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Parasite blames fellow pros for lack of CoD offers in frustrated “rant”

Published: 18/Sep/2019 18:36 Updated: 18/Sep/2019 19:10

by Albert Petrosyan


Call of Duty veteran Chris ‘Parasite‘ Duarte has offered his own explanation for why he’s faced a lack of opportunities to compete at the highest level over the past few years, going into franchising.

With Call of Duty esports transitioning to a franchised league starting next season, a lot of players are scurrying around to secure a spot for themselves in one of the 12 confirmed participating organizations.

While the best players in the world have very likely been barraged with lucrative offers from many teams, there are still some who haven’t seen nearly as many takers. 

One such player is Parasite, a longtime competitor who’s been around the scene for nearly a decade, but who many believe is on the down-slope of his career at this point. 

The veteran expressed his frustrations about that in a mini-rant on Twitter on September 18, which he later ended up deleting, partially putting the blame on those who can’t let go of the mistakes he’s made in the past.

Midnight Esports - TwitterParasite spent the second half of the Black Ops 4 season with Midnight Esports.

“It’s such a shame people can’t get over mistakes I’ve made when I was in my later teens and early 20s, over five years ago,” he tweeted. “People can’t accept that I have changed for the better. I’ve also performed consistently for years and adapted to every single situation and title I’ve ever played plus ethic I’d bring to a roster.”

He then went on to slight essentially all of the rosters he’s played on since leaving FaZe Red in the early parts of 2015.

“Haven’t had a team full of capable players since FaZe Red back in 2015, when I got third at Champs and performed second or third best on my team, if you’re considering K/D and objective statistics. To then being dropped and spiraling bad team to team.”

The peak of Parasite’s career came at CoD Champs 2013 with Fariko Impact.

He wrapped up the rant with a third tweet, which may have been the most telling of them all, revealing his lack of offers moving forward.

“No one had contacted me besides the offer that fell through,” he said. “It’s been very had and stressful to see a decade of work go to waste because you can’t jar the minds of your peers.”

The “mistakes” and bad opinions of him that Parasite mentioned in his tweets are references to the reputation of being a bad teammate that he had several years ago, when seemingly everyone accused him of being unable to gel and establish chemistry with others.

While there is no reason to doubt that he has become a better teammate, there is no denying that he hasn’t come close to tasting success on the main stage over the past several years.

Since finishing third at CoD Champs 2015 with FaZe Red, he has only one top-five placement all the way through to last month’s CWL Championship – a third-place finish at the MLG Pro League 2015 Season 3 Playoffs with Epsilon Esports. 

Whether or not that has had any bearing on his lack of opportunities remains unknown, and only time will tell if the longtime pro will find a seat at the highest table moving forward. 

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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


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
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
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.