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Parasite believes Call of Duty Challengers is already failing

Published: 12/Feb/2020 2:54 Updated: 12/Feb/2020 9:32

by Brad Norton


Call of Duty’s Challengers scene could be in trouble early into the 2020 cycle according to veteran competitor Christopher ‘Parasite’ Duarte.

Call of Duty Challengers is a path-to-pro format that intends to promote the best up and coming talent around the world. However, rosters competing in the scene appear to be experiencing a great deal of hardship early into the year.

While the premier competition in the Call of Duty scene has been enjoying international tournaments with major prize pools throughout the inaugural Call of Duty League season, its amateur counterpart could be in jeopardy just a few months in, according to Parasite.

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CDL London featured a Challengers event with 33 teams.

Having competed since the early days of Call of Duty, Parasite is an extremely accomplished player, even boasting a ring from the very first Call of Duty Championships in 2013 under Fariko Impact. Yet the veteran missed out on landing a spot in the newly established league.

Dropping into the Challengers scene instead, he has outlined why just a few months in, the amateur scene already appears to be dwindling. 

Despite frequent online tournaments and each CDL homestand event running a simultaneous Challengers tournament with a minimum of $10,000 USD up for grabs, Parasite has outlined the difficulties of trying to compete in the scene.

“The Challenger scene is chalked,” he put bluntly. “No org sees a reason to send teams to any home series.”

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Parasite argues that the Challengers scene is already “chalked.”

Competing out of the United States, Parasite currently sits in 10th place on the North American ladder in regard to Pro Points points and his roster finished in the top 12 of 168 teams at the CDL launch event in Minnesota. 

Despite strong performances thus far throughout the Modern Warfare cycle, it appears as though North American organizations are hesitant to back his team and support them when traveling to various events throughout the year. 

With eight of the remaining 11 CDL events taking place in North American locales, the travel for his team wouldn’t be quite as expensive when compared to international rosters, yet local esports brands refuse to dip their toes in the scene for a number of reasons, according to Parasite.

“Besides the majors left, it’s a struggle getting an org to invest let alone send any team to these tournaments.” When citing the reasons as to why he feels organizations won’t enter the scene, he outlines how the lack of a “stream, [and] low prize pools” makes it “literally pointless.” 

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London will serve as the host of one more Challengers tournament throughout the 2020 cycle.

A difficult sell to local esports brands, he argues that the lack of promotion through an official broadcast, and minimal prizing is why the scene might already be ‘chalked.’

While the barrier to entry might be high, certain teams have been reaping the rewards of the Challengers scene lately and making a name for themselves.

You can keep up to date with all the latest Challengers results with our rundown of CDL London’s side-event.

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When will Warzone solos return?

Published: 18/Jan/2021 11:53

by Connor Bennett


The normal BR Solos are not available in Warzone, with Buy Back Solos and Mini Royale Solos taking its place. When will the normal solo mode come back? Well, here’s what we know.

Ever since Warzone released back in March, a number of different modes have been added alongside the normal quads, trios, and duos modes.

You’ve had things like Juggernaut Royale, Buy Back Quads, and even Zombies Royale to celebrate the spooky Halloween period. However, some players just want the normal battle royale mode that they know and love to be available.

Currently, if you just want to play the normal BR mode – where you hop in, loot, use the gulag if you die, and try to be the last player standing – you can only do so in quads, trios, and duos. It’s not available for solos, and players are asking when it’ll be coming back.

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Warzone is full of different modes, not just the normal BR formula.

When will BR Solos return to Warzone?

Well, the answer to that question is… it’s up to Raven Software and Activision. They make the call on when the playlists get updated and when things are rotated in and out.

Currently, solo players can only play Buy Back solos – which takes place in Verdansk – and Mini Royale Solos – which takes place on Rebirth Island. The latter of which was rumored to only be lasting until early January, but we’ve blown past that now.

The next big update that looks to be coming to Black Ops Cold War will drop on February 4 – bringing a new Zombies map with it. That could also see major changes come to Warzone, too. However, if enough players kick up a stink about BR solos still being missing, that could push the devs to change whatever plans they’ve got and bring it back sooner rather than later.

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Warzone’s solo mode has become incredibly popular since it was added.

Are Warzone solos gone for good?

Whenever something exits the playlist, some fans immediately ask if it’s been scrapped altogether. And no, that’s rarely ever the case.

While modes like Buy Back and Mini Royale add a nice change of pace, sometimes, you just have to stick with the classic battle royale formula. So, don’t worry too much about it possibly being removed forever. That’s really unlikely to be the case.

So, everything points to us seeing normal solos mode return in the near future, it’s just a matter of when Raven and Activision decide to flip the switch and bring it back.

If anything changes, we’ll keep this post updated so you’ll know when you’ll be getting your fix of normal Warzone solos next.