New "Up To Speed" Episode Explores the Relationship Between EG's ACHES and Assault: "After I smoked FormaL in that round 11, that’s when our relationship kinda kicked off" - Dexerto
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New “Up To Speed” Episode Explores the Relationship Between EG’s ACHES and Assault: “After I smoked FormaL in that round 11, that’s when our relationship kinda kicked off”

Published: 24/May/2018 16:25 Updated: 16/Oct/2020 17:27

by Ross Deason

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A new episode of “Up To Speed With EG COD” has been released which focuses on the “father and son” relationship between Patrick ‘ACHES’ Price and Adam ‘Assault’ Garcia.

ACHES and Assault played with one another on Cloud9’s Call of Duty team from August of 2016, during the Black Ops 3 season, until the organization’s departure from the scene in August of 2017 at the end of the Infinite Warfare season.

Assault moved on to Echo Fox and ACHES joined Evil Geniuses, but neither team lived up to expectations and eventually Assault left Echo Fox and found himself back on a team with ACHES, this time under the Evil Geniuses banner.

The team’s first outing was an impressive one as they took second place at the $200,000 CWL Seattle event in April. Now their main focus is on Stage 2 of the CWL Pro League, where they currently sit in third place in Division A.

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The relationship between the two players, from the outside looking in, has always seemed to be one of student and master, or “father and son”, and this was the main focus of the latest “Up To Speed With EG COD” episode.

The episode is full of laughs and jokes but they both point to the Cloud9 vs. OpTic Gaming match at the 2016 Call of Duty World Championship as the “start” of their relationship. Cloud9 eliminated OpTic from that particular event thanks to Assault winning a nail-biting 1 vs. 1 against Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper in the very final round of the series.

“Basically after I smoked FormaL in that round 11, that’s when our relationship kinda kicked off from there. Went to the next event next year, got second.”

ACHES goes on to explain why they get along so well, pointing out that they are both able to “roast” each other without getting offended.

He also notes that their chemistry in-game is particularly strong and that their playstyles work well together, especially in Search and Destroy.

“I think me and Adam’s relationship is special because in-game and out of game we can kinda roast each other, have some fun with it, and not take it personal, we get along pretty well in that aspect where we just don’t take much serious. In-game we work really well. I think we have good chemistry, especially in Search and Destroy when it comes down to clutching. I think our playstyles just benefit from each other a lot.”

The episode can be found below.

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Black Ops Cold War already set new Call of Duty player record in the Beta

Published: 23/Oct/2020 6:20

by Brad Norton

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The Call of Duty franchise is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon as Treyarch’s recent Black Ops Cold War Beta went above expectations and shattered records.

Ever since the release of the first CoD title in 2003, the franchise has only continued to grow. Year after year more players hop on board to see what the latest title has in store. Whether fans gravitate towards single-player campaigns, cooperative experiences, or classic multiplayer competition, there’s something for everyone.

2020 is shaping up to be no different as Treyarch is firing on all cylinders for the Black Ops Cold War release. Everything from Zombies to Warzone will be on offer and it’s already clear that the community is hungry for it all.

After an impressive Alpha test on the PlayStation 4 that became the biggest in franchise history, that record has once again been broken. This time, by the Black Ops Cold War Beta that followed just weeks later.

Having kicked off exclusively for PS4 users on October 8 before jumping to all platforms on October 15, the Black Ops Cold War Beta was played by a staggering number of people. In fact, it was “the most downloaded [Beta] in Call of Duty history,” the developers revealed on October 23.

No exact figures were revealed for the history Beta. Though it being publicly available across Xbox One, PS4, and PC over the final days was sure to have helped boost the figures.

Not only is this a hugely positive sign before the launch of Black Ops Cold War, but it continues a trend from previous iterations. 2019’s Modern Warfare also broke records with its early access Beta period. 

Last year’s records also didn’t come with any specific numbers, though Activision assured the Modern Warfare Beta attracted more players than ever before.

Also of note, those players logged more hours played than any Beta in franchise history. It’s now clear that Black Ops Cold War has been yet another step up in terms of early engagement.

Black Ops Cold War gameplay
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The Black Ops Cold War Beta was live across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

It’s obviously too early to tell just how this might indicate sales for the release come November 13. However, to get into the Beta early, a majority of players needed to preorder on their platform of choice. So that’s certainly a good sign just weeks out from launch.

2019’s Modern Warfare topped over $600 million in sales across its first three days on the market. That instantly made it the highest-selling CoD of the generation. Though Black Ops Cold War could be on track to go even further this year.