Pro Players Have Their Say on Coaches in CoD Esports - Do They Really Make a Difference? - Dexerto
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Pro Players Have Their Say on Coaches in CoD Esports – Do They Really Make a Difference?

Published: 22/Aug/2018 14:40 Updated: 22/Aug/2018 14:50

by Calum Patterson


After Evil Geniuses lifted the 2018 CWL Championship trophy on August 19, completing a remarkable run that saw the 30/1 shot upset the competition, their coach, Embry “Bevils” Bevil received high praise.

EG’s captain and now 2x world champion Patrick “ACHES” Price said Bevils “was a huge part of our success”. His teammate Justin “SiLLY” Fargo, said having a coach “had the highest impact on us winning champs.”


But not all teams have coaches, even at the highest level. In fact, neither of the teams with the most event wins throughout the WWII season – Rise Nation and Team Kaliber – had coaches.

So how much difference does the coach really make? Does it depend on the team, the players and their perceived ‘need’ for another pair of eyes on their gameplay? 


Echo Fox player Donovan “Temp” Laroda, and Rise Nation players Daniel “Loony” Loza and Austin “SlasheR” Liddicoat, discussed the topic briefly following CWL champs and EG’s historic victory.

SlasheR: “The whole year coaches weren’t doing shit, and now all of a sudden we’re going to say coaches did something.”

Temp: “tK and Rise won the most events, with no coach. EG went 0-20 in SnD, literally. It comes down to how the players perform at the end of the day.”

: “They just played well bro. Yeh, I’m sure the coach is the reason Assault had fucking LeBron numbers.”

However, it has been pointed out that four of the top six teams at Champs all had coaches (EG, Luminosity, FaZe Clan and eUnited), so surely this isn’t purely coincidence?

FaZe Clan player James “Replays” Crowder, who himself was previously a coach for the organization before returning to playing, disagrees with Temp and co., saying coaches are “super helpful”.



This would align with the compliment SiLLY paid to his coach, Bevils. In a Reddit comment, SiLLY explained how he turned around the team’s fortunes, particularly Search and Destroy.

“I think Bevils had the highest impact on us winning champs. We always have good vetos, and no other team has fresh SnD strats for every map. Having someone so intelligent in charge of what you do really benefits a team.”

CWL rules do not permit coaches to be on stage during matches, which is different to many other esports. 


It wasn’t always the case either, and some want the rule overturned, including Bevils himself – and others, including CWL caster Ben “Benson” Bowe, are in agreement.



Bevils recently did an Ask Me Anything on Reddit, answering questions from the competitive CoD community, where he explains his role within EG, and how he feels he contributed to their win.

He credits the players largely, for showing him the respect needed for him to get his advice across, and putting aside ego, allowing themselves to be corrected.

“I definitely felt valued and respected by the guys. I can’t give them enough credit for making me feel a part of the team and really valuing and trusting what I would tell them to do in S&D.

[…] The team showed me a ton of respect and that just speaks to their character. They believed in me and trusted in what I was telling them, especially regarding S&D. I really can’t thank them enough for believing in me and wanting to hear what I had to say.”

The jury is still out on coaches in CoD generally, but there is no denying that Bevils had a massive influence on EG’s success, pushing them to a world championship win. 

The talent of the roster is undeniable too of course, but perhaps teams that are holding out on a coach will now reconsider.

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What’s included in the Black Ops Cold War Beta: modes, bonus unlocks, more

Published: 13/Oct/2020 18:40 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 18:45

by Tanner Pierce


The Black Ops Cold War Beta is finally here. Download links are now live for those who pre-ordered the game digitally and Treyarch has released some new information about what the pre-release version is going to include. Here’s everything you need to know.

After Activision and Treyarch gave fans on PlayStation 4 a small glimpse of Black Ops Cold War during open Alpha, which ran only for one weekend and included a handful of content, the game’s Beta is now in full swing


Prior to the Beta’s launch, Treyarch released a lot of information about what would be included, such as the brand new mode that will be available during this pre-release period.

Cold War Beta modes

The modes that Treyarch are including with the Open Beta are similar to those found in the Open Alpha. That being said, there are two major additions that players of the latter didn’t get a chance to experience yet.


The first is VIP Escort, which tasks players with protecting and bringing a specially designated player from one side of the map to the other, without being killed. Players can be downed in this mode, similar to Warzone, and scorestreaks are disabled.

In addition, players will also be able to play the new 40-player mode Fireteam: Dirty Bomb. Information about this mode is scarce, however, we do know that it will pit four teams of 10 players against one another in a fight for uranium on a large scale map.

  • Team Deathmatch
  • Kill Confirmed
  • Domination
  • Combined Arms Domination
  • VIP Escort
  • Combined Arms Assault
Cartel map in Black Ops Cold War
The Black Ops Cold War Beta debuted a new multiplayer map called Cartel


There were a total of five maps during the BOCW Alpha, so all of them are expected to also be available during the Beta. Furthermore, Treyarch have announced that a new one called Cartel will also be added to the mix for both 6v6 and 12v12 modes.

  • New: Cartel (6v6 & 12v12)
  • Satellite (6v6)
  • Miami (6v6)
  • Moscow (6v6)
  • Armada (12v12)
  • Crossroads (12v12)

FOV Slider & Ping system

For the first time ever, a Call of Duty game will feature a FOV slide on both PC and console, as announced by Treyarch. This will allow players to adjust their field of view in order to get a wider look at their surroundings at all times.

“We’re extremely excited to bring the Field of View (FOV) slider feature to all platforms for the first time in a Black Ops game, and you’ll be able to try it out during the Beta,” the devs wrote.

FOV slider in Black Ops Cold War
For the first time ever, an FOV slider is coming to console in Black Ops Cold War!

That’s not the only thing making its CoD debut, at least as far as multiplayer is concerned. Black Ops Cold War will also see a Ping system added to MP for the first time, giving players a way to non-verbally communicate with each other.


Users will be able to “ping objectives, loot, locations, and enemies” for teammates during a match, which had been the case in Warzone but never in a Call of Duty multiplayer.

More details about how these two new additions will work can be found in our FOV Slider and Ping system guide here.


SMG Blueprint

Activision has announced that players who get to level 10 during the beta will receive a free blueprint when the game releases.

Unlike the Alpha, players will be able to level up in a progression system that’s designed exclusively for this version.

Treyarch explains: “Players can progress and rank up in the Beta-specific leveling system where loadout items, including new weaponry, covert spy tech through Field Upgrades, and badass Scorestreaks can be unlocked by earning XP.”

Like every other CoD beta, there are rewards that you can earn for the full game. If players are able to reach level 10 at any point during the beta, they’ll receive a free Mutual Animosity Blueprint for the Type 821, which is the weapon most comparable to the Uzi in previous games.

The Black Ops Cold War Beta is set to include two new modes: Fireteam Dirty Bomb and VIP Escort.


Treyarch previously announced the beta schedule, however, they once again clarified when everyone will be able to get their hands on it. Fans are currently able to pre-load the beta on PS4 and players on other platforms will be able to do so on October 13, 2020.

  • Weekend 1
    • October 8-9: PS4 early access
    • October 10-12: PS4 Open Beta
  • Weekend 2
    • October 15-16: PS4, Xbox One, PC early access
    • October 17-19: Open Beta for all platforms

As for what’s changing between the Alpha and the Beta, Treyarch released a massive set of patch notes on October 7 detailing all of the adjustments and improvements they’ve made since the game’s previous build.

All in all, this seems like a pretty packed Beta. Between the new Fireteam mode and the grind for max level, players should have a lot to do over the next couple of weekends.