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Rambo returns to CoD esports to join Dallas Empire

Published: 4/Mar/2020 13:13

by Calum Patterson

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Call of Duty legend Ray ‘Rambo’ Lussier has returned to the game’s esports scene after leaving his development position at Sledgehammer Games, joining CDL team Dallas Empire as a head coach and general manager.

Rambo’s legacy in CoD esports is unlike any other, often considered one of the greatest minds in the game, he was fundamental in the esport’s development in the early days.

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He’s best known for his time on OpTic Gaming and Team Envy, and it is the latter he has rejoined, now under their CDL franchise, Dallas Empire.

Rambo playing for Team Envyus.
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Rambo represented Envy during his playing career, before his retirement in 2014.

With eight major tournament wins, and a second-place at the 2014 World Championship, netting $200,000, his achievements only really tell half the story.

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His understanding of the game on a competitive level helped secure him a job as a designer at Sledgehammer after his retirement from competing, where he helped with map design for 2017’s CoD: WWII.

When he left Sledgehammer on February 21, 2020, his next move was initially unclear. On March 3, he was confirmed as the new head coach and general manager for the Dallas Empire, Envy’s franchise.

Joining on his 31st birthday, Rambo retold his story of competing, becoming 2009 MLG national champions in CoD 4, all the way to joining SHG.

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“My job here as head coach is to make sure the players are prepared as much as possible, they understand everything they’re trying to do as a team and accomplish on the maps and various game modes,” he explains.

He also aims to teach the younger players on the team, like Inder ‘iLLeY‘ Dhaliwal and Anthony ‘Shotzzy‘ Cuevas-Castro to prepare them for Call of Duty at the highest level.

Rambo Ray with the Dallas Empire team
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Rambo joins veterans like Clayster and Crimsix at Dallas.

As for why he chose Empire, his affinity with the Envy brand has always been strong, and Rambo complimented Hastr0’s treatment of players and staff, saying he “could not be more happy to be back.”

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He has a tough task ahead of him with the Empire squad though, who have had a middling start to the 2020 season. They currently sit in 7th place in the standings after four events, with a series record of 3-4.

The talent on the roster is undeniable, but getting them playing as a cohesive unit, especially in a LAN environment, will be Rambo’s challenge.

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Weird Warzone glitch forces players into hearing never-ending rock music

Published: 13/Oct/2020 12:35

by James Busby

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Warzone players have been rocking out to the game’s new vehicle music as they drive through the frozen fields of Verdansk. However, for some, these catchy tunes never end.

There’s no denying that Warzone Season 6 has had its fair share of problems. Aside from the train station teething problems and return of the ‘demon gun’ texture glitch, there have been some new additions to the seemingly ever-growing bugfix list.

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So far, Activision has had to fix an overpowered bug that allowed the AS VAL to shoot through unlimited walls, a game-breaking unlimited Stim glitch, and now Modern Warfare fans are reporting a rock and roll related problem. 

While Warzone’s new music tracks certainly liven up your drive time commutes across Verdansk, they can also pose a risk to your game-winning plays. This is particularly true when the music in question doesn’t actually stop. The continuous blare of heavy rock certainly gets us pumped in games like DOOM, but it really doesn’t help in FPS titles like Warzone where you need to hear enemy footsteps. 

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What is the Warzone music glitch? 

The addition of playable vehicle music certainly isn’t a new feature in Warzone – in fact, players have been able to equip certain CoD related tracks since Season 5. However, music fans can now listen to their favorite tracks from the likes of DMX, Skrillex, Jack Harlow, and iconic themes from across the Call of Duty series. 

Unfortunately, these tunes have caused a rather interesting and mildly infuriating glitch. The bug seems to happen when you or any of your squadmates have any of the game’s War Tracks equipped and enter a vehicle. While this bug may not be that bad when listening to the game’s quieter tracks, things can get incredibly frustrating when the heavy metal Juggernaut theme plays on a loop.

You may be tempted to blow up your vehicle or drive it off the nearest cliff edge, but even this won’t stop the never-ending audio. Some players have reported that they still hear vehicle music, even when they have the audio option turned off in the game’s settings. “The rock music won’t stop, even after getting out of the vehicle. To top it off, my teammate and I had already turned the audio off before the game,” says one frustrated player

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“After it just wouldn’t stop and we couldn’t hear A THING, we even destroyed the vehicle in hopes it would quiet down. Ultimately, we just disconnected when we couldn’t take it anymore.” Some Warzone players have even reported that they managed to get to the final ring with the same heavy rock track blaring down their earphones. 

How to fix the Warzone vehicle music glitch

Modern Warfare Juggernaut
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It seems the Juggernaut War Track is the most common offender.

Fortunately, some crafty players have discovered that you can fix this pesky audio issue by selecting the Black Ops music pack from the War Tracks menu. Meanwhile, if you encounter the problem mid-game, simply enter another vehicle in the hopes that it fixes the never-ending audio loop. 

There have even been reports that constantly getting in and out of the offending vehicle will eventually fix the issue. Of course, your experience may vary and some of these fixes may not work. Warzone Season 6 certainly seems to be off to a rocky start and it looks like we’ll just have to wait until Activision officially fixes this audio issue in a future patch. 

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