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Pro teams UYU and Midnight eliminated from CoD Champs 2019

Published: 16/Aug/2019 0:34 Updated: 16/Aug/2019 0:45

by Albert Petrosyan

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Professional Call of Duty teams UYU and Midnight Esports have been eliminated from the CWL Championship 2019 on day two of pool play.

While not considered to be among the top echelon of teams in Call of Duty esports, both UYU and Midnight Esports were in the CWL Pro League this year for a reason.

Thus, coming into CoD Champs 2019, both were seeded as the second best team within Pools E and F respectively, and favored to be one of the two teams that would advance to the bracket stage.

However, both sides saw their time at the tournament come to an abrupt end, as they ended up finishing in third place after the three group matches were completed.

For Midnight, their 3-1 loss to 100 Thieves meant they would finish with a record of 1-2, not good enough to surpass amateur team Sicario Gaming for the second spot in Pool F.

UYU were eliminated by Team Singularity, by far the biggest surprise of the tournament when it comes to amateur teams overachieving.

Down 0-2, UYU were able to force a game five that would decide their fate, but their opponents proved to be too strong and skillful in the end, as they’ve done in all three of their matches.

The result was a rather heartbreaking one for the pro team, considering that in their previous match against Luminosity Gaming, they lost on a 1v1 situation in the 11th round of game five, when Methodz was unable to eliminated LG’s Skyz.

The result not only kept LG in the game, but also put UYU in a must-win situation going into the final match, which ended up not going the way they would have hoped.

Now, thanks to this incredible clutch by Skyz and Singularity’s upset victory, LG will finish second in the group, surviving by just the skin of their teeth to advance to bracket play.

Keep up with all of the action live via our dedicated CWL Championship 2019 hub, which features four livestreams, updates scores, full schedules, Pool standings, final placements so far, and more.

August 15 is the final day of pool play, with the knockout stage set to take place August 16-18, which will be open to the public. 

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3 tips to help you survive Black Ops Cold War’s new Zombies Cranked mode

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:40

by Tanner Pierce

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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

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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

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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

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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.