OpTic Gaming star Dashy to miss opening CWL Pro League match [Confirmed] - Dexerto
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OpTic Gaming star Dashy to miss opening CWL Pro League match [Confirmed]

Published: 4/Feb/2019 13:16 Updated: 4/Feb/2019 16:03

by Matt Porter


The rumors that OpTic Gaming could be without one of their star players heading into the first week of Black Ops 4’s CWL Pro League have been confirmed as the team’s coach, Tyler ‘TeePee’ Polchow, announced on February 4 that Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell had run into some issues.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 tournament of the season.

However, a number of rumors suggested that OpTic would be missing Otell for their opening week of CWL Pro League matches, as the Canadian is believed to be struggling with travel issues.

DexertoDashy was crowned MVP at CWL Las Vegas.

The suggestion that Dashy would miss OpTic’s first matches in the Pro League began when viewers of fellow OpTic Gaming member Seth ‘Scump’ Abner stated that the American had spoken briefly about Otell having issues getting to Columbus.

On Sunday, February 3, Dashy then sent a tweet to FaZe Clan member and OpTic substitute Tommy ‘ZooMaa’ Paparatto that suggested that Dashy was handing over his place on the roster to Paparatto, although some OpTic Gaming fans thought the Canadian was simply joking.

Dexerto reached out to OpTic Gaming’s Call of Duty coach, TeePee, for confirmation of the situation on February 4, but the former world champion provided insight shortly after, confirming to his Twitch viewers that OpTic would indeed be using ZooMaa for the first CWL Pro League match of the season.

“Here’s what I’ve been allowed so say,” the OpTic coach stated. “ZooMaa is playing while we figure out some issues with Dashy. Okay? That’s all you’re getting from me.”

With Dashy unable to make it to Columbus in time for the CWL Pro League’s kickoff, his place will be taken by substitute ZooMaa. Paparatto’s FaZe Clan squad were unable to seal their place in the league through the Pro League Qualifier, so OpTic were able to snap up the Call of Duty: World War II Pro League champion to act as a fill-in.

A Twitch command in TeePee’s chat also results in a message that says ZooMaa will be playing on day one of the CWL Pro League – whether that becomes a longer stint is currently uncertain.

TeePee’s Twitch chat message.

The loss of Dashy is sure to hit OpTic hard; the 19-year-old phenom has been a force to be reckoned with from the moment Black Ops 4 was released in October. 

The Green Wall will play Midnight Esports on the first day of the Pro League followed by UYU, Evil Geniuses and Reciprocity as the week continues. 

You can make sure you don’t miss any of the action when the league kicks off on Monday, February 4 with our CWL Pro League viewing guide.

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Best way to use zombie abilities in Warzone’s Zombie Royale

Published: 23/Oct/2020 15:51

by James Busby


Surviving as one of  Warzone’s fleshy undead can be a little tricky in the new Zombie Royale mode, but these tips should have you ripping and tearing your way to victory in no time. 

Warzone’s Halloween festivities are well underway and players have been busy unleashing their inner beast when playing the terrifyingly good LTM, Zombie Royale. The frozen fields of Verdansk have been cloaked in darkness and squads will need to work together if they wish to survive the horrors that await them. In this mode, dead operators skip the Gulag and instead come back as nightmarish zombies. While in this new undead form, players drop all their current equipment and perks.

If you wish to ever see your human form again, you’ll need to use your unique abilities to kill any players that dare to walk amongst the undead. While Zombie Royale’s reanimated corpses may have access to some incredibly potent attacks, they can be killed incredibly easily if you’re not careful. In order to help you get to grips with your newfound zombie form, we’ve put together a handy survival guide that should help you secure more kills.

Zombie abilities

Warzone Zombie
Activision / Infinity Ward
Warzone’s Zombies have access to some incredibly powerful abilities.

Passive abilities

Warzone’s zombies aren’t your standard shambling corpses – in fact, they have incredible agility. Their passive ability gives every undead player faster movement speed and stronger melee attacks, allowing you to quickly chase down your fleeing victims. Once you’ve tracked them down, swipe at them with your deadly strikes to snuff their life out for good. 

Zombies also have superior vision and can easily see nearby operators. Enemy players are highlighted and their footprints can be tracked, giving you plenty of opportunities to pounce on your newfound target. If that wasn’t enough, zombies are also immune to the gas circle and gas grenades. This allows you to set up some frightfully sneaky plays. 

Charged Jump

Arguably the most fun Zombie ability is the Charged Jump. This highly mobile move allows you to effortlessly leap onto rooftops, scale cliffs, evade enemy fire and initiate fights. You can adjust both the distance and height by holding down the Charged Jump button, so be sure to experiment with this before leaping towards your enemy. 

EMP Blast 

This ability works exactly the same as Modern Warefare’s EMP Drone in that it destroys enemy electronics, equipment, vehicles, and disables digital optics. Your enemy’s HUD will also be disabled if they get caught within the blast’s radius. 

Gas Grenade

Gas Grenades are incredibly potent in Warzone since they disorient your enemies and slow down their movements. Combine this with the high mobility from Zombie Royale’s undead and you have a lethal combination. 

Zombie ability tips

Warzone zombie fight
Activision / Infinity Ward
You’ll need to learn how to use these zombie abilities if you wish to increase your survivability.

Before you go chasing the nearest player, it’s often best to scan your surroundings for any enemy players that are alone. Not only will this stop your fleshy body from being riddled with bullets, it will also increase your chances of securing a successful kill. While it can be tempting to rush into the fray with your Charged Jump, it does give away your position thanks to the ability’s glow effect. 

Instead, it’s often best to use the cover of darkness to sneak up on them. Once you’ve successfully got within a few meters, it’s time to unleash your EMP Blast. This will instantly destroy any Proximity Mines and Claymore’s, allowing you to safely enter even the most fortified defenses. To make matters even better, the initial blast also reduces visibility and will cause most players to panic — giving you the moment to strike.

Once you have disabled any equipment and digital optics, it’s time to throw in your Gas Grenade. When the grenade has filled the room with deadly toxins, instantly run in and begin clawing away at your hapless victim. The slowing effect and overall disorientation from both abilities should make any escape futile.

Even if your enemy does manage to make a break for it, simply activate your Charged Jump to catch up to them. Just be aware that doing this will make you highly visible to nearby squads, so only use this ability when you have to. 

If you use these tips, you’ll be able to secure more kills as a zombie in Warzone’s Zombie Royale mode.