OpTic H3CZ Challenges ACHES Over 5v5 in Competitive Call of Duty for Black Ops 4 - Dexerto
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OpTic H3CZ Challenges ACHES Over 5v5 in Competitive Call of Duty for Black Ops 4

Published: 5/Sep/2018 14:07 Updated: 5/Sep/2018 14:08

by Calum Patterson


As the debate over moving to 5v5 for competitive CoD continues, owner of OpTic Gaming has revealed he is on the side of change, arguing with 4v4 proponent, Patrick “ACHES” Price.

With public matches in Black Ops 4 shrinking to 5v5 from the tradition 6v6, there has been rumors that competitive play will attempt to smooth the lines between casual and competitive, by adding another player.

Making CoD esports 5v5 would be one of the more drastic changes to the scene, probably ever, and would shake up roster decisions immeasurably, but not everyone is against the idea.

ACHES, a veteran in the scene and now a 2x World Champion, has been tweeting daily that competitive should remain 4v4, but Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez is an advocate for 5v5, and debated with ACHES on the matter.

Starting off with a simple ‘I disagree’, ACHES retorted by saying that “most non-players do”, as ACHES’ believes the negative impacts would effect players more than anyone else.


H3CZ seemed to understand where ACHES was coming from on this point, but said that if the change 5v5 came, he would be one of the first to point out the negatives and have them remedied – for example splitting prize pools five ways instead of four, and reduced player salaries to pay an extra player.


But ACHES wasn’t only referring to reduced prize pools, as he also feels the lateness of the announcement – if it is made – would be detrimental to both players and organizations.


H3CZ wanted to call it evens there and wait for an official announcement before debating further, but maintained that he still wants to see the shift to 5v5. 

He agreed however, that the “dialogue” between the decision makers and those who are affected by said decisions, is poor.

YouTuber Drift0r also picked up on this point, voicing concern that players and organizations had been left in the dark up until this point, on whether the upcoming season will be played 5v5 or 4v4.


The esports reveal live stream for Black Ops 4 will take place on September 19, live from Treyarch Studios, and the competitive community is expecting to get a lot of answers then.

The game itself releases on October 12, giving players and teams just less than a month before the game drops to make adjustments, should any major changes be announced.

However, the first major event of the season is not until December 7, CWL Vegas, so there will be more time after release to make changes too.

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Warzone Zombies ‘black screen’ glitch makes it impossible to see

Published: 21/Oct/2020 12:03

by Jacob Hale


The Zombie Royale mode in Warzone was barely a few hours old before frustrating glitches and bugs started popping up — and one of them is just giving players a black screen, making it impossible to see or play properly.

Whenever a new update or patch arrives in Warzone, or any game for that matter, there are likely to be some issues, whether it be balancing, servers or something similar.

That said, it’s usually something you can gloss over and not worry too much about until the next patch — but this doesn’t quite come under that category.

While the map for the new Zombie Royale mode is set at night time, some players are getting a little more darkness than they bargained for.

Warzone Zombie Royale prison
Zombie Royale sees players fighting off — and even becoming — zombies, in Modern Warfare’s Halloween event.

It wasn’t long before players realized that occasionally they would drop into the mode and be plunged into total darkness, with what people are referring to as the “black screen” glitch.

As shown in the video below — and from accounts by other players — the screen goes completely black except for the HUD, which doesn’t provide massive help when traversing Verdansk and engaging in gunfights.

It essentially gives the players affected no chance of winning their fights, barring some sort of miracle or some incredible callouts from teammates, making it almost impossible to win games.

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As you can see in the above video, there are a couple of ways to get rid of the black screen, but they’re not exactly helpful.

One method is to look through the Spotter Scope, which gives you your vision back and can at least be used to see where you are, and you also lose the black screen bug when you become a zombie, which kind of nullifies the point of the game mode in the first place.

It’s unclear what exactly is causing this bug, but expect Infinity Ward to be looking for a fix imminently — with any luck, this problem shouldn’t affect players for too much longer.