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OpTic Gaming and Luminosity Had Very Different Reactions to Being Eliminated from CWL Anaheim

Published: 19/Jun/2018 13:37 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 16:50

by Ross Deason


Episode 5 of MLG’s “Recon” series, which followed OpTic Gaming and Luminosity’s journeys at CWL Anaheim, highlighted the stark difference between their reactions after being eliminated from the tournament.

The $200,000 CWL Anaheim Open concluded with Rise Nation defeating Red Reserve over the course of two tight best of fives in the Grand Final and continuing their impressive run of form.

But MLG’s Recon series on YouTube was focusing on two of the other big name teams in Call of Duty, who were making their first outings at a major event since undergoing significant roster changes after CWL Seattle.

OpTic Gaming, now playing with Anthony ‘Methodz’ Zinni and Sam ‘Octane’ Larew, brought their CWL Pro League form into the early stages of the tournament but eventually fell short of their high standards with a 5th-6th finish.

Meanwhile Luminosity, now playing with Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper, performed above the expectations of many, securing a 3rd place finish despite struggling in the CWL Pro League and online.

The difference in expectations from both teams was never more clear than in Episode 5 of Recon, which focused on the matches that eliminated them and how they reacted to the defeat.

OpTic Gaming were clearly devastated after falling to the hands of UNILAD, with Methodz saying that they felt they had let people down and made

“Just heartbreaking, bro. We had that series in the bag versus UNILAD. We all f*cked up, made mistakes,”

“To let ourselves down and everybody else down, it sucks dude.”

Meanwhile, Seth ‘Scump’ Abner is shown sitting against a wall with his head in his arms as the team’s owner, Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez, tries to comfort them and remind them that the World Championship in August is the most important thing to focus on.

MLGH3CZ tried to console the devastated OpTic players.

Luminosity seemed to be more confident than ever after losing to Red Reserve in the losers bracket final. The team has struggled to adjust since losing Octane and picking up FormaL, but they defeated OpTic Gaming, FaZe Clan, and UNILAD during their Anaheim run.

Luminosity still needs to focus on the CWL Pro League where they currently sit in 5th place in Division B, but FormaL made it clear that they are now excited about what is to come.

“The whole tournament I mean, it was really good for us. I think we kinda proved to ourselves that we can do it and I think it’s gonna help us a lot going into the future,”

“We still kinda all know in our heads, like, the bigger picture, like, it’s looking good for us so I’m excited for the future.”

OpTic Gaming and Luminosity will both have a break before action resumes in Division B of the CWL Pro League Stage 2 on July 10th.

OpTic will be looking to put Anaheim behind them and regain the form that they brought into the start of Stage 2, while Luminosity will hope to continue building upon the new level that they discovered during the CWL Anaheim playoffs.

The full Recon episode can be found below.

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Iconic Call of Duty Raid map spotted in Black Ops Cold War files

Published: 2/Dec/2020 2:24

by Brad Norton


Eight years after its introduction in the Call of Duty franchise, Black Ops 2’s Raid could finally be returning in a mainline entry as files for the iconic map have been uncovered in Black Ops Cold War.

Treyarch’s fan-favorite Black Ops 2 released in 2012. Since then, we’ve seen eight new titles come and go. In that gap, Raid has only made one other appearance in a global title, that title being Call of Duty Mobile.

While other maps have been rereleased countless times, including seven remakes of Nuketown alone, Raid has been left in the past. However, that’s about to change according to the latest leaks.

After an extended period in the shadows, Raid could finally be thrown back into the spotlight soon. Dataminers have uncovered a line of code relating to the map in Black Ops Cold War, suggesting that we’ll see it return in Season 1.

As a huge influx of Season 1 content slipped through the cracks on December 1, one key line stood out from the pack. ‘S1_map_raid_tu_cairo’ was plucked directly from the latest version of Black Ops Cold War.

Obviously, this doesn’t outright confirm Raid is a guarantee for the next Season. This is the first official reference to the map in quite some time, though, so it’s safe to assume Treyarch has been working to bring it back to life.

Black Ops 2 Raid gameplay
Raid might finally be back in a mainline CoD title for the first time since 2012.

The original map quickly became a favorite for its unique design. There were distinct sections that paved the way for vast combat opportunities. Both close-range and long-range loadouts could feel right at home on Raid. On one side you had a wide-open area with a high ground advantage for one team next to a  

On the other, you had a circular area perfect for flanking opportunities. Meanwhile, in the middle lane, you’d often catch snipers peeking across from either side in a near-symmetrical layout.

One of the more interesting tidbits from this datamine is the final word. Cairo is the capital of Egypt. The original version of Raid was set in Los Angeles. So when we see this new version, it could have a fresh coat of paint to fit the locale. 

Black Ops 2 Raid gameplay
Expect to see snipers hanging out across the basketball courts if Raid drops with Season One in Cold War.

It was an extremely popular competitive map throughout the year of its initial release. Given it worked quite well with essentially all objective-based game modes. From Hardpoint to Search and Destroy, Raid was often a favored pick.

Season One of Black Ops Cold War kicks off on December 10. There’s no confirmation we’ll see Raid in-game from this point on, so do take this leak with a grain of salt until then.