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OpTic Gaming announce three new players for their CoD roster heading into Black Ops 4 season

Published: 27/Sep/2018 19:47 Updated: 27/Sep/2018 22:13

by Albert Petrosyan


North American esports organization OpTic Gaming have announced the addition of three new players to their Call of Duty pro team ahead of the Black Ops 4 season.

Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly, Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell, and Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow will be joining current players Seth ‘Scump’ Abner and Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter, finalizing OpTic’s new five-man roster for the upcoming season. 

These additions were officially announced on September 27 in the latest episode of Vision, along with a post on OpTic’s official twitter page.

Many OpTic supportes will be thrilled to see the return of three-time World Champion Karma, who became a fan favorite in the three years he competed for the Green Wall prior to being dropped halfway through the WWII season.

In TJHaLy and Dashy, OpTic get two of the most promising and talented players in the CWL. After spending two years away from the competitive scene due to age restrictions, TJ returned in WWII with a bang, winning three major events with Rise Nation.

Dashy, who finished the year with compLexity Gaming, was a standout player on a roster that qualified for Stage 2 of the CWL Pro League, and many consider him to be one of the best AR players in the league. 

In order to make room for the three new players, OpTic decided to part ways with Anthony ‘Methodz’ Zinni, after already having dropped Sam ‘Octane’ Larew earlier in the off-season. 

Both players had joined OpTic midway through the WWII campaign, but the team failed to win any events after their arrival. 

This means that OpTic will have failed to retain three players from their Stage 2 roster, thus losing their automatic qualification bid for pool play at CWL Vegas.

However, there is still a strong chance for this new roster to end up qualifying for pool play, since all five players will have a considerably high total of Pro Points, which could come into play if there are not enough Stage 2 teams to fill up the pools. 

Keep up with all of the roster moves and team changes this off-season by visiting our dedicated Rostermania hub here.

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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


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.