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One of the Greatest Underdog Stories in Call of Duty History

Published: 18/May/2020 10:54 Updated: 18/May/2020 11:19

by Shane King

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Everyone loves an underdog story and the Call of Duty scene has had its fair share but none comes close to what Evil Geniuses managed to pull off at Champs 2018. Their victory over Team Kaliber in the finals will go down as one of the most memorable moments in CoD history.

EG started the WW2 season off with a strong roster comprised of Patrick ‘ACHES’ Price, Bryan ‘Apathy’ Zhelyazkov, Anthony ‘NAMELESS’ Wheeler, and Ian ‘Enable’ Wyatt. Unfortunately, this roster had its issues with so many big personalities causing rifts and cracks in the team.

NAMELESS and Enable were dropped after the team was forced into relegations during the CWL 2018 season. The team picked up Justin ‘SiLLY’ Fargo-Palmer and Adam ‘Assault’ Garcia. At first, the changes worked perfectly and EG had great success at CWL Seattle open. This was short-lived as Evil Genius put up “embarrassing” performances at CWL Anaheim and Pro League stage 2.

Eric Ananmalay / ESPAT MediaACHES added to his vast trophy cabinet with a CoD Champs win in World War II with EG.

In the groups, EG hit a stumbling block ending in a three-way tie with Cloud9 and Elevate. EG went into the final game of the tiebreaker needing to defeat OpTic with a clean 3-0 – and that is what they did, with ACHES once again proving to be the Green Wall’s kryptonite. The underdogs then went on to have an easier knockout bracket run, sailing through to the semis again Envy where they faced their biggest challenge. However, these underdogs sent them down to the losers bracket.

The boys in blue then went on to beat the tournament favorite TK in the upper bracket final, sending them down to losers, but TK would be back for more in the grand final. After going 2-0 up, EG took their eyes off the prize, allowing TK to get back into the match as they completed the reverse sweep to reset the bracket.

In the second best-of-five, Evil Geniuses did not relent though, defeating TK in dominant fashion 3-0 to win the greatest honor in CoD. This was without a doubt one of the most shocking results when it comes to Call of Duty esports and still to this day is renowned for being one of the greatest champs runs from any team.

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OpTic Envoy’s AK74u Black Ops Cold War loadout ahead of CDL launch

Published: 18/Jan/2021 16:53

by Jacob Hale

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The competitive Call of Duty season is almost upon us, with the CDL launching on January 23, and Envoy’s AK74u could prove one of the most important in getting OpTic Chicago some all-important championship wins.

The AK74u is the go-to SMG for all competitive Black Ops Cold War players. While the MP5 was the main one when the game first dropped, a subsequent nerf saw the 74u take top spot and maintain it ever since.

While Envoy’s original loadout back in November was impressive, this one is a complete change-up, and seems to be the meta build for most top pros who run it.

Taking to Nuketown ‘84 for a 1v1 against teammate FormaL, both were using the AK74u — and it absolutely shreds.

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The AK74u is the best-in-class SMG.

As mentioned, this looks to be the meta build for most pros, but Envoy is by far one of the most impressive SMG players in the Call of Duty League, so it definitely looks great in his hands.

Here’s the attachments Envoy uses on the gun:

  • Muzzle: Muzzle Brake 5.45
  • Barrel: 9.3” Extended
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Speedgrip
  • Stock: KGB Skeletal Stock
  • Handle: GRU Elastic Wrap

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If you’re looking to maximize your abilities with an SMG in hand, Envoy is one of the best people to look at, and with the launch of League Play in BOCW seemingly imminent, now’s the perfect time to get used to this build.

This may look slightly different from what you see in public matches, with certain attachments banned or not viable in a competitive space, so it’s well worth familiarizing yourself with.

Whether or not this remains the meta throughout the year isn’t yet known; we expect a number of weapon balancing changes throughout the year, but how this affects the 74u isn’t clear.