OpTic Gaming‘s Call of Duty team are reportedly set to bootcamp with FaZe Clan ahead of the CWL Championship after rumors suggested that both were denied the chance to join in with other teams.
FaZe Clan were originally expected to take part in Gen.G’s bootcamp, which will feature the likes of 100 Thieves, eUnited, and Reciprocity, but were “kicked out” allegedly due to the possibility that they could meet up with one of the other attending teams early in the tournament itself.
Meanwhile, OpTic’s plans have been uncertain after a deleted tweet from Thomas ‘TJHaly’ Hally suggested the team had been “blacklisted”, and Luminosity’s Josiah ‘Slacked’ Berry stated during a stream that the team would not be bootcamping.
According to @INTELCallofDuty, who themselves cite FaZe Clan coach Richard ‘RJ’ Simoncelli as a source, OpTic Gaming and FaZe Clan have now chosen to bootcamp together, with Luminosity and Evil Geniuses also possibly joining.
OpTic Gaming have historically hosted Call of Duty bootcamps featuring a variety of teams at Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez’s ‘H3CZQUARTERS’, so many were surprised at rumors that the team would be forgoing a bootcamp ahead of the biggest tournament of the year.
OpTic will be looking to turn things around after a disastrous outing at the CWL Pro League playoffs, in which they crashed out without winning a single map. The team are expected to return to their roles from earlier in the season, reverting changes made ahead of the playoffs that didn’t prove successful.
OpTic Gaming were eliminated from CWL Pro League playoffs without winning a map.
Meanwhile, FaZe Clan will undoubtedly be looking to advance on an impressive performance at the playoffs, where they achieved their best result of the season with a third-place finish.
The CWL Championship is the crown jewel of the Call of Duty calendar, offering a $2 million prize pool and the chance for players to earn the title of world champion. This year, the tournament is taking place on August 14-18, and will see 32 teams travel to Los Angeles to compete for the trophy.
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
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
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
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.