OpTic Gaming captain Seth ‘Scump’ Abner took Black Ops 4 and competitive CoD to the top of Twitch on Monday, November 5, as he and his team competed in the first CWL 2K tournament of the season.
As OpTic’s longest serving player, Scump is the most well known CoD player still competing today, with a massive fan base, and his return to streaming after the release of Black Ops 4 proves that his fans remain loyal.
He had scarcely streamed for the three years prior, and YouTube content on his 2 million+ subscribed channel also died down, but Black Ops 4 reinvigorated his passion for content as well as competition.
The CWL 2K tournaments are weekly online competitions, which are mainly important for amateur teams hoping to improve their seeding at major LAN open events, with 2,000 pro points per player for the winning team.
However, all of the top professional teams, most of whom are guaranteed a pool play spot at the first event, took part too, more for practice than anything else.
Some of them were humbled by amateur teams, including Envy, Luminosity and FaZe Clan – all eliminated before the quarter finals. But OpTic, 100 Thieves, eUnited, G2 and Splyce all made it to the top eight.
OpTic and Scump faced off against an orgless team of pro players led by Michael ‘SpaceLy’ Schmale, peaking at over 100,000 viewers, but he had already become the top viewed channel on Twitch earlier at 54,000.
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Having already surpassed 80,000 concurrent viewers, Scump received another boost when top Twitch streamer and former Halo pro Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins hosted his channel, sending him over the 100,000 mark (102,175 at its highest).
The host came at the perfect time, just as Scump and the team were celebrating winning the tournament without dropping a map. Call of Duty’s official Twitter account also shared Scump’s stream just as the finals were about to begin.
Not only did he hit some major viewer milestones, he also crossed the 20,000 subscriber mark, a remarkable number in its own right, made more so by the fact he only returned to streaming less than a month ago.
At its highest point, Scump’s sub train (successive subscribers within 5 minutes) peaked at 5,592.
What an unreal stream. Ended the night at 21,400 subscribers. WUT. Thank you all for supporting the stream grind and dream. Have a beautiful evening/morning. More tomorrow.
The viewing numbers should not only be of interest to OpTic and Scump fans, but fans of competitive CoD generally.
Such high viewer counts, over 140,000 in total across all channels during the 2K finals, bode well for the competitive season ahead, considering this was only a minor online event with a small prize pool of only $2,000.
With the first major event coming up on December 7, CWL Vegas, boasting a $250,000 prize pool, the viewership for this new Call of Duty title on the competitive stage is set to hit new heights.
While Warzone currently shares its loadouts with Modern Warfare, it won’t be long until Black Ops Cold War’s guns are integrated into the game. Here are seven guns that you should be leveling up ahead of the cross-progression update.
Black Ops Cold War features plenty of deadly weapons that will drastically shake up the Warzone meta, giving players even more choice when it comes to crafting the perfect loadout. Warzone will also share weapon progression with both Black Ops Cold War and Modern Warfare, so you’ll be able to level up your guns in either game. This integration will likely have a huge impact on Warzone’s current meta, especially when Treyarch adds new weapons to Black Ops Cold War.
While Modern Warfare’s ever-popular Kilo 141 and MP5 loadouts will still likely remain popular picks among players, there are a number of new and returning guns that could dethrone the current kings. As a result, we’ve put together a list of the seven best Black Ops Cold War guns you’ll want to use in Warzone.
Black Ops Cold War’s AK-47 will be a force to be reckoned with when it drops into Verdansk.
While this Russian rifle struggled to compete in Modern Warfare’s, it has come back with a vengeance in Treyarch’s latest title. In fact, the AK-47 is the best gun in the entire game thanks to its high-damage and incredible versatility. Whether you prefer to run and gun your way to victory, or methodically pick off targets from afar, there is a loadout that caters to every kind of playstyle.
This reliable rifle has proven so lethal that it has dominated the pro and casual CoD scene since launch. One of the most potent AK-47 builds literally has no recoil, so this could rival the new Kilo 141 when it drops. The difference between both Modern Warfare’s AK-47 and the current Black Ops Variant is night and day.
The Krig 6 is one of the most accurate AR’s in the game.
The Krig 6 has been making a name for itself thanks to its low recoil and methodical fire rate. While it doesn’t deal as much damage as the AK-47, it makes up for this with its fantastic precision. Warzone is dominated by assault rifles like the Kilo 141, Grau 5.56, and M13 as these weapons enable the user to beam opponents without the need to wrestle with any finicky recoil patterns.
After all, being able to effortlessly hit players from across all ranges is a huge bonus to any Warzone player looking to increase their kill count. The Krig 6 also boasts excellent weapon control and quick reloads, making it a great pick for those that prefer to seek out those all-important headshots.
Only time will tell whether this classic assault rifle has what it takes to wreak havoc across Verdansk.
Modern Warfare’s FAMAS demonstrated just how bad burst rifles could be in Warzone, but the M16 could change this notion completely. Unlike the FAMAS, Black Ops Cold War’s M16 can dish out highly accurate rounds in a matter of seconds. In fact, the iconic burst rifle was recently nerfed as it was overperforming.
Despite Treyarch toning down its damage range and slightly increasing its delay between bursts, this AR still absolutely melts opponents. Any gun that can accurately drop an enemy in a couple of bursts is always going to pique the interest of Warzone players. As proven by gameplay in Fireteam: Dirty Bomb, the M16 can quickly down even the most well-armored of enemies.
The MP5 still continues to dominate the SMG competition.
A lot of Call of Duty fans were left disappointed when they found that the MP5 still remained at the top of the SMG rankings. Multiplayer lobbies were dominated by this lightning-fast SMG during Black Ops Cold War’s launch week, and it’s not hard to see why. Despite the recent nerf, the MP5 still boasts high rates of fire, great mobility, and decent close-quarters damage.
Whether this variant will prove as lethal as the Warzone’s current MP5 remains to be seen, but we expect the new attachments will certainly allow it to rival its predecessor.
The Type 63 is one Tactical Rifle that is worth adding to your arsenal.
While the Type 63 shares a few similarities to Modern Warfare’s EBR-14, it is better in every single way. Not only does it have a significantly lower recoil pattern, it can also unleash some incredibly fast two shot kills. Equipping the 18.3” Strike Team barrel will not only speed up this semi-auto rifle’s fire rate, but it will also increase its damage.
While most semi-auto rifles are often plagued by sluggish fire rates, high recoil, and lackluster magazine sizes, the Type 63 doesn’t fall victim to these negatives. Just like Warzone’s Marksman Rifles, the Type 63 offers sniper-like precision and damage with the added bonus of mobility.
The AUG’s highly accurate burst fire makes it lethal across all ranges.
Unlike Modern Warfare’s full-auto AUG SMG, Black Ops Cold War’s variant offers greater accuracy and range. This burst-fire tactical rifle is capable of dealing even more damage than the M16, especially when it’s equipped with the 19.6” Match Grade Barrel. This increases its effective damage range by 100%, making it hit even harder across mid to long-range distances.
Burst fire weapons have obviously been lacking in Warzone, but Black Ops’ AUG could quickly change that.
The Stoner 63 could rival the popular Bruen and PKM loadouts.
LMGs have been somewhat lacking in Black Ops Cold War due to their overall bulk and slower ADS times. However, this isn’t the case in Warzone. After all, the Bruen, PKM, and the FiNN are prime examples of how LMGs can dominate the competition.
The Stoner 63 is arguably the best suited LMG for Warzone. This is partly down to a combination of speed and accuracy. While both the RPD and M60 offer better damage, their poor accuracy makes them difficult to recommend. Simply attach the SALVO 125 RND Fast Mag and the Airborne Elastic Wrap to begin getting those game-winning squad wipes.
So there you have it, seven of the best Black Ops Cold War guns you should be using in Warzone. If you want to keep updated with all the latest Call of Duty news and updates, then follow us over on @DexertoIntel.