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When is Ranked Play coming to Modern Warfare? Everything we know so far

Published: 4/Feb/2020 10:13 Updated: 4/Feb/2020 12:55

by Andy Williams

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Call of Duty players are eager to test themselves in a more competitive ruleset, with CDL now underway. So, when is Ranked Play mode coming to Modern Warfare?

The Call of Duty League began on January 24 in Minnesota, as fans tuned in to see the very best of what Call of Duty has to offer. However, there is currently no in-game facility for casual and hardcore players alike to try their hand at a more competitive ruleset. 

Those seeking a more competitive experience than public matches in Modern Warfare currently have to utilize third-party services, such as MLG’s Gamebattles. The success of ranked play in previous games has helped to bolster interest in the competitive scene, which is more important now than ever before with the new franchised league.

Activision BlizzardActivision Blizzard’s Overwatch League has a direct ‘Path to Pro’ which stems from their Competitive Play mode embedded in the game.

Infinity Ward, not Treyarch

Surprisingly, Infinity Ward has never had a dedicated competitive mode in any of their games. Ever since Treyarch brought League Play to life in 2012, Sledgehammer Games are the only other developer to integrate a competitive mode in Call of Duty with their version titled ‘Ranked Play.’

Despite Infinity Ward’s lack of in-house competitive support, they have created some of the most iconic Call of Duty esports titles. Surely the stars have aligned this time, with Activision’s CDL starting during Infinity Ward’s flagship title reboot?

ActivisionLeague Play came almost four months into Black Ops 4’s lifecycle.

Is Ranked Play confirmed?

During an interview with Game Informer back in August 2019, Infinity Ward’s Multiplayer Design Director, Joe Cecot, was questioned on whether Ranked Play would be released from the get-go. 

Cecot’s answer appeared to suggest that Ranked Play would lineup with their season-based content release: “That’s something that’s really important to us, and we’re working on, but as we’re finishing up the game, we’re figuring out what’s on it and what’s not.

“We have a pretty aggressive post-launch plan. So we have a bunch of pieces we can play with, but we don’t know what’s going to be on yet.”

Subsequently, Cecot was prompted on what can be expected from a competitive mode in Modern Warfare, to which he responded that Infinity Ward had been “working closely with esports guys” to iron-out the creases.

Discussion begins at 26:17 mark for mobile users.

Leaker claims Ranked Play is “being worked on”

Apart from official announcements, there have been a couple of leaks about Ranked Play too. Notorious Modern Warfare leaker TheGamingRevolution claims that he was able to have a Q&A with one of his sources from Infinity Ward.

One of the questions asked pertained to Ranked Play, and the supposed source gave an answer back in November. “CDL / Ranked playlist is being worked on. It should come out towards January.”

A supposed source from IW expected Ranked to be released in January.

Of course, January has come and went, and there’s still no ranked play.

When will Ranked Play be in Modern Warfare?

At the time of writing, there is no set date announced for Ranked Play in Modern Warfare. However, with the Call of Duty League now in full swing, it would be logical for Infinity Ward to implement this sooner rather than later. 

Season 2 is set to start in February, and Cecot drew parallels to their post-launch plan when prompted on when Ranked Play would make an appearance. Activision and Infinity Ward might well have something in the works for the start of Season Two.

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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.