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Nadeshot and SlasheR disagree about the use of sniper rifles in Call of Duty esports

Published: 3/Oct/2018 11:46 Updated: 3/Oct/2018 12:10

by Matt Porter


100 Thieves player Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat and CEO Matt ‘Nadeshot’ Haag have differing opinions on the use of sniper rifles in Call of Duty esports. 

In a tweet sent out by 100 Thieves’ newest acquisition, SlasheR asked his fans if Call of Duty would be better off removing snipers from competitive Search and Destroy.

He said: “Am I the only one who thinks competitive SnD would be 100x better without snipers? Or if they aimed in slower?”

Nadeshot replied, saying that while he understood SlasheR’s idea was meant to improve the competitiveness of the game, he felt that it would lessen the entertainment value of the esport.

“You can’t forget that entertainment is absolutely necessary and there’s nothing better than seeing huge snipes in S&D,” he argued.

“From a viewer perspective, you are right,” responded the assault rifler. “I just dislike the fact that you are not risking anything pulling out a sniper class. For example, in CounterStrike you are risking $5k of your economy to use it.”

SlasheR feels the benefits of pulling out a sniper rifle in Search and Destroy heavily outweigh the potential negatives. With sniper rifles generally killing enemies in one shot, Liddicoat believes that there needs to be a heavier penalty for bringing it out and not being successful with it.

With Call of Duty switching to 5v5, it’s currently unclear how teams will set up during competitive gameplay. It will be interesting to see how many snipers we see on the map when action begins in the first Call of Duty event of the year in Las Vegas on December 7.

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3 tips to help you survive Black Ops Cold War’s new Zombies Cranked mode

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:40

by Tanner Pierce


With the release of Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch has added Cranked into the game’s Zombies mode – and it’s pretty different from the standard version, requiring some completely separate strategies. 

While Cranked in Call of Duty games is nothing new, having debuted all the way back in 2013’s Ghosts, what is different is a Zombies version of the mode, which was just added to Black Ops Cold War during the game’s midseason update.

The concept is simple: You’re given a timer, and when that timer reaches 0, you explode and die. With each kill, however, your timer resets, giving you more time to keep on grinding. It’s an incredibly fast-paced mode in normal multiplayer, and the Zombies version is even more hectic – but there are some tips you can utilize to help you survive longer.

Pace out your kills

Pacing out your kills in Cranked is important due to the fact that you only need one kill to reset your timer.

In standard Cranked, players are usually scrambling to get kills. In a 5v5 or 6v6, it makes sense, considering there’s only a limited amount of potential targets, and if you can’t find anyone, you’ll die easily due to the timer running out.

With BOCW Zombies Cranked, the opposite is true. There’s always an abundance of enemies and, while it’s not impossible to run out of targets, generally speaking, they’ll keep on spawning (there’s not even a break in-between rounds).

Because of this, there’s no need to be mowing down Zombies as one does in the normal mode. Instead, if you’re feeling overwhelmed (or if you want to get something done like Pack-A-Punching your weapon), try running away from the enemies for a while to get your bearings.

Remember, all it takes is one kill to reset your timer. If you find it running out, just look behind you at the horde you’ve surely amounted, kill one Zombie, and then move along with your business. Wasting your time mowing down each and every zombie can cost you your game.

With all that being said, don’t think you can run away from the Zombies with no problem; if you get too far away, you’ll find yourself struggling for kills, so it’s best if you stay nearby.

Use fast-reloading weapons and attachments

You’ll want to use weapons that can be reloaded quickly in Cranked.

In normal Zombies, using a LMG is sort of required during late-game conflicts, as it allows you to mow down Zombies with greater power. In Cranked, speed is king, so it might be better to use something smaller like an SMG.

Reloading fast is essential in Cranked, as you can easily become overrun. Even though it does have a lot of power, you don’t want to waste your time on the horrendously slow reload time found on LMGs. If you want an even faster reload time, you could even throw a fast-mag onto your SMG, and get it done even quicker.

In addition, SMGs have the added benefit of allowing you to run faster, meaning you’ll be able to evade Zombies even better than you would before.

Always go for the Timer Freeze power up

Remembering these tips can be the difference between surviving or dying early on.

Treyarch has implemented a brand new power-up that’s exclusive to the Cranked game mode: Timer Freeze. With this, players will be able to stop their countdown timer for around 15 seconds or so, giving them a breather.

While this might seem obvious to point out, you’ll want to go for those as much as possible. Getting one at the start of your game is not too important, but it’s especially critical when you get into the late game.

As the mode goes on, your timer will get shorter and shorter, meaning every break you get becomes more and more important. Having that 15 second breather seems like an eternity once you get it, so missing out on one can hurt you a lot – sometimes costing you your life.

While Cranked is incredibly fast-paced, it’s really not that bad if you know what you’re doing. If you remember these tips, you shouldn’t have as much of a problem.