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New Mini Royale mode coming to Warzone in Season 5: how it works

Published: 4/Aug/2020 20:31 Updated: 4/Aug/2020 20:41

by Tanner Pierce


Activision and Infinity Ward have officially announced all the details about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone Season 5 and one of the more interesting reveals is a brand new mode called Mini Royale.

For weeks now, fans have been hyped over Season 5 of Warzone, with many speculating that the update would bring a slew of changes, additions, and game modes to the battle royale mode.

Now, the full details about Season 5 are here and all that speculation was essentially confirmed: the Stadium is opening up, a train will be going around the map, and, of course, it’ll be getting a couple of new playlists.

One of the modes announced for August 5 is Mini Royale, which, according to Activision, is a faster, reduced battle royale experience with fewer players compared to the regular default options.

Infinity WardMini Royale will be a reduced BR experience in Warzone, with fewer players and shorter matches.

Here’s how the official blog post describes Mini Royale:

“This condenses the craziest parts of the main Battle Royale mode into faster-paced chunks of chaotic and almost constant combat. Mini Royale lowers the number of Operators sent into Verdansk but quickens the BR experience: Only the first and last five minutes of a normal BR game exist meaning rapid deployment, constant movement, and high-kill strategies are set to yield victories that are both short and sweet.”

If this means what we think it means, then, after the first minute, the gas circle and everything else involved with Warzone will function as if the match is in its final stages, which should make for an incredibly fast-paced and intense experience.

ActivisionMini Royale is just one of many new things coming to Warzone in Season 5!

The exact details about Mini Royale, such as the actual player-count and how the gas will work, have not been revealed, so we’ll have to wait until the update launches to get all the specifics.

Regardless, this new mode sounds like one of the more unique playlists Warzone has seen; while previous one have had their own interesting quirks and wrinkles, this seems like it’ll provide an experience that we haven’t really seen before in the Battle Royale.

Also, it’s no secret that Warzone matches can last for a while, so having the option to jump into a faster-paced version that’ll have less camping and more aggressive gameplay will definitely appeal to a lot of players, at least at the start.

Call of Duty: Warzone Season 5 is set to go live on August 4, 2020, at 11 PM PT (August 5 at 2 AM ET).

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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


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
Twitter: Seattle Surge
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.