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Octane reveals why Seattle Surge are blacklisted from CDL scrims

Published: 5/Jun/2020 6:44 Updated: 5/Jun/2020 7:28

by Brad Norton


Seattle Surge players have had a rough outing in the inaugural 2020 Call of Duty League season, even being blacklisted by a majority of competitors in the space according to Sam ‘Octane’ Larew.

Currently sitting in 11th place with 40 CDL points to their name, the 2020 season has been full of trials and tribulations for the Surge. From major, midseason roster shuffles to the departure of three-time world champion Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow, it has not been an easy ride for the squad by any stretch.

It doesn’t appear as though things will be turning around over the remainder of the season either: assault rifle slayer Octane has revealed the team has a major lack of options when it comes to practicing against fellow CDL teams.

Twitter: Seattle Surge
Seattle Surge currently has a record of four series wins and 12 losses.

Joining hosts Anthony ‘Nameless’ Wheeler and Jonathan ‘Pacman’ Tucker on the 31st episode of the Codcast, Octane described the current predicament. “We don’t get scrims anymore because either we’re a**, or we’re never on time.”

With a brand new lineup just assembled – one without Karma or Enable – the roster needs all the practice they can get in order to catch up. However, there are supposedly only “three pro teams” still willing to scrim against Seattle.

Most of the top-tier CDL teams have outright blacklisted the organization. Due to tardiness and unprofessional behavior for the most part.

One particular example highlighted how the team has ‘torched’ a great deal of practice time with the Los Angeles Guerillas. Allegedly scheduled to practice together “23 times,” the Surge roster only showed up for 15 of those. To make matters worse, “of those 15 series, we finished every map four times.”

That boils down to just four proper scrims where both teams played for the full amount of time booked in. Pacman chimed in with a similar experience while managing OpTic Gaming Los Angeles. Stating that he had “so many scrims booked with Seattle,” and most would be canceled on the day of the booking. 

Seattle Surges Octane.
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Octane remains on the starting roster for Seattle but could a team-swap be in the cards soon?

It’s not as though this struggle is new either. Scrims have been difficult to come by for roughly “two months,” according to Octane. “We’re super-duper blacklisted.”

While the upcoming Minnesota Home Series has been delayed, Seattle is tentatively scheduled to face the second-seed Atlanta in their first series back on June 12.

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Best QBZ-83 loadout in Black Ops Cold War: Attachments, Wildcard, more

Published: 27/Nov/2020 17:03 Updated: 27/Nov/2020 17:07

by James Busby


The QBZ-83 is may not be as strong or as accurate as the AK-47, but its superior mobility and handling make it a great pick. Here all the perks, attachments, and equipment you need to push this assault rifle to its peak. 

Whether you’re looking to level up every gun to grab those ultra-rare camos or just wanting to give the QBZ-83 a go, then you’ll want to use this loadout. This assault rifle is often overlooked by a lot of players and it’s currently one of the least used guns in the assault rifle category. However, if you’re willing to put in the effort into learning the QBZ, you’ll find that it is a pretty well-round rifle. 

This loadout boosts the QBZ-83’s already great speed, but also increases the gun’s accuracy and firepower. If you’re after an AR that can go toe to toe with the game’s SMGs, then look no further. In order to help you get the most out of the QBZ-83, we’ve put together a reliable loadout you can use to get those deadly Scorestreaks.

Best QBZ-83 loadout for Black Ops Cold War

QBZ 83 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
The recent FFAR 1 and M16 nerfs have made the QBZ-83 a more viable option.
  • Muzzle: Infantry Compensator 
  • Barrel: 15.5” Reinforced Heavy
  • Underbarrel:Foregrip
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap 
  • Stock: Raider Stock


  • 1911


  • Stimshot
  • Semtex
  • Field Mic


  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket + Tactical Mask
  • Perk 2: Assassin + Scavenger 
  • Perk 3: Ninja + Ghost


  • Perk Greed

Due to the QBZ-83 having a very clear default sight, we’ve saved the attachment slot to make a much more comfy build. The Infantry Compensator and Foregrip help control both the gun’s horizontal and vertical recoil. This enables you to remain accurate at medium to long ranges. 

Adding to this is the 15.5” Heavy. Not only does this attachment increase the AR’s bullet velocity by a significant 40%, but it also increases the gun’s damage range by 100%. Whether you’re planning to play on the game’s bigger maps or just wanting to increase your kill potential, then the Reinforced Heavy is a must. 

Rounding things off at the bottom, is the Airborne Elastic Wrap and Raider Stock. These attachments increase ADS and sprint to fire time, allowing you to aggressively rush your foes without having to worry about sluggish performance. 

In terms of equipment, the standard Stimshot, Semtex, and Field Mic have been chosen. These items will keep you on your feet and enable you to get the drop on any potential targets. 

QBZ 83 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
The QBZ-83’s speed and firepower makes for some blisteringly fast kills.

This loadout uses Perk Greed, which allows players to take six perks. The combination of Flak Jacket and Tactical Mask will keep you safe from any explosives and noxious gas. These perks are important for most loadouts, but especially hyper-aggressive ones that prefer the run and gun approach to combat.

Meanwhile, Assassin reveals high priority targets and enables you to get the drop on any enemies who are on killstreaks. Scavenger also replenishes the QBZ-83’s ammo from fallen players, so you’ll never have to hunt for another gun when your ammo is low. 

Lastly, Ghost and Ninja keep your movements hidden from prying eyes and enable you to go for those sneaky flanks. After all, this loadout favors both close to mid-range firefights, so don’t be afraid to get into the very thick of a fight. 

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