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Official Pools announced for $2 million CWL Championship 2019

Published: 31/Jul/2019 22:39 Updated: 1/Aug/2019 0:02

by Albert Petrosyan

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The Call of Duty World League has announced the official Pools for the upcoming $2 million CWL Championship that’s set to take place in August. 

On July 31, the CWL held the drawing to determine which teams will be grouped together in the Pool Play phase at Champs.

The 32 total teams were divided into eight groups of four, featuring all 16 pro teams from the CWL Pro League and the 16 amateur squads that qualified by finishing in the top-16 of the Amateur Finals open bracket tournament held at the recent CWL Finals event.

Pro teams occupy the top two seeds within each pool, based on their placement at the Pro League Playoffs, followed by amateur teams in the bottom two spots, also based on their own placements at the Amateur Finals. 

That being said, here are all eight official Pools at this year’s CWL Championship, which will be held in Los Angeles, CA from August 14-18. 

CWL - TwitterOfficial Pools for CWL Champs 2019.

CWL Champs will be split into two phases – Pool Play and the Knockout Stage. During the first stage, teams within each group will face each other one time in a round-robin format, with each match being a best-of-five series.

The top two teams from each Pool will then advance to the Knockout phase, which itself will be a double elimination bracket that will ultimately crown this year’s World Champions.

Pool Play will take place August 14-15, but will not be open to the public, meaning that fans will not be able to see half of the teams play live prior to them being eliminated.

The Knockout Stage (August 16-18) will be open to the public at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, CA. Information about purchasing tickets and how to attend can be found on the official event web-page HERE.

UCLA AthleticsThis year’s CWL Champs will be located at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, CA.

Who will win CWL Champs 2019?

While technically all 32 teams have some sort of chance at winning this year’s Champs, the actual favorites comes down to only a handful of squads.

Bookmakers have given eUnited the best odds to win, and with good reason. Not only did eU finish in first place at CWL Finals, they also have made it to the Grand Final of two other tournaments this season (Vegas and London).

Gen.G are also up there, having made it to the Grand Final of the previous two events (Anaheim and Finals), and despite losing on both occasions, have proven themselves as a force to be reckoned with.

Despite their struggles in Miami, 100 Thieves still maintain a strong status as one of the favorites, as they’re the only team at Champs to have won multiple events this season (London and Anahiem).

Rounding off the list of favorites are CWL Vegas winners OpTic Gaming, who have struggled of late but will always be taken seriously, and FaZe Clan, who’ve only impressed since purchasing Red Reserve’s spot in the Pro League in April. 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.