. 

Riot Shields are fairly common in Infinity Ward games, but many players feel they are overpowered in Modern Warfare; offering too much cover and not enough opportunity for enemies to land their shots. 

Joe Cecot confirmed that nerfs are on their way, particularly relating to their ability to protect players from explosives. Many players have noticed that Riot Shields make players invulnerable to the game’s semtex grenades. 

Also, Cecot responded to another Twitter user to confirm that kill feed adjustments are on their way, but may not be completed quickly enough to make the next patch. 

Some community members have complained that the kill feed sometimes goes by too quickly, or glitches and fades before it should do. 

Changes have already been made to the kill feed, removing messages about players ranking up and avenging teammates. This was removed to stop breaking up the kill feed and preventing players hitting feeds. 

Other bugs were also confirmed as being investigated. Ashton Williams confirmed that they are investigating glitches in Gunfight mode, which registers matches as losses even before they have been played. 

This has been particularly pertinent in Modern Warfare of late, given the 10k 2v2 Gunfight tournament. 

She also confirmed they are investigating a glitch which is preventing players from being able to bypass the main menu after completing the latest update. 

Some players have reported being stuck in a cycle at the main menu, constantly being told that “Game Update Successful”. 

The final areas they confirmed to be investigated are the volume of certain killstreaks – namely the VTOL Jet and the Precision Airstrike, as well as minor glitches regarding challenges not tracking correctly. 

Fans will be pleased to see the changes coming, particularly to Riot Shields and the kill feed. 

The absence of adjustments to SBMM and Dead Silence are likely to strike a chord however, as they are two of the community’s biggest demands. However, just because they are not being looked at currently, does not mean we won’t see changes in the near future. 

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CDL Kickoff Classic 2021 – Mutineers make surprise comeback against FaZe

Published: 24/Jan/2021 0:30 Updated: 24/Jan/2021 2:10

by Albert Petrosyan

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The Call of Duty League’s 2021 campaign is just around the corner, but before the Black Ops Cold War professional season starts, the preseason has kicked off with the Kickoff Classic – where fans finally get to see the league’s best compete.


  • Skyz and Mutineers come back from 2-1 to beat FaZe 3-2
  • Guerrillas outlast Surge in year’s first Map 5
  • iLLeY’s clutch plays ruin Clayster’s grudge match in 3-0 win vs. Subliners

CDL Kickoff Classic: Stream

CDL Kickoff Classic: Schedule & scores

Sunday, January 24

Match PST EST GMT (UK) AEDT (AUS)
London Royal Ravens vs Paris Legion 12:00 PM 3:00 PM 8:00 PM 7:00 AM (Jan 25)
Toronto Ultra vs Minnesota ROKKR 1:30 PM 4:30 PM 9:30 PM 8:30 AM (Jan 25)
OpTic Chicago vs LA Thieves 3:00 PM 6:00 PM 11:00 PM 10:00 AM (Jan 25)

Saturday, January 23

Match PST EST GMT (UK) AEDT (AUS)
Dallas Empire 3-0 New York Subliners 12:00 PM 3:00 PM 8:00 PM 7:00 AM (Jan 24)
LA Guerrillas 3-2 Seattle Surge 1:30 PM 4:30 PM 9:30 PM 8:30 AM (Jan 24)
Atlanta FaZe 2-3 Florida Mutineers 3:00 PM 6:00 PM 11:00 PM 10:00 AM (Jan 24)

Empire continue championship form, FaZe (and Surge) falter

The Dallas Empire were the best Call of Duty team in 2020 and that form has lasted into 2021. The day started with 2020 MVP Anthony ‘Shotzzy’ Cuevas-Castro racking up 35 kills and just 17 deaths with almost two minutes of hill time on Map 1, but then it became the Indervir ‘iLLeY’ Dhaliwal show as the upsurging player hit star form with some huge clutches.

With Empire cleaning up their former teammate James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks’ New York Subliners, the day moved on with two tight Map 5’s. First, Bryan ‘Apathy’ Zhelyazkov and the Los Angeles Guerrillas outdueled a revamped Seattle Surge 3-2 and then, in a twist few saw coming, the Florida Mutineers came back against the Atlanta FaZe.

As Cesar ‘Skyz’ Bueno returned to the form that earned him MVP candidacy in 2020, the Mutineers flew back from a 2-1 deficit and eventually clinched the 3-2 victory against a FaZe team who stood near the top of most standings for this season.

Sunday, January 24

CDL Kickoff Classic: Teams & players

With this being the first official CDL matches in Black Ops Cold War, a lot of eyes are watching how the new rosters perform. All 12 teams had to make at least one change due to the switch to a 4v4 format, with some opting to completely revamp their squads.

Former Huntsman, Arcitys, will make his debut for Atlanta FaZe against the new-look Florida Mutineers, one of the top teams from the 2020 season, while Toronto Ultra and Minnesota ROKKR will add another installment to their “Battle of the North” rivalry.

Team Players
Atlanta FaZe Simp, aBeZy, Cellium, Arcitys
Dallas Empire Crimsix, Shotzzy, Huke, iLLeY
Florida Mutineers Skyz, Havok, Owakening, Slacked
London Royal Ravens Seany, Alexx, Dylan, Zer0
Los Angeles Guerrillas SiLLY, Assault, Vivid, Apathy
Los Angeles Thieves SlasheR, Kenny, TJHaLy, Temp
Minnesota ROKKR Attach, Accuracy, Priestahh, MajorManiak
New York Subliners ZooMaa, Clayster, Mack, HyDra
OpTic Chicago Scump, FormaL, Envoy, Dashy
Paris Legion Skrapz, Classic, AquA, Fire
Seattle Surge Octane, Gunless, Prestinni, Loony
Toronto Ultra Methodz, Bance, CleanX, Cammy