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OpTic Gaming LA announce Pacman as CoD head coach with parody video

Published: 8/Jan/2020 20:38 Updated: 8/Jan/2020 21:20

by Albert Petrosyan

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The OpTic Gaming Los Angeles Call of Duty League franchise have named former pro player and desk analyst Jonathan ‘Pacman’ Tucker as their new head coach for the 2020 season.

With the inaugural 2020 season of the newly-formed CDL set to kick off in just a couple of weeks, the 12 competing organizations are finalizing their rosters and support staff for what’s expected to be an ultra-competitive campaign.

OpTic Gaming LA is the latest team to put the finishing touches on their squad, announcing Pacman as their head coach on January 8.

“Thanks for all of the positivity from you guys, really appreciate it,” he tweeted. “Glad to work with such a talented team. Time to get to work.”

The retired pro player will take the reigns of one of the most star-studded rosters in the league, with the starting lineup combining for 28 major tournament wins and three world championships.

OPTIC GAMING 2020 ROSTER

  • Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly
  • Dashy ‘Brandon’ Otell
  • Kenny ‘Kenny’ Williams
  • Austin ‘Slasher’ Liddicoat
  • Jordan ‘JKap’ Kaplan
  • Martin ‘Chino’ Chino (sub)
  • Jevon ‘Goonjar’ Gooljar-Lim (sub)
  • Jonathan ‘Pacman’ Tucker (coach)

OpTic Gaming’s hilarious parody announcement video

OpTic’s announcement of their new head coach came via a hilarious parody video, which featured general manager Eric ‘Muddawg’ Sanders and players Kenny, SlasheR, and JKap discussing who their new head coach should be before they end up calling Pacman.

Slight but hilarious references were made to several of the more-gripping headlines from the CoD offseason, such as the controversy surrounding ex-Dallas Empire sub Charlie ‘MuTeX’ Saouma, and the harsh comments made by former OpTic star Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter about the Green Wall’s difficult 2019 season.

Even JKap found himself on the receiving end of some roasting from Muddawg, who said “we have all these amazing pieces, minus you of course” as he pointed to the two-time world champion.

Pacman – from pro to analyst to head coach

Pacman has been one of the longest-standing and most recognizable figures in Call of Duty esports after first breaking onto the scene with Team FeaR, and winning the MLG National Championship in 2008.

However, he never found too much success as a player after that, bouncing from team to team and never staying with one for longer than a year except for when he played for Rise Nation from 2014-15.

He retired in 2017 after a very short stint with G2 Esports, transitioning to a manager role with Rise Nation. In 2018, at the start of the Black Ops 4 season, he became a full-time desk analyst for Activision, covering the CWL’s Pro League and major tournaments.


Keep up with all of this offseason’s roster moves and player signings with our dedicated Call of Duty League RosterMania hub.

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First look at leaked Black Ops Cold War Season 1 maps & Operators

Published: 1/Dec/2020 23:56 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 0:13

by Brad Norton

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Everything from new maps to incoming Operators and plenty more has all spilled out early, with new Black Ops Cold War leaks revealing a bunch of content coming with the Season 1 update.

We’re still a few days out from the arrival of Season 1, though new Black Ops Cold War leaks are coming through almost every day. From classic modes making a return, to unique in-game events on the horizon, we’ve already got a decent idea of what to expect.

However, things haven’t stopped there. The latest set of datamined content has uncovered our first-look at Season 1 maps, Operators, and more. While the names of incoming maps may have been revealed a while back, we now have a proper look at all four additions coming soon.

Additionally, there’s also a unique Season 1 Starter pack that comes boasting some exclusive rewards. Here’s a rundown on everything we now know thanks to the latest leaks.

First look at Black Ops Cold War Season 1 maps

Up first, we’ve got a quick look at four new locations coming in Season 1. They’re bite-sized pictures that simply reveal the theme of each new map. The first appears to be some kind of game show set as camera equipment and bright signs can be spotted throughout.

Next up looks to be a darker map, perhaps something underground or even a subway system given the briefcases nearby. It may have been an evacuation site. Only time will tell for this one.

The third map pictured seems to be a wide-open locale with some kind of rocket in the center. Maybe a testing facility or a fully-fledged launch site somewhere in the United States.

Last but not least, we have a simple map that looks to feature some amount of office space, shelving, and a patriotic statue of sorts. If earlier intel holds up, one of these new locations will be a fresh Zombies experience. The first appears to be confirmed for Gunfight only, meaning a close-quarters design for 2v2 combat. While the remaining two maps are for core multiplayer game modes.

It’s worth noting that not all of these are confirmed to be launching on day one. While the major update is set to introduce a ton of this new content, some of these maps could be drip-fed throughout the season to keep players coming back. 

First look at Black Ops Cold War Season 1 Operator Skins

What would a new Season in Call of Duty be without some fresh cosmetics? A few of your favorite Operators appear to be getting some new outfits in Season 1. First up is Woods with a new winter look, rocking some snow goggles, thick gloves, a beanie, and a coat.

Next is Sims who has a more casual look this time around. Rather than dressing the part for a mission, he’s wearing a simple top with some cool shades and a hat.

Last but not least is some love for the Warsaw Pact. Portnova has a new skin this Season with a vibrant red top and a matching beret.

Also part of the leaks is an entirely new skin that could be the level 100 unlock in the Season 1 Battle Pass.

This Operator comes equipped for battle with multiple grenades and ammunition pouches on his upper body. Not to mention an imposing mask to cover his presumably scarred face.

Another new Operator wears a gas mask, only has one eye, and could not be more intimidating in an all-black outfit. 

These come alongside a previously leaked Operator skin for Adler. There’s no way of telling how to unlock these items; some might be tied to the Battle Pass, while others could be acquired through challenges like their current variants.