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OpTic Gaming eliminated from CWL Anaheim by Gen.G in thrilling Losers Final match

Published: 17/Jun/2019 0:14 Updated: 17/Jun/2019 0:43

by Alan Bernal

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Deep in the CWL Anaheim Losers bracket, underdogs Gen.G managed to bring down the Greenwall in an stunning 3-2 series on June 16 to propel them into the Grand Finals against 100 Thieves.

The CWL 2019 circuit is winding down as the last open event has been giving fans some of the best Call of Duty gameplay from multiple orgs that they’ve seen all year.

Gen.G had just been wiped by 100 Thieves in the Winners Finals before the match. While people were expecting a similar fate against OpTic Gaming, Gen.G had another thing in mind heading into the hyped matchup.

CWL TwitchThe star-studded OpTic squad end their Loser Bracket run at the hands of Gen.G.

Regardless of popular predictions, the team in Gold and Black were looking to repeat what they had done to OpTic at Fort Worth when they eliminated them in the second round of the Losers Bracket with a 3-2 margin.

OpTic came out of the gates firing with a dominating win on Frequency Hardpoint that ended with a quick 250-130 finish.

But Gen.G showed exactly why they’re now in the Grand Finals by winning Hacienda Search and Destroy as well as Frequency Control, against an invigorated OpTic squad.

CWL TwitchThe Losers Finals was a test of strength for Gen.G as they hold on against OpTic.

Gen.G let OpTic advance their lead on Hardpoint all the way up to 247, before making their push to close the gap. It looked like their patience was about to be well rewarded as they were a stone’s throw away from clinching the map with 243.

But OpTic were able to hold the line, closing out the map to tie up the series 2-2, and pushing it to a fifth and final map on Frequency Search and Destroy.

Since CWL London, OpTic was 8-0 on the map after their clincher against FaZe Clan in the Losers Semis, but the streak stopped there as Gen.G proved to be too much for the Greenwall to handle.

CWL TwitchThe Grand Finals with 100 Thieves and Gen.G has been booked.

Search and Destroy couldn’t have been closer. In a big round down 1-2, Gen.G had to rely on impeccable timing to pull out a 2v1 clutch. That round eventually sparked a winning run as Gen.G were able to close the series, after thwarting OpTic’s late-game heroics.

Gen.G once against eliminated OpTic to deny them a chance at a Losers championship run, and it will be a while before OpTic get another opportunity to redeem the crushing loss.

Now Gen.G are primed for a quick rematch against 100 Thieves in the CWL Anaheim Grand Finals for the lion’s share of $325,000.

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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

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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
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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
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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.