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Call of Duty: OpTic Gaming’s dominance continues and Europeans shine as CMG ProDown reaches final stages

Published: 3/Dec/2018 10:41 Updated: 3/Dec/2018 10:52

by Ross Deason


The December 2 – 3 CMG ProDown tournament was the first opportunity for European teams to compete with the best North Americans – and they’ve already showed that they mean business.

The tournament, which now has just four teams remaining, started off with most results going the way you expect. Perhaps the most interesting matchups were G2 Esports vs Reciprocity, which ended 4-3 in favor of the NA team, or Red Reserve vs Pittsburgh Knights, where the Europeans took down Christopher ‘Parasite’ Duarte’s team 4-2.

In the top half of the bracket, 100 Thieves tore through the likes of G2 and Envy before eventually falling at the hands of their rivals, OpTic Gaming, who had also dispatched both Luminosity and Red Reserve during their run to the Grand Final.

OpTic Gaming’s incredible online form continues.

With one Grand Final team already confirmed, all eyes turned to the lower bracket where both the European hopefuls had clearly found a rhythm that was working for them.

Red Reserve, who had already defeated FaZe Clan in the upper bracket before losing 4-2 against OpTic, found themselves in a rematch with the Pittsburgh Knights and prevailed once more with a score of 3-2 to earn a spot in the losers bracket semifinal.

The Knights can hold their heads high, though, after defeating Dylan ‘Envoy’ Hannon’s Midnight Esports, Splyce and G2 Esports convincingly during their losers bracket run.

An even more impressive story from the losers bracket comes from Thomas ‘Tommey’ Trewren’s European side of Team Reciprocity who, along with their Australian import – Denholm ‘Denz’ Taylor – defeated some of the biggest names in Call of Duty.

Tommey and co. bounced back from a loss in their first match.

After their loss to G2, Reciprocity managed to scrape past Nightingale before taking down both Luminosity and FaZe Clan with 3-2 wins. Finally, they knocked out the reigning world champions, Team Envy, to secure their place in the losers semi.

These results guarantee a top three finish for one European side. Whether that will be Red Reserve or Team Reciprocity will be confirmed in the first match of December 3. The winner of the European showdown will then take on 100 Thieves for a spot in the Grand Final against OpTic Gaming.

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Black Ops Cold War leak reveals new Christmas-themed Nuketown

Published: 2/Dec/2020 6:35

by Brad Norton


The holidays are right around the corner and it appears as though Black Ops Cold War will be getting into the festive spirit as new leaks have revealed a limited-time version of Nuketown ‘84 on the way.

Nuketown has seen a number of complete makeovers throughout the years. What started as a simple, close-quarters map in Black Ops 1, has been revamped in many unique ways. From a futuristic remake to the latest 80’s themed design and plenty more.

The fan-favorite map isn’t stopping there, however. New leaks and even a quirky bug have all pointed towards a festive takeover coming into effect very soon. There might even be multiple versions of the battlefield all in-game at the one time.

Christmas is coming to Black Ops Cold War in a big way. Not only will Nuketown be covered with festive decorations, but there also appears to be a night-time variant coming as well.

From a leaked preview image of the Nuketown ‘84 map, we’re given our first look at the map from an all-new perspective. Rather than the beaming hot sun lighting things up, Nuketown looks a little different here. A dark sky keeps things mellow while Christmas lights aim to get you in the holiday spirit.

A few Christmas reefs are scattered around while tinsel is layered across almost every surface. From the one angle, however, there doesn’t seem to be any kind of snow or other major difference. Purely just decorations on an otherwise standard Nuketown ‘84.

While the leaked image comes from a reliable source that’s revealed a wide array of content in the past, there’s more to it than just that. Oddly enough, a bizarre glitch from November 25 actually let players see the Christmas decorations in-game for a split moment.

The yet unannounced version of the map randomly came into effect mid-game for one lucky player. They were caught off guard by the interior of a house but the decorations remained in place, even after death.

That should clear up any caution as to whether the Christmas-themed variant is real or not. While there’s no date locked in for this holiday takeover, we can obviously expect to see it in a matter of weeks as December draws to an end.

Nuketown seems to be the only map getting a festive makeover for now. Though there could always be some visual changes on the way for Warzone as well. We’ll have to wait and see.