The CoDCast series has returned, hosted by former pro player turned analyst Anthony ‘NAMELESS’ Wheeler, and to kick off Black Ops 4, the guest debated the best player in the game following CWL Vegas.
OpTic Gaming’s Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell is many fans’ pick, thanks to an incredible showing at Vegas that earned him the highest overall K/D and the MVP trophy.
However, just because it’s what many fans believe, doesn’t mean the pro players agree, after all OpTic Gaming players can often be rated higher by due to fan allegiances.
NAMELESS, hosting the show, kicked off the discussion by explaining that he believes the overall best player to be Luminosity’s Peirce ‘Gunless’ Hillman, saying it was “undeniable” – and his fellow analyst Jon ‘Pacman’ Tucker, agreed.
However, Splyce’s Donovan ‘Temp’ Laroda disagreed, putting Dashy at number one, while Chris ‘Parasite’ Duarte contested “respawn player alone, Gunless is the best player in respawn.”
However, 100 Thieves’ Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat had another player in mind entirely: “I actually put [Temp] is number one from Vegas – and you know I don’t gas Don very often.
Gunless was certainly the standout player for Luminosity, and Temp for Splyce, but both teams fell short in the latter stages of the tournament, while OpTic went on to secure the win – and Dashy the MVP.
The main claim to the throne for Dashy is not actually the event win or his MVP, but his remarkable K/D ratio for the event, averaging a 1.44 overall, followed by eUnited’s Alec ‘Arcitys’ Sanderson with a 1.41.
Gunless came in 3rd with a 1.31, and Temp 5th with a 1.28 – Lightning Pandas player Alex ‘Alexx’ Carpenter was 4th overall in K/D with a 1.35.
But, K/D ratio’s can only tell half the story, and typically players with a stronger overall team will end with a higher ratio too, meaning Gunless’ 1.31 may be more impressive than Dashy’s 1.44, considering their respective team performances.
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.