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OpTic’s Scump and Karma highlight equipment issues at CWL Champs

Published: 19/Aug/2019 8:35 Updated: 19/Aug/2019 9:08

by Connor Bennett


OpTic Gaming stars Seth ‘Scump’ Abner and Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow highlighted a huge equipment issue at CWL Championships – with their controllers not acting as they should – prompting Karma to consider retirement. 

The final event of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 season concluded on August 18, with eUnited cementing themselves in history with a first-ever CoD World Championship. As ever, plenty of focus was put on OpTic Gaming but the team could only manage a third-place finish

While the legendary team didn’t have many excuses for their performance, Karma and Scump noted issues with the third-party Cronus’ – a USB controller add-on that players use instead of the standard PS4 pad. It is such an issue that it could push the three-time three-time world champion into retirement. 

The only three-time CoD world champ could call an end on his Call of Duty career.

In his first post-Champs loss tweet, Karma admitted that he didn’t quite step up with a top individual performance but his controller issues didn’t help – while also hinting at possibly retiring if similar issues arise moving forward.

“I didn’t play well this event but I’m not going to lie, if next year is played with a fucking 3rd party POS Cronus, I’m out,” he posted. 

The Canadian even doubled down on those retirement claims when former OpTic Gaming Halo star Tony ‘Lethul’ Campbell admitted that he ‘felt bad’ for CoD pros using “janky shit like that.”

Karma responded: “Since Black ops 3. I’m done with that shit man. If I’m on a team I’m not using it and if I can’t I’m quitting.”

Barlow’s post prompted long-time teammate Scump to jump in, criticizing the third-party controller add-on for somehow changing between games – helping in one match-up, while failing in the next.

The former Call of Duty World champion tweeted: “Lmao. Auto aim one series. None the next! Splendid!” 

However, it wasn’t just the OpTic boys who were out to make their voices heard on the unusual controller issues.

UNITS’ SMG player Joseph ‘Joee’ Pinnington chimed in, replying: “Turn up for some games and have no chance before the series has started I’m convinced.” 

Whether or not Karma should harbor concerns about third-party controllers being used in competitive Modern Warfare remains to be seen considering the game has cross-play with PC players.

Nobody is quite sure what the future holds for competitive CoD with franchising just around the corner, so it’s a case of wait and see for everybody involved.

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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.